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Title: McIlrath (n. Atkinson), Eliza to McIlrath family, 1879
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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TranscriptKowai Pass
May 25th 1879

My dear Father and Mother I take this little time to write to you
hoping this finds you all in the enjoyment of good health as this leaves
us all here at present.
Dear Mother it is a long time since I have written to you and I am
sure you will think I have grown careless but I can assure you it is not
carelessness. Hamilton and I often have said we must write home and
then it is put off day after day so now I have got all my dear little ones
to bed so we shall not put it off any longer. Dear Mother and Father
you will laugh when I tell you how many children we have got. Well
we have just got six, 4 boys 2 girls. My baby is a girl she was 4 months
old on the 12th of this month. She is so very like Jainey. We have
named her Harriet Ellen. Dear Mother I wish you could see them.
The two girls is so like you and the boys some of them is so like their
grandfather. Little Hamilton is the picture of him. John-Robert,
Hamilton-Thomas and Jainey sends their kind love and kisses to their
dear grandfather and grandmother also to all their dear little cousins,
both Uncle John's and Uncle William's. I hope they are all well.
We are sending you a view of our house but we are not taken well
ourselves. There is two of the children you cannot see at all the sun
was too hot at the time and the man had to stand too far off us.
I had William on my knee but it is not a bit like him. Jainey is lying
at my feet James is beside her but you can not see them at all. The
girls is holding the baby. Little Ham. is standing alongside his papa
with his dog. John-Robert is sitting in the grass beside me but it is
very badly taken. The house is very well taken because it sat still.
Dear Father and Mother I must conclude tonight. Hamilton joins
me in kind love to you all... Believe us ever your affectionate son and
daughter, Hamilton and Eliza McIlrath.