|Title:||R. Campbell, U.S.A. to W. J. C. Allen, Belfast.|
|Collection||Irish Emigration Database|
|Origin||Augusta, Georgia, USA|
|Recipient||Campbell Allen, William J.|
|Source||D 1558/1/1/398 : Papers of William John Campbell Allen Deposited by F. D. Campbell Allen.|
|Archive||The Public Record Office, N. Ireland.|
|Log||Document added by LT, 09:02:98.|
|Transcript||Augusta Ga [Georgia?]|
1st nov 1869
W. J. C. Allen Esq
My Dear Friend
My loss of sight this
summer has prevented me writing to you as usual - but I
have suffered a much greater bereavement in the loss
of my dear wife - a loving companion for 36 years.
She departed this life at Athens on the way down from
Clarksville on Monday the 25th ult. by an attack of
Her health had been greatly impaired by a fall from
an elevated Piazza in June last, from which she had barely
recovered so as to be able to travel which had a great
influence in shortening her days -
The disease developed itself on Wednesday evening and
terminated next Monday morning.
In the course of Nature we shall not be long separated
as we were both in our 83 year - she always took a lively
interest in yourself & Mrs Allen and your cousin Wm.
I hope to make the usual remittances in January next.
R. [Robert?] Campbell
Written by my niece
2 Nov 1869
My Kind & Valued Friend
If I may be permitted to address you
as such both on act [account?] of the long friendship
existing between you and my venerated and beloved Uncle -
as well as from kindness to myself and family in years
long past - but not forgotten by me.
It is with sorrow that I record the death of my dear
Aunt - with whom I have lived and made my home since the close
of the war - I used only to spend my winters with them
in Augusta but for some years past my dear Uncle would
not do without me & Providence has spared me to be useful
to him in his great loss of sight & in this his greater
affliction - Last June his eyes failed him altogether
& since then I have been transacting his business in
writing and keeping accts [accounts?] and in reading to
him a pleasure he enjoyed so much himself. I am troubled
about the state of my cousin Grace's health. Should you
see my sister Margaret soon - will you be so kind as to
inquire if Grace's husband is in much debt and how much
over œ50 - I expect that her mental derangement has arisen
from some such cause. I make this request entirely in
my own name & would be thankful if you would say a word
on the subject to me when you write to my Uncle.
It is a great sense of satisfaction that I have at last
succeeded in getting my sister to live with her cousin
where I hope she will remain & be a mutual benefit to each
With best wishes for the health and happiness of yourself
Gran Olivia Giltenan
I ought to acknowledge receipt of your cousin William's
letter to Uncle last month - please convey Uncle's kind
regards from my Uncle to him.
I enclose Obituary - My Dear Uncle has left home for
a short time in this days train with his sister in law Mrs
Smith. They will both return in a week or so - I hope
she will be prevailed to come and look after the household
duties as I shall pay exclusive attention to my Uncle.
G. O. G.
Died, in Athen, Georgia, on the morning of 25th of October,
Mrs Catherine Campbell, the fondly loved and deeply lamented
wife of Mr. Robert Campbell, of this city, aged 82 years.