Urker April 6th 1887
My dear Tom – I received your letter from Bombay  yesterday, I must say I was glad and thankful. May God keep you and prosper you wherever you go. By the same mail, which will bring you this; you will probably receive a letter which will surprise you; as much as the business which it will be on surprised me yesterday; namely a proposal of marriage from Andy McCullagh  for Peggy  ; I was astonished and did not know what to say; I told him (he came here) that I thought it a foolish thing for both parties  . Your Father  is rather favourable to it. I would prefer that she would remain as she is; if she could be content; but I did not altogether object to it. He is a very different person from Fred Griffin  in character, property, education, connexions, manners, and appearance. Also he makes his proposal honourably & aboveboard. Finally it was resolved to leave the matter altogether to you; and may God direct you to make whatever decision will be for the best If you approve of it, I think it probable that the affair will go on; for I suspect she is fond of him; but if you do not consent; neither will I.
I only wrote once to Bombay; I had nothing to add to that letter. I wrote since to Hong Kong. Mr Johnstons  business is still in status quo; but it is no great matter. Minnie wrote me when your telegram came; I heard from her since; the only news was about the children but of course you have heard that from herself; I fear that the change of climate will tell on the children for some time; but they will outgrow it.
Father  keeps well; I think he is well as before his illness. I have still a little cough, but nothing to speak of; but we have had a terrible fright about Kate  . She has been dangerously ill with inflammation of the lungs; but is now thanks be to God, in the way of recovering. Sally  & Lizzie  are both with her, and sit up night about. I had a letter from Sally today saying that Kate was getting on nicely; and she thought that she herself could now do all that was to be done; which is fortunate; for Lizzie must get to her Father  . The Browns have taken a house at Blackrock  ; one of the large houses above the village; and are about removing their furniture to it. Beatrice  and Hugh  and their servant boy are to go to New Holland  today, for the purpose of packing up. If they had done long ago, what they are doing now; it would have been wiser than to be paying out for two houses. I know nothing about Aunt Barkley  , except that she went to Belfast before Xmas; and has not returned since. Nothing new in either Kiltebane  , Derryvalley  or Drummuck  . I hope to hear often from you, and trust that you will have good news to send; and that your long and self denying journey will not have been in vain.
That God may bless and prosper you and yours and bring you home again in peace and safety; prays your ever affectionate and deeply obliged Mother
PS I am ashamed of my writing; it is so far from what it used to be; but it is still legible, and better than my last to you. I am not so old.
 Bombay, India where Sir Thomas was doing work for HSBC although he was mostly based in Hong Kong.
 Andrew Bradford McCULLAGH (?-1897), son of Thomas McCULLAGH & Sarah McCULLAGH of Derryvalley, Co. Monaghan.
 Margaret (JACKSON) REID (1853-1944) – widowed sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 They would be married 25 days later – a marriage that would last 10 years until his death. They would have six children together.
 David JACKSON
 Frederick Richard GRIFFIN (1858-1890) was 14 years younger than Mary (JACKSON) MENARY – widowed sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON. They married October 28, 1886 .
 Mr. JOHNSTON?
 David JACKSON (1814-1899)
 Kate Maria Jane WHITING, widow of John JACKSON older brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON.
 Sarah (JACKSON) GILMORE – sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON, resident at Liscalgot a townland beside Urker, Co Armagh.
 Elizabeth Sarah BROWNE (1847-?), daughter of Hugh Kirkpatrick Browne and wife of “Jemmie” James JACKSON (brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON)
 Daniel Gunn BROWNE (1808-1892) famed preacher and supporter of tenant rights.
 Blackrock, Co. Louth, near Dundalk
 Beatrice Matilda BROWNE daughter of Daniel Gunn BROWNE & Margaret JACKSON. I believe she never married.
 Hugh Kirkpatrick BROWNE (?-1904), son of Hugh Kirkpatrick Browne. He had a daughter Lily BROWNE who died as an infant in 1893. The name of his wife is not yet known to me.
 New Holland, Co. Armagh where the BROWN family had lived – near Keady.
 Sarah (JACKSON) BARKLEY (1811-1892), widow of Rev. Joseph BARKLEY & sister of Margaret (JACKSON) BROWNE – she later died at the BROWNE residence at Sandymount near Dundalk at age 81 a few months before Daniel Gunn BROWNE died. Her sister Margaret survived them both.
 Kiltebane, Co. Armagh. This would seem to be the home of Elizabeth Johanna DONALDSON née JACKSON, an aunt of Sir Thomas. I need to explore this further. PRONI Freeholder records show this to be held by Samuel BROWN in 1824. Since the father of Thompson BROWN is also a Samuel, this hooks my interest. See also letter of October 15, 1874.
 Derryvalley, Co. Monaghan, home of McCULLAGH family
 Drummuck, Co. Monaghan, home of McCULLAGH family.
 David JACKSON, youngest surviving brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON – on leave for HSBC where he had been working in the Far East.
 Near Trim, CO. Meath, home of Andrew Coulter Bradford JACKSON, younger brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON
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