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Title: McIlrath, Hamilton to McIlrath, William, 1879
CollectionThe McIlrath Letters: A family history in letters from New Zealand to Ireland (1860-1915) [Bassett, McKee et al.]
SenderMcIlrath, Hamilton
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginKowai Pass, Canterbury, New Zealand
DestinationKillinchy, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
RecipientMcIlrath, William
Recipient Gendermale
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count591
Genrefamily, money
TranscriptKowai Pass
July 15th 1879

Dear Brother
I write to let you know we are all in good health at present and hope
you are all enjoying the same Blessing. I had a letter from my nephew
(Hamilton) which I should have answered before this. Not having
seen him I always think he is a little boy yet, but I expect he is a fine
big fellow now and very useful and writes cleverly he mentions Mr
McCaw resigning owing to ill health which I am very sorry to hear he
has been in charge over that congretation a long time now, and
expect he has done his duty. We have no churches of that
sort here and no one that I knew of convenient that I could
ask for a subscription except James. I wrote down to him soon
after I got Hamilton's letter and he said we might send £5 between us. I
wrote again about a fortnight ago and up to date I have got no
answer which I think strange the mail leaves on the 18th and
I am going to send £2-10 myself and if I hear from him before
it goes I will send his along with mine if not he can send it
after. I shall enclose an order for £17-10, £5 for father and Mother
and £5 for Brother Johns oldest boy but to my shame be it written I
forget whether he has a boy or not if not then for the oldest girl also
£5 to my namesake Hamilton - your son. The amount ought to have
been larger but last season was a very bad one here and I had just paid
away a good bit of money before I got the boy's letter I bought 50 acres
more land in February last at £8 per acre close by my own. I hope
Father & Mother is enjoying good health I alway think they ought
to look as when last I saw them. We have got a little girl (Jenny) my
wife says is very like Mother if you ask her name she says its Grandma
McIlrath. We have got another little fellow since you last heard from
us which makes four boys and one girl. Johney and Hamilton sends
kind love to Grandfather and Grandmother & little cousins & you
all. John says to tell grandma he has been very ill with the whooping
cough but is getting well again they have all had it together but got
it about over now, Eliza says she wrote you that the third boy was to
be called for you his name is James, but the last one is called for you
he is more like you. Brother James has bought Robt. Mathews home
place 69 acres & Robert Mathews is living in James's house but he has
bought a farm about the Ashburton. James's arm is still weak he can
do nothing with it yet and I doubt if ever it will be the same as before.
Eliza sends kind love to Father & Mother and to you all. Remember
me to John Mrs & family I am ashamed for not having writen to him
but I must ask him to write to me. Remember me to all old friends &
Kind love to Father & Mother & you all hoping you are well and
happy. I remain ever their son 8c your Brother Hamilton McIlrath
PS. No letter from James.
The order is on the Ulster Bank & Co.