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Title: Hartford Montgomery, Portadown to J.[Searight?], Philadelphia
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMontgomery, Hartford/42
SenderMontgomery, Hartford
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman?
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPortadown, Co. Armagh, N.Ireland
DestinationPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
RecipientSearight, Joseph
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipuncle-nephew, business
SourceD. 2794/1/2/74: Presented by H.H. Montgomery, 4 Kensington Gardens, Belfast 5.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9510049
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 12:10:95.
Word Count714
TranscriptPortadown 13th October 1852

Dear Joseph
Your invoice of 100 Barels [barrels?] flour is duly to hand.
From the manner in which your invoice is made out I presume you
have taken the average price but in future when there are four
qualities I would prefer seeing the cost of each and each
separately marked on the Barrels. I have forwarded Bill of
Lading to Liverpool with proper instructions. I observe you
charge 5% Commission which I think is rather too much as I know
some houses which only charge 4% on provisions and 2 1/2 % on
Cotton and am quite sure I could get parties to buy Flour for
3%. Unless the quantity of American flour and wheat shipped to
this country should prove much greater than any former year I do
not think prices are likely to be lower as the quantity of wheat
is much less than wheat in this country. Wheat has already
advanced 1/3 per cent weight and flour nearly as much but 2
years since when prices went up at this season of the year the
market was so glutted with French and American that prices were
completely shocked and receded considerably. Whether this will
be the same this year remains yet to be seen and I believe
mainly depends upon the quantity with you for shipment here.
If you can purchase 500 Barrels of first rate flour so as to
be laid down in Liverpool at 22/- you may do so on my %
[account?] and ship as below. Should you think right you may
take a margin of % now. If you find it would be an advantage to
draw at sight you may do so but sometimes I am afraid the
exchange market is in such a state that a proportionate
advantage cannot be had consequently I leave the matter to your
own discretion and judgement.
I am dear Joseph
Your affectionate uncle
Hartford Montgomery