|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 1558/1/1/118: Papers of William John Campbell Allen Deposited by F. D. Campbell Allen.|
|Archive||The Public Record Office, N. Ireland.|
|Log||Document added by LT, 29:08:97.|
GA [Georgia?] [Despatch postmark?]
arrival postmark 17 September 1854?]
E [Belfast arrival postmark
18 September 1854?]
Wm. Jno. C. Allen Esq.
By Mail Steamer
from N York [New York?] to L'pool [Liverpool?]
Wm. Jno C. Allen Esq.
Fairview Belfast Ireland Clarkesville 29 August 1854
My dear Sir
I have received here your
favour of the 27th ulto [ultimo?] After hearing of the health
of your family & yourself it is pleasant to us to think that
the shrubbery & plants sent out by Miss Margaret are so
promising. I trust they will do no discredit to [Fairoran?]
On the 22d ulto [ultimo?] I wrote you with a request to
suspend the arrangement for sending out Miss McVea by the
Atlantic in this month. From your promptness to engage her
passage as indicated in your letter of the 27th I think it
probable that was done, before you received my letter of the
22d: and as at this season of the year, Passengers are going
in greater numbers Eastward than Westward, I calculate as
having to lose the passage merely as a matter of course.
As the only object I had in view in bringing miss McVea to
this country was to enable her to fulfil an engagement which
I supposed m.? [might?] contribute greatly to her happiness -
and as she has broken up that engagement, at least for
the present; I have concluded to let things as regards her,
resume their former position. In the first instance I thought
of inviting and arranging for her coming out to Charleston
and inviting Mr Adams to meet her next winter at my house -
but afterwards concluded that it would be best for her to
come out in the Atlantic and I would be in N. York [New York?]
to meet her - where Mr Adams was also to be and there let
her go directly on to Canada at a more suitable season than
if she went from Augusta in the winter season. I was willing
to make the sacrifice of going on there (no small one for
me at this time, both as to trouble and risk), having in
view the likelihood of her happiness being settled, perhaps
for life. I see that it will not do for me to be too
officious in making arrangements for others.
From the terms in which Miss Grace has written to me, and
those which she says she has addressed to Mr Adams, I cannot
think of doing anything further in the business.
As she may have gone to expense in preparing for her
voyage to N. York [New York?] it will be proper for me
to pay them, and you will add to my obligations to you
by doing so - you will have already , no doubt, settled
for the forfeited passage. By your sending me your account
on first October, I will place you in funds in the course
of the winter for what you may be in advance. W. Bones
unites with me in desiring that the "Belfast Daily Mercury"
may be stopped at the expiration of the year of subscription,
which must be near at hand.
I need scarcely mention that the Aug. [Augusta?] Ins.
[Insurance?] & B. [Banking?] Co. made no declaration of
dividend at the regular time in last month. I think it will
be very well if it makes it in January next. Please mention
this to your uncle. I have no reason to doubt that the other
Banks will make their usual Dividends.
It is probable that the Exrs [Executors?] of Jno Campbell
may next winter desire to distribute the [Billy?] Campbell
funds for lapsed legacy. Will you be so kind as to state who
the parties are who are entitled to it: and how the Executors
can safely proceed. Miss Margaret Black Miss H. B. Longstreet
(who is now with me) and Mrs Campbell unite with me in kind
regards to Mrs Allen & yourself.
P.S. In a Derry Paper of the 29th of June last, I saw it
stated, that O'Neil the convict, before his execution at
Belfast, confessed that he had sworn falsely injuriously
to the character of miss Grace McVea when she was [bro---?]
[stain] the public some years ago. Is this statement true.
Was O'Neil a Roman Catholic - who incited to the perjury -
It could scarcely be volunteered. The "Mercury" of the 29th
June, is the only one that has failed reaching me -