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My Dear Kelsall


Letters to Captain Kelsall from Flora Edwards


Have a look at the letters in the entry for Saturday  25 March 1876.  How do you think they compare to the transcriptions below?  Flora's writing is a bit haphazard and I could do with some help.  Please use the contact form to send through corrections so I can update the transcriptions shown below.   The words in capital letters are still dubious but you might find others that need correcting. 

Letter No. 1

Dated 25 March 1876

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 Freshford

25 March 76

My dear Kelsall

Thanks for yours of 21st as also for the cheque -

I have executed all your commissions and enclose receipts for all the ELLIOTES which I SUFFER from with RECEIN direct as requested.

Poor old FILES died rather unexpectedly last Monday MORN & WAS BURIED YESTERDAY  a chill & bronchitis the cause.  I saw him on the Saturday, he was then looking fragile but I had no idea he was so near his end, he was in REGULAR spirits about himself -

Ainslie took his DEPARTURE for Ireland last Wednesday but whether for ever I should not like to say - he had not heard MORE OF A POEM COPT HOWARD -

I am busy marking an 


Letter No. 1

Dated 25 March 1876

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entrance to my STABLES YARD and RUNNING up a cottage on the LOWER side near to FILES's house with TWO good bedrooms OVER it.

i fear all my children are in for whooping cough the boy they say has it - I should have a big Doctor's bill for this quarter - he poor man has been very ill himself bad cough and cold and spitting blood.

I am glad to hear your Australian affairs may be settled without the aid of the Law.

With kind regards FOR YOUR FAMILY AND ALSO for Mrs. Cookson

BELIEVE ME

YOURS VERY truly

MRS Edwards


Letter No. 2

Dated 25

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25

My dear Mr Kelsall.  We have to thank you so much for your nice long letter - IS to tell you MY SICK CHILDREN have prevented me writing before - for a month THEY have been ill -  WILLS dangerously so for 24 hours with bronchitis and just as I had hoped they were well whooping cough DECLARED itself!  My boy has it WITHOUT a doubt - and as all THE REST ARE  more or less coughing, I fear they are all in for it - & WILLS  is again being poorly & IN BED - and I feel rather down.  MARY was IN BED for a week and WILLS ten days - so now 

Letter No. 2

Dated 25

Page 2 

 I feel very down at having a second NURSING IN STORE.  I AM SO GLAD THE CHILDREN ARE WELL again.  4MAKE A SHOCK NOTE - but you can GUESS MY hands are full.  Oh if YOU ONLY SEE BIONCE BACK - it would be only too NICE - that horrid Captain A has gone to FULAULT - ON 2TH - I REJOICE - odious little man - MUCH LOVE dear Mr Kelsall

TRULY DEEPLY APPY

Flora Edwards

Best love to Mr Crowther