Letter written by William Ferguson Massey, 27 November 1916.
“I accede with pleasure to your request to give you a message to the citizens of my native town. It has given me the greatest gratification to visit the town of my birth and to view again the scenes of my boyhood, so full of vivid and lasting memories. I desire to express my keenest appreciation of the cordial welcome expressed to Mrs. Massey, my daughter and I myself and alas to thank the chairman and members of the Limavady Urban Council and through them the citizens of the town for their very hearty invitation tendered to me on Saturday. I shall look forward to having the opportunity of revisiting Limavady at some future date, when I hope to see the prosperity of the district continuing to increase and the present hopes of the town maintained. The war has compelled great sacrifices on all parts of the empire and in these Limavady has patriotically shared. New Zealand deserves to express her sincere and heartfelt sympathy to the parents and relatives of those brave men who have made the supreme sacrifice in the tremendous struggle in which we are engaged and which we all earnestly hope will soon be brought to a victorious and satisfactory conclusion. On the eve of my departure I desire most cordially to express my best wishes for the welfare and prosperity of Limavady.”
Donated by Mr. D. Boyd. Mr. Boyd's grandfather, J.D. Boyd was the clerk for Limavady Urban District Council at the time.