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This is another of the 77 letters and documents found in a bog in Ireland. Eliza and David went to settle rent with JOHNSTON; TJ's father in good health; TJ fears he may not see his mother again; debts from John McCULLAGH itemized.
Sharon Oddie Brown. October 6, 2006


Urker March 22 1887


My darling Tom,


            I addressed one letter to you to Bombay, which probably you have read ere now. I would have written again but I wished to be able to give you news of any final settlement with Mr Johnston [1] . I went with David [2] to him this day week; and he did not object to the way in which I expected the acct to be settled; but he would not finally settle till he consult Mr Thorpe [3] which he could not do in less than a fortnight. So let it be; thanks to God and you, I am not afraid of him or anyone else.


            I suppose you have heard from Minnie [4] of dear Kathleen’s [5] illness and likely of anything else that has since taken place. I have nothing to add to what she wrote. My cough still clings to me, especially at night; but it is not deadly; and the dear old Governor [6] is as well as ever he was. Long may he reign! for a more affectionate or good natured man, never lived. David [7] and Sally [8] went to Slieveroe [9] yesterday; I do know when they will be back.


            I got your picture last week from London. It is admirable and is installed in the place of honour over the mantel piece. It will be there as long as I live. You seem to have a foreboding that we will not all meet again. I have nothing of the kind. Whether it is faith in God, or the old blood of Derry [10] and the Boyne [11] that is the cause, I am not much given to fear for the future.


            Since I began to write; a letter from John McCullagh [12] came in. I enclose it. I can give the dates by means of the blocks in my cheque book. I must also furnish them to John. They are as follow

Feb 14th 1883 ₤1250:0:0

March 13th ₤18:0:0

April 17th ₤250:0:0

May 1st ₤72:0:0

I can scarcely write, for I am shivering with cold, the weather is awful.

John sent ₤30 to me as interest & gave ₤38 more to you, which was all he ever paid [13] .             

 The documents are lodged in the Bank with Mr Rogers [14] ; and I would not like to disturb them till you come home. I had a letter from Minnie since I began to write. She has sent me photos of all the children. Tom [15] seems greatly improved; just as you said. The others look well also.


            No more at present, but may God bless you and bring you safe home to your affectionate Mother,

                        Eliza Jackson


Waste paper for a wonder [16]



[1] Mr. JOHNSTON was a land agent.

[2] David JACKSON –youngest surviving brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON

[3] Mr. THORPE?

[4] Amelia Lydia DARE – wife of Sir Thomas JACKSON

[5] Kathleen McCullagh JACKSON1872-1959) – eldest daughter of Sir Thomas JACKSON

[6] David JACKSON(1814-1889) – father of Sir Thomas JACKSON

[7] David JACKSON –youngest surviving brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON

[8] “Sally” Sarah (JACKSON) GILMORE – sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON

[9] Slieveroe, Co. Monaghan, residence of Margaret (JACKSON) (REED) MCCULLAGH

[10] A reference to the siege of Derry in 1689 which lasted 105 days and took a huge toll on many lives.

[11] The Battle of the Boyne in 1690, another Protestant victory that was a date to conjure with.

[12] John MCCULLAGH – this is possibly the brother of Andrew Bradford McCULLAGH (husband of Margaret JACKSON) who emigrated to Eureka, California and died there in 1909. It is also possibly John Wallace McCULLAGH (1840-1895) the son of James McCULLAGH & Eliza WALLACE

[13] NOTE: The debts add up to ₤1590.

[14] .Mr.William E ROGERS, Manager of the Crossmaglen branch of the Belfast Bank.

[15] Thomas Dare JACKSON (1876-1954), son of Sir Thomas JACKSON.

[16] Usually Eliza filled ever bit of every page – but this is the first time a half page was left unfilled.



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