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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 June 8, 2005


                                                Derrivalley [1] 26th. Sept. 1873


My Dear Sal [2]

          I certainly was disappointed that you did not get home last Monday at the same time I think you are quite right in stopping for some time longer where you are then and Dr. thinks it necessary.  I hope he will succeed in his efforts and that you will shortly get home.  I [never] thought [greater long] to see you do not neglect getting some fresh meat while you stay there.  There is no use in striving to cure your Chin and letting your health be injured otherwise for want of proper food.  I inclose you two pounds more if not sufficient you will write and let me know.  Have you heard from Cavananore [3] lately as you did not mention a word about them since I left you, have you any notion of coming home that way, of course you will write again before you leave.  We are all well here, and getting on well, the weather is deliteful, for getting on with the Harvest work we have no news here and sometimes no news is best.  hoping you will soon be well is the [????] [wish] if your of your loving and affectionate

                                             Thomas McCullagh [4]


[1] Derrivalley, Co. Monaghan – home of the McCULLAGH family.

[2] Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside b. 1852 – age 21 at time of letter

[3] Cavananore, Co. Louth. Residence of Mary Jane OLIVER

[4] Thomas McCullagh  1793-1877 – age 80 at time of letter


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