W[illia]m Haigh to Mary [Becker]

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Haigh (cannot trace his name as belonging to a relation), writing from Reddish Vale (The Becker family lived there during Lydia's girlhood c. 1840 to 1855 and then moved to Altham). Addressed to 'My dear Miss Mary' (this was the sister next in age to Lydia b. 1828). In which he sends his condolences on the sudden loss of her brother (this was Ernest Hannibal b. 1836 who had gone out to a commercial job to Maranhan, Brazil in Oct 1856 and who had suddenly died early in Jan 1857) How tragic that he 'should only arrive on a foreign soil to leave his last sigh in the presence of strangers.'