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Title: John Montgomery, Portadown, to "Dear Joseph", U.S.A
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMontgomery, John/89
SenderMontgomery, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbaker
Sender ReligionProtestant (prob. Methodist)
OriginPortadown, Co. Armagh, N.Ireland
DestinationPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
RecipientSearight, Joseph
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 2794/1/2/29: Presented by H.H. Montgomery, 4 Kensington Gardens, Belfast 5.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9508152
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 14:08:95.
Word Count752
TranscriptPortadown 30th Nov 1848.

Dear Joseph,
I received yours oF the 12" Oct &
the letter & newspapers sent by Mr. Finlay. I wrote to
you when I received them, but you had not recd [received?]
when you wrote last, before you receive this I hope
you will, & I am anxious for you to write first
steamer after this comes to hand and give me
all you know about brother William, his address
and what he is doing, we are uneasy not
having heard for five or six weeks. If any
alteration in your own address, give it to me.
It is useless for me to give you an account
of the manners and customs of the Irish in
this place, and the methods they have of passing
the winter, you know it all better than I do,
and for any information about the people
in this town, it is not worth telling, nothing
of interest or importance.
Mr. Wm. [William?] Robb. Derry [brougher?] died [since?] a
weeks illness, and was buried Sunday week.
Miss Cowan & Mr Kiernan expect to be married
before Christmas, the cake is made.
My sister Lizzy returned home on Tuesday
week. She was sixteen or seventeen weeks away.
We have got Mr Cultra for librarian in the
Sunday School and the attendance is good.
we commenced a new plan in giving
rewards, that of giving those children who say
their lessons & whose conduct is good. tickets each sunday
and at the beginning of the month, a periodical
is given for the right tickets, the "miscellany"
"early days", "Juvenile offering", differing according
to the class they are in. It is thought it will
have a good effect in keeping up the attendance
and interest the children more.
We are to have instrumental music in the W.[West?]
Chapel, a flute and fiddle we are to try
how it does for six Sundays.
Mr J Kernahan has been expelled from
the methodist Society for making unfair &
untrue statements in reference to his affairs,
he had a meeting of his creditors, [sad+--?]
[-----ien--?]. Mr Graham, the schoolmaster has
removed from his place to Belfast.
Miss Lizzy Cowan will leave her sister
when the marriage takes place. Miss Stanley
continius [continues?] in the same state & place, & no talk
about anyone paying attention to her. [S.A.J.?]
is as you left. Mrs Totten & Joe are as usual.
I am now at a stand still and know not
what more to say. Dr & Miss Bamber
are pretty well but always complaining
you did not answer her last letter. If I
remember right. Business has been rather
good this season, all sorts of grain have
fallen in price this month or two past, very
heavy arrivals of foreign wheat, flour & corn
there is money losing on most, if not all that
is coming from America. oatmeal is 11/ cwt [hundredweight?]
amer [american?] flour [free?] in L.pool [Liverpool?] 28/6 in
hand 25/ Indian Meal here œ18.15.0 per Ton. [---th?] We do not
hear much about the potatoes now, there are more
than was expected. 4d & sh. Robt [Robert?] Moore & [----?]
sister & family are well. I hear the linen
trade is better than it has been for some time
& that the news from America is [---------?]
There is some stir in the trade expected [--?]
Belfast tomorrow. Hugh Reany sold all his
goods to evade decrees taken out at the last
Sessions & is gone to the land of "liberty".
Dr Leebody has drunk & [sported?] himself out,
at least for a time & the house is shut up
and he is away this month. I know not when.
We are all well here, thanks be to God
for his goodness in preserving us. the
cholera has made its appearance in several
places in England, Scotland, & Ireland, no
cases that I have heard of in the North.
Is there any word of you getting married?
(Do you know how Sunday Schools are managed &
could you tell me about them? you said nothing
of Uncle Joe or any of the family in yours.
I do earnestly request you to write all you
know about Wm [William?] first Steamer & say [faded]
prices of produce. Mr Paul was telling me
yesterday that he searched up and down for you
in Philadelphia but could make nothing out,
are you still in the same house. I thank you
for all your letters, write long. Sincerely yours
John Montgomery.