Derrivalley 20th. Feby 1874
My Dear Sal
Maggy 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 as I saw none that would please me
I believe Jack intends going tomorrow to America 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 go, if I can give him the money, as he is of no [????]. I inclose your letter from Newry 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
 Derrivally, Co. Monaghan – home of MCCULLAGH family.
 Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside b. 1852
 “Maggie” – I haven’t a clue!
 Dundalk, Co. Louth
 John McCullagh (1847-1909), age 27. Died in USA.
 Sailed on Wednesday, February 25, 1874 to Liverpool and thence to the USA
 Thomas McCullagh, (1854 – 1920) age 20
 Newry, County Down.
 Thomas McCullagh (1793-1877), father of “Sal” – the letter was written a month before his death.