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Title: John Chambers, New York to Robert Simms, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileChambers, John/36
SenderChambers, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationstore owner
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNew York, USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientSimms, Robert
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 1815/8: Copied by Permission of the Presbyterian Historical Society, Church House, Fisherwick Place, Belfast.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.8809107
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 09:11:1993.
Word Count588
TranscriptMr Robert Simms

New York 17th June 1807

My Dear Simms

Observing a vessel destined for your Port I cannot resist
the temptation of saying a few words to you

I am now settled down in this city (No 129, Water Street) I
have opened a store in my own proper business, having taken
my eldest son into Partnership. As our commencement took
place but a few weeks since, it is not possible to form any
opinion of what our success may be. We are under a heavy
rent (now 700 dolls prann [per annum?]) & sundry other heavy
expenses; but as these are the usual attendants on everyone
in business here we must endeavour to bear them as well as
our neighbours.

Our friend Jackson has sold his farm in Pennsya
[Pennsylvania?] & will return home I suppose in the fall or
spring - Sinclair has got [permission?] also, but it seems
doubtful that he will accept it - the change of
Administration which has lately taken place in England has
cooled the wishes for many for seeing once more their native
soil - Many, indeed most people, here regret the change, as
promising good neither to this or to any other Country - &
the friends of general liberty - & the extinguishment of
religious feuds Deeply lament the event What remains for
poor Ireland? - Nothing is now even to be hoped for, but a
mild & equal administration of the Laws & of the executive
government - This would be alright, & well, & happy, if the
Laws were equal - but whilst they remain other ways, Of what
Value is it to the majority of the people?

Ireland will every day now become more enlightened & her
discontent will be exactly in proportion. - How is this, or
either, to be stayed, & how can you prevent the consequence
- In this country, those who look at the late revolution in
the Cabinet of England can scarce believe the ostensible
cause which is assigned

What kind of Interest is excited of late years amongst you
on occasion of contested Elections. In the Capital, (it
appears to me) the people are divided into three divisions,
Viz The lovers of liberty - the lovers of intolerance - &
the lovers of loaves & fishes - the two last seem inevitably
to unite & are perhaps now too many for the first

Give me the part of you cogitations, my good friend, on all
these points

I have been long, very long, anxious to hear if any steps
have been taken, or are proposed, for containing the
Collection of Irish music - begun in your town some years
ago in one admirable Volume - I hope sincerely it has been,
or will be completed - for every day difficulty increases; &
have you no liberty fund to bribe the sleeping genius of
Ireland to give Poetry (like Burns') to her Harp. - Will you
tell me some news on these points. - If the idea shoud
[should?] ever be taken up to give a premium for the best
songs to our most favourite pieces of Music - I would most
chearfully [cheerfully?] become a humble contributor

I lament exceedingly the family affliction wh [which?] I
hear my old friend Tennent - has experienced - Present to
him my best regards - Remembrance to your brother, & c. -
Write to me when the opportunity offers - & believe me
always - with warmest wishes for you happiness - Yours

J Chambers