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Title: G. O. Giltenam, U.S.A. to W. J. C. Allen, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileGiltenan, G. O/4
SenderGiltenan, G.O.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman
Sender Religionunknown
OriginLaurens Hill, Georgia, USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientCampbell Allen. William J.
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipbusiness, friends
SourceD 1558/1/1/522: Papers of William John Campbell Allen Deposited by F. D. Campbell Allen.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9802795
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 17:02:98.
Word Count496
TranscriptLaurens Hill
Laurens County
26th February 1874
W. J. C. Allen
Ulster Bank

Dear Sir
Your kind letters of the 27th August
& the 27th October last reached me at this place a few days
before Christmas. The first being detained in the office
until advertised, as I was not in Augusta, & it not being
addressed to anyone's care. They found me confined to my
bed from my horse running away, which caused me a severe
fall from my buggy - and when nearly able to sit up I was
taken with an attack of Bronchitis which I am subject to,
& from which I am only recovering. I trust this will be
sufficient apology for not sooner replying to your very
kind letters and when I also inform you that I am 20 miles
from a R.Road [railroad?] & 8 miles from a P.Office [Post
Office?] - mail only once a week and very uncertain
whether letters will ever reach their destination, it
being not a government supply but sustained by contributions
from a few citizens around.
I am staying here with my Brother James' family & intend
remaining here this year, having rented my house in Augusta
- but before leaving I made arrangements with Mr. J.D. Bean
(who had some funds of my own to send you Thirty Pounds œ30
for the benefit of my sister. He would not advance me
anything on her legacy. When I can get funds from him, I will
send you all the interest on the Legacy viz 2500$ which pays
7% here, and if it requires any more say 5œ annually, I
will cheerfully make it up to contribute to her comfort and
maintenance as you say some light employment or occupation
would be of great advantage but I fear she would not keep any
place long.
I think she must be like a monomaniac and goes astray at
stated times - If there was anyone to watch her until the
crisis passes over perhaps a change might come for the
better - indeed I am totally at a loss what to say on this
I recd [received?] a letter from her a short time after
Uncle's death asking me what she was allowed to live on, to
which I have not had the opportunity to reply to. Should you
see her please inform her she has about the same annually
as formerly & also when I reach Augusta I intend writing
to her care of Mr. Wetherhead, Cromac St. Perhaps she may
get it - indeed I shall keep this until I reach 'Macon' on
my way to Augusta. I hope to be able to bear the journey
in the course of a week from now if the weather continues
favourable having so long to go to the R.Road [railroad?].
I trust you will not deem it negligence but circumstances
that has delayed my reply to your very kind letters & for
which I thank you gratefully and sincerely - Wishing you
& your household every happiness.
I am respectfully yours
G. O. Giltenan.