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A suggestion to lease lands to Andrew Coulter Bradford Jackson. The suggestion was not taken up and he moved to Co. Meath. This was the start of Samuel BRADFORD coming into the lands and a long family wrangle that ended with Sir Thomas buying back the land.
Sharon Oddie Brown October 4, 2006

Urker, August 10th, 1875.

My dear Mary Jane [1] ,

I have this day seen the advertisement of your intended auction and from it I concluded that you have given up all idea of labouring the farm; at least for the present. This has been suggested to me to make a proposal; which if you accept, well and good; if you reject; no harm is done. It is that you would permit Andy Jackson [2] to become tenant of the farm, at such a rent as (added to the incomes from Dungooley and Tullyvalee) would pay all the annuities bequeathed by Uncle Bradford [3] in full. Andy to occupy the old house as long as you required the new one.

I would not trouble you with this proposal or any other at this present time; but that if you approved of this plan; he might have an opportunity of purchasing such things as would suit him at the auction; and also of engaging the labourers before they are scattered elsewhere, to seek for employment. You may perceive that this plan is only in outline; any details you might think fit, could be arranged hereafter.

I will only add that never for a moment did any of us think of annoying or disturbing you in any way.

Hoping that God may direct you to whatever is best, I remain

Your affectionate sister,

Eliza Jackson [4]

P.S. The foregoing is entirely my own invention. I did not let either David [5] or Andy know any thing of it till after it was written.


Miss Oliver,
Hackball’s Cross,
[NOTE: The post mark on the envelope echoes the date on the letter]

[1] Mary Jane OLIVER lived 1821- October 3, 1875 – so she died less than two months after the posting of this letter at age 54. She was single and was the younger sister of Eliza JACKSON, née OLIVER
[2] Andrew Coulter Bradford JACKSON, son of Eliza JACKSON, author of this letter
[3] Probably Andrew Coulter BRADFORD (1788-1847) of Cavananaore.
[4] Eliza Jackson, née OLIVER 1815-1903
[5] Presumably David JACKSON, 1814-1899, husband of Eliza JACKSON, née OLIVER


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