|John Campbell, Augusta, to Thomas Allen, Belfast.
|Irish Emigration Database
|Augusta, Georgia, USA
|T 3597/6: Deposited by Mrs F.W.C. Claredon.
|The Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
|Action By Date Document added by C. R., 01:10:1993
|Augusta Georgia 4th May 1822
I was favored in due course with your letter dated in
July last, at Phliadelphia, as well as yours of the 22nd
February which I received yesterday. The former would have
been sooner replied to but I expected a letter from my
brother James which he wrote me soon after my mothers death,
but which never has come to hand as all the ships has arrived
safe at the American ports. It must have been pilfered by
some abandoned villian at sea or taken out of the letter bag
before the Nepol sailed from Belfast. From the previous
accounts I had of my mother's bad state of health, I feared
the news of her visit which at length gave me, for some time
before the receipt of your letter. She is gone no doubt to
that world of happiness where she had long been preparing
for, and when they cease from being troubled with the
vexations of this life of care. She was a tender and kind
parent, and must be long remembered with genuine affection by
her offspring; let us then prepare to meet her again, when no
fear of seperation [separation?] will ever disturb our
I regret to learn that your health is not good. I
hope it will soon be restored. You say nothing about your
having got a discharge. Like all those who are unfortunate,
you no doubt have your difficulties to meet and probably
secret enemies. I well know you merit not such.
Harper C. Bryan had a letter from Wm. [William?] John
C. Allen. Tell him to write his sheet quite full, and to take
good care to write a plain smooth copy hand. He leans his
writing too much. You are right to keep him close to his
studies. A complete education combines to a gentlemanly
deportment and correct amiable conduct is the best fortune
you can give him. Thomas H. Adams returns to Ireland to
remarry. Of course you nor any of our relatives will have
anything to say, do, or notice what he may say or any of his
connections. Let no one except my brother James see this
remark and bury it it your bosoms. But never [--?] it - pray
had James McCleary anything to do with this settlement of
John Campbell entered Athens College in this State
the first of the year; he progresses rapidly in improvement.
I am sorry to say his good uncle has been at the point of
death for some time. Ten weeks his disease is now dropsy and
has been tapped three times. Today there is some hope of
recovery. His loss will be great to his young friends here.
All our friends are well. Uncle Arthur has had a very severe
attack of the gout but is quite recovered; so says a letter
from a friend which I received yesterday; his daughter is
I am pleased to learn that Mary Ann Campbell remains
with her aunt. I hope her great object is improvement; her
time of life requires that it should be so. Her unfortunate
father never ought to have been such, as he made no provision
for them, when he had it in his powers. By industry and
economy he might have at one time rendered himself
independant but the taverns and company of such as frequent
those proved his ruin. True it is unfortunately that the sins
of the father is visited on the children who sometimes are
harmless and unafending [unoffending?].
My own affairs move on as usual. I have had some
vacation with some of my young men. I am beginning for some
time to be weary of business and wish to get freed from it
ere long provided I can get as much secured as will maintain
a family but this is not an easy matter thru [through?] hard
times. The expense of doctor's bills if cannot be easily born
[borne?] in this dreadful climate. My young men suffered
severely last year, William and Harper, particularly the
former. Mr. Robert Campbell of the [---?] sends you this. He
is one of those friends I most value. You can rely on what he
states relative to men and things. I hope you will write a
long letter by him when he returns here. Give me all the
information in your power relative to all our friends and
neighbours. My letters from them are very unsatisfactory.
Direct all your letters to me thus:
and by having it put into any ships
letter bag bound to the United
States, it will cetainly come safe
if not purloined.
Mr John Campbell
Tender my most affectionate love to sister Jane and your
little boy and believe me to be with best wishes for your
happiness, your affectionate friend
Hurry to get it in time for the Mail prevents me looking over
what I have wrote to you and brother James. Tell Wm.
[William?] John to kiss Mary Ann affectionately for me and
say to her: improve mind and memory above all things.