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This letter was transcribed thanks to the considerable efforts of Wendy Jack. The footnotes were prepared by myself and then verified (and corrected or amplified) by Wendy. Many of the letters are the property of Betty Whiteside and/or Wendy Jack. Any researchers who wish to make further use of them should check with them first.
Sharon Oddie Brown, modified October 4, 2006

                                                    Derrivalley [1] 25th July 1873


My Dear Sal [2] ,

            I think I would hardly have written to you only for sending the enclosed letter from Andy [3] which will occupy your mind and attention more than anything I can say.  I took the liberty of opening it as we were all anxious to know what he had to say.  He is wishing for Nancy Jackson's [4] address, but I forget the Woman's name that used to call to [????] [5] .  I got home safe and well, and called to see Mrs. Stratten [6] as soon as I got to BBay [7] .  I will send the butter & eggs by her, as she seemed very willing to take all I would send.  I hope Mary [8] will stop with you and that Mr. Jackson [9] will go to you.  Love to Mary [10] & the children, ever

                             Your loving Father

                               Thos McCullagh [11]

[1] Derrivalley, Co. Monaghan

[2] Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside

[3] Andrew Bradford McCullagh, brother of  Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside

[4] Nancy JACKSON – haven’t a clue! In the letter referred to, she is called Nancy ROGERS.

[5] NOTE: 1873 is two years before Margaret JACKSON would have married her first husband, Robert Hamilton REID. She married Andrew Bradford MCCULLAGH after the death of REID. I wonder if this is related.

[6] STRATTEN (?)

[7] Ballybay, Co. Monaghan

[8] possibly Mary McCULLAGH, older sister of “Sallie”.

[9] Mr. JACKSON – but which one?  “Sallie” would be 21 years old at this time and did have a love interest that did not end up in marriage (see diary).

[10] possibly Mary McCULLAGH, older sister of “Sallie” – she had several children already with her husband Rev. William REID.

[11] Thomas McCullagh  1793-1877


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