A letter by Mary Ann Beckley nee Waspe to her daughter Elizabeth Daisy McCleland shortly before her death on 30th December 1931
My Dear Daisy,
Just a line my dear one, to wish you & all your dear children a happy & prosperous New Year. Thank you & the girls for their Christmas Cards. Tell them from old Granny. Hands shake too much to write letters now but I can still pray to the good Lord to take care of them all.
I never go anywhere now. I am too old & shaky to go anywhere now. I am just waiting for my call to come & lie beside dear old Dad [Joseph James Beckley]. Do not grieve for me when that time comes. I have no more pleasures in life, only aches & pains.
All the people here are fairly well. I am glad to say I am afraid you are feeling this hot weather. It has been so dreadful lately.
Goodbye my dear one with all love of your old mother’s heart from you & your dear children
Ever your loving old