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Title: George Cumming, New York, To Robert Simms, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCumming, George/64
SenderCumming, George
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNew York, USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientSimms, Robert
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT.1815/18: Copied by Permission of Presbyterian Historical Society, Fisherwick Place, Belfast. #TYPE EMG George Cumming, [Physician], New York, To Robt. Simms, [General Merchant], Belfast. 18th July 1816.
ArchivePublic Record Office Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.8809117
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log15:09:1988 GC created 14:08:1989 ET input 22:08:19
Word Count239
TranscriptDear Robert,
I received your friendly
Letter - and felt great pleasure in hearing of your
Welfare. - The English, I perceive, have resisted
my Lord's Castlereagh's property War tax. - I hope
still that Europe will not crouch long under
its present degraded state - that something good
will arise notwithstanding the efforts of the Ferdinands
of the day - at least that England & wretched Ireland
may be politically bettered. - Since I last wrote I
have been appointed City Inspector with a Salary of
1250 Dollars yearly, this can only last whilst the
city remains Republican - Last Spring we succeeded,
but it may be that next year we will have
to succumb to the Federalists, as New York City
is nearly divided - we have, if United, the numbers -
they, more art & money. There is nothing new here
commerce suffers here much - perhaps 'tis better
for Liberty - as we had too much of commerce - too
much of rapid rises of fortune - & too much of
consequent Aristocracy. - Your friends are all
well - Mrs C. joins me in best wishes, and
sincere regards
Yours very truly
George Cumming
N. York 18th July 1816
We had a splendid 4th of July - I dined with the Mayor
and Corporation - being an Officer of the Board -
Excuse the shortness of this - write soon - & I will be more lengthy
next time.