LETTER from JANE ALLEN, born 1850, to her niece MARY
RAMSEY, born 1856, later to become Mrs. James McKee.
Morag Place Dunedin
4th April, 1876
I am going
to try if I can get you to write to me. I hope your Mother
and Uncle yourself and all the rest are well. You must write
and tell me how you are getting on.
How is your
brother Patrick getting on and is he still in Belfast. He
will be growing big by now. I suppose the others are
at school. Did you go to school? I wish I could have a talk
with you. Mention how Father and Mother are getting on. I
have never got an answer to any of my letters yet. I
am sure I do not know what to think of Bella never writing.
I have heard from Mrs. Byers (that was Miss Pinkerton) that
Andrew was married. Is Delia at home now? How is ??? Gray ?
friends mention them all
Are you ever
at Robert Moore's and how are they? John Smyth Ohio. I hope
they are all well. Little Mary will be a big girl now.
Do you go to
Ballyharvey? I would like to hear from them all, and Uncle
Stevenson Ohio. I hope they are all well. You have heard a
lot of Annie.
Is she well
and thriving pretty well?
since I left?
think I am never to
anything about myself but I have nothing to tell. James is
well and is off to-day for a month. I will hear from him
likely before he comes home. They have to rough it pretty
hard but he likes it well enough. I would be very lonely now
in the long run as only Maggie Gawn comes in with her
crotching and keeps me company. She is a pretty good worker
for her age. Her and I crocheted a table cloth for her
mother and I knit a set of long curtains for her parlour
window. She has got a sewing machine and she makes the most
of their clothes. Fancy work is very much thought of here.
Do you work much with your machine and is your Mother quit
spinning yet? I will have to quit as Maggie has come in and
she is a bit of talk. Your Uncles and Aunt McConnell and
family are all well. Rachel is tall like her Mother.
your dear Aunt, Mary, for I think every week a month till I
get an answer.
Give my love
to all enquiring friends Write soon
me tell you to send your likeness as she has got a large
Original Letter given to Judge Tom Ross of 55 Highgate,
Dunedin on Thursday 29th July,1982 (as Jane Allen was
his Grandmother) by J. Norman McKee the Grandson of Mary