Keelaghan

14 September  1814

Sir
I was not able to sit at my calculations so soon as I expected when I wrote you last.
It was nearly a fortnight before I could sit at a table
and then not more than a few hours at a time but I am mending well
now. I have been able to sit constant all this week and if the cut
continues to fill up and heal as it has done these few days I think
I will be able to ride about the latter end of next week and as near as
I can guess it will be that time at least before I get done with my calculations
etc and to be ready to go to Lifford,the number of small divisions etc
makes it very tedious to cast up — but I will be as diligent
as possible, and I am casting up every division by triangles and by the
squares so they agree. I got a letter from D. Johnston (before I got yours which
was on last Friday) he let me know that he had a letter from you and
wrote me the most part of it which was partly to the same effect
of the one I got from you viz. to make all possible speed with the
contents. So I did not write to him at that time. I had wrote to let him
know what an accident I had happened but he had not got it when
he wrote to me but I suppose he is with you in Lifford before
now. Dear sir I am very sorry to hear that you continue ill but I hope
to find you better when I get there till when I remain yours sincerely etc. etc.

Thomas Elliott

ON THE REVERSE
THE LETTER IS ADDRESSED TO GABRIEL MONTGOMERY
SURVEYOR
LIFFORD AND STRABANE
(THE PAPER IS FRAGILE, SLIGHTLY STAINED BUT LEGIBLE)