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Title: Rev G. Macartney, Ballymena to William Jamieson (Orr), India.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMacartney, Rev. G/52
SenderRev. George Macartney
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationclergyman
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBallymena, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
DestinationCalcutta India
RecipientOrr, William
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 1956/7: Copied by Permission of Lt. Col. J. B. Wilson, Crossways, Shankbridge, Kells, County Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9404112
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 20:04:1994.
Word Count629
NoteN.B. William Orr was sentenced to do time in Australia for a crime he never committed. This letter announces his release.
TranscriptMr William Jamieson Watch maker [Watchmaker?]
Care of [Stained] Esqr
Bengall [Bengal?]

Alexr [Alexander?] Stewart Esq

Whytehall [Whitehall?] near Ballymena 31st July 1806
your Mother having yesterday shewn [shown?] me a Letter from you to Mr
Saml [Redmont?] dated Calcutta Janury [January?] 28th 1806 under a name which
the direction of this Letter Carries. I think it necessary to say, that from
a strict enquiry into the Charge against you, I found it was unfounded in
truth, having proceeded from the most shameful malice & established by the
most infamous perjury. The Result of my enquiry I communicated to Government,
who sent orders to New South Wales to permit you to return to your Country.
This Communication I make to you with great pleasure, having been
the Magistrate who arrested you by order of the Genl [General?] of the
district your Brother John is with your Mother at [Cravery?] both well
I have a great regard for them both & from your excellent Character
I have the same for you & am happy to say that in the Course of
my enquiry about you I found that your advice instead of tending
to promote rebellion in this Country was of a very different Complexion,
having used your influence in dissuading the People from
engaging in the foolish attempts. I assure you I was heartily sorry
for your Sufferings in Consequence of the Villainy of the Artillery
Deserter, who was the Cause of them by his [unexampled?] Perjury, he
died shortly after you left this Country. your Brother (when I called
at your Mother's house yesterday on my way here where I now reside
having put a Curate into the Parish of Antrim) was on the point
of going to Derry to settle with the friends of Mr Alexander the
Hindostan Banker at Calcutta about remittances to you -
however, I thought of a plan which will answer you better. I
have written a letter which I enclose to Counsellor Stewart my
Nephew who is at the head of his Profession as a Lawyer at
Calcutta, who I have no doubt will be your friend in your business
as a Watch Maker [Watchmaker?], & advance what money you may need
I have mentioned £100 - your Brother John [did?] pay to Counsellor
Stewart's Mother at Ballytweedy near Antrim What money
he advances to you immediately on his [int---t---?] the amount
of the Sum advanced. I shall copy Lord Castlereagh`s
together with Mr Secretary Marsden's Letter to me & the Letter
of the under Secretary of State for Great Britain Mr King to Mr
Marsden the under Secretary here from which you`l [you'll?] see
that an order was sent to the Colonial Department [?] your
enlargement in order to your returning to your Country.
If the climate agrees with you, I think you ought to remain in
Calcutta, until you have realised what will make you [------able?]
for the remainder of your life & [enable?] you to [affect?]

Copy of a letter from Mr Secretary King to Alexr Marsden

Whitehall 18th March 1805
I have laid before Lord Hawkesbury your Letter of
the 13th of this month, signifying the Lord Lieutenant's request
that William Orr who was transported to New South
Wales in the year 1799 may be permitted to return to
Ireland by the first opportunity, as there is reason to believe
that Orr was unjustly charged with the offence for which
he was transported - In reply I am directed to acquaint
you, for the information of the Lord Lieutenant that
no time has been lost in making a communication
upon the Subject to the Colonial Department,
with a view to his Excellency's desire being
complied with - I am Sir your obedient humble
J. King.

I enclose my Letter to Counsellor Stewart in your Brothers
Letter as it is lighter than this Letter [G. M.?]