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Title: James Heather, New York, to Thomas Greeves, Dungannon.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHeather, James/142
SenderHeather, James
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationruns some sort of business
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNew York, USA
DestinationDungannon, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientGreeves, Thomas
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipfriends, business
SourceD 593/41: Obtained: Lt. Col. J.R.H. Greeves, c/o Messrs J. & T.M. Greeves, Conway Street, Belfast.
ArchivePublic Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9602096
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 15:02:96.
Word Count875
TranscriptJames, New York
13th April
Dear Thomas,
I take my pen to acknowledge
receipt of your letter, concerning drafts on London
for œ17.19, and your own account
showing a balance due you of œ16.19, which
shall be paid you with many thanks,
relative to S. [Knox?] Bill of Cost, I
don't know whither [whether?] it is correct, or should
be paid or not, it appears to be
a great deal for so small a matter,
of course Wm.[William?] had a right to pay
the third of it, you may know what
[sort?] Wm.[William?] is when in his power he
will not pay what you should have
done was to pay only my part, say
two thirds, & leave [Knox?] to look after
Wm.[William?] for his part. I should think it
is still in your power to have it arranged
in this way. Say for Knox to look after
Wm.[William?] & on to [stained] [me?], Wm.[William?] part
after keeping your self safe if it can't
be done this way, I may bid adieu
to it, for a penny of it, I never expect
to receive from Wm.[William?], I know the
way he handled me when in the
power before, if you can do any thing
for me, relative to it, I will never forget
it, indeed you have had a great deal
of trouble, but if not rewarded in
this, I hope you will be in another
and better world, where we are all
hastening, and if will prepared (sic) the
sooner the better we take our exit,
relating to John, he made no will
his wife married again and living when
I left Canada, about 40 miles from Montreal
the last born a girl now about 8
years old, if livivg, is the one by
isue [issue?] liveing [living?] of
Johns marriage. I should think there can
be nothing done, till she comes of
age, if she is liveing [living?], or
will live to that time. I must try and [make?]
[out?] through a friend, whither she is
living or not, & will let you know &
we can act accordingly. You wish to
know what kind of place this is, it is
a small village, on the canal & Rail
Road which creates a great thorough fare
[thoroughfare?] but I should think not a
good place for business, not thickly populated
round about, the country, it is [time?] it is
a growing place, there is no Meeting
house here, but I see some friends here
coming in from the country, occationally
occasionally but none living in the village. I am
only here since June last, I don't think
will be here long, times is bad, and
great circulation of Money, [from?] [ton?]
cheap Superfine flour the only Kind used
here 5 dollars pr [per?] Barrel 196 [?] Corn meal
3/14 dollar 20 Bushel potatoes from 18 to [2/-?]
pr [per?] Bushel, [pork?] 14/-, and other [kind?]
in proportion, Beef & mutten [mutton?] were good
but low, Butter 10d, eggs 10d, groceries & dry goods much
lower than the [they?] were, every thing giving
way to the scarcity of money, labouring
men [mens?] wages from 6/- to 7/- pr [per?] day now, in
the winter from 5/- to 6/-. You must
know our dollar is 8/ here, I was sorry
to hear of your health, not being good,
your over exertion and a rising family,
with no doubt pray [prey?] agood [a good?]
deal on your spirits. I am glad to hear of your wife
& children being well, I hope this will to
find you in better health, thank the
Lord I never enjoyed better health & those
of my small family at present enjoy
the same. I hear from the boys occationally
[occasionally?] & the [they?] are all well,
if you want any Information from New York my son
Jas [James?] address is Albion Printing Office,
New York as he wrote me he would be glad to render
you any service in his power & command me at
any one time to do any thing for you in my
power. I am allways [always?] your debtor
and at your service for the trouble
you took for me, I see by your letter
many deaths, of my most intimate friends
and as likely to live as me when I left
home, as I get a paper from Jas [James?]
[M--t?] containing all the old country
news, I see in a late one the death
of Betty [Ward?] many are the [ch----?]
of changes, of this Mortal life may the
Lord prepare us all for that awful
change, when you have occation [occasion?]
to unite [once?] again, as you have done
this last time give me all the news
I was thankful for your intelligant
[intelligent?] letter I am glad to hear the news
from my native town & country,
I believe I don't knew [know?] any thing more
I have to Say I will write to my
Sister Anna as Jas [James?] wants to write
part in the [Sa--ce?] [Sheet?] My wife
Joins me with daughter in love
to you Mrs Greeves & family & believe
me to be your Sincere
friend & well wisher

I will write Jas [James?] Heather
to my mother in law

Mr Thomas Greeves
County Tyrone