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Title: Thomas Bath, Belfast to James Brown, Philadelphia
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBath, Thomas/168
SenderBath, Thomas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmerchant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBelfast, N.Ireland
DestinationPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
RecipientBrown, James
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipfriends, business
SourceD 3688/F/19: Deposited by C. Maclaughlin Esq.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9103029
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogAction By Date Document added by C.R., 10:12:1993.
Word Count573
TranscriptTo: Mr James Brown
73 Chesnut St [Chestnut Street?]

Belfast 1st Febry [February?] 1820

dear James
I have this day received your Letter of
the 16 Decr [December?] via Derry & observe your consignment
of 100 Hhds [Hogsheads?] of Flaxseed to Messrs J A. Smyth &
Co. [Company?] which I hope may do well any interference of
mine is quite unnecessary Mr Smyth being fully competent
there is no saying how it will do, as you know all depends on
quantity I wont have a Hhds [Hogsheads?] of any kind from Riga
our imports are large & the quality of the seed uncommonly
fine it stands low about 40/s P. [Per?] Barrel the Dutch is
not very good this Year, stands about 4 Guis. [Guineas?]. I
am glad You have sold out Your whisky without loss as it cost
so very high and carelessly managed by Walker & Co.
[Company?] who I employed for the best and only regret bad
Fortune what You hold of Jas [James?] Stewart & Cos.
[Companies?]. I hope may be as well disposed of, they will
not be disappointed for want of profit as in these times no
such thing is to be met with in any part of the world I think
it likely in Summer we could Ship you 10 or 20 Puns
[Puncheons?] of a similar quality at about 2/6 P. [Per?]
Gallon on board which is cheap do you recommend it & how many
Puns [Puncheons?]. I keep in mind Your cloverseed and shall
not fail to sell it as well as I can when the season
commences. the Susan arrived here a few days ago, from
Charleston by whom I have 50 Bags Upland Cotton Shipt
[Shipped?] by Magwood & Patterson at 15 1/2 Cents drawn for
at 4/6 P. [Per?] Dollar it will stand me about 13d suppose
will bring 15d by next Vessel they say they will ship me
50 Bags Per Island price looking down, I observe what you say
about Linens if I can get a few Boxes on very cheap terms I
will consign them to You it is a most ruinous trade here to
the Linendrapers who are all losing a great deal of money
infact nothing is doing good New York Pot Ashes 42/s Quebec
38/s Our market is inundated with Staves Quebec Pine Timber
selling by the Cargo, at 20d stands 2/s my hands
unfortunately full of all kind of Timber Articles which
barely bring first cost by retail. Pork 35/s to 40/s, Butter
90/s, Potatoes 3/s.
With the deepest distress & Sorrow I acquaint you of the
decease of my Beloved Wife on the 4 Jany [January?]. She
looked very delicate since June and was supposed to be in the
family way, however getting worse toward Novr [November?],
her suffering became great & painful Her hope of being with
Child more doubtful, her case being a very extraordinary one
and unknown to the Physician. the Body was opened, it
appeared the Stomach was almost destroyed by incessant
vomiting, the intestine twisted and quite out of order,
unable to perform their functions, & a quantity of water
Thus have I lost one of the best of wives, loved & respected
by all who knew her and only 31 years of age, my grief must
be consoled, if that is possible, by two darling Children
Betsy & Thomas.
For Your health & Happiness
I devoutly wish, having the
greatest regard for You
Believe me truly
Thomas Bath