Derrivalley 25th July 1873
My Dear Sal,
I think I would hardly have written to you only for sending the enclosed letter from Andy which will occupy your mind and attention more than anything I can say. I took the liberty of opening it as we were all anxious to know what he had to say. He is wishing for Nancy Jackson's address, but I forget the Woman's name that used to call to [????]. I got home safe and well, and called to see Mrs. Stratten as soon as I got to BBay. I will send the butter & eggs by her, as she seemed very willing to take all I would send. I hope Mary will stop with you and that Mr. Jackson will go to you. Love to Mary & the children, ever
Your loving Father
 Derrivalley, Co. Monaghan
 Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside
 Andrew Bradford McCullagh, brother of Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside
 Nancy JACKSON – haven’t a clue!
 NOTE: 1873 is two years before Margaret JACKSON would have married her first husband, Robert Hamilton REID. She married Andrew Bradford MCCULLAGH after the death of REID. I wonder if this is related.
 STRATTEN (?)
 Ballybay, Co. Monaghan
 possibly Mary McCULLAGH, older sister of “Sallie”.
 Mr. JACKSON – but which one? “Sallie” would be 21 years old at this time and did have a love interest that did not end up in marriage (see diary).
 possibly Mary McCULLAGH, older sister of “Sallie” – she had several children already with her husband Rev. William REID.
 Thomas McCullagh 1793-1877