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Title: William Stavely, U.S. to "dear James".
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileStavely, William J/4
SenderStavely, William J.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationworks at a store
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPort Huron, Michigan, USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientStavely, James
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD1835/27/5/2: Presented by Greer Hamilton and Gailey, Solicitors, High Street. Ballymoney, County Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9310594
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C McK., 20:10:199
Word Count754
TranscriptLetter from William Stavely,
Port Huron, [U.S.A.?],

to "dear James" [address unknown, perhaps James Stavely].

Port Huron January 30th 1860

My dear James,
Your satisfactory communication of 31st Ult.
was received on the 29th Inst., I am also
in receipt of a letter from Robert of the 14th Ult.
Without multiplying words I in my own name and on behalf of my
children tender my warmest thanks for your attention in the
matter of May's will, and also for your continued [------?] as
displayed in each and every matter, in which I or mine have an
interest in my native land. In connection with Bank Shares, now
in your name in the Northern Bank,and into which my children will
eventually be entitled, I would make this suggestion, which I hope
you will receive in the genuine spirit in which I write it. It is
this you lodge some written investment in the Northern Bank ( a
copy of which I should have ) to show these shares and the investment
thereof belong to the children of the late Margaret Stavely &c. &c.
agreeably with the spirit of her will. If necessary the children's
names might be mentioned. In writing this especially request; you
will view,the matter as I intend it in good faith, and not in a
spirit of unbelief as to your whole [------?] integrity in the matter.
You will die, your heir will die I will have long previous in all
probability have gone to that country from whose [-----?] no
traveller returns. My children or the survivors have nothing to show
their interest, but if it can be obtained, by them, under the
circumstances I have mentioned, the cost of searching records will
amount to more than it (the property) is worth. I again beseech you to
view this matter in kindness, and not with an unjust view of You or
Yours. I will send a receipt next month for the half yearly interest
due in March. Myself and children are in good health, I am in Dowlings
store as usual, they are about to quit their [------?] changes in
their business. In some way I can not explain; all, or nearly all
their men are to be discharged, and they are to go into some business
- will require little assistance. In view of this change I would
require to do something towards obtaining another situation. I have
applied through all influential channels to the G.T.R. Co. [Company?]
and some prospect of success. My business would be in the freight
department, and as at present understood, at Mount Clemens [?], 30
miles from here, half way to Detroit, the salary is $35. per month,
with an increase of salary according to my abilities as vacancies

I may not get the place, but the inspector of the road has written
the Superintendent on my behalf, and this is as far as I can get. In
relation to Mr. Caldwell I had no communication from him perhaps he
does not know my address. If you have any influence with him or any
other party in this Country, the present is a suitable time, failing
some outside influence, I must do the best I can for myself. What is
your opinion as to my future Course [?], am I to pay boarding during
the remainder of my life, am I to get a house keeper, and keep house
as in days now past, or am I to endeavour to get the acquaintance of
some suitable person, to whom I might be eventually united in
Each and all of these are serious considerations - In the language
of the man after God's own heart I would say truly I am in a great
straight [---?] In connexion [connection?] with this I would say Mr.
Davis with whom I board has been and is in very precarious health,
with the Spring he will leave this place, again I will be left as an
owl in the Desert. Truly I am an alien in a strange land but I fear
not my bread shall be given and my water sure all my days, this is
If in communication with Robert please say I will write him
shortly. He has my best wishes for time and eternity.
In your next please say, do you know anything of the surviving
Members of the late Joseph Hinds family - For their Fathers sake
and for their Sisters sake I would rejoice in their welfare. Please
say how Mr. McConkey is, Best wishes to Annie and your children and
most sincerely
William Stavely