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Title: W.J.A. [Alexander?], London, to Jas Moty, Quebec.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileAlexander, William J/195
SenderAlexander, William J.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationsolicitor
Sender Religionunknown
OriginLondon, England
DestinationQuebec, Canada
RecipientMoty, James
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD2433/B/20/34: Deposited by the Trustees of the Caledon Estates.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9601094
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 05:01:96.
Word Count526
2nd March 1838
It was not possible to comply with the
request conv.[conveyed?] in your letter of Jan 29 that
the letter therein transmitted from the late
Earl of Caledon to you, should be sent
back to you "by the next mail" as it
was necessary to send them over to Mr.Smyly
for his perusal & [conson?]. I have already
mentd. [mentioned?] to you that he is, with me, an
Exor [Executor?] of the will of Ld [Lord?] Caledon. & that
in all executional matters we act jointly.
I now endorse to you the letters in question
being in 6 in number. The letter from
myself to his Lordships dated 2nd September
1842 I retain of course, in as much as
it does not bear on the matter a
discussion between you & the Exors [Executors?]
in any way whatever, & is indeed
my property.
You are altogether mistaken in supposing
that my letter of Jan. 8 implies or
was intended to imply any want of
veracity on your past. I stated
as a fact that neither Mr.Smyly nor I had
been able to find, after a strict search
amongst his Lordships papers, any
letters from you, or any mention of your
name: but I never doubted, after
receiving your assertion to that effect that
you were in possession of letters from
Ld [Lord?] Caledon, & I distinctly stated at the
conclusion of my letter, that your own
statement of your position was abundantly
sufficient to vouch for your suspect ability
& character without any reference to the
officers & other gentlemen whose names
you mentd. [mentioned?] in your first letter.
To the subject of your claim M.S. & I
have again given our best [conson?]
& we cannot admit that your letter
of January 29 brings forward any additional
arguments for our departure
from our original views - the [circes?]
of Colonels [Bronne?] and [Broughton?] having
repaid your debts (incurred by [themselves?])
after long intervals, cannot of course
govern the decision of Exors [Executors?] who have
strict duties to perform to their [Testators?]
Estate,irrespective of all personal feelings
& one can well understand that a
principal, to whom all the circumstances
are known may be preluded by a
sense of Duty, as enforced by the Constable
here in [sob?] cases from guilding to a
claim made after so many years according
to your own candid statement. It is
quite clear that in point of law the Exors [Executors?]
cannot be held liable & we very much doubt
whether we shd [should?] be justified as Exors
[Executors?] in considering the question under
any other than a legal aspect. As the P.S. of my first
letter mentions however a highly suspectable
& eminent firm of solicitors here Messrs
Bischoff Coxe & Co. with whom I have the
pleasure to be well acquainted we shall
be quite ready to confer with them & to hear
any arguments or suggestions which they
may think proper to adduce in gt [great?] favour
or which they may think likely to alter
the decision to which, as I before mentioned
our duty reluctantly compels us to come.
I remain &
James Moty Esq. (signed) [W J A?]