Derrivalley[1] 17th. Sept. 1873


My Dear Sal[2]

          I am very happy to hear that the Dr. has so good opinion of your Chin and that you will be able in a few days to dress it yourself and still feel better content that you will be home in a few days, as we are very lonely so that you see I am very selfish, as I like to have you at home.  I am glad to hear that you got all your things safe and well.  I hope to see you again in good health and spirits.

    I hope you are satisfied with seeing the Convent, and that you do not wish to become a nun.  I hope you enjoyed the boat racing on the canal, it must be very exciting, that is provided you had a good view.  I enclose you two pounds but if you can do without it do not lay it out.  I suppose you will leave next Monday, as your will be up  Let us know whether you will come by Cavananore[3], or come home direct.  Take care of yourself and you will obl.

                                       Your loving Father

                                         Thos McCullagh[4]


P.S. excuse the bad writing as my is very bad



[1] Derrivalley, Co. Monaghan, home of MCCULLAGH family.

[2] Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside b. 1852 – age 21 at time of letter (not yet WHITESIDE!)

[3] Cavananore, Co. Louth. Mary Jane OLIVER would still have been living there.  When she died two years later, she left a legacy in her will to Sarah MCCULLAGH and her sister Mary REID née MCCULLAGH.

[4] Thomas McCullagh  1793-1877 – age 80 at time of letter