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Title: McIlrath (n. Atkinson), Eliza to McIlrath family, 1875
CollectionThe McIlrath Letters: A family history in letters from New Zealand to Ireland (1860-1915) [Bassett, McKee et al.]
SenderMcIlrath (n. Atkinson), Eliza
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginKowai Pass, Canterbury, New Zealand
DestinationKillinchy, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
RecipientMcIlrath family
Recipient Gendermale-female
Relationshipdaughter-in-law - parents-in-law
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Word Count383
Genrebirth, new wailway, garden, family
TranscriptKowai Pass January 6th 1875

My Dear Father and Mother
We received your very kind
letter of the 30th September which
brought us the good news of you
all being well as this leaves us at
present. Hamilton is delighted to
see you both looking so well.
In fact he did not expect to see
his Mother looking as well and I
think you both are looking young
and fresh.
We have been a long time about
writing a reply to your letter but
I hope you will excuse us when
you hear we have an increase in
our family. We have another
young son he is two months
and a fortnight old and we have
called him Hamilton Thomas
McIlrath. John Robert is growing
a fine little fellow and very like
his grandmama. I am sorry we
have not got our portraits taken
to send to you. But we live so far
from Christchurch it is over thirty
miles from our place but I hope
it wont be long before we go and
have them taken. As the railway
line is opened from Christchurch
to the Malvern so now we have only five
miles to go to the railway
station. And we expect it will be
two or three miles nearer to us still.
Our garden is looking very nice
the fences and trees are growing
very fast round our house is like
a forest with all sorts of trees and
shrubs. Hamilton devotes a great
deal of his time to the garden.
Dear Father and Mother many a
time Hamilton and I sits down
and has a good look at you and
Mothers portrait and thinks how
well you look you would laugh if
you seen little Johnny looking at
your portraits he laughs and kisses
them and tries to run away with
them. He is a very strong little
fellow and very fond of his father. I
am sure you are delighted with your
little grandchildren, that is living
with you. I must send you some of
my two boys hair. Johnny is fair
and babies is dark. Johnny sends
his grandma and grandpa a lot of
kisses. I must conclude with kind
love from Hamilton and myself to
you all. Believe me ever your affectionate
Daughter Eliza Jane McIlrath