Ellen’s letter to her youngest brother, Sam, written 210 years ago today – 1st June 1807
Ballylickey June 1st 1807
My dear Sam
Tom has got your letter. Arthur is gone to Dublin. We cannot tell exactly when he will return. …..
You have got my letter by T. Taylor before this. I hope soon to get an answer. You don’t say how or where Manny is and as of late he never writes to Tom. We have no other way of hearing of him but when you write. I suppose you will soon enter college.
My Mother is pretty well she says she would write to you some times but that it is very painful to her to stoop she is so weak.
Arthurs children are here. The little girl is a sweet tempered funny little thing. She is not at all petted but Tommy is the most troublesome obstinate ill tempered child I ever saw. His Mother pets him so, that his temper is quite ruined. …..
Will you tell T. Taylor that all his friends at Inchilogh are very well. Mrs Taylor is downstairs every day to breakfast.
Tom is just as usual.
I am very well, quite strong. I walk, I botanize a good deal, to that I attribute my having health or strength, for living as I do without any person to take a walk with me, if I had not Botany to interest me, I should have no inducement to take exercise.
I hope that you have made enquiry about Dillwyn’s work for me. I am very anxious to have it. It will contain plates and descriptions of new plants found by me. I have discovered a great many marine plants, great beauties too.
My Mother and Tom desire their love