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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


                                                      C/O Rev W.D. Killen [1] D.D.
College Park
 21st Sept 95

My Dear Mrs. Whiteside [2]

                     I am sure you will be surprised to get a letter from me but when I was at home recently for some Holidays Miss McCready [3] gave me your address and I thought I would write and thank yous for your goodness to me only for yous I would never be like what I am today I am living with Dr Killen eight months now I was in the Home 1 year and nine months Lizzie [4] is in the Home now and if my mother [5] had got her well there would a been none of us in it but thank God it was his choice he has promised to be a Father to the Fatherless so he has been a Father to me in this towne alone  Miss McCready showed me babus Photo and I think it is a spleandid little thing I hope Mr. Whiteside [6] and it are quite well also yous self I hope to see yous all again some time if not here I hope in heaven  Dear Mrs. Whiteside I would like you would write to me if it was only a line to let me know yous were all well the only way that I can thankyous is to pray to the Lord Jesus to reward yous for your goodness to me  I would a been a slave in the fields only for yous give my love to Mr. Whiteside and tell him that I was asking for him.  Lizzie and I are quit well and I hope you will write soon for I will be watching for one from yous good bye

                                          Yours very Truely

                                              Bella Branion [7]

[1] Rev W.D> KILLEN?

[2] Sarah (née McCULLAGH) WHITESIDE (1852-1939)

[3] Mary Anne McCREADY (?-1897), Governess

[4] Lizzie?

[5] Mother of Bella BRANION?

[6] William Sherlock WHITESIDE (1860-1916), husband of Sarah (née McCULLAGH) WHITESIDE

[7] Bella BRANION?


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