|William Montgomery, New Orleans to Joseph Searight, U.S.A.
|Irish Emigration Database
|New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
|Philadelphia, Penn., USA
|D 2794/1/2/50: Presented by H.H.Montgomery, Belfast, Ireland.
|The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.
|Document added by LT, 05:05:1995.
|New Orleans March 13th 1850
My dear Cousin Joe
For some time past I have been expecting
to hear from you as I believe you are a letter in my debt
and I know you are generally pretty prompt in answering the
favors of yur correspondents. I hope you are not unwell
but in good health and flourishing. I so not know
if you have heard of the death of Cousin Alice Montgomery
at [Ancebury?] Mass of consumption in Decr [December?] last.
Her death was very unexpected as in the letter I received
previous to the News of her death Alicia mentioned that
they were both well. Her end was peace. When I
look back to my earliest recollections of family connections
and remember how many of them I have seen pass off the
state of life I cannot help thinking how great has been
the mortality amongst them. Now with the exception of
mu Fathers family we are reduced to a few cousins scattered
everywhere and who knows but in a few years more the few
now left may have followed those gone before. If such be
the will of Providence may we all be prepared to meet the
dread summons with joy and not with grief. With Uncle
Joe the name of Malcolmson in the family becomes extinct
and with the exception of your name & mine all the names of
the different branches have already become so.
Thomas Henry may of P Down [Portadown?] who came ot this
country sometime before we did died in January in [I--tr?]
of brain fever which rendered him insensible to the last
I understand he had become very steady and respected
by those who knew him. I have no news from home to report
to you Miss Stanleys marriage I suppose you have already
heard all about and the bridal tour to Paris. The doings
at [Derryhale?] house only verify the old [adage?] "Put a
begger on horseback and he will gallop to the Devil" Some
talk of old Harry getting married himself James Searight
has had another addition to his family.
My mind is now made up about going over to Ireland
next summer - I intend leaving here sometime in June
but do not wish you to say anything about it in your
letter. You may tell Philada [Philadelphia?] folks or not
just as you please. Unless some advantageous proposition is
made to reside somewhere in England or Ireland I will return
to this City in the fall if Providence spares me so long.
As to residing in Portadown that is a question to be
[clarified?] but I am pretty sure I could not rest content
in it long. I am too well satisfied with City life to stay
in a country town. My tastes, views of business, habits are
more at home in the city and I do not see any reason why I
should condemn myself to the country. This may not suit
folks at home but next to Father I am the person to be
Our Summer weather is already opening and we may
look out for hot weather soon
Hoping to hear from you shortly
Your affect [affectionate?] Coz [Cousin?]
[With?] care Prescott & Jackson
N.O. [New Orleans?]