11th July  
Dear Sister  ,
I do not know what you will think of me for not writing to you before this and all the excuse I can make is the old sore "laziness". Indeed I may say that I have not had time. N. York has been my abode now for nearly three months and I cannot say much in its fovour as it is very difficult to get respectable employment. I have got into a wholesale business at ten dollars a week, but I intend to change as soon as possible as the work is very hard and the hours long and you know very well that it does not agree with my stomach. I like the country very well, only I did not care so much for the Boss I was with he and I had a falling out, indeed we were nearly coming to the fists at all events, I told him to pull out the cash and so goodbye to the west. Tom  knows one eyed Bill Spur  , it was with him I was hired.
Well Sal, there is no use talking, a city is the place to live, by --- a person would see more life here in a day than you would during a life time in the country indeed I must say there is one thing not in its favour "temptations" on all sides, some of which it is very difficult for a youth to avoid but you know I am a very steady young man.
I had a volume more to say only I cannot remember it now, as I am very sleepy.
Ever your affectionate brother Andy 
238 West 30th Street,
write very soon
 The year of the letter is imputed from a letter July 25, 1873 where the father of Andrew Bradford McCULLAGH is anxious about him and there is a reference to finding an address for “Nancy JACKSON”.
 “Sal” or “Sallie” Sarah McCULLAGH who would marry William WHITESIDE
 Thomas McCULLAGH (1854-1920), brother of “Sal” and “Andy”
 It is most likely that Bill SPUR is known only to Andy and that he resides in America.
 Drummuck – another branch of the McCULLAGHs lived there.
 Caddagh. At a later date, Matthew McAuley RUTHERFORD lived there and it may be that RUTHERFORDs lived at Caddagh at this time.
 John BREAKEY (-1878) of Drumskelt.
 Tom Cathcart BREAKEY, the author of the Breakey Memoir that I am transcribing and footnoting and will get posted to this site in the fullness of time.
 “a woman” – is he being coy here?
 In another letter (July 25 1873 his father writing to his sister), he is said to be interested in Nancy JACKSON. CLUES? The only ROGERS that I have so far is that a James ROGERS married Mary COULTER (1759-?). Mary was a sister of the Samuel COULTER who was the father of the famous botanist, Thomas COULTER. There is a Daisy ROGERS in Jeannie MOORHEAD’s birthday book
 Andrew Bradford McCULLAGH ( -1897), brother of “Sallie” Sarah WHITESIDE née McCULLAGH and future husband of Margaret JACKSON (1853-1944)
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