|Christopher Brown, Glasgow to William Wightman, [Alabama?].
|Irish Emigration Database
|New Orleans, Louisiana? USA
|T 1475/1 p25: Copied by Permission of Miss A. McKisack, 9 Mount Pleasant, Belfast.
|The Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
|Document added by LT, 25:04:1994.
|Glasgow. 28th. September 1824
Wm. [William?] Wightman Esq.,
On the 15th, I received your esteemed letter of 28th May, and I
cannot allow the opportunity afforded by the sailing of the "Hope" for New
Orleans to pass without thanking you for the warm and feeling manner in which
you express yourself to me, and the other friends of the late Mr T. H.
[Thomas Henderson?] Wightman. Of the different circumstances attending his
illness on the evening of the 21st August 1823, and until his decease, upon
the morning of the Sabbath the 26th October, I have no doubt you are advised
by your relatives in this country with whom I corresponded at
Wightman's request. I will not therefore wound your feelings afresh
by dwelling upon them, although every circumstance to you must be replete
with the most lively yet painful interest. It is almost impossible to
write too highly of the character and merit of your deceased brother, and
it is a most gratifying proof that his numerous friends here entertained
the same conviction of his piety and worth, when in justice to them I am
bound to say they vied with each other in offices of friendship and affection.
It would be injudicious for me to rank the services of one friend
before those of another, but it would be unjust not to say that Mr King
in whose house the late Mr Wightman was first attacked and all along confined,
felt the same attachment and regard to him as to a member of his
family. The funeral was properly conducted and attended by a numerous
and respectable body of friends. If it is your wish to have a Tomb Stone
[Tombstone?] placed over the grave, your instructions will be duly
Previous to his decease, Mr Wightman desired that his watch should
be given to his nephew Mr J. W. McAllister, and a minature of his mother to
Miss Nancy Wightman. Regarding his apparel and books, as no instructions
were given I applied to Doctor Wightman of Southampton, and at his request
the whole were sent to Mrs McAllister, Lisburn, who was advised how the
watch and minature were to be disposed of. None of his books were appropriated
by his friends here, as we were scrupulous in preserving everything
with the most sacred regard. His papers were entrusted to the care of the
Rev. James Smith, who has since that time been appointed to the Parish
of [Al-a?], Stirlingshire. I had the pleasure of seeing this gentleman lately
and having given him a perusal of your letter, I have the satisfaction
of enclosing a few lines from which I hope you will find some
reference to the papers. I hope also to have the pleasure of sending a
letter from Mr King before sealing this packet, which I send under cover
to your Agents in New Orleans.
I send for your perusal a Statement of my Account with the Estate
of the late Mr Wightman. The balance was most handsomely remitted by
Doctor Wightman with a present of money to Mr King's servants. The many
kindly expressed and valuable letters which I have received on this
occasion, I shall long preserve, while the interesting circumstance attending
your brother's illness and decease will be lost from my memory.
At all times command the full extent of my services in this place
and if as a general merchant I can promote your interest it will give me
sincere pleasure. I beg to be remembered in the kindest manner to your
family and sister, and I remain, Dear Sir,
Yours faithfully. Christopher Brown. 32 Hutcheson