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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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Doc. Type
Word Count295
Genrecorrespondence, family
TranscriptKowai Pass
June 21st 1875

My Dear Father and Mother
I again address you hoping to find you all well in the enjoyment of
good health as this leaves us at present. We are thinking long to hear
from you as we never got a reply to the last letter which we sent to you
on the sixth of January. But I hope we won't be long so Hamilton is
much obliged for the book William sent him he likes it very much we
received it all right on the seventh of May we expected
a letter same time but did not get any and I can assure
you we would have been most happy to have got one to
hear how you were getting on.
Dear Mother I must let you know how our two
little boys is getting on John Robert keeps very thin
but a very strong little fellow he sends a kiss to his
grandma and little cousins. Babie is inclined to be
stout and I cannot get it out of my head but that he
is like his grandfather McIlrath he is just eight months old and I can
assure you he is a fine boy of his age Hamilton and I sends your kind
love to Father and Mother William and Mrs & family also John Mrs
and family. We will send you a paper to let you see a little of the
news of this country we had a good crop this year. But we got a new
grainery built and has all our oats in store as prices is low at present as
you will see by the paper. I must conclude, with love to all ever your
affectionate daughter
Eliza Jane McIlrath to Mr &Mrs McIlrath