|First page of letter from John and Ursilla Thompson [Thomason] of Fetlar, written from Melbourne, Australia. For remainder of letter, see next image. Transcription: Mr. James Williamson, Linkshouse, Midyell, Shetland, Scotland. Hillside Cot[t]ages north Melburn [Melbourne] Agt [August] 26. 1850. Dear friend. I [w]rite this few lines to let you know that weare [we're] here still and in our ordinary way. Ursilla has been badly with a cold for some time but I trust in providence she is getting better of it. I [w]rote you some time ago and sent an order for 20£ the second of the same tenor in this and I shall keep the third till I get word if it is the will of the most high to spear [spare] both. I told you all about it in the last but you might not get it so I must tell you again. There is 15£ for you with what int[e]rest you pleas[e] and the Drs [doctor's] bill what ever it is and Charles Scollay 28 or 29 shillings I forget which now and then the rest for the old man for what you have or may sup[p]ly him with and I hope you will [w]rite as soon as you can get the first one and let me know how you are and how our accounts stands and then if cam[e] any wages fortunate I shall send you the other 5£. I can[n]ot tell you how much obliged … [continued]
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