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Title: John Bones, U.S.A. to W.J.C.Allen, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBones, John/5
SenderBones, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationcotton dealer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginAugusta, Georgia, USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientCampbell Allen, William John
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipfriends, business
SourceD 1558/1/1/153: Papers of William John Campbell Allen Deposited by F.D.Campbell Allen.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9802446
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 09:02:98.
Word Count483
TranscriptAugusta Geo [Georgia?]
Feby 4/57 [4 February 1857?]

My Dear Sir
I wrote to Messrs Wm & J Campbell on the 17th ult
enclosing the first sets of the Exchange Seconds of which I
now send you. In consequence of the great severity of the
weather from that time until within a few days past; my letter
would be fully a week in getting to New York. We have had it
very cold at this place the thermometer being as low as 3ø above
I forgot to mention in my letter to the Messrs Campbell that
there would be a small amount for costs of court in Billy's case
yet to be ascertained which could not at the time [--?] received
the funds from Mr Campbell. I therefore remitted the whole
sum received from him. Whatever the amount of these costs may
be can be easily arranged for hereafter.
In consequence of the supposed shortness of our cotton crop
our prices are very high, middling fair cotton being worth
in this market 12« cents. Our receipts up to this time
however are as large as they were at this time last year.
Still the most general opinion is that this years crop will not
exceed three millions of bales, and that very shortly a
considerable falling off in our receipts will take place
If this proves to be the case a further advance will take
place, if not a decline. The last advices from Liverpool
represent the stock of cotton in the United Kingdoms to be
lighter than at any time during the last 17 years.
I have sent you two of the Washington Union Newspapers
containing the debate in the Senate upon the subject of the
Submarine Telegraph. You will perceive that a large
proportion of the Senators of both parties are in favour
of the measure. You will also see form Mr Douglas' speech
that he is not so great an enemy of Great Britain as has
been represented to be in many of the English Newspapers
If he [lives?] he will be our next President.
I understand that the affairs of the Augusta Insurance &
Banking Cy [Company?] are improving. The Marine Insurance
Bank of Savannah had recently met with a heavy loss by the
defalcation of their agent in Columbus. The Bank had a
surplus of $350.000 which I understand will be abated by
this loss.
Hannah and her sister Emma are keeping house at the
cottage this winter. The health of the former has improved
very much. Mr & Mrs Campbell are in their usual state of
health I hope that the health of Mrs Allen has improved
very much since we left Ireland. My wife joins me in
sincere regards to her & your Uncle's family.
Yrs [Yours?] very truly
John Bones
The "Lalla [Rookh?] has arrived at Charleston a few days
ago I have not yet learned in what state they are.