|John Chambers, New York to Robert Simms, Belfast.
|Irish Emigration Database
|New York, USA
|T 1815/21: Copied by Permission of the Presbyterian Historical Society, Fisherwick Place, Belfast.
|The Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
|Document added by JM 29:09:1993.
|Mr Robert Simms
New York 6th June 1818
My Dear Sirs
I am very happy to learn, that your Associations keep you so
fully employed, that you have little time to devote to the
remembrance of distant friends. I always hail a letter
from you with more than ordinary satisfaction - & when an
opportunity offers of sending you a few lines, I seldom sit
down to discover, whether I am a creditor or a debtor.
I told you in a former letter, that I had consented to go to
Washington, at the Instance of an Association here, for the
relief of our Emigrant Countrymen, in order to further the
object of their memorial to Congress to obtain a large tract
of Land in the Illinios [Illinois?] Territory on a prolonged period of
the term of payment, for a settlement exclusively Irish.
I have not at hand, at this moment, copies of the memorials
presented to Congress by this association, & of Similar ones
in Philada [Philadelphia?] & Baltimore, or I should forward
them to you - I can only send you the copies of the last
paper presented to that body immediately before the great
discussion which took place in the House of Representatives
on the subject - in which we lost the question but by a
majority of 12!
It cost me more than two months of time, at a very
inconvenient period & a most inclement season for
We shall, probably, return to the attack in the next season,
in the hope of better success - but I pray you not to
stimulate the sanguine temper of our Countrymen, except in
instances, where there is some little property, &
unquestioned evidence of Industry & [?] of mind - with these
- great & certain things maybe here accomplished - & a
happy independence shared - but, without them, - nothing but
misery & disappointment.
The Western & South-Western Country are growing &
flourishing so rapidly - that at no very distant period they
will sway the Distances of this great Empire - The Eastern
States are either Stationary or [?] in population (I mean
the New England States chiefly) - the flood of home as well
as foreign emigration is all [?] in the opposite direction!
These circumstances, you may suppose open an important field
to the most extended & bold speculations! amongst our
political & Statistical writers.
Your worthy son Robert I saw in Philadelphia in March on my
return from Washington - he is well & I trust is doing well
- And Jon (who is making a fortune), I am glad to see is
very attentive to Robert.
With best respects to your family - & to our mutual old
friends - I am Dr Simms Always Sincerely Yours