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Title: William Brown, Belfast to James Brown, Philadelphia.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBrown, William/164
SenderBrown, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationpainter & glazier
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBelfast, N.Ireland
DestinationPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
RecipientBrown, James
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 3688/F/16: Deposited by C. McLaughlin Esq.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9405139
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 09:05:1994.
Word Count609
TranscriptBelfast 6th June 1819

Dear James,

It is now a year since you left us,
& it is but like a month, so quick has the
time passed away. I wrote you pr [per?] the C. Lawrence
& very little has occured [occurred?] since, I mentioned Jane
Shaw being very ill, we were up on sunday, & she
expressed a wish to be down with us, but was not
able, however, her mother desired I would speak
to Surgeon Purdon to go up, to have his Opinion,
he told me on friday, that she was entirely
[gone?] in a consumption, she is spitting Blood &
[corruption?] which he says is the last stage, &
all brought on, by being at Margaret McBrides
wedding at Novr last, the Dr [Doctor?] says, had she
applyed [applied?] in time something might have been done
I have further to anounce [announce?] a Death, which I
am certain will surprise you much, on Sunday
fortnight, F. [Fanny?] Tannihill, went out in the morning
quite well to give a young Calf some milk, &
Wm [William?] happened to be going past, & looked in &
to his surprise, saw her lying not able to speak,
she came a little round, but the pains in her
stomach were to [too?] great she expired in the greatest
agony in a few hours, it appears inflamation [inflammation?] was the
cause. Wm [William?] is quite off the notion of sending any Cloth,
Archd [Archibald?] Thompson & Wm [William?] have determined to sell off,
& are going to America next Spring, their Brother has
given them great encouragement, you had certainly forgot
the name or number of his place, as he sent an answer
to the letter which you took, & even said you had not
called since on him. Father is keeping the greatest
[rackets?] (when he gets a drop) about the leases, he says
he will make [?] produce them to him, we tell
him we dont know where they are, unless you have
them with you, which puts him to a great [Stagger?]
I think at any time he gets drink, he is rather worse
than when you were here, as you would think he is nearly
wrong in the head, you need not take any notice in your
letters of this. John Young desired me to remember
him to you, so also Mr and Mrs Patterson, they have
a house full of Lodgers, I think she would not care
to be at the Country again, she is looking very thin.
George is kept very close to business, between Larne & Belfast
& Davis's friends are striving to make off a share of the
proffits [profits?] till now, [Nass?] & Geo [George?] had to go to Dublin &
take all their Books & it is left to arbitration so it is not
known what may be the result yet. McCappin
has done the Job decently at last, 21 thousand is nearly
the sum & mostly off the Belfast Merchts [Merchants?], but Geo [George?] will
[want?] to write you the particulars, as he was [stained]
[meeting?] of Creditors. Hugh has sent a small Box as a
present to Uncle Thomas's Jane, the mate of the Ceres has
it in Charge, he says it is for her but we cannot be
shure [sure?], however you will hear if such a thing goes there
I wrote you a few lines pr [per?] John Crawford, who went out
to N. [New?] York in the Hesperus, if he should call on you you
will give him your advice as he is a very deserving young man
I remain Dr [Dear?] James Yours truly ___
William Brown

Belfast 6 June 1819
Wm. [William?] Brown
recd [received?] 5 August

Mr James Brown
Mercht [Merchant?]
Care of Mr Samuel Brown
No. 73 Chesnut [Chestnut?] Street

Announcing the death
of Miss Fanny
Tannihill near