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Title: George Cumming, New York to Robert Simms, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCumming, George/33
SenderCumming, George
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNew York, USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientSimms, Robert
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 1815/6: Copied by Permission of the Presbyterian Historical Society, Church House, Fisherwick Place, Belfast.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.8809105
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 09:11:1993.
Word Count604
TranscriptMr Robt [Robert?] Simms Merchant
New York 10th May 1806
Dear Simms
I received your very friendly letter of the 22nd of Nov Ult but a few
days ago - this delay, I suppose, arose from the stranding of the Grace on
the Coast of Scotland. - I owe to the kind interest you take in every thing
that tends to my Welfare a particular Statement of the reasons that induced
me to remain in this City, at lease for a longer period.-
At the time that my Relation who resides near the [Natchez?] painted
in such lively colours the advantages of my Removal to that Quarter
I had serious intentions of accepting his invitation and was making the
necessary preparations for that purpose - The Yellow Fever, however,
once more spread its ravages over our City, and it was then in vain to look
to the Collection of my few debts, to enable me to depart with However -
it was postponed - and at its [cessation?] my friends, particularly Chambers,
urged me to remain here, and prosecute my business with ardour. I was,
therefore, induced to give a further trial to this City, as well from the
arrival of my old associates particularly Emmet & Chambers, as from the
difficulty of settling my affairs so as to defray the expenses incident
to a long journey. - Thus you see me once more seated down, and living at
No. 3 Upper Chambers Street where I will be happy to see you without
crossing the Alligany [Alleghany?] Mountains, and where I now write on
the same table with our friend Chambers who with his son Charles are my
Boarders. -
When you wrote your last letter you thought Prussia would declare agt
[against?] France, but events have since taken place of such a wondrous
nature that baffled every human calculation.- With respect to your internal
affairs - the Death of Mr Pitt must occasion great changes - I doubt,
however, that any thing materially useful to the people of Ireland will
follow that event - Fox is an Englishman and poor Paddy, I fear, will still
feel that he is so - As to us, the conduct of Gt. Britain in Blockading
our harbours - Firing on our Vessels - even within our precincts - have
excited a very strong sensation - a proclamation has been issued by the
President ordering from our Port - The Leander - The Cambrian, and the
Driver, and prohibiting the entrance into any port of the United States,
any vessel commanded by any of the three Captains now commanding those
Vessels - forever.-
Further, all persons are informed to seize, if possible, the Captain
of the Leander, and bring him to trial for the murder of one of our
Citizens, and every person is forbidden to supply those Vessels with
Provisions, - and no Pilot to aid them - except in withdrawing from our
This has arisen from the wanton - tyrannical, and in this instance,
murderous conduct of the Captain of the Leander - God send us peace! but we
will not have a Dishonourable Peace.-
[Swiny?] is married, and is in this Country - at present at Norfolk -
'tho' [altough?] his wife is in France - McNeven practizing [practising?]
in this City, and a constant Attendant at the Catholic Chapel. The Good
Emmet is advancing rapidly to Distinction - at the hear of the Bar -
I need not tell you that I expect to hear from you soon, or how much
pleasure your Letters give me.
With best regards to Mr Tennant,
I remain - Dear Simms
Yours Sincerely
George Cuming