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Title: McIlrath, James L to McIlrath, William, 1900
CollectionThe McIlrath Letters: A family history in letters from New Zealand to Ireland (1860-1915) [Bassett, McKee et al.]
SenderMcIlrath, James L
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginLakeside, Canterbury, New Zealand
DestinationKillinchy, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
RecipientMcIlrath, William
Recipient Gendermale
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count390
Genrecorrespondence, Xmas, politics, family
TranscriptLakeside NZ
November 13th 1900

Dear Brother William
It is now over two years since I received a letter either from you or
Brother John. I wrote to both of you this time two years and sent
you Both Christmas Numbers of our principle papers (Canterbury
Times and Press and I believe a Photo). Whether you ever received
them either of you I know not however I am sending each of you the
Christmas No. again. Although we are very slothful correspondents
we surely might wish each other the compliments of the season at
Christmas time and which I now do to you all Fathers Mothers and
each Member of our Families also all old Friends and relatives I wish
a Merry Christmas and happy New Year long life and happy Death.
The old century will soon expire and there is no appearance of peace
on Earth and goodwill to men nothing but War and rumours of War
even here the War Fever raged. Nothing but drilling Volunteers and
sending contingents to South Africa. I am doubtful if it was a just
war I feel for those who fight for Hearth and Home. The Lion found
the Boer an ugly customer to deal with and now all the Nations of
the Earth almost are having a cut at China and very likely they will
quarrel over the spoil so much for Peace on Earth and goodwill to
men. I had a few lines from a Widow Ritchie of Saintfield asking
about some friends but I could not find them so I put it in the Papers
I have seen her address asked for since I wonder if she has heard of
them yet.
We had a visit from Hamilton's second son (also Hamilton) and
his sister last week they are all well. Hamilton himself, Mrs and
two youngest Boy and Girl Frank and Olive paid us a visit since I last wrote it was the first for them all but Hamilton himself, others of his
family have been here before. There are great preparations here now for
the coming Jubilee it will be 50 years on December 16th since the arrival
of the first four ships, if you don't write often you might send a paper now and then with love to all
I remain your affectionate Brother J.L. McIlrath