|Title:||John Campbell, Augusta, America To Thomas Allen, Belfast|
|Collection||Irish Emigration Database|
|Origin||Augusta, Georgia, USA|
|Source||T 3597/2: Deposited by Mrs. F.W.C. Clarendon.|
|Archive||The Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.|
|Log||Action By Date Document added by C. McK,. 18:11:19|
|Transcript||Letter from John Campbell, Augusta, to Thomas Allen, Belfast|
dated 1st July 1819.
Deposited by Mrs. F.W.C. Clarendon.
Augusta 1st July 1819
Your letter of 27th March was received at an early
period last month. It gave me much pleasure to learn the
good state of health of my mother and all other friends
excepted yourself. I heard by this time you have recovered
from the sever [severe?] attack of fever. Much will depend
on moderate exercise and good air to return you to your usual
On the first of April I wrote you and inclosed
[enclosed?] you Mrs. Gilbert's bill on London for 100 pounds
British Sterling, and on the 5th April I forwarded you Mrs.
Jane Hull's bill on Derry for £16 Irish, none of which I have
heard of reaching you. I now inclose [enclose?] you
Sarah Morgan's first of exchange dated 21st June at thirty
days sight for twenty five pounds Irish on Mrs. Sarah
Monteith of Castle Street Newry which will be pleased to pay
my good mother in part of the annual sum of fifty pounds I
allow her, as a mark of my duty and affection. The second of
Exchange goes by another vessel. As soon as I can obtain
another small bill for a similar sum it will be forwarded to
pay my mother the balance of the sum allowed her. I
sincerley [sincerely?] hope she continues to enjoy good
health and spirits. I have done all in my power to render
her days comfortable and often have I denied myself the
comforts of the humble to be able to add to her felicity in
her latter days.
The situation of things here has been truly distressing
since I wrote you last, and an immense number of failures
have taken place. Many of whom were considered in affluent
circumstances are now reduced to ruins. Under such a pressure
you may easily suppose that to raise one hundred dollars
distresses me much at such a period.
I hope my sister Jane as well as my brothers and
families are in the enjoyment of health and comfort. I feel
very confident any of them has enjoyed as much contentment of
mind as I have done. I ought however to be contented and to
be grateful to the almighty for dealing so gently with me as
he has done.
I am truly sorry Samuel Campbell of the [?] George has
sailed for this country. Both he and his family are illy (sic)
calculated to get forward in this country, and you may rely
on this, he and [?] deplores it much or I am much deceived.
I gave advice in Ireland which he ought to have taken. If
people however will run their course contrary to all prudent
calculations, they must abide with their result. I see him
an imprudent, well meaning, ill managing man and most
sincerely do I wish him prosperity and happiness. He will
[?] settle 1,000 to 1,500 miles from here in a region I never
visited or expect to visit.
The two Brysons get on pretty well and is very close
kept to every of improvement to make up for lost time.
Harpers manners are more awkward than Williams but
nevertheless more pleasing to me. As William has a confident
air, disgusting in a boy - he will improve no doubt. Harper
lives with myself and is very industrious and correct in his
conduct. William is equally so far as I know. They are both
dreadfully deficient in understanding, education and hardly a
man of this world either from theory or practise. John
Clarke has sent John Campbell about 60 miles up the country
for the summer school. He comes back to the Academy here 1st
November. All our friends are well here. Thos. [Thomas?] A.
Adams and Henry O[?]Soan has left me and in anger. Mention
them to no one but have nothing to do with any of their
friends. McClery's son has returned to Belfast.
I hope William John continues to improve in learning,
mild obedient conduct and gentlemanly deportment. Urge all
our young friends to obtain a good education. This with good
conduct and sensible genteel manners is valuable to them in
future. Give my love to my mother, sisters and brother and
their families, cousin Henry and Uncle James and believe me
to be yours truly
I hope to leave in fifteen days for Philadelphia. Direct
your letters there as before advised until the middle of
August and after that to this place. A few days ago I got
Samuel Fulton to live with me.