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Title: W. Montgomery, New Orleans, to J. Searight, Philadelphia.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMontgomery, William/25
SenderMontgomery, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA
DestinationPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
RecipientSearight, Joseph
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD2794/1/2/40: Presented by H.H. Montgomery, 4 Kensington Gardens, Belfast
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9507030
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 29:06:1995.
Word Count853
TranscriptNew Orleans
June 28th 1849

My dear Joseph
Since I last wrote you I
have nothing from you I intend leaving
here on Saturday next for Mobile where I
will probably spend two weeks and then
go up the Alabama River for the purpose
of seeing John Kelly Mr Kellys son He has
given me an invitation to spend the summer
with him but how long I stay there depends
entirely on circumstances. The Balance of
my time I will spend on the shore of Mobile
Bay enjoying all the advantages of sea
air sea bathing &c &c. I would not have
left the city could I have found anything to
do during the summer but in the present state
of Affairs that is impossible. Almost every
person seems anxious to leave the city who
can as generally a sickly season to apprehend
Our city you are aware has been suffering
from an inundation and now that the
water is entirely away the stench in some
of the streets is most dreadful and cannot
fail in my opinion to create disease.
I do not know that I will return to the
same situation next year I think it very
doubtful. They will not make an engagement
for the whole year and nothing else will pay
I hope to return to the city on the 1st October
and have not much fear but that I will
soon after commence the seasons business.
On looking over my letters I find yours of 15th
May not answered. From the reports we have
received here of your late fire companies risk and
the police reports to be found in your papers after
Sunday I think your "city of Brotherly love" is already
very nearly as much disgraced as New York is
by her Theatrical Row Phila [Philadelphia?] deserves to
lose that title and receive instead "The city of
Rowdies & loafers" At the North you all think
New Orleans a horrid place for fighting but
from all I know of this city you could not
get up in any part of it a regularly organised
riot Personal encounters are matters of every
day occurrence and our courts are constantly
employed in their investigation. The firemen
are the sworn protectors of the peace and should
a row occur they are at once transformed
into special constables by a private signal
from the Alarm bells. I believe this city is
one of the most orderly in the Union
I am in receipt of a letter from Alicia
at Mr Wilsons near Glasgow and from John
after his return He mentions the death of
old Mrs Marley and Jemmy McCann of
Scotch St [Street?] Charles Marley has been dead
some time. The family are well in good health.
I do not think there is any probability of
Johns moving any farther in relation to
Miss Wilson. Her health is so extremely delicate
that I would think it very unwise. She hardly
ever goes out and when she does not above a
few yards. Most of her time she is confined
to bed I do not wish you to say anything of these
matters when writing to Portadown.
Wars and rumours of wars form the
greatest part of the intelligence from Europe
and doubtless before it is all over England
will get into the thickest part of the struggle.
Let American Editors talk as they may
about England and praise France as they may
which of the two nations has done the
most for real Freedom. France has done
more to hurt the cause of Republicanism in
Europe than any other nation. What nation
that has watched her revolutions and counter
revolutions with all their dreadful carnage
and war to the knife in the streets of her
Metropolis would wish to undergo and have
similar scenes enacted in their own cities. But
it is not yet ended and France to day is
as far from a settled Government as she
was 12 mos [months?] ago. I could not help
myself in requesting my Father to send me
what would pay my summer expenses It
was a matter of necessity. In the course
of 12 mos [months?] I hope to remit it back again.
You are the only person who is aware of
this transaction beyond Father Mrs [---?] John
& sisters &c. Farther I do not wish it
to go as it is a matter entirely between
Father & son. I am sorry to hear of Uncle
[Joe?] carrying on in the way he is doing and
I think you are acting quite right in keeping
your distance as far as possible from his
connections. What did they say about my
removal to New Orleans? If convenient to a
Post town I will write you from Ala [Alabama?]. Meantime
direct to me at Messrs. Jno [John?] Wightman & Cos of
this city whose manager has kindly consented to
forward my letters. I do not think
there is much chance of my being in Philada [Philadelphia?]
for some years to come but when there will
certainly have as little to do with the [Mapery?]
as possible
I remain
your affectionate Cousin
William Montgomery.