Urker March 28th 1894
[Recd 1 May]
My dear Tom
Though not well able to write I must endeavour to scribble a line of congratulation on the Bank reports which I received last Monday. First of all, thanks be to God for all his mercies. It was he who gave you wisdom & courage to do what you have done, the same as he taught King David’s “hands to war and fingers to fight”  ; and blessed your endeavours with good success. You have not lived in vain for you are, and have been, a blessing to thousands. Your position is one of great care and responsibility, but your success is a rich reward for it all. I never despaired of “the old cow”  ; I always felt that my petitions for her were heard, and answered. And I have the same answers for those which I offered up for my children and grandchildren. They will all do well for the blessings which I have implored for them will be lighting upon them both now and when I shall be mingled with the clouds of the valley. But you had the blessing of a holier woman than ever I was. Do you remember old Rose’s  dying words, “My blessing go with you Tommy Jackson”? So it did by land and by sea.
Terry Larkin  is dead; I am glad that you called to see him. Did anyone write to you that your favourite Sarah McCullagh  had a fine young son  born some time in January  . Her letters are cheerful, she seems to be comfortable and happy. There is nothing new among us, except that your Aunt Brown  and her family are to leave Sandymount  at May, and are going to live with her daughter Margaret  at Bird Hill  . Mrs [Maynagh?] the owner of Sandymount is coming to live there herself. I think it will be good for all parties to be living together.
So poor old Mr Gladstone  has thrown up the sponge at last. Oh that he had died before he took that awful caper about Home Rule. His name had been a household word while memory would last. I must tell you a joke about his resignation. A labourer of Willy Corr’s lamented about him, “So we have lost Mr Gladstone, but we have got a fine man in his place, one Mr Gooseberry”! The Irish are great politicians.
“The royal family” are getting on as well as heart could wish. Urker  , Liscalgot  and Cavananore  are flourishing apace. You would rub your eyes if you saw the latter place; it is coming around to be like what it used to be. If cousin Sam  had had it a couple of years longer, it would have been little worth.
I hope the children who had colds when you wrote are quite well again & that you have succeeded in getting a summer residence in the Peak; that will be for the good of all your healths. We expect Beatrice  , Tom  & Julius  next week. All are well here, but I had a cough all winter which has left me very weak. Besides I am very infirm though in good health. The cough is gone since the good weather came in and we are very busy getting in the crop. I am truly glad to hear that David  & Louisa  are doing well. I hope they will be happy and useful.
When did I write as much as I have done today, or when will I write as much again? We shall hear before long if you can do anything for young Rainsford  . Unless you can help, I fear both he and Sam Gilmore  will have a bad change. If I did not think that they would serve the Bank as well as any others, I would never say a word for either of them.
Your affectionate & happy Mother,
 Psalm 144
 The family’s pet name for HSBC.
 I still do not know who “Rose” was, but it sounds as if she died sometime around the 1850s and would likely have been in the Creggan area.
 Terry LARKIN?
 Sarah MCCULLAGH (1852-1939), sister of Andrew Bradford MCCULLAGH & wife of Rev. William Sherlock WHITESIDE.
 Thomas Claire WHITESIDE (1893-1959). He was actually born October 1st, but since this would mean his mother was pregnant at the wedding, there is a bit of a dodge in the dates.
 His actual birth date was October 1, 1893, but since he was born six months after his parent’s marriage, it seems that this was a necessary fiction for his mother to put forward. The family had emigrated to America immediately after the wedding, which made the fiction easier to sustain.
 Margaret (JACKSON) BROWNE d. 1895 – widow of Daniel Gunn BROWNE.
 This is the Sandymount that was just outside Dundalk, Co. Louth
 Margaret Jackson BROWNE, daughter of Daniel Gunn BROWNE & Margaret JACKSON
 Bird Hill – I think it was in Co. Armagh near Keady – but not sure.
 Prime Minister of England
 Urker, Co. Armagh near Crossmaglen. Home of Eliza JACKSON
 Liscalgot – townland beside Urker, home of Eliezer GILMORE & his wife Sarah (JACKSON) GILMORE – sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 Cavananore, Co. Louth. Now leased by (I believe) Sir Thomas JACKSON
 Samuel BRADFORD had the lease on Cavananore, but lost it.
 Beatrice Minnnie Shrieve JACKSON – daughter of Sir Thomas JACKSON, aged 5.
 Thomas Dare JACKSON, son of Sir Thomas JACKSON, age 18
 George Julius JACKSON, son of Sir Thomas JACKSON, age 11
 David JACKSON, younger brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON & serving with HSBC in the Far East.
 Margaret Louisa WRIGHT, wife of David JACKSON & sister of Robert Thomas WRIGHT, James Francis WRIGHT & John Stephenson Reed WRIGHT – all of whom served with HSBC in the Far East.
 A. L. RAINSFORD joined the London office of HSBC in 1897. I can’t yet place him, but there is mention of Rev Marcus RAINSFORD (Rector of Dundalk) & Rev. Jos G. RAINSFORD in Tempest's Annual, DUNDALK (1898 - 1976). As well, a Miss Edwina Rainsford, Dundalk (formerly of), died 08 Oct 1937. There are likely links.
 Samuel GILMORE (1874-1942), a son of Eliezer GILMORE & Sarah JACKSON – a sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON. He started with HSBC in 1898, and died in Hong Kong in October 1946 - after being a prisoner during WWII. Before this, he had been a successful stock broker in Tien-tsin.
 Amelia Lydia DARE – wife of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 Kathleen McCullagh JACKSON, age 22 – eldest daughter of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 Dorothy St. Felix JACKSON, age 7, daughter of Sir Thomas JACKSON
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