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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

 

Derrivalley [1]
 2d March 1874

My Dear Sal [2]

          Inclosed I send you one pound.  I thought it better than sending stamps as it would be unpleasant to be asking cash for them.  John [3] and Tom [4] got a very rough passage to Liverpool [5] last Wednesday night they were all very sick but I believe the arrived safe.  A neighbour girl that was on the same Boat wrote to her parents, and told all about it.  We are very lonely here.  Mary [6] and the children are all well.  The Election for the Dispensary Doctor [7] will take place tomorrow.  I hope aunt Peggy [8] continues better give my love to her and Peg Jackson [9]

           Ever your loving Father

                    Thos McCullagh [10]



[1] Derrivalley, Co. Monaghan – home of MCCULLAGH family.

[2] Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside b. 1852

[3] John McCullagh, brother of Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside

[4] Thomas McCullagh, brother of Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside

[5] Sailed on Wednesday, February 25, 1874 to Liverpool and thence to the USA

[6] Probably Mary (née MCCULLAGH) REID who had at least half a dozen children by now.

[7] Probably Dr. Robert Hamilton REID of Slieveroe won this election.

[8] Probably Margaret BRADFORD (1786- August 1784). She lived at Cavananore with Mary Jane OLIVER.

[9] Margaret JACKSON (1853-1944), sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON who would first marry Robert Hamilton REID and then Andrew Bradford MCCULLAGH

[10] Thomas McCullagh  1793-1877.

 

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