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Title: John Chambers, New York to Robert Simms, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileChambers, John/60
SenderChambers, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNew York, USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientSimms, Robert
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 1815/24: Copied by Permission of the Presbyterian Historical Society, Fisherwick Place, Belfast.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.8809123
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 29:09:1993.
Word Count500
Robt Simms

Forwarded to Mr Simms
New York 15th Oct [October?] 1824

John Chambers

My Dear Friend

It is an age since I heard from you - yet I coud [could?]
not allow my young friend Robert to depart without
encumbering him with a few lines to you

We are here so occupied with our Attentions to Marquis La
Fayette, that we had time to make any other news (sic), than of
our festivities to him. These have engaged, or rather
engrossed, every mind on the continent; & if the good man
can escape with his life, it is more than his personal
friends expect. The approaching Election of our new
President, has not, or will not, occasion, a twentieth part
of the bustle or the interest

I find Mr Brownlow & Mr Davidson have at length discovered
the folly & wickedness of Orangeism. A command from the
higher powers I suppose, has produced this information. A
command which ought long since to have extended to Mr
O'Neil, & other official fools or knaves of that stamp Our
poor Country! I cannot restrain my eyes from turning
towards her, - she labours under so many ills, - ills so
long, long, rooted, - & in which so many are interested in
continuing. - Her clergy - her Absentees - & even her
resident Gentry are so hostile to her true interests that
despair seems to shut the door of hope against her

I wish you woud [would?] tell me your own [opinion?] upon
the present State of things - & if there are any & what
prospects of an amended [?] amongst you. Is the new Law for
Tithes, a real improvement for the people, or the Church, -
Is [Lord?] Wellesley likely to subdue the Orange faction -
Is Justice better administered - have you employment for the

I could ask you a thousand other questions but you would not
have time to answer them

Tell me, however, what you think of the New Bank in Dublin.
I see the Direction is altogether Catholic! - How is that to
be accounted for? - & what facilities is it likely to afford
[external?] trade of this Country to which the National
Northern Bank are not already equal. I have no doubt but it
will be viewed with much jealously by the great folk in
College Green

Have you read Moore's [Captain?] Rock. It is an admirable
performance, & must do good. I hope its circulation is
equal to its merits

We have no great opinion here of the efficacy of the Cath.
[Catholic?] [Association?]. It is said to be a [mere tool?]
of O'Connel's - whom prudence & good [sense are?] not
considered as equal to his talents. -

They appear to have lost the aristocracy of the body - or
they are not so prominent in the public proceedings as

Mrs C. requests to present her best remembrances to Mrs
Simms & your Daughter - accept my good wishes & [believe?]
me, [Dr?] Simms Yours always sinc. [sincerely?]

J Chambers