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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

Wednesday [1]

My very dear Sarah [2] ,

I was ever so glad to get your kind letter. It is only today that I feel well enough to write. I had a nights coughing the night after you went away and every day I felt so tired with the cough when I got up in the morning I had no inclination to do anything but sleep if I could. Dr. Reid [3] called on Saturday he gave me some pills and on Sunday last he sent me a box of pills to be taken when going to bed, a tonic to be taken three times a day a gargle and ordered me beef-tea to keep up my strength I am not allowed wine and to keep out of the cold, in going through the house I am to keep my mouth covered with a handkerchief I felt quite rested after last night's sleep and am up since half past eleven I hope I shall soon be quite better The cough is not quite gone but nearly I think if I once I begin to sleep well at night I'll soon be well. Sarah [4] sends her love to you and Miss McCreedy [5] and thanks to you for your enquiries about her, her cough is gone but she is not strong Jane Skelly [6] and Sally McMurray [7] were here yesterday to see us Mr & Mrs Smyth [8] called since you were here I think they called in Derryvalley to see you and Miss McCreedy for Mr Smyth said he did not think Miss McC would have stayed such a short time and something about wishing or seeing Miss McCreedy. Andy [9] never called here since you left John [10] sees them nearly every day they come sometimes to the gate for him. I think from what John says that Andy is as well as when you went away. So you have no end of trouble revising, correcting that valentine Have you sent it yet when I tell you Mr. G [11] is as matter of fact and as cool apparently as a cucumber what will you think of me I am wondering if you sent it I had emptied my purse paying for my stays and if I had asked for a penny I must tell what I wanted to do with it. Now my dear Sarah you must not be angry with me because I send you a stamp for the postage of that letter I am ever so glad to let Jas [12] see I can have a letter posted to him if I choose. I suppose Mr. G will say when he sees it like Sir Colei Bacon "It deserveth not to be read in the schools but to be freightered in the ship of fools". Mamma [13] has just come and says your two brothers [14] and John [15] have come up the road now. I read Curiosities of Liturature D'Isreali found old Joseph a real Character only he kept a carriage. I am very glad you have so much variety it will do you good I an not strong today so you must excuse this badly written letter and like a dear good girl burn it . I am still weary enough to do little. I am taking the tonic am certainly stronger than I was since I renewed my cold. The day you went away I should not have gone into the kitchen that day but I am not pleased with Jas and he is not going to be my master. I hope you will soon write to me. Dr. Reid [16] said that Maggie [17] intended to be to see us soon I never saw Mrs. McMurray [18] since she was at meeting on Sunday I enclose you a few lines of poetry I do not know if you will like it. Hoping soon to hear from you and with love to Miss McCreedy and a double portion to yourself my dear Sarah

Your attached cousin,
Mary McCullagh [19]

Dr. Reid had Cold as well as the others in Mount Bleasant

[1] The date is unknown.

[2] Sarah (McCullagh) WHITESIDE (although the letter is likely dated before her marriage)

[3] likely Robert Hamilton REID (1847-1881)

[4] Sarah McCULLAGH, daughter of James McCULLAGH & Eliza WALLACE

[5] Mary Anne McCready (?-1897) - governess to the McCULLAGH family.

[6] Jane SKELLY?

[7] Sally McMURRAY? CLUES? An Unnamed McMURRAY married an Elizabeth McCULLAGH and their son Thomas McMURRAY married a Jane REED. Another McMURRAY married a Mary McCULLAGH, daughter of James McCULLAGH and Eliza Wallace

[8] SMYTH?

[9] Possibly Andrew Bradford McCULLAGH (?-1897), the brother of Sarah McCULLAGH although the allusion to the valentine throws this into some question.

[10] John Wallace McCULLAGH (1840-1895), brother of the letter writer & son of James McCULLAGH & Eliza WALLACE..

[11] Mr. G? The possibilities (and there are more) would include GILMORE & GRIFFIN.

[12] Jas?

[13] Eliza WALLACE wife of James McCULLAGH

[14] She has more than two brothers, so Id be guessing here.

[15] Probably John Wallace McCULLAGH, son of James McCULLAGH & ELiza WALLACE and brother of the letter writer.

[16] Robert Hamilton REID (1847-1881), husband of Margaret JACKSON

[17] Margaret (Jackson) REID (1853-1944)

[18] Mrs. McMURRAY? Possibly mother of the above Sally McMURRAY.

[19] Mary McCULLAGH, daughter of James McCULLAGH & Eliza WALLACE


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