Urker Novr 2nd 1880
My dear Tom, I have yours of the 24th Sept before me; also one from dear Minnie  ; I cannot tell you how I appreciate her kindness in writing so often. I must write a line to her today also. I also had a letter from David  lately; and a present of Tea. He seems to be well; at least makes no complaints; but he often keeps me anxious for want of writing a few lines. However it was very kind of him to send the Tea. He sent tea twice before, & so much that I was able to divide with the whole family & no one was more thankful than poor Aunt James McCullagh  . She shed tears when she got it; any kindness from this quarter was both unexpected and ill deserved; & it happened to be the first gift I sent her. I have given her others, more substantial since then; & will not forget her, nor anyone in distress so long as God enables me.
James  continues just as he was. As far as human eyes can see; it would be a mercy if he was at rest; for he is in a state of hopeless suffering; but God’s time is the best time. I wrote that probably the next letter would contain intelligence of the death of Uncle Barkley  . He is still living on at least, was yesterday but very near his end; not able to rise or to see any one. Mary  has been there for several weeks.; & probably will remain till all is over.
Father & I both visited Andy  this year; he is doing well. I have given every one all that you sent them. Lionsden  is a lovely place; but still it is not the old ground  , & still I am not without hope to see that back in the family before I die. Sam Bradford  is losing by it; & if you were back, I would not be surprised if he would offer it to you. The loss in death of cattle that he has sustained in it is something awful, a thing that never happened before; & I must tell you a good joke that amused me no little; Sam fell out with his mother; so he put a bed & bedding into a [float?]; & set out for Cavananore accompanied by a confidential man of his. They arrived at 10 o’clock at night; & left it at 4 next morning! I would like to know their experience of the sight but they told no one; & kept the whole matter as quiet as possible. The place is said to be haunted; but I know what the ghost is; just the roaring of the chimneys in the empty house. Everyone who had a hand in that villainous transaction about Cavananore now sees their error & is sorry for it; Johnny McCullagh  among the rest. He knows his well wishers a little better now than he did then. Many a head have I heaped coals of fire  on this last year; thanks be to God who gave me the grace & to you who gave me the means to do so. As for the Browns  I would never have put a penny of the interest in my pocket if I had got it. I never asked for it since, not will not; since such is your wish; but it proves them to be both dishonest & ungrateful that they were not willing to pay it. They have shown themselves so; to more than me; & it is well that there is not more lost with them; though there is plenty. Many a thing I gave them; & some even since the dispute. Lizzie  is here still & is very useful to me in managing the children since Mary went to [Carnmoney?].
Sally’s  children are here still & little Mary  & I was a bad hand among them; for want of hearing; Uncle Brown  has got an addition to his income last month by the death of Mr Cochrane  of Newry. He was one to whom Uncle B. had to pay an annuity; but it ceases with his death.
I think you are quite right to remain where you are till Providence points your way elsewhere. You have been most useful to those who appointed you, & to many besides; & it seems to be the will of God that you should continue to be so; when He sends you health & prosperity. Follow his guidance & “in all thy ways acknowledge Him, & He shall direct thy paths”. If you were in London; you would be almost at home but any advice to you is to guided by the will of the Directors. If they wish to send you elsewhere; go; if they best to keep you where you are; stay; as long as God sends you health and success. There is such a thing as “the right man in the right place”; & you appear to be that in Hong Kong.
As you may remember, I told you never to seek that place; but if it was ever offered to you; to take it. All mortals are such short sighted creatures, that they never can tell what is really best for them; and it is their wisdom to be guided by the leadings of Providence. All the connexion  are well; with the exceptions I have mentioned. I have paid all my annual visits; except to Johnny  & I intend get to him before this month is out. Last year was very unfavourable to him & many others; but this harvest promises better. What you sent, was a comfort to him.
Uncle William’s  estate is not yet wound up; there is a dispute at law with the tenant Mrs. Knipe  , & until that is decided, the assets cannot be divided. Much luck could not come of that property; the owners neither feared God, nor pitied the poor; but I hope and pray that there may be a blessing in what remains of it. My poor Father  did the whole mischief by not making a new will; when the increase of his family required it. I need not tell you to avoid that error; for I believe you have avoided it. As I will probably be writing to you again before long, I will add no more, but that praying for every blessing to you & yours, remain your ever affectionate Mother
 “Minnie” Amelia Lydia DARE – wife of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 David JACKSON, youngest surviving brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 The more I look at this name “Aunt James McCULLAGH” the more confused I get. I suspect Eliza is referring to a wife of a James McCULLAGH. One likelihood is Eliza WALLACE, wife of James McCULLAGH of Drummuck.
 Probably James McCULLAGH of Corfad who died December 7, 1880 at age 84. His wife had predeceased him (if my records are correct – I don’t recall the source).
 Rev. Joseph Barkley (1811- November 17, 1880) husband of Sarah JACKSON (aunt of Sir Thomas JACKSON)
 Mary (JACKSON) MENARY – sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 Andrew Coulter Bradford JACKSON – younger brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 Lionsden is a farm near Trim, Co. Meath that Andrew Coulter Bradford JACKSON either leased or bought.
 This would be Cavananore, the farm that the JACKSONs lost to Samuel BRADFORD but which Sir Thomas later bought back and was able to keep in the family.
 Samuel BRADFORD - I am still guessing here – but I think he is the one who was the son of Samuel BRADFORD & Margaret HENRY and who married Sarah WILSON.
 Which John McCULLAGH this might be, I don’t know.
 Romans 12:20. "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head."
 This likely refers to the family of Daniel Gunn BROWNE & Margaret JACKSON – likely some of their children.
 Going from the context , I suspect this is Elizabeth BROWN (1847-1911), daughter of Daniel Gunn BROWNE & Margaret JACKSON, and wife of James JACKSON, Eliza's son.. This Elizabeth and Eliza attended Freeduff church together on a regular basis.
 Sarah (JACKSON) GILMORE, wife of Eliezer GILMORE & sister to Sir Thomas JACKSON.
 Probably Mary MENARY 1872-1946), daughter of Mary (JACKSON) MENARY – sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON.
 This is likely Rev. Daniel Gunn BROWNE(1808-1892) husband of Margaret JACKSON.
 Mr. COCHRANE?
 The word “connexion” is used often and seems to include both friends and family.
 John JACKSON (1839-1886) older brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 William OLIVER d. Oct 15, 1873.
 Mrs. KNIPE? It is perhaps relevant that a Dr. KNIPE currently owns the townland to the east of Killynure.
 Benjamin OLIVER (1765-1831)
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