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Title: Elizabeth P. Weir, Philadelphia, [U.S.A.?] to Her Uncle, James Weir, Belfast [Ireland?], Mentions Intension of Latter to Visit America in the Spring
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCunningham, William/16
SenderCunningham, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientBarber, James
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 1140/7: Presented by J.B. & R.H. Twigg, Solicitors Cookstown, County Tyrone
ArchivePublic Record Office Northern Ireland
Doc. No.711001
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument Added by JoeMullan, 05/11/2007
Word Count1449
TranscriptTo James Barber Esq[uire?]
Co[unty?] Antrim
per ship B[?]house
via Liverpool

From: St Vincent 9th June 1797

My Dear Uncle
I have had this pleasure several
times from hence to which please refer The present
is merely to enclose a copy of my late Brothers
Will, as I fear much you have not received any of
them yet although Mr G. has forwarded your severals,
I have not got a scrape of a pen from you since
I left Ireland, which hurts me a good deal still I
think you have wrote frequently, but unfortunately
none came to hand, my good Health continues God be
thanked without intermission ever since I came to
this Country, By a letter I received from my Brother
lately, I perceive he has it in contemplation to go to
America, and in consequence of which, I intend to
remain here untill [until?] he comes to a determination on
that head and have wrote him fully by this conveyance
As my stay here is to be so long, I in company
with a very respectable young man, have thought
of having out an adventure, and not to lose so much
time in this country without doing something, and
as Linens constitutes the chief part of the abstract,
has wrote my Brother James to Ship them immediately,
and he assured my expectations of a large
Proffit [Profit?] are very sanguine, For the present I will crave your
particular attention to my letter of March 12th having forwarded
both duplicate and triplicate so that of course it must
have come to hand, and I now confirm all I have said in it
and cannot express my self more fully. having wrote my
Brother John frequently, and always informing him of
every thing that happened new in the interval of which
I suppose he would acquaint you with, There is a Packet
now due which I hope will arrive soon, as I think some
how or other I have not felt so anxious for any of them
yet being almost certain of hearing fully from you
and that John is sailed or on the point of doing so
either for this country, or America, after forming good
connections at home even permitting he would be so
very unfortunate as not to be able to procure any, from
what I have wrote him this late, I can almost answer
for it that you will agree with me in opinion,
that there is an absolute necessity for him coming
out at all events, however should it so happen
that you are of a different way of thinking, I am
perfectly satisfied, and will set it down as best, hoping
you will not think this flattery, I will say that I
have always remarked , that when you do give an
advice on any subject, it turns out in the end to
be right, and would wish him to be guided solely by
what you say on the present, as you will by the
time this comes to hand, know equally as much of
this business as I do, When you shall hear from
me again is uncertain, not knowing of another opportunity.
I suppose the Packet will be the first,
should one offer sooner I will write, and has always
made it a point, and will while I remain in
this Country, to let no conveyance pass without
letting some of my relations hear from me
The first side of this letter is almost
[--?]licate of what I had the pleasure of writing
you 24th May (per Packet) and has now to request
you to remember me Affectionately to my Aunt,
and Cousins, tell the young Ladys [Ladies?] I refer them
to my sister Mary for a little sketch of the
manner we live here. And am my Dear Uncle
Yours sincerely
Will [William?] Cunningham
P.S. I hope to receive a Power of Attorney soon although
it is too late to sue People for any thing as there is
not Law in the Colony, nor will be for a few Months
to come, however your not authorizing me to Act as yet, may
in the end be all for the best. The[ ?] are not settled. and
to tell the truth it is hard for them, as there has been
no attempt made lately W.C.

Know all men by these presents that I,
Samuel Cunningham at present of this Island,
being thank god in perfect health but on the
Eve of departing for Europe do make and declare
this to be my last Will and Testament
In the first place I give and bequeath to
Six brothers, say, John, William, James, Thomas,
Joshua, & Barber Cunningham. each and every one
of them the sum of one Thousand Pounds Sterling
of good and lawfull [lawful?] money of Great Britain to be
paid to each of them at their attaining the age of
twenty one years.
Secondly, I will and bequeath to my sisters
Mary and Betsey Cunningham the sum of five
hundred Sterling good and lawfull [lawful?] money of Great Britain
to be paid to each of them on their attaining the age
of twenty five years, or sooner at the option of any
three of my Executors in the mean time my Executors
are to put my Brothers and Sisters money who
are Minors to interest and account with them for
the same till he or she attains the age before
mentioned in Case of death of any of the above
before arriving at foregoing age his or her legacy is to
be divided equally amongst the then survivors.
Thirdly I give and bequeath to my Father,
the sum of Two hundred pounds sterling British to
be paid him soon after my death as Convenient to
my Dear Mother, I give and bequeath the sum of four
hundred pounds British Stirling of which my
Father or any other cannot or is never hereafter to
have any right or Contract, and I recommend to my
Worthy Executors to have the same put to interest
on her Account, to my late Sister Sally Barbers
Children or so many as may be living at the time
of my Death, I bequeath the sum of one hundred
pounds British Sterling, to Madamoiselle Marriette
Leduff of this Town, I bequeath the sum of one
hundred pounds British Sterling for pin money
to be paid her immediately after my death
To my four Executors I bequeath for Executing
that office the sum of fifty pounds British stir[lin?]g
each, to the sum in trust for the Poor of the
Parish of Killead in the Country of Antrim the
sum of Two hundred pounds British Sterling
and to the Poor House of Belfast one hundred pounds
Sterling, to James Campbell of Saint Vincent our
Clerk I leave the sum of one hundred pounds
British sterling. By the foregoing I have willed
away the sum of eight thousand five hundred
pounds British Sterling at the same time if matters
goes on well in Saint Vincents and here I expect
or a final statement of our Books I will be found
to be worth upwards of Ten thousand pounds
British Sterling on which case whatever I die possessed
of more than the above sum of 8500 sterling
be it in landed property, Houses, Slaves or otherwise
I devise to be equally divided between my Brothers
and Sisters on the Contrary should it happen
that my estate is not worth the sum I have
willed away by this Testament the defficiencies [deficiencies?]
are to be deducted from the legacys [legacies?] in proportion
to the sum Willed or left each and the sum
defficient [deficient?]. Except that left my Mother and
Madamoiselle Leduff these two are not to be Effected [Affected?]
by any defficiencies [deficiencies?] neither the fifty pounds
left each and every of my Executors nor the three
hundred pounds Sterling left the Poor.
For my Executors to see this my last
Will and Testament put in full force I nominate
and appoint my Father, my Uncle Jas [James?] Barber
of British, Messrs. Thomas Rioron [Riordan?] & Jno [John?] Cunningham
both Merchants and residing in the Town of
Belfast, and to any three of whom I leave full
power to settle all Controversies that may
arrise [arise?] relative to any part of this will and I
further recommend Writing to my Attorneys
in this Country to make all possible dispatch
in the settlement of Mr John Gordon and my
In Witness whereoff [whereof?] I have here
unto put my hand and affixed by Seal at
Saint Pierres Matrtinique this fourth day of
October in the Year of our lord One thousand
seven hundred and ninety six.
(signed) Samuel Cunningham
Ulyssus [Ulysses?]Burke
Edward Griffin
William McDowell

Transcribed by PaulaTracey