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Title: John Chambers, New York, To Robert Simms, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileChambers, John/67
SenderChambers, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNew York, USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientSimms, Robert
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT.1815/25: copied by Permission of Presbyterian Historical Society, Fisherwick Place, Belfast. #TYPE EMG John Chambers, New York, To Robert Simms, [General Merchant], Belfast. 1st June 1825.
ArchivePublic Record Office Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.8809124
Partial Date
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Log20:09:1988 GC created 25:01:1989 ET input 30:01:19
Word Count431
Mr Robt Simms
New York 1 June 1825
My Dear Simms
Your Letter & the papers were very acceptable - & the additional light on
the Strange & discordant principle which have so long governed our
unhappy Country - but the worst of it is, that the discord seems to be as
widely differed amongst the governed as amongst the governors! -
We have received the parliamentary Proceedings to the 22nd April, wh
which gives the 27 Majority in the Commons, & Mr Lawless's Apple of Discord;
[than?] which I cannot conceive any thing more untimely, unwise, or
mischievious,; & fully justifies the observations of many of the London
prints, that "our own feuds are our greatest enemies"
It is really melancholy to see that the egotism of two political rivals is
likely to frustrate a great [measure?] by which a whole Nation is to be
We (in this Quarter) have little hope of success for the measure in the
Lords, - so if it miscarries, there, we shall not be disappointed. The
personal influence of Peel the chancellor, added to the Church seem too
strong for any combination of talent or power.
The English Revenue & commerce appear at length to have got into liberal &
enlightened hands, & great consequences I suppose are likely to
follow - How far Ireland will be permitted to participate we have to
learn; Tho' [Though?] opinion goes that she already manifests much
The Country rapidly advances. The rise on cotton seems wonderful, & is
extending its culture in proportion. As for this City in growth, there
is no example. We built [1600?] houses last year, & it is probable we
shall double that Number in this. There are 5 New Churches at this
moment building in my neighbourhood! - Our New Exchange will be 114 feet
[front?] all of white Marble & will be finished next Spring.
Our Canals are doing Wonders, & produce a revenue beyond all anticipation.
They have excited a spirit Throughout The Whole Union for similar
Undertakings - & Their number & extent, (by & bye) will far exceed Those
of England.
As for the Canadas. (if your government is wise & active,) another great
empire will be raised There - sufficient to drain off your superfluous
population & Manufacturers.
Present best wishes to friend Tennant & any other friends near you. Mrs C.
unites in kindest remembrances to Mrs Simms your daughter & family & believe
me, with [unaltered?] esteem &c [etc?] Dr Simms
Yours J Chambers I see your son Robert frequently, - he seems to
be doing well & in good health