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Title: [?] [Smiley?], Philadelphia, To [Capt. Smiley?], Canada.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmiley, Thomas/17
SenderSmiley, Thomas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
RecipientCapt. Samuel Smiley
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD.2723/1/16: Purchased.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9605043
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 29:04:96.
Word Count395
TranscriptTo: [Captain Samuel Smiley?],
[Ship Lady Russell?]

From: [?] [Smiley?]

Philada [Philadelphia?] June 22 '54

Dear Sam
I was somewhat surprised to
receive your letter this afternoon - I was
allowing you 40 to 50 days to get to
Quebec - You had a good passage
and deserve much credit for bringing
the passengers over so healthy - especially
as nearly all other ships coming this way
have much sickness -
The "Chaos" arrived on the
5th after 27 days passage - they had
sickness on board but only one death -
there were 317 passengers - Dan McKay
and the captain didn't "gee" very well
together, the capt complained
that he was too much of a gentleman on
board, that he wore his frock coat all
the time and never pulled a rope himself
but always called some one to do it for him
- and other stuff like that - the captain is
rather a queer customer and I think
Dan was right - he leaves the ship
as soon as the cargo is out - Capt Smith
spoke very highly of him, and said he never
had a better mate in his life -
Smith has got a new ship
which has been bought by his friends -
she is called the "Fanny McHenry" after
Georges wife - and cost $80,000 -
She was built in Boston and he is now
on his way from there to New Orleans -
we expect he will master a good freight
from there to L'pool [Liverpool?] altho'
the rates have gone down from 15/16 [-hs?]
to 3/4 is a good rate and he may get a penny -
Capt Rowland came home
in the steamer - he has got another
ship but hopes to get the "Saranak" next
voyage - and if Capes say they will
give her to him, he will wait on shore
for her - Bob [De---?] goes this voyage
on her but next voyage he is going to
take the "Westmoreland" - his brother
Peter going (sic) to retire from the sea -
Bobs father-in-law is going to buy him
an interest in the ["--?] -
The [Shackmason?] left here
on the 3rd but didn't get to sea until
the 7th - so if you hurry back to
L'pool [Liverpool?] you will stand your
chance for her if she is sold - If J McH gets
the price for her he will certainly sell