July 21. 38
My dearest Sallie,
I think its about time you were getting some news from the old country. One of the cheeriest items is that Jack & family are home. We had him here for five weeks. He left May & Terence & his amah with her mother in London so we had him all to ourselves. His little girl is in school in England, and when her holidays start, all are going to the sea side. I really did not feel equal to having the whole family here besides I feel May would be happier in or near London, which is the headquarters of her mother & two widowed sisters. Jack looks real well & hardly a day older for the last five years. He is just the same loving home bird - never happier than when he is going about with Tom. Unfortunately the weather was not kind to him. It rained almost all the time. Indeed we are having a most depressing wet cold summer, & a poor prospect of crops. We have fires still in the sitting rooms fancy such a thing in July!! I am much better than I was, but I can't boast of my walking achievements, but I have a wheeled chair, which the girls take me out in, when there is a glimpse of sunshine. Otherwise I am really very well but I do miss not being able to fly about as formerly. Sallie Gilmore, though four years older than I am, is quite active but is very thin, while I keep my condition wonderfully. She lives principally with Eily her married daughter, in Dublin. She is quite happy there but is greatly distressed over the long & seemingly hopeless illness of her youngest son Tommy. I fear his is a case of T.B. He and his wife have been in Switzerland for months, for the sunshine treatment, but so far no improvement. Brownie & her flock are well. We see them generally every week. Margaret has passed her entrance exam in Trinity & will be going to Dublin in Oct. & George has won a £30 scholarship in the Royal School Armagh and is to go there after the summer holidays. Samuel keeps well but is not allowed to study yet. Thompson & Blin "Hold the Fort" in Killynure. Its a big change since the big houseful of long ago. Davy Gilmore, his wife & 2 children are in Liscalgot & Urker belongs to Jim & Molly Wright. They bought it when Tommy Jackson sold it. Molly loves it for old times sake. I have not been there since poor Aunt Mary died. How few of the old folk remain!
I had a visit from Martha Carson last week. She was enquiring particularly for you. I hope you keep well also Clair & Mary & their respective families. Love to them all including your dear old self.
Your fond sister
 Sarah (McCullagh) Whiteside
 There are a bunch of assumption here that may or may not be right. I started with the thought that this is John McCullagh, son of Andrew Bradford McCullagh & Margaret (Jackson) (Reed) McCullagh. It could also be John Stephenson Reed WRIGHT (1877-1941) who had worked for HSBC as did his son Terence WRIGHT. If this is so, then the assumptions about “May” and “Terence” in the footnotes beneath are inaccurate.
 May Coltman
 John Terrence McCullagh
 Eileen McCullagh
 probably Thomas Jackson Reed, son of Robert Hamilton Reed & Margaret (Jackson) (Reed) McCullagh
 NOTE: unless I am mistaken, she is only 58 at this stage of her life
 Sarah (Jackson) Gilmore, wife of Eliezer Gilmore, sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 Edith Eileen (née GILMORE) RYDER (1890-1977)
 Thomas Jackson Gilmore, who died about 1939
 Marion Elizabeth ARKCOLL
 Alice Margaret (McCullagh) Alexander, wife of Andrew Alexander
 Margaret Rankin Alexander, daughter of Alice Margaret (McCullagh) Alexander
 George Alexander, son of Alice Margaret (McCullagh) Alexande
 Samuel Alexander (three years older than his brother, George, but seemingly in need of shelter)
 Thompson Brown jr.
 Sarah “Blin” Brown
 David Gilmore, son of Eliezer Gilmore & Sarah Jackson, husband of Elsie Muriel Coulter
 James Wright & Mary (Menary Wright (daughter of Mary Griffin)
 probably Thomas Dare JACKSON, so of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 Mary (Jackson) GRIFFIN, sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 Martha CARSON?
 Thomas Clair WHITESIDE, son of Sarah
 Mary Ione WHITESDIE, daughter of Sarah
 Margaret (née JACKSON) (REED) McCULLAGH, sister-in-law of Sarah WHITESIDE