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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


Bona Vista

October 27

Dear Sarah [1] - I have just had your address from Sarah Rackie [2] .  So now I send you a box which your dear Mother [3] gave me.  it was from her I learned all the painting of flowers that I know, and I can recall many happy hours spent with her, when I received her much valued lessons old as I am 84.  I have a very clear rememberance of those days.  I have heard from Sarah what a roving life yours has been, such has pleasures and trials too.  I hope you are blessed with good health and able to enjoy such times - that alone makes happiness.  I am rather shaky often, but I only have to look around to see many worse.  And now good bye until we meet in our home above.

    With love yours affectionately

                  Essie Wade [4]

[1] Sarah (McCullagh) Whiteside

[2] Sarah RACKIE?

[3] Sarah McCULLAGH (1816-1857)

[4] “Essie” Esther (née McCULLAGH) WADE (1827-1911), daughter of James McCULLAGH of Corfad and Sarah MURDOCH. She died December 25, 1911.


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