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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

My Own dearest Sallie [1]

                    May God bless you all and bring you safely over the sea to the new country in S. Africa.  I pray the dear children may soon be strong again and that you dear wll not suffer on the voyage.  I hope Cis [2] will let me know the name of yr steamer.  You must be weary of all the packing up but I hope you will have time to get the naphtha & powder also camphor.  In a letter from Willie [3] yesterday he said there were 40 masons & bricklayers at work on new mill & next week he hoped to have 80 so the building is going quickly.  I wish you had seen him.  I had a letter from Bessie McMath [4] yesterday she & Arthur [5] are talking of California before next winter.  I hope dear you will let us know how you all get on.  Father [6] & Annie [7] join me in fondest love & every good wish for your happiness.

    Believe me always your most loving friend

                           Ellie McKean [8]


[1] Sarah (McCullagh) WHITESIDE (1852-1939)

[2] “Cis” possibly Sally McCullagh REID - a niece of Sarah McCullagh WHITESIDE – the daughter of Mary McCULLAGH & William REID

[3] “Willie” William McKEAN, brother of Alicia Eleanor McKEAN

[4] Bessie McMATH?

[5] Arthur?

[6] William McKEAN

[7] Annie McKEAN, sister of Alicia Eleanor McKEAN

[8] Alicia Eleanor McKEAN, b. abt 1852 – long time friend of Sarah McCULLAGH, daughter of William McKEAN and Mary Anne Jane BARTLEY of Millmount Keady, Co. Armagh.

 

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