My Dear Sallie  ,
Yours to Alicia* this morning has given us all fresh thought for you & your darling little pets. We all hope & pray that the change will agree with you all. I am sure you will be very busy so tell Sissy Reid I will expect her to write to me to tell when news of you comes from afar. Africa  does not seem as far as California partly because there are so many from Keady there & they are always going & coming. I wrote to Mary Menary  since Christmas to ask how her mother  was keeping & I find from her our relation which Mary wrote & when I heard I knew it perfectly. Your fathers mother was a Miss Bartley  . Mrs. Jackson  said sister to my grand father but I think from looking at the Bartley papers & dates  she must have been his aunt. That can be settled when I find her name. I am sure you will be amused at me writing this. Mrs. Jackson said yr mother was not related but I always heard there was an intermarriage in an older generation that she was a far out one. This is all I know now & shortly there will be more. I remember the Bartley name in the country.
I hope you will get on better during this voyage & you ought to consult a Doctor before you start as there is such wonderful medicines these days for the heart & I have heard of several persons who was affected like you & they got relief when they got a Drs. advice. Of course once through the bay of Biscay you will likely have a good passage.
Ever yours affectionately
*NOTE: I neglected to footnote "Alicia". She is a sister of Annie McKEAN, the sende of this letter.
 Sarah (McCullagh) Whiteside
 Africa trip is mentioned in other letters
 Mary “Mollie” Menary, later to marry James Wright
 Mary (Jackson) (Menary) Griffin
 I have her father’s mother to be Jane REED (or REID)
 Mrs JACKSON – which one? There is a Robert McKEAN (1789-1837) husband of Anne JACKSON (1799-1829) who in turn is the daughter of a James JACKSON and a Mary KYDD. This Robert McKEAN would be the grandfather of the letter writer, Anne McKEAN. Pursuing this link could become interesting.
 I am unsure how all this fits in: Mary Jane “Jeannie” Gilmore (daughter of Eliezer Gilmore & Sarah Jackson) married Thomas Bartley. Then there is John Robert Bartley in Jeannie’s Birthday Book., as well as Bartley’s Grove near Ballybay.
 Thomas Clair WHITESIDE, son of Sarah WHITESIDE
 Mary Ione WHITESIDE, daughter of Sarah WHITESIDE
 Anne McKEAN, daughter William McKEAN and Mary Anne Jane BARTLEY.
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