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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

                                                           Sept 25 1896

My dear Sallie [1]

             I received your welcome letter this morning Friday 25  I was sorry to hear that the dear little ones [2] were ill  I hope by this time with God's blessing they are all right  I hope you had my letters & papers forwarded to you I never neglected to write & send papers  I hope my last which is a week posted, you will get as there was a small enclosure in it  I will return to Drumuck [3] next week they are very kind to me here.  I was showing your Photos to the Rev Mr Young [4] he was greatly pleased with them and thought Clair far older that he is I have no news only I wanted you to know that I got your letter  Many kisses to the dear children & love to you &  Mr. W [5]   Sallie McMurry [6] & Jane [7] send their love to you I made a mistake in my last in putting down what I had put in the Bank  It is £238 the Lord is good to me

                     yours ever
                     dear Sallie
                     From your old
                          Mother Cready [8]  

I may give all your friends love to you

I hope you may be comfortable in the house when you go to it.  I am glad you like the weather we have very bad weather here

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

[2] Thomas Clair aged 3 & Mary Ione aged 7 months.

[3] Drummuck, home of McCULLAGH family in Co. Monaghan

[4] Rev YOUNG?

[5] Rev William Sherlock WHITESIDE (1860-1916), husband to Sarah McCULLAGH

[6] Sally McMURRAY

[7] Jane SKELLEY – she & Sally McMURRAY are often mentioned together in letters

[8] Mary Anne McCready (?-1897), the governness


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