|George Ritchie NY to James Ritchie, Co Londonderry
|Irish Emigration Database
|Co. Derry, N.Ireland
|T3292/1: Presented by Mr W.J.Lyons
|The Public Record Office, Belfast.
|Document added by LT, 10:06:1994.
|Written beneath a draft for œ20 which he now wants sent to him so
that he can return to Ireland.
New York 15th January, 1849.
Pay the bearer Mr. George Ritchie On Demand The Twenty Pounds I left
in your hands, together with all interest due Thereon, up to the
date of his arrival in Ireland.
Mr. James Ritchie,
New York, March 15th 1849.
Dear James, I received yesterday yours of the 30th Jan.- I wrote
you a letter on the 10th inst. [instant?]. I now find that I am
under the necessity of calling upon you for the above amount. You
will please send it to me immediately. You can go to some broker in
Derry who has a correspondent in N. [New?] York and buy a draft
payable to my order, he will give you a receipt which you will keep
in case the draft might get lost.
You will think it strange that I should make this demand but when
I see you then I will explain it to your full satisfaction. You see
that I have a perfect right to do so, and the rest of my money is
otherwise invested so I rely upon this to carry me home.
Besides John thinks that interest to all has now amounted to very
near twenty three pounds, so I want to make it satisfactory to him
before I leave here. - I send this out by the steamship "America"
which leaves Boston on the 21 inst. [instant?] She will be in
Liverpool at about the 4th of April you will have this about the
6th April .
In posting your letter have it sent by "steamer"; you can easily
have it posted in time for the same steamer which leaves Liverpool
on the Saturday 14th of April and then it will reach me in ample
time as I do not leave here until the beginning of June.
As the time approaches my anxiety increases to see you. To use a
common expression every day seems as long as a month untill [until?]
the day arrives when I shall take my first step towards home. I
would gladly start sooner but I cannot get away before June. I do
long to see my Dear Father and Mother and all my kind brothers and
sisters. Tell my Dear Mary Anne to be of good cheer I have glad
tidings for her if I am spared to reach home in safety; please God
she will again be as happy and as free from care as she was when I
left. Farewell my Dear James. My kind love to my Dear Father and
Mother and all my Brothers and Sisters. Address me at 110, Broadway,
By attending to the above you will very much oblige your absent
and affectionate Brother
P.S. [post script?] Dear James you see the trouble this puts me to
besides if I had kept my money in my own hands. Please send the
amount principal, and interest.