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Title: James Moty, Quebec, to W. J. Alexander, London.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMoty, James/19
SenderMoty, James
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbarrister
Sender Religionunknown
OriginQuebec, Canada
DestinationLondon, England
RecipientAlexander, William J
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD.2433/B/20/43: Deposited by the Trustees of the Caledon Estate.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9512011
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 07:12:95.
Word Count972
Transcript19 Esplanade
Quebec 27th Augt. [August?] 1858

My applying to Messrs Bischoff, Cox,
and Bompas, in the matter of my claim against Lord Caledon
was upon a quasi request of Mr. Alexander, and with a view
to obtain an earlier termination than it was likely would
be effected if my correspondence were carried on directly with
yourselves, (the executors) and also because I happened to
mention their names in the P.S. of a letter to Mr. Alexander,
by way of reference as being my solicitors in a cause now
pending before the Privy Council, whereupon Mr. Alexander
aplied [applied?] in his letter of 2nd March last, "As the P.S.
"your first letter mentions, however, a highly respectable and
"Eminent firm of solicitors here, Messrs Bischoff, Cox,
"& Co. we shall be quite ready to confer with them - " [---?]
I beg you to understand that in troubling
them at all in the matter was as much to expedite matters
as to effect a settlement a l'amiable, if possible. - I
never pretended in the teeth of your Statute of Limitations,
to uphold my claim upon legal grounds. My object in
speaking of those gentlemen at all, (whose acquaintance
I had the honor [honour?] of making through letters of
introduction from the Honourable L.T. Drummond, Her Majesty's
Ex-Attorney General for Canada East) was more for the
purpose of showing, that I was not an imposter, than for
the object of causing an action to be instituted. -
That you would avail yourselves of that Statute,
I, certainly, was not prepared for, because, you, Mr.
Smyly, in your letter to me of 20th July 1858, say, "I have
"requested Mr. Alexander, on whose honor [honour?] you may
"have perfect confidence, to dispose of your
"application according to the justice of the case,
"and he has kindly consented to do so."
I therefore trust to the fulfilment of your
promise "to dispose of my application according to
the justice of the case."
If I do not produce what might be
considered in law sufficient proof to justify you, as
executors, to pay my claim, I trust I have in justice,
and in honor [honour?] placed before you unquestionable
acknowledgements in Lord Caledons own letters of 27th April 1844
and 2nd Feb. [February?] 1846. that he intended to send me over
œ500. to reimburse one for monies advanced to Him
in his account, for the care and education of his children.
In addition to those, I have now the honor [honour?]
of forwarding their letters through Messrs Bischoff,
Cox, and Bompas, (to whom I have likewise sent a
copy of this letter,) but Two letters, dated, respectively
Caledon, Ireland, Jany. [January?] 2.nd 1847. and - I see
the others date has been destroyed, but they both go to
establish that Lord Caledon promised to send me over
œ500, to repay me for monies advanced to Flora, thank
me for the trouble I have taken in the matter, request
and to compound with Flora - get a quittance in
her own hand writing; (that quittance I sent to
Lord Caledon in 1847) and ,in one word,
they establish the justice of any claim beyond a
doubt. - If you, Sirs, as executors of Lord Caledon's
estate, have a duty to perform, I, likewise, owe a duty
to my children, and must use every means in my power
to recover that money, (which I cannot afford to use)
for their future benefit. -
I have been negligent in this matter, I own,
but you will admit that, I had a delicate duty to perform,
Then I heard of Lord Caledons death I did not
know to whom to apply. I could not address Her
Ladyship upon the subject of a claim, the nature of which,
would be anything but flattering to her, and you will
admit that His Lordship was not an ordinary letter,
in the first place, he was my bosom friend, and again,
a Peer of the Realm, married to a daughter of a Peer
of the three realms (The Earl of [Vernhim?] sister to
another very intimate friend of mine, Captain the Honble
[Honourable?] Chs. [Charles?] Grimston. of the Coldstream
In addition to which, she, Lord Caledon's widow, is occasionally
honored [honoured?] by our most gracious Sovereign with the high
position of Lady in waiting upon Her Majesty!
That, in Law, I may possibly not be enabled to
recover the petty amount that is due unto me, I admit, but
in justice and equity, should I be compelled to lay my
claim before the British public in all its details and
correspondence, which I am determined to do, coute que coute
in the event of your refusal to pay me, I have the confidence
to hope that, that appeal shall not be made in vain. -
I would feel obliged to you, Mr. Alexander, if
you would kindly return me the letter I sent to you last
winter, I mean the letter written by yourself to Lord Caledon
during his residence in Canada - in case of refusal of
payment - as that letter may be necessary for the completion of
my statement. -
As too much time and
correspondence have already been lost upon this subject,
I would feel obliged if you would communicate your
intentions to me, at your earliest possible convenience,
which, I respectfully trust, to avoid a proceeding so
very repugnant to my feelings - will be, to order me
to draw upon you for the amount of my claim
I have the honor [honour?] to be,
Sir, Your obedient Servant,
James Moty
I have sent a copy of this letter to Mr. Smyly's
address - Ireland.
In one of those letters you will see that Lord Caledon
even states the amount I was to pay her, œ20 - per
month. J.M.