My dearest Sallie  ,
I was indeed delighted to have the reading of your two most interesting letters  , the first to Miss McCready  which she sent on to me after they had read it at Slieveroe. Then last week Mary  sent me from Belfast the last one giving the great account of your journey & settling in Ione  . What you must have suffered from the heat. I hope it is cooler now, and that you & Mr. Whiteside  are keeping quite well, & that he is quite recovered from the cold he had. We felt the cold here intensely after enjoying so much lovely hot summer weather. This night there is a great storm. We have already had some severe frosts, our pond covered with ice!! I conclude you got my last dated 29th Sept as you had heard of dear Alice Gardiner  being called home. Her mother is expected home next week from Jennie Gordon's  . Miss Houghton  has her sister with her at Annvale - but she will soon leave her. I very often think of you dear friend & fancy you busy in your new home. I am so glad Mr. Whiteside has got a congregation and trust you will both be the means of doing much good in our Master's service. I am sure you will be learning the organ before long. It is a great change in the service for you. Just fancy we are going to have the railway  at last through Keady!! They might have made it years ago when you & I could have exchanged visits more frequently. The Midland Great Western are to bring the line from Kings Court to Castleblayney, on here to Armagh to Cookstown, so we are in the midst of changes of all kinds. Then Dr. Allen  is going to leave this with his family to take charge of The Retreat as his father has retired to Warrenpoint. So already seven young Doctors are busy canvassing all who have a vote. Dr. John Elliott  & Jimmie  came to canvas for their brother Dr. Bertie Elliott  . We had not seen the former for years, & at first Father  thought he wanted Keady for himself!! and was quite ready to vote for him, but of course it was his young brother he was working for. The election will not be till January. There may be a great number in the field by then. Miss McCready wrote me twice lately and was so good as to send me her photo which is a splendid likeness of her. I suppose it is the same as yours. They are to have a sale of works next month, but I could not promise to send this time as I am more fully occupied in the office  every day at this season than later on, and have nothing ready. As for painting I have done nothing for ages. Aunt Sarah  is away in Edinburgh last three weeks she crossed with Miss Kirk  , and proved a very bad sailor but you must have suffered a lot. It was dreadful. I hope you have long ere this quite recovered all bad effects of that journey. Have you any land with the house, or a cow? I will enclose a tiny packet of poppy seeds saved from one your plants. May be they well grow. I am glad you gained a prize for yr exhibits. Ione is not marked on our maps. I read in a paper lately an account of Wolfe Ione's career I suppose he gave his name to your place. It is a long distance from Eureka from the time you spent on the journey. Father was two days in Dublin & Lusk last week, and twice in Armagh at Land Court this week, and is now writing rent receipts beside me. He loves to hear about you & talk too. May the Lord bless and keep you & yr husband safe, and may we meet again here, or where there are no more partings. I was reading a letter of yours to me written about 20 years ago!! You said you were fast growing into the sere & yellow leaf stage!! What are we now? Tell me if the postage is all right. I don't wish you to have any to pay on it. I wrote to Eva Reed  when sending her your letter. It was a happy plan sending it to all the friends. Father and Annie  unite with me in fondest love to your dearest self & kindest regards to Mr. Whiteside 
from your ever affectionate friend
Ellie McKean 
 Sarah (McCullagh) Whiteside (1852-1939)
 Likely to announce the birth of her son, seven months after her marriage. The wording here displays a certain delicacy.
 Mary Anne McCREADY (?-1897), Governess
 probably Mary (McCullagh) Reid, wife of William Reid
 Ione, California, USA
 William Sherlock Whiteside
 Alice Sarah GARDINER, daughter of William GARDINER and Mary COULTER
 Jennie GORDON?
 Miss HOUGHTON?
 Railway date?
 Dr. ALLEN?
 Dr. John ELLIOT?
 Jimmie ELLIOT?
 Dr. Bertie ELLIOT
 William McKEAN
 I wonder if she worked in the office at the mills at Laragh – one of her father’s mills
 Aunt Sarah?
 Miss KIRK?
 Eva Oliver (Reed) Ussher
 Annie McKEAN, sister of Alicia Eleanor McKEAN
 Rev. William Sherlock WHITESIDE (1860-1916), husband of Sarah McCULLAGH
 “Ellie” Alicia Eleanor McKEAN, daughter of William McKEAN and Mary Anne Jane BARTLEY. She seems to be a contemporary of Sarah WHITESIDE, probably born circa 1852
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