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Carbon copy, letter to Robert Grier Torrence. 14.6.80 Dear Bob I trust that by now your daughter has recovered and once more is in good health. I also hope that the same applies to you. Again many thanks for the copies you sent, I had been trying to get these for over two years without success. Most of the family to whom I wrote did not even bother to reply to my letters. Now that I have had time to examine the material I am impressed with the detailed efforts that Kernohan put into his research. Especially when you realise that shortly after he concluded his work a lot of these records were destroyed in the burning of the Four Courts in 1922. Indeed we are very lucky to have them and their wealth of detail about the family To ensure that they will not again get lost we have had three copies made, one for myself, one for my eldest son Hugh and the third for my brother Cecil. I think that the originals should be deposited with one of the Genealogical Societies, possibly the London one which already has a copy of your father's book. This would make certain that it would be available for posterity. There are still two books on the family I wish to get copies of, both mentioned in the list of family data I sent you with my letter date 1.10.79, in the first and last paragraphs. Do you know where I could get these, there is no ,mention of them in the National Union Catalog with its nearly 600 volumes. About the time of my previous letter to you, I was incapacitated with a slight stroke, from which I am slowly recovering. This delayed my examination of the papers you sent. I now have a chance to reexamine the data collected. I have discovered that there were at least three Roberts who lived at Hairmyers (Now the seat of a large Hospital), this takes the family tree back to at least 1497. The details about the Torrance Triangle are still obscure, except that the family lost the estate by marriage at about 1468. Details are very difficult to find before 1600 as most people could not write, I trust that you received my letter dated 27.2.80. That's about all this time hoping that your troubles are now at an end and that you and your daughter will enjoy good health in future, Yours sincerely Bob R G Torrens * In data supplied from Edinburgh records.
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