July 22nd 1897
My Darling Sallie,
This mourning paper will show you that I have only sad news to give you for which I hope Mattie's letter prepared you.
Dear Andy has left us, he died yesterday morning at 11o'c he was just ill of pneumonia three weeks today. He took a sudden shiver in the evg the day he took ill and had a regular rigor without any known cause and after never feeling better in his life. Maggie bathed his feet in hot water got him to bed at once and made him hot coffee, in fact did all that was possible. Next day was dispensary day so Dr. Elliott saw him early and did all he could but after several recoverys and relapses he passed away. He did not suffer much acute pain but feverish restlessness & thirst. He was delirious for about 24 hours near the finish of his illness, on Monday and part of Tuesday, after then he was quite clear and conscious. In the early days of his illness he thought himself not likely to live but later said nothing about it. He had Mr. Henry up once to see and pray with him. For a moment or two he said to Mr. H. "Now kneel down and say six words or so to the point". Mr. H. just did so & Andy closed his eyes and seemed to join heartily.
You must not be vexed with me for not writing to you oftener but really I seem to never have a chance of writing a proper letter. I only scribble a few words or business that can't be postponed. Maggie is greatly upset and fatigued and oh Sally dear is in the family way again expects her trouble in Nov. and the son only eight months old.
I got your letter & receipt all right. It was good of you to share with me and indeed it was a relief. This was the first time I was out of debt since Fred died. I must wait for a chance of sending the two watches & as they can't be posted from here. It is not every one one can trust to post them in America on landing. Maggie Dickies is on a visit to Drumminck. The children Sallie and Mollie are in Liscalgot and Lizaba and Alice at Ballimote. Annie Reed is there now for her holydays.
The funeral will be tomorrow at three o/c to his father's burying ground. Johnny Little is making the grave. Maggie will write a long letter soon.
Yr fond cousin
Please write to tell Johnny. James is here most of the time of Andy's illness. He feels his death greatly. He says he has not heard from you for a long time. Our David is better. We hope to see him at the funeral
Envelope addressed to:-
C/O Rev W. Whiteside
Santa Barbara Co
 Sarah (McCullagh) Whiteside
 Maud Elizabeth Reed, daughter of Margaret (née JACKSON) (REED) McCULLAGH
 Andrew Bradford McCullagh, husband of Margaret (Jackson) Reed) McCullagh
 Margaret (Jackson) (Reed) McCullagh, sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 Dr. ELLIOT (I believe the dispensary was still at Slieveroe as a result of Margaret JACKSON’s first husband –deceased - being the local doctor)
 Mr HENRY?
 Would give birth to John McCullagh four months after her husband’s death
 George David McCullagh
 Frederick Richard Griffin, husband of Mary (Jackson) (Menary) Griffin
 Maggie DICKIE, probably the Margaret “Meta” DICKIE (?-1936) who was the daughter of Alexander DICKIE (1831-1887) and Anna Maria McCULLAGH(1836-1896)
 Sarah McCullagh, daughter of Andrew Bradford McCullagh & Margaret (Jackson) Reed) McCullagh
 Mary McCullagh , daughyter of Andrew Bradford McCullagh & Margaret (Jackson) Reed) McCullagh
 Elizabeth McCullagh, daughter of Andrew Bradford McCullagh & Margaret (Jackson) Reed) McCullagh
 Alice Margaret McCullagh, daughter of Andrew Bradford McCullagh & Margaret (Jackson) Reed) McCullagh
 Annie Reed, sister of Robert Hamilton Reed, first husband of Margaret (Jackson) (Reed) McCullagh
 Johnny LITTLE, presumably the undertaker or gravedigger
 Mary (Jackson) (Menary) Griffin – sister of Margaret (Jackson) Reed) McCullagh
 John McCULLAGH (1847-1909) lived at Eureka, California, USA
 James McCullagh, brother of Andrew Bradford McCullagh
 probably David Jackson, younger brother of Mary & Margaret Jackson. He was on a twelve months leave from HSBC in the Far East which began January 1897 and was extended to two years.
 William Sherlock Whiteside, husband of Sarah (McCullagh) Whiteside