|Adeline Clarke, Augusta, Georgia to W.J.C. Allen, Belfast
|Irish Emigration Database
|Augusta, Georgia, USA
|Campbell Allen, William J.
|D1558/1/1/6: The Papers of William John Campbell Allen, Deposited by F.D. Campbell Allen Esq., 15 London Road, Harrow-on-the-hill, Middlesex.
|The Public Record Office, N.Ireland.
|Document added by LT, 13:04:99.
|Augusta May 12 1835
It is with pleasure I embrace
this favourable opportunity of writing you a few lines by
our friend Mr W Harper who leaves this place on next Thursday
for his native land. Although only little better than a year
has elapsed since you bid farewell to us all, still many changes
have taken place since that time. Mr Clarke received your
affectionate letter and we were all delighted to hear from you.
Mr John Bones brought home with him a charming woman for his
Wife; his selection has gratified both
relations and friends. Her manners are warm and affectionate;
well calculated to make friends. She is also quite handsome.
An excellent specimen I presume of your Irish Ladies. I have
been waiting with great patience to hear of your marriage but
have been much disappointed as yet (What is the matter) I was
sure all things would be settled as soon as you reached home.
I suppose you think it is time enough, and you will remain a
while longer in the delightful state of blessed singleness.
I believe you were aware when you left here that Robert Clarke
was much pleased with Miss E Walton. The following winter he
addresed [addressed?] her and the 22 of January was appointed
for their marriage. As the time drew near Elizabeth was taken
with a severe cold which inflamed her eyes so much that she was
obliged to wear glasses. At the same time the measles was
prevailing to a great extent throughout our City although
of a mild nature. As the evening of the 22 approached, her
Father wished her very much to put off the wedding as she
was so unwell, but she would not consent and said she would
be well enough; it was nothing but a little cold she had,
besides it was very unlucky to put off a wedding.
Agreeable to invitation we all assembled on Thursday
evening to see them married. I never saw Elizabeth look
so beautiful, indeed she looked as one who did not belong
to Earth. And as for Robert I can truly say I never saw
him look half so well in all his life. Mr Talmage married
them and we spent a very pleasant evening, however the next
day her eyes again pained her very much; And on Sabbath
morning; she broke out thick with the measles, instead of
being relieved, she grew worse and worse. They had two
Physicians attending her and on the next Sunday night she
breathed her last being only 11 days married before she
was laid in her cold and silent grave; it was the measles
striking in was the cause of her Death When she was first
informed of her approaching end she was very much shocked
indeed; but afterwards she became perfectly calm and
composed; talked with every one and remained so until the
last. Her poor Parents I am afraid will never get over her
Death. And as for Robert. I was fearful he would sink
under it, he bore it much better than I expected. Poor
fellow just snatched from the very height of happiness
and plunged into the deepest misery. I have
been particular in my account of this melancholy
occurrence thinking you would be gratified to hear
all about it. Mr & Mrs R Campbell are quite
well and appear to be living as happy as when you left
them; I believe the Honey Moon will never end with them.
They have sent Afra to the Columbia Institute to school.
They remained in Town this winter and Margaret Black
spent it with them. Mr & Mrs Black paid them a
visit about two weeks ago and Margaret returned with
them. Mrs B. [Black?] has a sweet little Daughter
she calls Jane Dicky. They are now preparing
to set off for Ireland. Miss Black will remain in
Charleston. Mr & Mrs Bryson and Marren spent last
summer in Clarkesville; they all returned very hearty
indeed. Mrs Bryson had a Daughter about 4 months
ago, it has recently been at the point of Death; but
is now considerably better. Mrs Nichols is quite well
and her two children. She was burnt out of the place
she lived in when you were here; also Mr Brysons family;
they had taken the large wooden house joining Mrs
Nichols and he had just got it furnished completely and
his family comfortably fixed in it; as the fire broke
out at the corner ware house that him & Mr Clarke
occupied and all three of the buildings were in ashes in
a few moments. They saved all their furniture.
Mrs Nichols is living in the same street; higher up; she
has only two or three borders at present. Mr Clarke got
his foot dreadfully sprained last Octo. [October?] coming
down to Town. One of the shafts of his sulky broke, the
horse attempted to run and he jumped and came with all his
weight on his ancle [ankle?], he has been a cripple ever
since. I am afraid he will hardly ever get over it. Aunt
Elizas family are all quite well. She had a fine daughter
about 6 weeks ago. Henry and Elizabeth talk a great deal
about you; always wanting to know when you are coming back.
They will never forget you. John and Frances never fails
to remember you in their prayers every night. The two Miss
Gardners are still single also the charming Miss Dillon.
So you see we have some young ladies still left if you
should take a notion to come back here for a Wife. Mr
Samuel Bones married Miss Mc Gran. They are living
together at present on the Hill: and are quite well
Mother and myself received a joint letter from John
Adger a few months ago. he was in Smyrna and said he
had just commenced learning the language. He also
observed that himself nor his wife had never regretted
for one moment the step they had taken My children have
all had the measles; but got over them very well
Frances had an attack of brain fever about ten days ago
which has left her very much debilitated. My little Robert
Campbell has grown to be a fine boy; he can say almost every
thing; and is a great amusement to us all. We have had one
of the severest winters almost ever experienced in Augusta.
We had 5 or 6 falls of snow, and the coldest weather
I think I ever felt. And now my kind friend do write me
a long letter and tell me how you come on and what your
intentions are; if you are going to be married or not;
and when you think you will visit Augusta again. You see
I have wrote you in a plain and friendly manner; knowing
your kind heart so well I feel under no restraint in writing
to you. My Mothers health has not been good this winter,
but she says she hopes to live to see you once more.
Mr Harper thinks he will be back again by October.
I shall be much disappointed if I do not receive a long
letter from you. Mr Clarke Mother and Robert all join me
in hoping that this letter may find you in the full
enjoyment of health and happiness.
I remain Your Affectionate Friend
Adeline E Clarke
You must excuse bad writing, and all mistakes
as Mr H [Harper?] went much sooner than I expected.
And I was very much hurried. Yours AEC
Wm. John C. Allen Esqr
Mr. Wm [William?] Harper