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Title: W. Montgomery, Portadown, to J. Searight, Philadelphia, [U.S.]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMontgomery, William/22
SenderMontgomery, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginPortadown, Co. Armagh, USA
DestinationPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
RecipientSearight, Joseph
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD2794/1/2/56: Presented by H. H. Montgomery, Belfast
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9407005
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 01:07:1994.
Word Count1054
TranscriptPortadown July 24th 1850

My dear Joseph,
I arrived at home on the 3rd inst [instant?]
after only a short passage of only 18 days, from New
York to Liverpool. I landed on a Sunday morning
and heard Rev [Reverend?] Hugh McNeill preach that day in
the morning and Rev [Reverend?] Peter McOwen in the evening.
I crossed to Belfast on Tuesday following in a perfect
hurricane, and although I was not sick crossing the
Atlantic had to give up. John had found out the
vessel I sailed in, from Mr Lockhart of New York
who is over now, and saw her arrival reported at
L'pool [Liverpool?], when in Belfast, the day before I got
home but kept the secret to himself and Lizzy [Elizabeth?],
so that I took the balance by surprise. If I may judge
of my welcome by the number of visitors I had that
evening, I ought to be well satisfied that my arrival
is a source of gratification to my townspeople but
"all is not gold that glitters" The country people
all say they hope I will remain at home
I cannot see a change in the appearance of
things here from the time I left, but I am told that
many sorrowful scenes have been witnessed since
then, that tight times, poverty, and starvation, have
been matters of common occurrence, and that the
country is but partially recovered. To my view however
after living so long in a country where everything
seems so animated by youthful vigour, and all around
learns evidence of prosperity and comfort I must confess the
signs of decay are much more abundant than those of
recovery or vitality. Belfast is very much improved not
only in appearance but in commerce, and it is the only
place that looks like a city of the United States
and where I feel at home. The Portadown folk are
nothing changed except the changes that years make.
Father is very thin and greatly broken down, but continues
to work as hard as ever.
I now come to a piece of news which
I am sure will astonish you, as much as it did me when
told it by Mr Woodhouse in the railway carriage coming
from Belfast. John has purchased Mr Overan's place
in Edenderry, and intends arriving there on 1st Sept
[September?] next to commence a grain and commission business
on his own hook I am sure I hope he may succeed and I
believe the purchase is generally considered a good one
though I am sorry to say my father is amongst the exceptions
and thinks it might have been bought cheaper. How far this
arrangement will influence my remaining at home is not
yet determined and though I am certain neither my father
nor my sisters would wish me to remain here if I did not feel
perfectly content. I believe if any inducement could be put
forward to induce my stay nothing would remain undone that
could be done to that end. Before however I can consult my
non inclination to return to U.S. I must consult my duty
to my Father, and satisfy my conscience on that point, and
whenever my mind reverts to the question the conviction forces
itself upon me, that my duty for the present at least is with
him. 29th/ then Harford shall have received what may be
considered a sufficient education and can assist his
Father in business should he be spared to in so long some
pther paths may open up for me. Before coming home I had
some faint hopes that I might be enabled to [see?] uncle
in Belfast or Liverpool and after seeing both I preferred
the former but now to counsel [re?]mains for me but remaining
here or returning to the United States, as I would not like to
live in a situation in this country, and besides I have an
offer of one in [-?] 0. Hannah Rachel & Harford are
all much grown and improved but I would like to see
each of them get a year or more at school from home
and I would willingly give up 3 years of my time to have
this effected as I wish. John says the business at
present is very good but owning to the confused manner
in which it is managed no one can tell whether the
expenditure does not exceed the profit, or what the
nett gain is and as far as I can see into the Books they
are confusion worse confounded. This I am sure I could
remedy and put the Books into a system of double entry
so as to guess as near as possible the nett profit or loss
on the years transactions. You have now before you
the precise state of things and I would like you to
give the matter your consideration and let me know as
early as possible the conclusion you come to candidly
and impartially. Dr and Miss Bamber arrived here on
Thursday and both look as well as I ever saw them
They and this family with Robt [Robert?] & Anne Jane are
going on a picnic today to Coney Island. I have been twice
to Shanes Castle three days each time & as I only returned
late on Sat[urday?] night I don't intend going. Robt [Robert?]
& Anne Jane are both well and the linen trade is better now
than it has been for some years. Both were very particular in
their enquiries after you your letters to this part of the
world containing nothing about yourself very little of your
movements are known. I hope you will be with me as open about
yourself as during my stay in America. Some of the townspeople
have been enquiring about you and Mr Paul told me he done all
in his power to find you out in Philada [Philadelphia?]
enquired at Richardson's and other places, but could not hear
anything of you. Fathers wishes me to Coney Island and bids me
say as soon as he & I can get leisure the statement
of some account will be sent you. what about I
know not
I enclose you a letter of [Iolens?]
written I believe before I came home.
All here desire to be affectionately remembered by you.
& in haste I remain
Your affect [affectionate?] cousin
William Montogomery