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Title: William Stavely, Natrona, Pennsylvania to James Stavely, Belfast
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileStavely, William J/25
SenderStavely, William J.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationsales supervisor
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNatrona, Penn., USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientStavely, James
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 1835/27A/2/2-3: Deposited by Greer, Hamilton & Gailey, Solicitors
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland
Doc. No.9908071
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 13:08:99.
Word Count843
TranscriptNatrona [Allegheny County, Pennsylvania]
August 22. 1864

My dear James
my last to you was written
in March, since which I have none from
you but I receive newspapers from you and
I suppose from Mary with regularity. I was
in Philadelphia in April & in the latter
part of July & the two finest days of this
month it was my intention to have written
you from there, but although I had the
paper before me & the pen in my hand
for that purpose, the heat was so
intolerable, I could not think of writing until
a more suitable time. Since my return
I have been very busy, hence the delay.
No circumstance of much importance
has befallen me or mine since the date
of my last. Martha is in good health.
John Adams is here, & in the employment
of the Company. Hannah Thompson is
at the female seminary Washington Pa [Pennsylvania?]
Joseph Hind is at the Agricultural
College Centre Co. & though last not
least William Thomas sucks & lies in his
cradle, as suits his convenience. My own
health has been very good. I am however
rather overwrought first because, any
person holding my situation who will
do the company justice, must be very
diligent, but principally because of the
impossibility of getting the right
kind of assistants, owing to the state of
the country at present. It may not be
out of place to say, the store has done well
under my control last month our sales
were between seven & eight thousand dollars
which I at least think, a large sum, for
many of our sales are small, I only bought
about $10,000 worth goods last time, they
cost too much at present. I purpose [propose?]
being in Philadelphia about 20th October.
For the future I will be there at least every
three months, it being hazardous to buy many
goods at once. When I was in Philadelphia
I saw James Moore frequently & I spent an
evening at his lodgings, when he treated
me with much respect. He boards with
a family, who are members of Rev. A Wiliey's
[Wiley?] congregation, they have his Mr Moores
children, clean & neatly dressed, in my
opinion all are comfortable. Mr Moore
has a tolerable good situation for a stranger
We have been talking together, about the
future. I think by the spring of next year
he can go into an employment [and?] would
be profitable. In the meantime, I think
he has seen his worst days, the future will
be brighter. I suppose it is not out of
place to inform you, I wrote the Directors
of the P.[J.?] M F C [Pennsylvania? Manufacturing
Company?] on Monday 23rd May (they received it on
the 25th the day their board meets, & [and?] on
the 27th had their reply) in which I breifly
[briefly?] narrated, my original agreement, &
requested an increase of salary The President,
wrote me as above, stating my letter had been
laid before the Directors, & they had agreed to
allow me fifty dollars per month with fifteen
per cent, on the nett profits of the store, less,
the first $2,000 which they reserve to meet interest
&c My increased percentage to commence
on the first July 1863 (then) nearly 14
months since. This is 10 per cent on
the profits more than I had & will
make my salary $1200 for the year ending
30th June. Should I live & the country
get settled the situation may become
reasonably good. At present taxes
are enormous, food & clothing equally so
which with the increased cost incurred by
my children at school - requires a large
expenditure of money - yet with all
these disadvantages, perhaps I may yet do
some good. On my return from P. delphia
[Philadelphia?] I left the main track, &
went to see my son in Centre Co I think
he is at an excellent institution, one at
which the requirements of body &
mind are attended to. He appears
very contented & will be home in the
end of December for vacation
The Company here are putting up several large
stone buildings for chemical purposes. One of
these is 200 feet long & forty feet high - the
capacity of the chemical works will be doubled.
If ever this war [civil] is honourably settled,
this will be a great, if not the greatest
establishment in America The draft which comes
off on the fifth of September is doing much
injury at present. It disarranges everything.
I do not know what the Company will do for men
I think it somewhat strange you do not write oftener
I should like to hear about my father - much do I
long to see him but that can never be this side of
the grave Wishing Anne your children & yourself all
possible good I am
[Dearest?] James, yours truly Mr Stavely
PS When you write let me know if the potatoes grew
I sent you. How did they yield - This question has
been repeatedly asked me