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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


This is very awkard after giving consent to sale at the above price whether the tenants will give the price we don't know, but of course Willie [2] can proceed no further in the matter.  In 6 or 7 yrs some of the tenants will have their rents revised & sure to be reduced then buying on the reduced rent will mean a reduced purchase & besides compulsary sale is in the air & if voluntary sale will not do the other must.  if it would stay as it is then it would do first rate.  Willie will send you some money soon he has not got all the rents yet.  My boys were all well when we heard.  We are expecting Tom [3] home this Spring I hope he may come  I never see or hear anything of Mrs. Boyes [4]   James [5] sees Mr. [McKitinny] [6] some times, he says they are all well  I hope you may be able to read this. Have you heard of this wonderful revival in Wales?  What dreadful work in Russia I am alone Cis [7] is out & W [8] in bed.  Both would send love if here with much love to you & yours  Your loving sister

                                  M Reid [9]

[1] This letter is likely addressed to Sarah WHITESIDE née MCCULLAGH, sister of the sender, Mary REID née MCCULLAGH.Going from the content,  I am guessing that it was sent in the late 1890s.

[2] possibly William REID (1866-1923) son of Mary REID née MCCULLAGH & William REID.

[3] Probably Thomas Whiteside REID, son of  Mary REID née MCCULLAGH & William REID

[4] Mrs. BOYES(?)

[5] possibly James McCullagh REID (b. 1873)

[7] “Cis” Sally MCCullagh REID, b1870, daughter of William REID and Mary McCULLAGH – sister of Sarah WHITESIDE.

[8] “W” probably the husband of the sender, William REID.



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