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This letter was scanned with permission and gratitude from the collection of Christine WRIGHT of Gilford Castle and transcribed by myself.
As much as possible, the idiosyncratic punctuation style was preserved in the following transcription.

Sharon Oddie Brown: May 30, 2005

STANSTED HOUSE,
STANSTED,
ESSEX.
TELEPHONE 19 STANSTED
14 Novr 1914 

My dear Mary [1] , 

We are a sad party here. We heard last night that Raymond [2] had a relapse, no cause was assigned. We got a telegram this morning “Raymond died last night, immediate cause of death heart failure. Will bring his body to London”. Kathleen [3] . And thus ends the life of one of the noblest men I ever knew.

I am so glad Tat [4] is with B [5] in this awful trouble.

Please let all friends know.

Little Richard [6] is playing about outside my window – we will not tell him anything. We will leave that to his mother when she arrives.

Your loving brother,

Tom [7] .


[1] Mary GRIFFIN (1844-1921), sister of Sir Thomas resident at Urker, Crossmaglen.

[2] Raymond John MARKER, husband of Beatrice Minnie Shrieve JACKSON. Died 13 November, 1914.

[3] Kathleen McCullagh JACKSON (1872-1959), older sister of Beatrice.

[4] This is a guess, but “Tat” may be Dorothy St. Felix JACKSON (1887-), a younger sister of Beatrice.

[5] Beatrice Minnie Shrieve JACKSON (1879-1972), fourth daughter of Sir Thomas.

[6] Richard Raymond Kitchener MARKER (1908-1965) son of Beatrice JACKSON and Raymond MARKER.

[7] Sir Thomas JACKSON (1841-1915)

 

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