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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

M M Rutherford & Co.,
                                                             General Merchants
                                                               Ballibay
                                                                 22 August 1894

Dear Sir

       In reply to yours in which you acknowledge the £25 I sent you.  I really couldn’t send you the £15 for quarter I have not the cash I am now in [????] and I sometimes get it hard to meet my a/c  The land Gray [1] holds in [Tossy] he has not paid one penny of rent since 1888 and the same [he] has done with Mills [2] [???] and Mr Hubbard [3] .  Mr McWilliam [4] has entered a [call] against them for you and Mills [???] and I expect they will pay with costs  the tenants that E W Gray [5] put in the land went into the Courts and got it reduced near the half so he [wrote] us to pay our share of the costs and take the reduced rent  I believe we will have to take the reduced rent but we will not pay Mr Wright [6] costs  when the matter is settled I will write you at once  In fact I have sent you more cash than I received off the tenants for the past three years  I neednt speak to your brother James [7] on the matter he is [getting] the [world] tight enough himself I dont like the way he is doing.  Hoping you and family are well.

                                         Yours sincerely

                                           M M Rutherford [8]

To Mr T McCullagh [9]


[1] Possibly E.W. GRAY

[2] MILLS (?)

[3] HUBBARD (?)

[4] possibly Russell MCWILLIAMS

[5] See Murnane, “At the Ford of the Birches” page 479. Of interest, amongst the tenants in the property accounts as well as Gray there are the Duffy brothers. I wonder if they are connected to the Felix Duffy on page 474?

[6] The Wright family figures in various intermarriages, but I am in the dark here This one may simply be coincidental

[7] James McCullagh, brother to Sarah (McCullagh) Whiteside

[8] Matthew Macaulay RUTHERFORD (1845-1926) – land agent and merchant in Ballybay.

[9]   All of Rutherford's letters were to Thomas McCullagh (1854-1920), brother to Sarah (McCullagh) Whiteside. By the time his son,  Alexander James MCCULLAGH inherited the property, William MARTIN was handling the property management

 

 

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