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Title: McIlrath, Hamilton to McIlrath, William, 1907
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
OriginSpringfield, New Zealand
DestinationKillinchy, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
RecipientMcIlrath, William
Recipient Gendermale
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Genremoney, weather, harvesting, correspondence
February 27th 1907

Dear Brother William
I am writing to you according to what I promised in my last letter
to you and enclosing a money order for ten pounds to be given to your
son Hamilton if he is about, if not to be used as I mentioned in my last
letter to you.
I only received the order back from Belfast about a fortnight ago
and we were so busy harvesting that I neglected to send another until
we had finished. We have had the hottest and driest Spring and
Summer here that I ever remember, grass clean burnt off, not a green
blade to be seen, people selling old ewes for a few shillings per dozen
but within this last fortnight we have had some light rains that has
freshened things up greatly. We were not overstocked so we were not
forced to sell and will not suffer so much as some. Wheat was a fair
crop but oats sown in the Spring very light. I had a short letter from
your son Hamilton last week explaining how it was he did not get my
letter and that he was physically improved and that his wife and son
were well. I am sending the order in your name so you will have to go
yourself to Killinchy Post Office and get the money. I have no more
to write at present, remember me to brother John and with kind love
from us all to you all, I am
Your affectionate Brother

Hamilton McIlrath to William McIlrath
Co. Down
Pay William McIlrath the sum often pounds the amount
of money order.
Hamilton McIlrath
Springfield, Canterbury, New Zealand.