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Title: G. O. Giltenan, U.S.A. to W. J. C. Allen, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileGiltenan, G. O/30
SenderGiltenan, G.O.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman
Sender Religionunknown
OriginAugusta, Georgia, USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientCampbell Allen. William J.
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipbusiness, friends
SourceD 1558/1/1/573: Papers of William John Campbell Allen Deposited by F. D. Campbell Allen.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9802797
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 17:02:98.
Word Count770
TranscriptSand Hills
near Augusta
Decr [December?] 15 1874
W. J. C. Allen Esq

Dear Sir
I have just got
settled here about a month ago, and I take up
my pen to write, as I can send my letter off in
the hope of its reaching you, which could
not be done with any certainty where I have
been sojourning for these last twelve months.
If I remember correctly my last was
mailed from 'Macon' some time last February
which I hope reached you in due time.
I am uneasy about my sister not knowing
where a letter would find her and not having
heard from her since your last letter -
The time is at hand when I shall
have to remit to you her usual annuity -
and I have not yet recd [received?] one cent of my
Uncle's bequest to me - The last I sent
thro' Mr Bean was out of my own private
funds, and on which I have been living
since my Uncle's death.
My bequest was in specified money
The executors want me to take property at
the valuation, as the present time is so
much depressed it would sell much below
its value.
The piece of property amounts to more
than my bequest and also that of my
sister's added to it, the overplus I
would have to pay interest on until
the final settlement when it would be taken
out of my residuary. The income
would enable me to live, and send her
her annuity punctually - When this is
concluded I will settle my affairs, so that
she shall have the income as usual in the
event of my death - and which would be
still the safest investment for her -
In view of all this I therefore request
you to do me the favour of drawing out a
Document authorizing me to invest her
money with mine - and also to state in
it and inform her, that she has no claim
on it, but an annuity her life time - And
have her signature to it and forward to
me, - I know you will understand
me in this matter, & I draw the writing
so that it will prevent any one of presenting
any claim as from her after her death.
As she is often not in her proper senses
such things might be attempted, and as
she is mostly among an unprincipled and
low class of people, who might expect
to be benefited, and who would put her
up to any expediency to get money.
This, is why, I want her to know that it is
only an annuity she has as long as she lives -
to prevent her from fraud, or from giving
away under inebriate excitement, the only
support she can have -
So as not to sacrifice the property
there is five years allowed to settle up the Estate
and if I do not take the property offered to
me at the valuation I would have a long
time to wait. & probably be no better in the end.
I am Guardian for my Brother James'
children. Their bequest is in money, and it
is not legal for me to take property for them.
The small amount they are left will not do more
than clothe & pay their schooling.
There are seven of them all Boys -
and I will have to keep them as best I
can. You see I lay before you my
emergencies so you can judge what I
have to do, and the care devolved on me at my
time of life. - but the Lord is a good helper
and I trust will sustain me to go through
the duties allotted me.
To make things still worse the Geo R.Road
[Georgia Railroad?] will not declare a dividend
this winter, and my Brother's widdow [widow?]
has her all invested in it. That will be
another call on my income I fear this winter.
I have troubled you with a long letter
but trust to your friendship & goodness
of heart to give it your attention.
I trust you and your family have got
through the past summer in health and
happiness - I am living on the Sand Hill
near to Mr Thos [Thomas?] W. Coskery - be kind
enough to address your letter for me to his
care, as I have no box in town.
He told me he had a letter from you
lately, and bid me give you his best
respects &c. - Be pleased to seal
with wax as you have formerly done.
Deeply grateful for your past kindness
and attention I am with respect
Yours truly
G. O. Giltenan.