|Thos. W. Coskery, U.S.A. to W. J. C. Allen, Belfast.
|Irish Emigration Database
|Coskery, Thomas W/25
|Coskery, Thomas W.
|Augusta, Georgia, USA
|Campbell Allen, William J.
|D 1558/1/1/500: Papers of William John Campbell Allen Deposited by F. D. Campbell Allen.
|The Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
|Document added by LT, 04:02:98.
27 October 1873
Augusta 12th Sept 1873
W. J. C. Allen Esq
My Dear Sir
Your valued favor of the 27th ult. is
before me & contents noted. I am very glad to hear that you
and your family are in good health & am always pleased
to have a letter from my native country however short it may
be as it revives old recollections of Belfast and its
surroundings. Although but a mere boy when I first left
there, my heart still clings to "Old Erin" and with all
her faults I love her still.
I am rather surprised that John Davison has not answered your
letters for I have always regarded him as a prompt
businessman and a very successful one for the last twenty
years, although he had some hard struggles in the early
part of his life he is now quite wealthy and spends most of his
time in the parlour of the Georgia R Road [Railroad?] Bkg
[Banking?] Co. where he is a large stockholder.
He and I are on the most intimate terms yet I regard him as
very excentric [eccentric?] in many respects and have
never intimated that I knew you had written him except
once on my return I merely mentioned that you were
expecting a letter from him. He seemed to take a great
interest in the Ulster Bank statement which you gave me
and enquired particularly after you. As to William Bryson
I fear you are not likely to get any response from him,
he is not in the city at present and I don't know
when he will return. Mr Bryson left him between twenty
to twenty five thousand dollars and a good business, long
established, but I hear he has run through it all
speculating on "Cotton" or what we call "Futures" which
is kin to gambling though more respectable & followed
by a large class of our cotton merchants in N. York
[New York?] and elsewhere.
"Young America" is not content to make a fortune in
the old fashioned slow way but must have it in a year or
burst and not a few of them explode when they are left to
themselves. Mr Bryson's two daughters are here in
comfortable circumstances & most excellent ladies they
are, Carrie the elder is still unmarried & Mary and her
husband live with her in the old home. Mrs Giltenan has
not returned to the city but presume she will spend all
her time in Augusta hereafter.
Our city is improving more rapidly in the way of new
buildings than I have ever known and manufacturing
prospects are also good. I sent you a large pamphlet
four months ago, by Dr. Eve, showing how the various
factories were getting along, but the Dr. has just returned
and told me he failed to visit Ireland.
Please say to Mr [Carr?] that I wrote him as fully
as I could respecting his Georgia Bonds and regard them
good. Since I wrote I have heard from the Secy [Secretary?]
of the Treasury that there has been no provision made to
meet the [Coupons?] except at the 4th National Bank at N.
York [New York?] which is a great nuisance to foreign holders
and well calculated to reduce the value on that side of the
Atlantic. I believe I have given you all the news that would
be likely to interest you and if I can serve you at any future
time it will afford me great pleasure to do so, should you
want to make enquiries about matters here, I will also
take pleasure in sending you a paper occasionally and shall
feel greatly obliged for a Belfast paper from you occasionally
at your convenience. Our business season is now about to
commence New Cotton begins to come in freely, from all I can
learn I think we will have good cotton crops. The market
has opened at about 18« c [cents?]. In antiwar (sic) times
you know we were satisfied with 8 c [cents?], and I have
sold it at 4 c [cents?] to 6 c [cents?] during our Mexican
The abolition of Slavery has not diminished our products
although at first labour was demoralised as they supposed
freedom meant idleness, latterly they have learned different,
With kind regards to your family and associates Miss B &c
I am Dr [Dear?] Sir
Yours very truly
Thos. [Thomas?] W. Coskery.