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Rebecca Macky to Catherine Macky

Papatoetoe
Sunday night

My dear Kate
    Grandpapa says he will go into town tomorrow and I send Joseph's little vest with him. I'd have sent it sooner but Grandmama could not make Sarah's without a pattern. She knit sleeves for Joseph's, thinking you might find them useful when he's in his jumper, but she had not blue silk for a border. It's very much soiled lying about and I intended washing it tomorrow but he made up his mind today.
    If I can I'll get the hood and Miss McLeod's things sent on Tuesday by Tom and some white kerchiefs that you can sort out.
    Tell Ann Mrs Gardiner is well and was over this evening as large as life-- she was asking fondly for Ann and is often dreaming of her. She is in good spirits. I wonder to see her so cheerful.
    The first time the dray is in I'll send all Ann's books and your old ducks if I can find them. I'll send you the book along with the hood.
    I wish you'd send John Campbell's letter to me. Did Tom write to him? Poor John. I have thought more of them all since I came home than when we first heard it-- God comfort him.
    John did not return from the Tamaki till Wednesday after sunset and it's uncertain when he will return from Howick. I think he ought to go into town.
    I hope Ann Macky is continuing better. She must keep very quiet if she expects to recover.
    Did Miss McLeod give you a tape the length of Lindsay's boot? She is bare-footed. Could you get them for her? Grandpapa also sent me some good wine as I want some for myself. This and a box of soap and Mrs Gardiner's blankets he can send by the boat. I think he sent the bag of sugar by mistake but it will not be lost. The bellows are very good.
    I'm afraid you are bothered with Josey and annoyed at him not having changes. You might send word if he is to stop longer, or if he is useful to you I can send him in some shirts and boots. I do hope you have got a servant before this. It's quite too much for you to work with that great big boy. William says he is as heavy as Lindsay and I believe it.
    How is Ann and how does she like her cottage? Is May gone to school yet? Tell her she could have no idea of the mess of dirt everything in and about is in after two days rain. As for scoria at all, it's entirely useless-- the back door is a bog or pig sty but I take it easy. We have all our health and appetite so we can't complain. My eye is a very little better. The core is out and my head is nearly well. I don't regret this as it got very sore latterly. I am easily heated and have put on flannels in the day time and would recommend it to you.
    Tell Miss McL we felt very dull after she left us and I hope she will come back before long. Tell her the bread without soda is very good. Grandmama and Maggie unite with me in love to her. We are all as happy as possible. Grandmama is nurse, indeed she gets too much of it. Sarah is subject to cholic seasonally. She is very good at night. I'd like much to see them together-- the big fellow springing on his back. Kiss him for me.
    I suppose Joseph Cochrane won't come near us at all. Give my love to him, Ann and Thomas, Dorcas and Lizzy Ann and kiss the two Joseys for me.
    God bless you, dear Kate. Take as much care of yourself as you can. Tell Ann to do the same. Our number is decreasing. God knows who will be the next. None of us so well prepared as our dear Sarah. I did not half value her. I wish I could bring myself to write to the girls. Ann will surely try and write to Rebecca.
    It's late. Good-night.

I am your attached sister
Rebecca Macky