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Title: Wm. Montgomery, Portadown, to Joseph Searight, Philadelphia.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMontgomery, William/45
SenderMontgomery, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationworks at family business (bakery)
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginPortadown, Co. Armagh, USA
DestinationPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
RecipientSearight, Joseph
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 2794/1/2/76: Presented by H.H. Montgomery, 4 Kensington Gdns., Belfast 5.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9510057
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 12:10:95.
Word Count630
TranscriptPortadown 30 Dec 1852

Dear Joseph
I hardly know what to say to you on a subject about which I
feel very uneasy and very much grieved as it may not only place
you in a very awkward position but do you some injury. Your
draft on my father for the 100 Brls [Barrels?] flour was due in
London on the 17th inst and owing to the presence of business
here was entirely forgotten until the time was passed. As soon
as I noticed the error I got Mr Carleton here to write to
[Prescott Grosse?] & Co London where it was made payable to see if
any settlement can be effected on this side. I believe the
holder lives in Edinburgh and if the draft was not returned to
Philad [Philadelphia?] last week it will be lifted and paid. Mr
Carleton hopes to hear tomorrow morning from London.
[Prescott-Grosse?] & Co wrote to Edinburgh to have the matter
arranged if possible and should that not be possible I will
remit you tomorrow for it this being the only way left. I am in
hopes that although it may be returned by last mail the party
holding it may accept payment. You will probably ask how it came
to be overlooked and I can answer you. You are aware my father's
payments are all cash and any bills he has to do wish are always
receivable. He never has any Bills running to meet and
consequently such a thing as having to remit to meet payments
never enters into his head. Since I have commenced the yarn
business I have attended very little to my father's business
unless when called on by him to write a letter or fill a cheque
consequently I quite forgot it. This being the first transaction
it was not likely to make such an impression on our minds
as if we had been in the habit of it. I need not say any more on
the subject except that we will accept any settlement of the
matter that may be considered fair.
I am sorry to inform you that Cousin Jane Fletcher alias
Burrows died on the 17th inst and was interred on the 19th in
Seagoe beside her mother and 5 children. Her end was very
peaceful and triumphant. It is melancholy to think how many of
our relations have been called in youth from time into eternity
and yet in nearly every instance they have testified to a
preparation for heaven. May our last end be like theirs.
Mr Robb is preparing a small case of land wide light-linen, a
mediums about 50 single pieces for you but they will not be
ready for some weeks they are 14 @ 2100 and I believe in great
demand. How you could have heard that I am about to follow in
Lizzy's footsteps I cannot conceive but indeed I have heard the
same thing so often it's now a state affair. the only thing is
noone can inform me who the fortunate lady is and until I am
sure of this I cannot believe it to be true. I can however tell
you something not known beyond our own family and that is that
there is a young lady with whom I have corresponded for a short
time but as her mother is violently opposed to it I do not see
much prospect of marriage coming out of it at present. This is a
secret for yourself. You do not know the lady, she has never
been in Portadown.
Wishing you many happy returns of the season
Your affectionate Cousin
Wm [William?] Montgomery
I have been confined to bed & the house this week so excuse
this scrawl. I wouldn't have written but for the unfortunate
affair first named.