William Macky to Ann MackyCoshquin
November 1st, 1850
I believe this is the first time ever I wrote to you, but I hope it will not be the last. We are very much surprised at not hearing from any of you for so long a time but we hope that you have not forgotten us. Your mother and Sophia wonder very much that you never write to them. Your mother is very frail and thinks she will not live long and would much like to hear from you before she dies. She has been stopping for some time with Sophia (who is very kind to her) but she has a house of her own at Muff, C Derry. Sophia has three fine children alive (one son and two girls) and one dead; they seem to live very comfortably and happy.
Mr McIntyre says that if James and you would give him any encouragement he would go to New Zealand as it is not easy to make money in Derry now. I think you ought to write to your mother and Sophia soon.
I wonder much that Thomas is not writing to any of us; especially to Miss Cochrane. I hope he is not forgetting her. He would be doing a great wrong if he would. If ever she gets the length of New Zealand I am sure you will like her very much. I will write to you shortly again and tell you how your friends are getting on.
Give my love to all the children and may God Almighty bless you is the prayer of
Your affectionate brother