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Title: William Henry, Derrydrummock, to Brother [James Henry?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHenry, William/32
SenderHenry, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarm tenant
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginDerrydrummock, Co. Down, N.Ireland
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 1476: Copied by Permission of Mrs H.M. Gilmore, Belfast #TYPE LET Copy of Letter From William Henry, Derrydrummock, to Brother [James Henry?], 12 April 1841.
ArchivePublic Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9005201
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
Log22:05:1990 JMR created 05:08:1991 SE input 05:08:1
Word Count921
TranscriptCopy of letter written 12th April 1841
Derrydrummuck 12th April 1841

Dear Brother.
I have received your very kind letter
and has paid particular attention to what
you say. I do not think I could clear
very much more than the rent and the
Interest of the money. If I had the land.
The rent is at present 32 Shillings per acre
I do not think it would be higher if the
Lease was done. There is none of
Lord Downshire's land that is out of Lease
that is getting at more than 32 Shillings
at the present time.
It is not with the view of making
very much off the Farm, that induced
me to look after it, was bringing it
nearer our own house, and selling two
other farms that lay far off.
The lease is about twenty years taken out
it is a son of Rector Hamilton's that is the
life of it, he is a man of about forty years
of age.
I am convinced that Interest of money
would do me more good. than buying
more land, when everything is taken into
If there is alterations in the Corn Laws there
is no doubt of land being cheaper and
produce of all kinds being lowered.
I fear very much that they will make
some alteration, that will be very much
against the Farmer.
So that when we look into everything
and run the risk of land getting cheaper,
and all other expenses that attends it,
such as cultivation, drawing grain to
market, paying servants wages, and
keeping up farm utensils, and then after
all if we have a bad crop, it puts us
two or three years back in the world
When we consider all these things.
I will put all thoughts of it out of my
head, and subsist with the inconvenience
of our other Farms.
The time that Archy went out to America
Samuel was over in Ireland at that
time, I said to him. did he not think
it would be well for me to sell off
everything and go out to America with
Archy that I would have better prospects
there, than I would have in this country
the answer that he made to me was
to content myself where I was, that
while ever he had I should never want,
I have got our houses made very comfortable
here, and has also good office houses,
after laying so much money out on them
I would think it a pity to let any one
enjoy them; poor Archy never got to his
journey's end, and Mr King who was
son-in-law to my Uncle Robert Henry
went out to Australia last year, what was
the consequence, he died on his passage
going, and the family was left desolate
in a strange land, and what would have
become of Archy's children had it not been
for his friends. That farm of land that
my Father left Archy's children of twelve
acres, if I may say out of lease, the man
who is the life of it, is not expected to live
many days, my brother Robert was another
life of the lease, but we never hear anything
of him whatever.
I feel grateful to you for your kind
propasal in saying you would not forget
me if you had your affairs settled,
I hope you are getting your business
wound up to your satisfaction.
I am sorry to inform you that Alexander's
wife is not expected to recover from her
complaint, the Doctors say that she
may continue in her weak state
for some weeks to come; but that no hopes
of her recovery may be entertained. I am
very sorry for it, she was very kind and
attentive to me. it will be a great loss
to her husband and family.
Alexander's oldest son is living in London
as Barrister-at-law, there is two of them
in the Warehouse with himself, and the
other boy is going on for a surgeon, his
oldest daughter is married and living in
London, and now you wish me to let
you know what is the meaning of
the O'Connell and repeal fuss means.
It just means this, that they [the?] Catholics
want the Parliament back to Dublin,
and if possible, to have a Papish
government, since they got the
Emancipation bill carried, they have
got papists into Parliament, to represent
County's and Boroughs, but now these
Repeal meetings are illegal.
O'Connell and a good many others, are now
standing their trial for disturbing the peace
of the county, and getting the people into a
state of dissatisfaction. with government
and the laws of the land, but how it
may yet end is very hard to know.
I hope as you were saying in your letter
you would hear something of Joseph this
winter when the legislators would meet
If we could only hear that he was living
it would give us great comfort to hear
from him.
Dear James, if you could only bring your-
self [yourself?] to think of coming over to see us,
what satisfaction would it be to us to see
you. My mother always lives in the hopes
of seeing some of you before she dies.
try what you can do.
I have given you every information
respecting our family that I could.
We are all well here, my Mother has her
health as well as could be expected at
her time of life. she is now into her eighty-ninth year
They all send their love with me to
you write me James.
I remain your affection [affectionate?]
broth [brother?] William Henry