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Title: Robert Smith, Philadelphia, U.S.A., to James Smyth, Co. Antrim.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmith, Robert W/140
SenderSmith, Robert W
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionPresbyterian Check Jonathan And Jon. W, Robert And Robert W Presbyterian
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
DestinationMoycraig, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientSmith, James Jr
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD1828/14: Presented by James Steele, Mosside, Ballymoney.
ArchivePublic Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9409344
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT/JW, 26:09:1994.
Word Count585
TranscriptPhilad'a [Philadelphia?] January 18th 1840
to Mr. James Smith Junior
Dear Brother I take up my
pen to answer a supposition of yours that I received on
Christmas as I was going out with my musket to shoot at
a target This letter was signed James Smith but was I
presume the workmanship of my old master Mr. McFadden
wowever [however?] I was very glad to hear from you
and I think I have not a better hearted Brother than
you are and it is with the greatest esteem that one
brother could have for anothers health and happiness
in this wourld [world?] and hopes of a better change when
separated from this earth that I advise you from coming to
this country at this present season as times is very bad
here on account of the Banks of Pinnsilvennia [Pennsylvania?]
suspending special payment of their notes imediately [immediately?]
after the annual election of 1839 our neighbouring states did
not suspend and therefore there is a discount on our money
of ten per cent and that renders business in this city very
dull at present I give this as my oppinnion [opinion?]
let us suppose that there is an hundred young men Europeans
equally verced [versed?] in education and talented in
understanding Embarks for this country at one time you
will find fifty of this number becoming worse than in
Ireland ten more plunging headlong into distraction
ten more you will find just on a level with when they
arrived in this country and ten more you will find
making a better of their former situation I am thank
god one of them that has bettered my condition of life
James Scott is also one of this latter number I have
yet ten to discus [discuss?] on these find becoming very
rich ten more I find taken with disease and their life
taken away from them this is my oppinion [opinion?]
respectin [respecting?] one hundred emigrantes
[emigrants?] arriving in this country Dear James
I never saw the man that has a happier life in this
country than in Ireland although oppression covers
all our native country there is health and strength
that overcomes that agree to my earnest wishes and
stay at home to I return and then I will start my
brother John at his trade and assist you all in
getting a larger farm if you do not agree to this
earnest wishes I understand that you can come out
here and if you do do not come without Brother John
should my father borrow money to send him till he
arrives here and I will send on all demands coming
against any of you If you disagree with my notion
and comes out here that will terminate my ever
returning to see the remainder of my friends as
I will take to myself and get the rib that father
Adam lost when he was asleep. I was conversing with
James Fleming and it is probable that he will send
for his brother Wm. [William?] Clement
John White and family is well Widow Null and
family is well Thomas Ginsey is well these few
lines leaves me in as good health as ever I enjoyed
for whish [which?] I bless god hoping that
the [this?] may find you all in the same. Give my
love to all my friends and acquaintances to every
one that enquires after in 1840 I am not But hopes
to see us all the true sons of one nation
I remain your affectionate Brother with respect
Robert Smith

Mr Alexander Scott
Carncullough County of Antrim
Parish of Derryceighan
[back of cover]

FE [February?] 23

40 [1840?]