Dec 31st 1924.
Dear Cousin Ned.
Thankyou so very much for your very kind, interesting letter, it was nice to hear from one of our people again. I have also to thank you for the papers which arrived this morning.
Eddie appreciated his letter very much, he is ten years old and goes to the village school at present while Barbara aged fourteen goes to the Grammar sch. in Sodbury, a country town something like Bandon but not quite as musical as that town when you were there last, there has been some sad music in poor old Ireland lately, although Thank God we got no personal trouble, only a few small subscriptions to the different parties, they are legion now but it was dreadful about poor Bob Howe, poor Frank Fitzmaurice the solicitor and numbers of others about West Cork and so many others. I am very pleased to be able to send your fathers photo but I am sorry it is not in better presentation, although I have kept it as well as I could. Sam and I were much interested in your account of the Country, although we have come to England and bought out this farm, we find it narrow for a grown up family- our eldest girls being 19 and 20 - we could work a much larger business, we hope to be able to get it after a time.
I hope you will hear from Dr Ralph. I will conclude by wishing you all a very happy and prosperous New Year. With very fond love to you all from the family and myself