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This letter was transcribed thanks to the considerable efforts of Wendy Jack. The footnotes were prepared by myself and then verified (and corrected or amplified) by Wendy. Many of the letters are the property of Betty Whiteside and/or Wendy Jack. Any researchers who wish to make further use of them should check with them first.
Sharon Oddie Brown, modified June 8, 2005

Ballibay Co Monaghan
26 October 1888


Dear Sir

I enclose you an order for 12.6.4 balance of Rent due you up to 1st November 1887 As soon as I possibly can I will collect this year and forward it to you. I have not the money myself to forward it or I would send it at once I assure you there is one tenant has not settled out yet for 1887 but I will make him settle both years the coming sessions I am sorry to see you are poorly I hope you are better by the time this reaches. as soon as ever I can I will send you another remittance the whole year if in my power All your friends are as usual [????]

With kind regard to you and your family

I remain yours sincerely

M M Rutherford [1]

PS Edward M.[Barry] wanted us to allow him something for repairing his but he lived under a lease and he is just as able to pay it as you are expt to allow me I will give him nothing

[1] Canley Rutherford of M. M. Rutherford & Co. General Merchants, Ballybay Matthew McCauley Rutherford was the son of William Rutherford and Esther Reed. The family are buried at Cahans (see At the Ford of the Birches, page 195). Although Esther's age is given as 62 yrs when she died in 1863, I'm fairly certain she is the daughter of Hamilton Reed and Martha Carlile, who according to Mary McNeil was born 4 May 1811 (see Chart 2). The discrepancy in her birthdate may be due to inaccurate transcription or to deterioration of the stone (I think some of the other transcriptions are suspect also). A branch of this Rutherford family came out to Australia and Wnedy Jack was in touch with a descendant, David Rutherford. She had some material on the family copied from a website that no longer seems to be around it was a site by a Canadian Rutherford researcher, but had a page on the Australian branch which had been contributed by David. The names Hamilton, Reed/Reid and Bartley were carried on in the family. Matthew seems to have been a jack-of-all-trades, and to have had a finger in many a Ballybay pie, from reading the Murnanes' book. The letterheads on his correspondence range from a very plain, low-key M.M. Rutherford & Co., General Merchants, Ballybay to: M.M. Rutherford & Co., Grocers, Ironmongers, Seedsmen & Undertakers, Ballibay, Co. Monaghan. Nothing like diversity!


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