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Title: Wm Montgomery, New Orleans to his Cousin, Philadelphia, USA
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMontgomery, William/14
SenderMontgomery, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbookkeeper for cotton and coffee merchants
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA
DestinationPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
RecipientSearight, Joseph
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 2784/1/2/39: Presented by H.H. Montgomery, 4 Kensington Gardens, Belfast 5
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9504022
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 04:04:1995.
Word Count983
TranscriptNew Orleans
April 16th 1849
Dear Joseph
Your letter of 6th March is duly to hand and now
lies before me. I was already in possession of your news from
Portadown and David Ferguson from being 'holy hypocrite' has
turned barefaced to God. My last letter from home are under
date March 8th but do not contain any news of any importance
Miss Robinson niece to Mrs Paul had departed this life some
short time before from Inflammation and as a matter of course
deeply regretted by all who had the honor of her acquaintance
meaning all who are not under ban by the amiable intelligent
Mrs P [Paul?] I was without the pale and therefore cannot
commence telling of her death by saying "I deeply regret to
inform you of the death of Mrs R." I do sincerely regret
though to have to inform you that Dr Disdale who was for
4 or 5 years with Dr Brendan died in Hospital in this City a
few days since partly I think from Cholera and partly I am
afraid from HARD LIVING on a/c of an ill assorted and
unfortunate marriage. He was one of the number who
superintended the amputation of my arm. Of the 5 who were
then present 2 are now dead, 2 in Australia and 1 (Dr Sturgeon)
somewhere in Canada. Life in this City is hardly worth living
for. During life no enjoyment & in death in 3/4 of the cases
neither happiness nor comfort - Here today away tomorrow and
never heard of more - On Saturday afternoon last I was very
much surprised to hear of the Death of a Cotton broker here
long a resident of the city who died at 3 in the morning and
at the same hour in the afternoon I attended his funeral.
They cannot dig any graves here and consequently they build
tombs & vaults or 'long narrow ovens' in the walls of the
burying ground into which the coffin is stored and the
entrance built up in 5 minutes after, there to await the
final resurrection of the dead. A passing thought is never
given to the welfare of the soul.
I am indeed deeply sorry to hear of Uncle Joe's
conduct and therefore shall not trouble him with anything in
the way of a letter. For my part they may criticise every
thought word action and everything else connected with me and
it cannot do me any hurt. I have always been told I bore a
strong personal resenblance to Uncle Joe even by his own
sisters but here I hope the resemblance stops and for Rachel
Massey [?] or any one else to deduce any conclusions from
this fact only shows a narrow mind that cannot expand beyond
the vulgar prejudices the lower orders are so much addicted
to. However this is so CHARACTERISTIC of the Dutch that
Rachel being of a Dutch mother is excusable. When I next
visit Philad [Philadelphia?] I will astonish their weak minds
by letting them know a piece of my mind on their criticisms
upon one who has never received any form at their hands and
who by the blessing of God will never ask them for any. You
must remember when I reached Phil [Philadelphia?] Uncle
wanted me to go and stop at Massey's and for refusing to do
so talked about my [....?] college education to her. Thank
Providence I have received an education none of his American
relations ever received & although Rachel & the consequent
expenses was paraded so frequently in his letters to Ireland.
Just let them know when you hear my name thus brought up.
I have never taken anything from them & would be obliged to
them to let me alone. I suppose however you dont want to
quarrel with them. Chapman & Mercer were joint proprietors in
A Vinegar manufactory & Bakery neither of which succeeded but
I do not think Chapman lost much. The Bakery is now in
Mercers hands. Chapman leaves St Louis for California about
1st May overland - My employers are Commission Merchants -
Shipping Cotton Exchange & Coffee are the articles we
purchase [......?] remit & sell. This year has been but a
poor one principally owing to the business being divided last
summer. I do not think you would like this place at all but
if you even have a wish to come here your plan would be to
get introduced to some of the dry goods men when purchasing
goods in Philada [Philadelphia?] / thro the Stewarts &
[.....?] and make an engagement there on no account would I
advise you to come out on the strength of letters of
Introduction & you would find it the most difficult situation
you were ever placed in and might wait here 6 mos [months?];
certain to be 3 mos [months?] idle. Again I think a young man
can have as much in New York or Philada [Philadelphia?] as he
can here. His expenses here cannot be less than 50 dollars a
month and that with a good deal of economy - How much more
they [there?] may be remains with himself - I know them (i.e.
young men) who pay $45 a month for room & board. The heavy
business season is now over and a long gloomy summer is in
prospect - gloomy in as much as it is expected to be very
sickly.. I will remain till July when I leave and go across
Mobile Bay and owing to peculiar circumstances have been
obliged to ask Father for the loan of œ25 for summer
expenses. I had a letter a short time ago from Thos [Thomas?]
Lockhart. His father fell on the ice on New Years night and
was very severely hurt so much as likely to be lame for the
rest of his life. Mrs L. [Lockhart?] poorly, family well
I remain
Your Affectionate Cousin
Wm [William?] Montgomery