Derrivalley[1] 20th. Feby 1874


My Dear Sal[2]

          Maggy[3] is very anxious to have company but she does not consider that I may be lonely here  I was told by a young lady the other day that Maggy will soon be married.  I hope she will succeed in getting a young man that she will be very fond of  I know one if he was young, would fite very hard for her she is a great favourite with him   Do not be forming conjectures as you could have no [idea] of who it is.  I got no dress for you in Dundalk[4] as I saw none that would please me

    I believe Jack[5] intends going tomorrow to America[6]  I don't know particularly as he does not tell me any thing.  he gets advice from friend up in that [yeraster] which certainly to say the least of it is not friendly to me.  who they are particularly I do not know.  I suppose it will be as well to let Tom[7] go, if I can give him the money, as he is of no [????].  I inclose your letter from Newry[8] which I should have sent sooner, but I was vexed and weary about some things and neglected writing to you sooner.  I hope you will write and let me know when you intend to come home.

                                Ever your loving Father

                                        Thos McCullagh[9]

[1] Derrivally, Co. Monaghan – home of MCCULLAGH family.

[2] Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside b. 1852

[3] “Maggie” – I haven’t a clue!

[4] Dundalk, Co. Louth

[5] John McCullagh (1847-1909), age 27. Died in USA.

[6] Sailed on Wednesday, February 25, 1874 to Liverpool and thence to the USA

[7] Thomas McCullagh, (1854 – 1920) age 20

[8] Newry, County Down.

[9] Thomas McCullagh  (1793-1877), father of “Sal” – the letter was written a month before his death.