|R. Campbell, U.S.A. to W. J. C. Allen, Belfast.
|Irish Emigration Database
|Augusta, Georgia, USA
|Campbell Allen, William J.
|D 1558/1/1/309: Papers of William John Campbell Allen Deposited by F.D. Campbell Allen.
|The Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
|Document added by LT, 09:02:98.
|Wm. Jno. [William John?] C. Allen Esq
Ulster Bank Belfast
Augusta 7th December 1865
My Dear Sir
Since writing you from Clarkesville
on the 18th September I have received your favours
of Aug 12th and Oct 26 & 28th.
Before leaving Habersham I was glad to find by letters
from Mr Bryson and Mr Brown had concluded to act under
new Powers of Attorney and I have no doubt will study your
interest in whatever they have to do for you here - I was
also, before I came down, advised of the sale of the Cotton,
which I approved of, although it advanced in price
considerably afterwards for a short time - It is nearly
back to the same point.
I observe, and thank both you and your cousin William
for the favourable footing upon which you placed the
$694.92 giving me a balancing the accounts which I
furnished. When you have placed it to my credit,
please advise me of the exact amount adding interest
as you advance to the first proxo [proximo?].
On an examination of the Dividend Book of the Bank
of Augusta, I find that there have been little or no
transfers of Stock in contemplation of a failure of
the Bank - I annex an account of all these Stockholders
owning 100 Shares and over - also append an a/c
[account?] showing the dates on which their Dividends
were drawn - also a memom [memorandum?] shewing that
of the whole Dividend of $75,000 there was on the 15th
ulto [ultimo?] $32,075 that the owners did not think
it worth while to withdraw.
The liability of the Stockholders for the redemption
of the Bills & Notes outstanding is a subject which is
now brought forward with some anxiety. As I think you
would like to have precise information on the subject,
I copy for your satisfaction on the previous page,
from the Charter of the Bank of Augusta and of the Geo
[Georgia?] Rail Road & Banking Co., the clauses which
relate to that matter.
Upon a resurvey of this business I think it might be
said with propriety that I ought to have sold out in
proper time the interests of both of us in such Stocks
on the beginning of the Great Rebellion. But who can
see into futurity, or even adjust their conduct in
conformity with their opinions.
I am sorry to inform you that my old Co Executor
Mr James Harper died on the 28th ulto [ultimo?]. I found
him sick-a-bed with diarhoea [diarrhoea?] on my arrival
without having had medical advice, having always been
accustomed to administer to himself. Dropsy
supervened and carried him off, after a little over
three weeks sickness in the 76th year of his age.
I understand that he exhibited evidence of great
debility during the latter part of the summer - His
last sickness was probably brought on expending
himself in looking after the interests of some persons
formerly Slaves of his late Brother William - who
some of Williams sons sought to dispossess of property
left by their Father to these Slaves: Mr Harper left
no property -
On the same day 28th Mrs Campbell lost her Niece
Mrs [Sibley?] (whom you may recollect), after a tedious
illness - Miss Longstreet and Mrs [Sibley?] are both
in town - The latter in very good health with three
chubby children - The former much as usual, rather
I was very glad to find on my return here our
good friend Mr. Jno. [John?] Bones in rather better health
than I had left him in July. I have cause to thank God
for the general good health of myself and my wife,
who have both gained strength by their sojourn in
Habersham. I have only, in that respect to lament
the partial loss of sight of my left eye; what
remains of it, in place of being useful, is rather
confusing: But on the whole I have no reason to
Of all your acquaintances and friends here, I think
Mrs Jno. [John?] Moore is the only one at present
complaining, and her health is improving.
Desiring to hear from you often and assuring you
that Mrs Campbell & I will always feel a great interest
in you and your Family
I am Most Truly Yours
R. [Robert?] Campbell.