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Title: Thos. Warnock, Chicago, to Rev. John Orr, Ireland
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWarnock, Thomas/9
SenderWarnock, Thomas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman
Sender Religionunknown
OriginChicago, Illinois, USA
DestinationCo. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientRev John Orr
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright retained by John McCleery, 80 Circular Rd., Belfast, BT4 2GD.
ArchiveUlster American Folk Park, Omagh
Doc. No.9702053
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 31:01:97.
Word Count372
TranscriptChicago 31 Mar 1850

My Dear Sir
I have not heard further news
of John since I sent you a paper containing a letter
from California, in which the writer mentioned John
along with many others from Chicago, he was then well.
I think it likely I will see him, before I hear from him,
as I intend starting for the mines with my brother
Archy on 2nd April.
I wish now to give you an account of Johns affairs
which you will find on other side. When John left this,
he left his affairs with me to settle. Before leaving
he sold to our partner Bentley, 1/2 of his third
of the canal boat Empire (each of us held 1/3) for $300
I left the other half in my charge, to sell before I would
leave. this with my share made 1/2 of the Boat, which I sold
to Bentley for real Estate & a note for $50 due in a year. This was
the best trade I could do, as canal property has depreciated
very much. There was no such thing as getting money
for her for money is so valuable here at present on
account of so many people going to California, It
is worth from 5 to 10 pr [per?] cent pr [per?] month equal to 60
to 120 % pr [per?] annum & that on good security.
John also sold his 1/3 of canal boat Cayuga to Bentley
for $50 - this makes $350 due by Bentley to him.
He left his interest in the lumber with me to settle, but
a small portion still remains unsold which Bentley will attend
to. I had intended to have sent you this money (that
is Bentley's $350 & what was due him on the lumber, but
Bentley has been unable to procure it, having been
disappointed in some payments. He will however
be able to get it before 1st May when he will hand it
over to his brother Mr Cyrus Bentley, a lawyer whom I
have appointed to settle up my business & a man whom
I put every confidence in as a man of integrity,
who will send you a draft on Liverpool for the amount
as pr [per?] annexed statement No. 1.
John holds an interest with me of 1/3 in the lots (or
real estate) & the note of $50 dollars. The real Estate
is situated in the city & I have given Mr A Bentley
direction to sell it if he shd [should?] think it adviseable
[advisable?] to do so or to hold it if best. When sold, he will
remit you a draft for one third the proceeds of the lots & 1/3
of the note & also whatever is coming to John out of the unfinished
business of the firm, but the last will not amount to much,
as pr [per?] statement No. 2. I am sorry that I could not have
sold out for cash, but that was thing [sic] impossible as
money is so stringent. I have done my best for our Interests
being locked up together what was best for me was best
for him. I hope however that we will be more fortunate in
the mines than we have been in Chicago. With kindest
respects to you, Mrs Orr & rest of the family & with strong
hope of soon seeing John in the mines I remain
Yr [Yours?] most truly
Thos [Thomas?] Warnock