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Title: William Wylly, [Bahamas?]to My Dear Aunt
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWylly, William Jr/31
SenderWylly, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationarmy officer, plantation owner
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginNew Providence Island, Bahamas, West Indies
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD955/49a: Deposited by Martin, King French & Ingram
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland
Doc. No.303025
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 21:03:03.
Word Count922
TranscriptNew Providence 30th march 1799

My Dear Aunt
Your letter of the 1st of June 1797
reached me only three days ago and afforded
me all the pleasure which the most affectionate
hearts are capable of receiving when informed of
the welfare of those who are most dear to us. -
It has however been so long upon its way that we
can not but be uneasy lest the misfortunes of your Country
may have [interrupted?] the happiness which you were enjoying
when you wrote & [---?] the horrors of a [civil?] war [Has?]
[---?] [wretched?] on [account?] [of?] my [relations?] in
who, [although?] not personally known to me have always [held?]
that place in my affection to which as the dearest kindred of my
[father?] they are [entitled?].
It would be difficult for me my dear [madam?], to convey
to you the idea of the pleasure [we?] recived [received?]
from the very pleasing account you have given me of your
own and my Aunt Gayland 's families. The circumstances of your
own I know to be such as I could wish. But about [Mr?]
Gayland I have had [much?] [unco usall--?] [we?] [could?] [I?]
for many years previous to the [receipt?] of your letter
any thing of them. I therefore concluded some [altercation?]
taken place [in?] [their?] [[ulaber?]which might [occasion?]
the failure [of?] [my?] [sisters?] [but?] [your?] [letter?] gave
me the first [intimation?] of her death. Indeed [------?] of the
casualties of the war I have moved close to [Nach?] [once we
[Georgia?] that except [whether?] a [few?] years past I can
be [considered?] [as?] [having?] [had?] any fixed home.
[from?] Colonel Wylly I could receive no information. [This?]
[induced?] me at length to make inquiry through [Mr?] [Harris?]
[and?] [our?] [late?] worthy [partner?] Mr [Forbes?] and I have
[always?] [thanked?] myself [for?] [---?] us [Lauy?] [---?]
During a summer that I was in England [--teen?] years ago, I
had the [pleasure?] of [receiving?] [more?] [letters?] [from?]
Miss Gayland the same I presume who is now Mrs Fitzsimmons with
whom [---?] [understand?] and affectionate [dis---?] I was quite
delighted and you will oblige me by telling her I [know?]
as [we?] would that would afford me more happiness than the
[receipt?] [of her?] correspondence which I would immediately
[attempt?]if I knew her to address her.
your kindness madam in gratifying me
[with?] so
[full?] an account of my relations in Ireland concerns me that I
not make you a more agreeable return, than by giving you more
information of [----?] here. At the conclusion of the American
in which both my [Brother?] and myself joined in the Kings army
[----?] [Company?] we found ourselves stript [stripped?] almost
every thing, and reduced to Captains [---?] pay. The [---?] he
[disbarred?] [then?] of our [Regiment?] to this colony. I went
England and having returned to the [Bar?] received the [news?]
[Lascary? Appointment of Kings Counsel in Nova Scotia in which
country I afterwards spent two or three years very unprofitably
indeed. My mother went to Jamaica with a few slaves. When we
had saved them the wreck of our property in Georgia [we?]
afterwards spent three or four years in England and it is now
some years since we all met again here, - where we have been
[tolerably?] [successful?] in making new establishments - My
brother looks as well as he
did twenty years ago, and is surrounded by Grand Children.
My sister Mrs Anderson has three. My Brother has the same
number and I have already had eight & six of whom are alive.
[Two?] of them are at school in Nova Scotia and I am in hopes
at being able to [prevail?] upon my [mother?] to take three or
four others to England its the [cousins?] of the Ned [Janner?]
My Brother who is speaker of the House of Gentry has some
valuable appointments . My [own?] place of Chief Cashier is
worth between £900 and a thousand. a year and we have all
[C----?] [Rastations?]?
You [mention?] that [one?] of
[yourselves?] is disposed to come abroad but do not say [at?]
what [line?] of life he would wish to move. Many good [lines?]
have been made here during the present war is made by
[privateering?] and [at?] [---?] [----?] that we do not yet
understand the of [allure?] of [Cotton?], the only [while?]
[for?] which [our?] [land?]
[can?] [abolish?] Nor is there any other good field for a
[young?] [man?]
here. [Think?] my cousin come to this part of the world, he
[has?] [not?]
[obliged?] [me?] [much?] [here?] by [commanding any [fencing?]
[which?] it [may?] [be?] [my?] [favor?] [to?] [----?] him.
Your letter came by way of
Jamaica with which island we have no [Regular?] [interest?] I
received at the same time some
other [letters?] which had been lying there upwards of [two?]
[years?] [&?]
[They?] will in future direct for me, under cover to [Messrs?]
Simpson & Davison [Mercht?] [Merchant?] [London?] You letters
will be forwarded invariably.

I have [lately?] heard from Georgia Colonel Wylly and [Mr?]
Habersham and near [families?] [were?] well - My [Mother?],
[Sister?] & [Brother?] our living children &c all write in
[regularly?] our [now?] [affectionate?] [regards?]
[may?] be presented to yourself Mr Lawrence[&?] to all our
[----?] I beg you to be leave [believe?] me my dear Aunt -
Ever dutiful Affct [Affectionate?] Nephew Wm [William?] Wylly

Transcribed by Jim Buchanan