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Title: [William Brown?] Belfast to [James Brown?] Philadelphia
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBrown, William/179
SenderBrown, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationpainter & glazier
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBelfast, N.Ireland
DestinationPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
RecipientBrown, James
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 3688/F/22: Deposited by C. MacLaughlin Esq.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9510052
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 12:10:95.
Word Count604
TranscriptBelfast Ireland Sept [September?] 29th 1820
Dr [Dear?] James
I beg leave to inform you of a letter that came from Demerara
from a young man a Ship Carpenter of the name of Samuel Elliot a
good Comerade [comrade?] and a friend of my dear brother Johns the letter
came to Samuel Pierce he says Dr [Dear?] Sir i beg leave to
inform you of our arrival in Limarara on the 3th instant after a
very Pleasant passage of 36 Days But i am Sorry i must inform
you that my poor dear John Brown is no more he took sick on the
11th of July and died of feavour [fever?] on 15th and he said
he had the satisfaction to be with him when he Expired when he
took sick the Captain took him down to the Cabbin [Cabin?] and
it was there he expired. He says there was nothing un done [not done?] that
could be done for him during his sickness he says we do not
expect to sail before the latter end Augt. [August?] for suggar
[sugar?] is verry [very?] hard to be got at preasant [present?]
he was berried [buried?] by some of the most Respectable
Merchants and young men from Belfast this young man says he had
the most Respectable funeral that he ever saw, John was so well
Acquainted with the people who lived in Demerara that every
person who new [knew?] him could scarcely keep from shedding
tears for him the youngest apprentice and a Cabin passenger died
this time this new captain and Mait [mate?] and this young man
the Carpenter took their beds some few days after John died. The
voyage before this Captain Templeton and one of the youngest
apprentices died in the same place. But this new Captain, Mait
[mate?] and Carpenter have recovered this is the 3th apprentice
that vessal [vessel?] has lost this letter was dated the 20th
July we Received this on the 16th of September or the 17th we
are now gone into black for him the vessel is expected to be
here in the course of a fortnight and as soon as she comes i
will write you all the particulars about it while i write this
letter it makes me drop tears poor John we will Neavour [never?]
see him more from 6 o'clock to 8 the men landing cotton all
morning and at 8 o'clock being breackfast [Breakfast?] time he
was ast [asked?] to take breackfast [breakfast?] he said he
would not he began to complain with his head and the carpenter
told the captain about it and he sent for the doctor imediately
[immediately?] and he gave him an Emetick [emetic?] to see if it
would do him any good and he got something easier after it
towards the middle of the day he began to get worse the doctor
gave him some medicine But hadn't the proper efect [effect?] and
everything that he took he through [threw?] it off & he took a kind of a
coff [cough?] it turned to the black vomit on him and ever after
that the Doctor lost all hopes of him he died at five o'clock in
the evening and was berried [buried?] at 7. My father brothers
and sisters are all well thank god only this trouble that came
across us Father is greatly down in spirits about him Consisting
trade it is very good with us we have several good jobs on hand
we have got the commercial Buildings which is equal to the
largest in Belfast which is allowed to be the handsomest
Building in the kingdom a great deal