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Title: G. O. Giltenan, U.S.A. to W. J. C. Allen, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileGiltenan, G. O/6
SenderGiltenan, G.O.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman
Sender Religionunknown
OriginAugusta, Georgia, USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientCampbell Allen. William J.
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipbusiness, friends
SourceD 1558/1/1/732 : Papers of William John Campbell Allen Deposited by F. D. Campbell Allen.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9803085
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 26:02:98.
Word Count631
April 20th 1877
W. J. C. Allen Esq

Dear Sir
It is a long time since I have
written to you, but increasing bad health and a total want
of energy must be my excuse for my neglect. My disease is
bronchial asthma from which I have suffered every two or
three months for these last five years and I am now
inclined to think it has settled on my lungs.
I know that I may be spared a few years or perhaps the
next attack may be my last so I am trying to put my affairs
in order, and it would add much to my peace of mind if I had
the assurance of your continued attention to my poor sister.
Her legacy is still in the hands of Mr. Bean and perhaps as
safe there as any other place, until the winding up of the
estate, which will not take place, until about two years
from now - the time named in the Will being five years -
I have bought on my Residuary Uncle's house on the Sand
Hills called "Fairview" the one he occupied when you came
over to this country. I have put it through repair - so
much painting both inside & outside as houses require here
- takes a long time to get rid of the smell of the paint
and to avoid paying rent when I was hurried into it, which
I think had a bad influence on my health. My neighbours
are Mr Coskery & family, Mr D. R. Wright, General Summers,
& Judge P. King, President of the Georgia R Road [Railroad?],
my brother Robert & family have the next lot to him, in
the house Uncle owned called "Woolsey Cottage" - it is a
very short distance and he walks twice a day to see me.
I had a letter from sister dated Jan 7 in which she says
she has not been to see you since you wrote to me last.
She seems to think that if she could supply herself with
provisions she would be more comfortable but I think very
differently and advise her to do no such thing, she could
not manage money. I reminded Mr Bean to remit to you
I beg leave to trouble you with the photographs of my
nephews which sister requested me to send her. She is so
isolated if is is any satisfaction I will try to give it
to her. I am too unwell to get mine taken but will send
her one taken some years ago. Will you please forward
this to her. Memory often carries me back when I used to
be with your Mother and in your Uncle James' house.
I would like to know something of his children, where
his sons are settled - and the young ladies - where are
they ?
All our Augusta friends are in their usual health but
many of the old acquaintances have passed away - Miss
Hannah Longstreet is in her usual health, living with
her sister Mrs Carmichael. Mrs Sibley enjoys excellent
health and has four children nearly grown up, two boys
& two girls - her husband's numerous family are all well
& doing well in their business.
Mr John Davison, Mrs Bryson and family are in their
usual health. When I take up my pen I trouble you too much
with my affairs, but I loose (sic) sight of everything
but that I am writing to a valued friend of my venerated
Uncle & for whose sake you will still allow me the
privilege of claiming you as such.
I hope this may reach you enjoying all the health &
happiness I so ardently wish you, and that your useful
life may long be spared to your family & friends -
Very respectfully yours
G. O. Giltenan.