C/O Rev W.D. Killen[1] D.D.

                                                         College Park


                                                               21st Sept 95


My Dear Mrs. Whiteside[2]

                     I am sure you will be surprised to get a letter from me but when I was at home recently for some Holidays Miss McCready[3] gave me your address and I thought I would write and thank yous for your goodness to me only for yous I would never be like what I am today I am living with Dr Killen eight months now I was in the Home 1 year and nine months Lizzie[4] is in the Home now and if my mother[5] had got her well there would a been none of us in it but thank God it was his choice he has promised to be a Father to the Fatherless so he has been a Father to me in this towne alone  Miss McCready showed me babus Photo and I think it is a spleandid little thing I hope Mr. Whiteside[6] and it are quite well also yous self I hope to see yous all again some time if not here I hope in heaven  Dear Mrs. Whiteside I would like you would write to me if it was only a line to let me know yous were all well the only way that I can thankyous is to pray to the Lord Jesus to reward yous for your goodness to me  I would a been a slave in the fields only for yous give my love to Mr. Whiteside and tell him that I was asking for him.  Lizzie and I are quit well and I hope you will write soon for I will be watching for one from yous good bye

                                          Yours very Truely

                                              Bella Branion[7]



[1] Rev W.D> KILLEN?

[2] Sarah (née McCULLAGH) WHITESIDE (1852-1939)

[3] Mary Anne McCREADY (?-1897), Governess

[4] Lizzie?

[5] Mother of Bella BRANION?

[6] William Sherlock WHITESIDE (1860-1916), husband of Sarah (née McCULLAGH) WHITESIDE

[7] Bella BRANION?