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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



March 12th 1903

My dearest Sallie [1] ,

                 I hope this will reach you before you start for S. Africa.  It does not seem so far away as California and I trust you will not find the voyage out as severe as you did coming home.  I do trust & pray that God will bless and guard you one and all, from all evil and that the climate will soon set the dear children up, and restore them to complete health again.  I was so sorry they had been suffering and hope they will soon rejoice your heart in renewed health.  I will always remember their sweet ways here, & how they accepted us at once as if they had known us all their lives.  When Mrs. Wallace [2] heard you were going to S. Africa, she said you should take lots of "Keatings Powder" for insects and "naphtha" the strong smell helps to free you from their plague.

    I am thankful to say Father [3] is keeping well this winter and going about his business.  I should like to have seen you again but you seem to have decided at short notice on your start & we could not arrange to go any place where you were lately without some planning.  God bless you dear friend in all your ways & with fond love to you Clair [4] & Mary [5] from your loving friend

                                        Hannah G. McKean [6]

[1] Sarah (McCullagh) Whiteside

[2] WALLACE? There are several who married DICKIE and DONALDSON family members and who might be candidates.

[3] William McKEAN (1822-1906)

[4] Thomas Clair WHITESIDE, son of Sarah WHITESIDE

[5] Mary Ione WHITESIDE, daughter of Sarah WHITESIDE

[6] Hannah Georgina McKEAN, daughter of William McKEAN and Mary Anne Jane  BARTLEY


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