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Title: James and Jane Smith. [Smyth?], Friends Asylum, [Philadelphia?], [Pennsylvania?], [U.S.A.?], to James Smith. [Smyth?], Moycraig, County of Antrim, Parish of Billy, Ireland.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmith, Jonathan W/13
SenderSmith, Jonathan W
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
DestinationMoycraig, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientSmith, James and Jane
Recipient Gendermale-female
SourcePresented by James Steele, The Whines, Mosside, Ballymoney, County Antrim
ArchivePublic Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.711002
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument Added by JoeMullan, 05/11/2007
Word Count957
TranscriptTo Mr James Smith
County of Antrim
Parish of Billy
Ireland Mosside [Moss-side?]
per Steamer from Boston

Friends Assylum [Asylum?] November the 15 1846

Dear parents once more I send you a fiew [few?] lines to let
you know how I am getting along in this world
how many stands concerning my brothers property
you may not be satisfied with the course that I have
pursued but if you knew the way that I have been
treated by my friends you would not think that
I have acted rong [wrong?], and you may be assured it is for
your benifit [benefit?] that I have acted in sutch [such?] a way,
as soon as I saw that they intended to cheat both
you and me out of our rights I entered it into the
law, it came before the Rejester [Register?] of wills but by the dint
of good swearing I was defeated I then Appealed to court
and it has been pending before the court ever since
and is not decided yet, if it be decided in my favour
I will then become the Aadminestrator [Administrator?] and that will
be A gain of 7 per sent [percent?] to me whitch [which ?] would Ammount
[Amount?] to about 80 dollars counting the ammount [amount?] that they
have not filled in this Registers office which is 1100 and 64
dollars, but if I am defeated it will throw the presentage [percentage?]
to Mrs Neil, besides there is a great deal of property
which is not yet spoken of nor never will if they
can help it but I will try to teach them to be honest,
for my part I want nothing but my wages and
That I will have together with justice done to my
parents should it be at the risk of my life, for they
are nothing but a set of common robbers
Dear parents it is A heart rending scene to see A set of
strangers living in a luxury and splendour of that which
my brother earned, John White is now out of office and
Wm [William?] Neil carreying [carrying?] on the buisness [business?],
you need not believe anney [any?] letters that they send concerning me
as I understand that there is some letters sent stating that I want to
cheat you out of all the property but be assured that
if I could put one hundred pounds in your pocket I would rather
do it as take one shilling out of it, so that you need
not believe anney [any? ]of these fictious [fictitious?] lying letters
for I rite [write?] with the pen of truth, I will now let you know
concerning myself I left that situation I was in because there was so
mutch [much?] drinking carried on and that I am sore
against for to my loss I know that evil of it I am not
an Abstainer from it but I cannot my self temperate
that is take a little when you feel needful of it,
I am now living in the friends Assylum [Asylum?] Along
with Archey Mcay [MacKay?] it was through his influence that
I got an here for there is none but those of respectability
an upright Charecter [Character?] would be employed here
I assure you he is the most reformed yongue [young?] man
you ever saw; the waiges [wages?] is $12 per month bord [board?] wash
and mending we have no work to do but we are
verrey [very?] close confined and has some hard fights but
it takes him and me to clear the decks, I am verry [very?]
content in my situation although we have but one
day in each month to call our own
Dear Mother there is nothing on earth A trouble to
me but your welefare [welfare?] when I think on the trouble
and grief that you would be in when you heard of
the death of your Sun [Son?] it causes A tear to start in
my eye, but I wipe it of [off?] with joy to think that the
Lord will be your support through all your trouble
and then when I think of the trouble that brother
James is dailey [daily?] giving you it is enough to make me
disone [disown?] him, let him act the man take his child leave
it with you and I will support it, and let him come
out to this Countrey [Country?] and do for him self but let
him remember that there is no John Taggarts here
I think it verrey [very?] strange that I never received A answer to
the last 3 letters that I sent one with Jonathan Smith
and 2 since the death of my brother. I neglected to say
this if ever you rite [write?] to his wife or anney [any?] of the
connection I shall never rite [write?] to you for I have not A friend
worth the naming but god is my friend and that is all I ask
I have not sent the power of an Attorney to you as yet for
there is one year to settle up the business [business?] and we want to
see how the court will decide, A Mcay [MacKay?] wrote with Wm [William?]
Todd of Carncullough [Carncullagh?] about A wek [week?] ago; and sent 3
cow hides to his friends. I am in as good hearth [Health?] as ever
I was hoping the Lord have faivoured [favoured?] you with the same
blessing whitch [which?] is above all other blessings, give my love
and best respects to all my brothers, & sisters and my
little nephew and all friends and neighbours who
enquire after me no more at preasant [present?] but remains your
loving and affectionate son Jonathan W Smith
to my honoured Father and Mother James & Jane Smith

When you rite [write?] direct to
Samuel Scott South above
12 st [street?]

Transcribed by PaulaTracey