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Title: D. W. McNeilly, Rathfriland to [William Wightman?], [?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMcNeilly, D.W/41
SenderMcNeilly, D.W.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginRathfriland, Co. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientWightman, William
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 1475/1 p34: Copied by Permission of Miss A. McKisack, 9 Mount Pleasant, Belfast.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9404160
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 20:04:1994.
Word Count525
TranscriptRathfriland [Rathfryland?],
28th Oct.'59 [1859?]

My Dear William,

A note of congratulation at the end of two weeks you may
well consider rather stale, and too late, "better late than never"
and although you have had many I will take upon myself to assure you
none of them are more sincere than the present. You and your Mary
Anne have the best wishes and Prayers of the old couple who nursed
you when a child, and whose love and affection for you continue the
same, and our most fervent Prayer is that God may bless you and
your dear wife in all you may do, and that He may guide and direct
you and keep you in His right path during your stay on Earth and
should we never again meet in this world, I trust we may and know
each other in that World where there is no separation.

I would have replied to your last note, and allowed it
to meet you at the Mill, only I was poorly and ill able to write.
I am now in my usual state of health and hope to continue so a little
longer. Jane had a cold, she is now better and getting along as she
generally does, doing too much. Anne had some rest which she
required after such work as she has had since coming to Ireland, I
hope she will now contrive to be careful of herself and carry out
her Doctors directions to be well and ready for a third wedding,
as there is luck in odd numbers, when where or whom it may be I don't
pretend to predict but I somehow think I may live to hear of such.
I hope our kind good friend Mary McAlister may write me a note soon
to tell how you looked after entering on that dangerous field
Matrimony. The road to it is sometimes rugged enough, but yours
was a smooth path nothing to stop or hinder you going ahead, we
expect her here before she settles down for the winter, and if Anne
could come at the same time it would add much to the comfort of All.
This house requires somebody in addition to the present inmates to
make it anything pleasent to strangers. I trust the mishap so near
your premises in St. Louis has not done you much injury, there is an
old adage "No man can Marry and do well in the same year", some men
do so well in the Knot tieing affair they cannot expect but retrograde.
I hope you are not one of them, but that you may go on from
good to better till the end of the chapter. I will expect a letter
from you soon as you settle down at home and if I can benefit you in
any way command me freely. I think it likely you would hear of the
death of little Robt. [Robert?] Parker, he was the only child of the
Mr. Parker now living in Curby and Nephew to Mrs. Gordon, a fine boy and much lamented. Jane joins with me in kindest love to you, Mrs. W [Wightman?]
and Anne

Believe me, my dear Wm [William?]
Ever Yours affectly [affectionately?]
D. W. McNeilly.