|McIlrath (n. Atkinson), Eliza to McIlrath family, 1875
|The McIlrath Letters: A family history in letters from New Zealand to Ireland (1860-1915) [Bassett, McKee et al.]
|McIlrath (n. Atkinson), Eliza
|Kowai Pass, Canterbury, New Zealand
|Killinchy, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
|daughter-in-law - parents-in-law
|My Dear Father and Mother
I take this opportunity of writing to you hoping to find you both in
the enjoyment of good health as this leaves us at present. I hope you
both continue to look as well as ever I mean as well as when you had
your portrait taken. For I can assure you there is nothing that gives
Hamilton and myself greater pleasure than to hear of you both being
well and in the height of good spirits. I am sure it must help to keep
your spirits up to have them pretty little children always in the
house with you they are bound to be very fond of you
both and keep you in some nice little chat from morning till
night. I take every ones children to be like my own always
prattling about something. Little John Robert sends his
kind love to his dear grandmama and grandpapa with kisses
to both. He is growing a fine little fellow and very sensible
I think if he was able to write you would have many a letter
from him for he is a very affectionate boy little Hamilton is growing a
fine stout boy and like his father as two peas he will soon be walking.
As soon as an opportunity affords me I shall have their portraits taken
to send to you.
Kind love to William and Mrs and family.
Hamilton joins me in kind love to his dear father and mother.
Believe me ever your affectionate daughter.
Eliza Jane McIlrath.
If it would not trouble father too much I would ask him to
write us a few lines. Goodbye for the present.