Ballibay March 5th 1828
Dear Margaretta  ,
I am glad of this oppertunity of writing to you to let you now that I was very sick on Satturday and that I had to go to Bed about 12 oclock and was not able to attend the market I was up on sunday But could not go to meeting there was a great pain in my head and the doctor said that I am very Bilious. I had a great cold ever since, But am getting better.
The shirt which you sent me is about an inch too short in the sleeve and I would like it a little fuller in the neck, My uncle  and aunt in the country is well, and the [sic] are all well in town. I herd By Misses McMury  that my Mama was complaining about her head But I hope it is Bet Better. Give my love to all my friends and remember me to Joseph Donaldson  .
Your affectionate brother,
David Jackson 
PS Please send word when the ass has a foal, and tell my mama not to let the men put a bit in to [?] its mouth, give my love to the Boys and girls
 Margaret JACKSON, older sister of David JACKSON – both children of John JACKSON & Elizabeth McCullagh. She later married Daniel Gunn BROWNE (see biography)
 Which uncle and aunt this might be is uncertain. Possibly a MCCULLAGH family member.
 Possibly Elizabeth MCMURRAY, a daughter of Elizabeth MCMURRAY nee MCCULLAGH who would have been a great-aunt of the letter writer or else, the daughter(s) one of one of her sons. I have no dates for any of them.
 Possibly the Joseph DONALDSON (1821-1880) who married Mary DICKIE in 1850. He would only be 7 years old in 1828, so there may be another candidate for this. There is no shortage of Joseph DONALDSONs.
 Probably the older sister of David JACKSON, writer of this letter. This sister, Elizabeth Johanna JACKSON, married John DONALDSON.
 Sarah JACKSON (1811-1892), sister of David JACKSON, she married Joseph BARKLEY in 1848.
 David JACKSON (1814-1899) son of John JACKSON & Elizabeth MCCULLAGH and father of Sir Thomas JACKSON
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