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Title: Jonathan Smyth [Smith?] Liverpool, [England?], to James Smyth [Smith?],
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmith, Robert W/9
SenderSmith, Robert W
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationruns a distillery business
Sender ReligionPresbyterian Check Jonathan And Jon. W, Robert And Robert W Presbyterian
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
DestinationMoycraig, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientSmith, Jonathan W
Recipient Gendermale
Source1828/28 Presented by James Steele, The Whins, Mosside, Ballymoney, County Antrim
ArchivePublic Record Office Northern Ireland
Doc. No.0710002
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument by J Mullan
Word Count841
TranscriptTo Mr James Smith
Moycraig Country Antrim
Mosside [Moss-side?]
In car [care?] of the Mosside
Post Master

[I?] JU[LY?] 28 [18?] 45
BALLYMONEY [JULY?] [30?] 1845

Philadelphia June 1845
Dear Brother Jonathan
Above I Send a draft on the
Provincial Bank Branch Coleraine for 6 to enable you to
come out here which I understand is your wish. You are
aware I never held out any great encouragement to any of
you to come out lest it might come up to your
expectations, in which case I would be sure of blame,
at the same time you know my opinion is decidedly in
favour of this Country for young men who are disposed to
raise themselves by exertion and you know without
this you cannot expect to make money or become
independent in any Country, these remarks with the
draft I think fully explains my mind on the matter.
now let me know Show you what you have to expect if you
come here. First, you may rely on me doeing [doing?] every thing
In my power to help you forward, but observe onley [only?]
by your own exertions as I have done myself.
next, I will expect you to put yourself entirely
under my Controul [Control?] until you are capable of
judging for & taking care of yourself, which you
need not expect until you are a good while
in the Country, if it is Gods will you arive [arrive?] safe
which I sincerely trust you may, I would be glad
if I could hold out the prospect of giving you a
Situation myself but for so far I am able to do all
myself with the assistance of the family as they
can do the in-door business in my absence, however
you will not want a home while I have a house
& you may rely that every thing in my power will be
done to help you forward, another thing I cannot for bear
mentioning that you had better never set foot in this country than
think of acting as I understand you have been lately, any thing
of boasting or quarrelling very soon get persons not only into
disrepute here, but in case of quarrels both parties are sure
to feel the arm of the law heavy on them. I hope this hint
will be sufficient, if you think of coming I wish you to come
by the packet which sails the 8th day of each month, when you are
in Liverpool proceed right to the office of George Rippard & Son
Waterloo road engage your passage & put your Luggage
on board; but on no account listen to any one who
will offer you advice no matter how genteel his appearance
I expect you will have this letter by the first of July
& might be ready to come by the first packet. there is no use
in you waiting to get a lot of clothes as is generally done
of course have decent things to come ashore in, but money is
of more value then Irish clothes as you can buy them cheaper
here, & have them in this fashion of this place, if convenient
bring out one or two pairs of best blanket & do not fear
getting them safely ashore, write me a line as soon
as soon as you engage your passage in Liverpool stating the name
the ship so that I will be waiting & I will take
upon myself getting all things safe, and Should
you not meet me at the vessel leave your things on
board & come right up to my house, corner of Board
and Bedford Street. Should you not come by the first
packet write me as soon as you receive this and [stained]
what month you may likely come & then I will know the
Packet that comes on that month, and if you do not
come I wish my father to use the money himself
I have taken the draft in his favour for that purpose
Let Father and Mother know that I recd [received?] two letters from them
since my marriage also their present by Benjamin McElhose for which I
return my best thanks
give my warmest love to Father & Mother Brother Sisters and all friends
tell tham [them?] that without the state of their feelings & style of their
letter change very much I must decline any further correspondence as I
will consult the feelings & happiness of her I have choose to be my
partner more than any other, & their letters were very far short of
the affectionate congratulations I expected from them, on my
giving up folly & taking a wise step and one conductive to my temporal &
eternal happiness. B Mc Elhose stops with me & is well, all the Cousin
whites are well and all friends, love to Cousin Bob White, I recd
[received?] his letter (Jim White sends love to him) he stops with me at
present . Hu [Hugh] Scott & Jonathan Smith are well I must conclude as
my sheet is entirely cover, but I could say more, love to all who
think worth enquiring your affectionate broth [brother?] Robert Smith