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37

Rebecca Macky to Catherine Cochrane

Burnfoot
Londonderry, Ireland
Mrs MD and Wm stopped till after dinner yesterday. You were our theme.
RM
I'm not reading this.

My very dear Kitty
    Your very welcome letter I have just received which, although I have nothing to say, I know the sight of a letter from Burnfoot will gratify you. I scrawled a line yesterday to say we were well. Thank God we still continue so.
    The Rosehill folks spent yesterday with us. They are all well. Aunt Mary was to go into town to see when Mrs B would have her lodgings ready as she is most anxious to get in. She has got another room from Mrs B for Aunt Catherine, but Aunt C says when the tallow boiling commences she will come out to me so that will suit very well. Aunt it now most anxious to get away. They stole her hens on Saturday night, leaving the cock and one hen.
    I think Kitty Thompson will be back with Ann again. She has a child of 15 months old and her husband, a boy of 18, is gone to America to make a better life of it and send for Kitty and the child as soon as he can. I'd rather he'd have Kitty as Ann.
    Our girls were much pleased with their dresses. I got lining and all and was sorry to hear you had paid Mrs C for them.
    Father is quite well and I'm sure will feel more comfortable in a spot of his own.
    John saw Mr McNutt of Churchtown and he was sorry he had not seen you but requests you to tell Mr Baird he is disappointed at not getting an answer to his letter, that the times are not improving here and he would be glad to go to New Zealand and hopes to be there yet, if God spares him health, as he is sure he would not encourage him if he did not think the place would suit, and that he is daily expecting to hear from him. They are all very well. If you have any fears of the letters being taken from you, just break the seals of them.
    John's back this day. He would have written to you but had nothing to write about and you know he never likes to write about nothing. He is out visiting today and won't be home till late. Our people were up at one o'clock this morning and will have all the corn in to-night. A great many put in yesterday. I hope you have such another fine day in London-- it will be very cheering. I'm glad the young lady called on you. It's well to see her making the first approach to being agreeable and I'm confident you'll pass many a pleasant hour together.
    If the ship has sailed I'll request Jos to forward this to you. We were supposing he would take French leave of you but you'll meet again. He'll not waste all his days in folly at Chrislaugh. I will be regretting that I did not say a hundred things that have now escaped my recollection. I think the silk will be very becoming to you. I like it, so does John. I'm only sorry you can't have more of these things. I need not say that John unites in warmest true love to you, my own dearest sister.

I am, as ever, affectionately yours,
R Macky

Dear Jos
If Kitty is in the ship could you forward this to her. We are all well both here and in Rosehill. Ann is most anxious to get into Derry.
R M