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This is one of the 77 letters and documents found in a bog in Ireland sometime before 1960. NEWS: TJ's brother "Jemmie" and wife Lizzie are living at Legmoylin; the Land Commission's decision about Cavananore & Sam BRADFORD.
Sharon Oddie Brown. October 9, 2006


Urker  Feb 14 1888


My dear Minnie [1]


            Your telegram & letters reached me safely; many thanks for your kind wishes [2]


            I have not much news, but even if I had none, I would write to say how happy we shall be to see you, and as many of the children as you think fit to bring with you. I do not recollect whether I told you that Jemmie [3] and Lizzie [4] have taken up their abode in Legmoylin [5] ; so that we have three unoccupied bedrooms; and Sally has one; so now you can see the extent of our sleeping accommodations. The old Governor [6] and I are quite alone, just like a newly married couple. We are both well, for I need not complain of my ear; as it gives me no pain, it is not worth speaking about.


            The Land Commission have given their decision about Cavananore [7] . Cousin Sam [8] is to get a reduction of ₤60 a year on his rent; but he is not satisfied with that; and has appealed to the superior Court; so the case must be tried over again.


            It is near post hour, so I must conclude. Thanks for your offer of the ginger; but I have no taste for sweets [9] . I have some still of what David [10] brought but I never think of using it.


            With love to the children ever dear Minnie,

                        yours most affectionately,

                                    Eliza Jackson


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

[2] Celebrating Eliza Jackson’s 50th wedding anniversary.

[3] “Jemmie” James JACKSON – younger brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON

[4] Elizabeth Sarah BROWNE wife of James JACKSON & daughter of Daniel Gunn BROWNE

[5] "Local knowledge suggests that Sir Thomas bought Legmoylin House and lands for the couple” SOURCE: Mary Cumiskey.  It is a townland of 342 acres in the Parish of Creggan, Co. Armagh.

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

[7] Cavananore, Co. Louth – land that the OLIVERs & JACKSONs once controlled, but lost.

[8] Samuel BRADFORD

[9] This in spite of her legendary ever-present box of chocolates!

[10] David JACKSON younger brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON



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