Urker Sept 7th 1887
[Answd 17 Oct – in Sir Thomas’ handwriting]
My dear Tom – I cannot longer defer writing to you, though I am not well able to write. I took a boiling in my left ear on Friday. fortnight, which caused no great pain for a week; at the end of that time it broke; and has ever since been discharging great quantities of matter. It has taken down my strength surprisingly, but now I hope the worst is over. Except for this, I am in good health, and as are all the rest of this family. Uncle Brown  has been ill with bronchitis; Aunt Brown  is always delicate. Beatrice  also was not well; and Elizabeth  was written for. to go to help to nurse them. She has been there for the last fortnight, and Jemmy  with her since last Saturday.
Peggy’s  wedding took place on the 31st ult. It was a very quiet affair’ just what suited my health. She and Sarah McCullagh  came here the previous evening; and went to Creggan Presbyterian Church next day; [a move?] praised by Father. The bridegroom & Miss Macready  met them there; & immediately after the ceremony, the new married couple started for Dublin. They met our Andy  accidentally next day; & he insisted on bringing them home with him to Forstertown  . They were much pleased with their visit; I heard from Peggy since.
Annie Reed  has left Slieveroe  of her own account; and has taken a situation somewhere in the south of England. Peggy told her when going, that she would always be welcome to come back. Peggy has always been kind to her; and very unthankful she has been for Peggy’s kindness. She was unthankful to poor Robert although he always did his best for her; & even her own sister Mrs. Wright  would not bear with her temper. Being among strangers will make her wiser, & make her know the good of home better  . Though I would have preferred that Peggy should have remained as she was; I am not displeased at her marriage; & neither Father  nor I can see anything to prevent them from doing well and being comfortable. Thompson  & Bessy  are displeased. Thompson does not like the McCullagh family  ; and true it is, they did not deserve to be liked; but Andy is not to blame for what others did; & there should be no prejudice against him. They also blame Peggy for keeping the affair secret from them; I was the very one who desired that it should not be mentioned to any one; till we would know whether it would take place or not.
Poor Minnie  is greatly disappointed at your prolonged absence. She wrote asking my advice what she should do. I advised her just to stay quietly where she is; & if she could, to get one of her cousins to stay with her; the months will quickly pass over till you return, & she will not feel lonely when she has her children about her. I think you did right to stay in the East, when you found that your services were required; for it would be bad for us all should anything go wrong with the old cow; but on no account prolong your stay beyond the time last appointed; you cannot stay all your life in the East, nor sacrifice yourself altogether. Though we approve of what you have done; we feel the disappointment very much. Every delay makes the chance less to your Father & me of seeing you again in this life, but duty should always come before pleasure,
May God bless & keep & prosper you, A blessing always followed you; and I hope it will not forsake you now.
 Daniel Gunn BROWNE
 Margaret (JACKSON) BROWNE
 Beatrice Matilda BROWNE, daughter of Daniel Gunn BROWNE & Margaret JACKSON
 Elizabeth Sarah BROWNE, daughter of Daniel Gunn BROWNE & Margaret JACKSON and wife of “Jemmie” James JACKSON – brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 “Jemmie” James JACKSON – brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 “Peggie” Margaret (JACKSON) REID – sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON - married Andrew Bradford MCCULLAGH
 Sarah MCCULLAGH (1852-1939), sister of Andrew Bradford MCCULLAGH
 Mary MCCREADY, governess for the MCCULLAGH family.
 Andrew Coulter Bradford JACKSON, brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 Forstertown, Co. Meath near Trim – where Andrew Coulter Bradford JACKSON farmed.
 Annie REID AKA REID – sister of Dr. Robert Hamilton REID, first husband of Margaret JACKSON
 Slieveroe, Co. Monaghan where the REID AKA REED family lives and where Robert Hamilton REID and his father both had a dispensary and practiced medicine.
 Sarah Jane REED sister of Robert Hamilton REED & wife of Robert WRIGHT a mill owner of Ballinode. Five of their six children either worked for HSBC or married men who did.
 Apparently not, as she died in England
 David JACKSON (1814-1889)
 Thompson BROWN, husband of “Bessie” Elizabeth JACKSON – sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 “Bessie” Elizabeth JACKSON – sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 There was a complicated history of land dealings gone sour between the two families.
 Amelia Lydia DARE – wife of Sir Thomas JACKSON
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