Transcript of Letter written to James Hamilton
by Brother John and Sister Elizabeth, May 6, 1859
Liverpool, May 6th, 1859
I suppose on receipt of this you will be rather surprised to think of hearing from one that you might have looked for as being dead long ago, but if I have neglected writing I have not done so as regards thinking about you and the family. Sister always sends me your letters so that I always know how you are getting along. I would have written you from Charleston, S.C. when there but Lizzy told me that the old address would not find you as there was some alterations made in the names of the places where you reside and altho she gave me the right address I forgot it through not noting it at the time.
Sister has this afternoon shown me a letter of Thomas's - sent by you. I am very sorry to think that he has been obliged to go to an hospital but I trust that it will turn out all for the best. I do not altogether understand the meaning of it. It seems that him and his children are living apart which I think does not look very well on his side.
We are loading now for Aden and will sail in about 10 days. I would have taken Jane only the voyage is too long and she wants to go very much, but 4 or 5 months on salt provisions is too long for her with a child like Mary. She is a very fine child but nothing like our family, I mean father's side. She is altogether like Mothers. The ship that Alexander is on board of is now on her way from Callas and is not expected for about 2 months. I am sorry that he will not be at home in time to go along with myself.
Aunts are all quite well and getting on about the same. They are very useful to Jane as regards nursing. They live within a few doors of us and Mary generally spends the day with them. Matty and Betty she likes very well but poor old Susannah she will not look at. Sister Ann I have not seen for a very long time and to tell the truth I do not care very much as she was rather an expensive sister to me before and I may say, since I was married. I have nothing of any importance more to write you but having a leisure hour I thought I might drop you these few lines before sailing.
Jane joins with me in sending our kindest love to you
and Margret not forgetting your Mary, and may God bless and prosper you
in all your undertakings is the earnest prayer of your
I received both your letters in due time. I am verry sorry to hear that Thomas is obliged to go into an hospital but I hope he is quite well before now.
John gave me this letter to post but I took the liberty
to fill it up, but I have got [.......]-I think he might have filled it
for he does not write so often. I have no news worth writing about. I expected
Alexander would be here before John would go, but I fear not.
Dear Brother I shall write as soon as I get or hear any word of Alexander or perhaps before then. Give my kind love to M(argare)t and little Mary. Aunts and other friends are well. hoping this will find you all in good health I remain
your ever affectionate sister
You will see the number is changed on account of alterations
in the St. I will send a paper