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Title: J. Montgomery, Portadown, to J. Searight, Philadelphia.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMontgomery, John/87
SenderMontgomery, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbaker
Sender ReligionProtestant (prob. Methodist)
OriginPortadown, Co. Armagh, N.Ireland
DestinationPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
RecipientSearight, Joseph
Recipient Gendermale
SourceJ. Montgomery, Portadown, to J. Searight, Philadelphia.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9510042
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 12:10:95.
Word Count990
TranscriptPortadown 19th Oct 1848

Dear Joseph
I received yours of the 12th Sept
[force?] by Mr Finlay + was very much
pleased with your description of your
journey and American life.
In addition to all you said I would
have been glad to hear about yourself
If in the same situation [&?] how you
like it! and some little about
Uncle & his family. It was the
latter end of last week I received yours
& now send you on answer. By the time
you had mine in June & wrote in Sept
having heard from Wm [William?] that you had
removed I did not know your
address would be changed & did not
send you many papers, also because
you receive the "Watchman" & the
postage with you is increased.
The events which have been passing in
Ireland for some time have attracted
more attention in America than in
the black North. I never read one
of the trials, nor much as the attacks
or shams or whatever you would
call the affair between the police & some
of the people. As you will have heard
before now S. O Brien has been found
guilty & sentenced to be hung. I
have not the least notion that he will
suffer it as all appear to wish & expect
it to be transportation. It is wonderful
that here there is hardly any notice taken
of these things.
I may now tell you what I can
about this little port. The shillington's
are all well as usual & nothing particular
has come round with them.
Mr Wm. [William?] Paul has been to that "great
Country" America & came home two
or three weeks ago. Wellington Perry
was also there & not more than a
month away altogether he was buying
Ind. [Indian?] corn etc. The Mathews's Jackson's
Totton's as you left. Sally Anne lives
at home now & no talk of her at all
Mr Cultra that lives with Mr J.A. Shillington
has your old house below R. Moores.
the station house is just opposite Sam
Mc Cullough's & within two minutes
walk of this. I suppose you will be
rather surprised to hear that there is
probabity [probability?] of Miss E. Cowan being
married soon, you say who to ? to Mr
Kiernan the Schoolmaster. he has
been teaching her scholars arithmetic
& from that dry study they have
fell into love. & it is said the
affair will come off about
Christmas - [all well and it goes on I
will inform you of the particulars.
John Beauchamp left Mr Pauls
about two months ago. There was no
one knew anything of him for some
weeks at last there was a letter received from
him written in London & in a situation.
We have had no librarian in the Sunday
School since he left - The Sunday
School is doing pretty well. Our young
preacher Mr George Chambers is a very pious
young man & a good preacher. Mr Nash is
still here. Mr J. Kernahan is not now on
the local preacher plan, he withdrew from it
& has called a meeting of his creditors.
I think there are only three in town, Mr Lantry
John & Averale [Averil?] Shillington, it is said statement
is not satisfactory. Mr H Reavey has
also called a meeting of his creditors,
I believe him to be an honest man, but
he has a wife who is not a helpmate,
I am thinking about a wife. You are
very close, never a word about this or any
other personal circumstances. I have been
to Glasgow & hope to go again.
Your sister is well & children & Robt
still in the same place, & has been
busy for some time I believe.
Mr Lantry has got his mill started
he has a beautiful engine 40 horse power
Mr. J.A.S. is at his. you would have been
surprised to see me at Ballinacorr & Bluestone
on the platform at the missionary meetings
this week. Miss Stanley is still as before.
I wish you would write me all you know
about Mr Watt where he is and if connected
with the church there, the name of the minister,
now do not forget this as I have been often
taked [talked?] to on the subjects & will be thankful
that you may soon inform me.
I received all the papers you sent lately X
x same time as the letter. some to my
Father & some to me.
My sister Lizzy has been 13 weeks
in England with Dr.Bambers. They
are over here. & Lizzy returned with
them. Alicia is now in Warrenpoint
with Mrs Kelly. Saml. [Samuel?] Adams
that lived here has gone to Quebec
some months ago. Robt. [Robert?] Johnston a boy
we had is also away. he did not like
it. & John Robinson expects next
week or so to go to Mr. Halliday's
Miller, near Enniskillen.
The potatoes here are one half I
think I may safely say are unfit
for food for man or beast -
one half totally bad, & it is the case
all over Ireland. even now there
are large quantities of Indian corn
coming into consumption & very likely
before Summer or next harvest we
will see high prices. at present
there is no demand, but gradually
falling of [off?]. this applies to wheat & flour
but not to Ind [Indian?] Corn which is
steady here [at?] $112 lbs 9/3 to 9/9.
1 st. [stone?] flour 18/6- oatmeal 11/-
potatoes 1d. to 5d per st. [stone?] 14lbs.
I think there will be a great want
felt before next harvest even now
in many places, they are in a state
of starvation. In the North it is
not much felt so far. what sad
scenes have we been witness to,
in this place, & other portions of
this country suffered far more.
I have told you all worth hearing
write soon.
Your affectionate cousin
John Montgomery