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Title: Wm. Montgomery, Manchester, England, to "Dear Joseph", Philadelphia.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMontgomery, William/36(2)
SenderMontgomery, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationlinen merchant
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginManchester, England
DestinationPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
RecipientSearight, Joseph
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD2794/1/2/111: Presented by H.H. Montgomery, 4 Kensington Gardens, Belfast 5
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9507038
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 29:06:1995.
Word Count771
Transcript5a Palace St [Street?]
Manchester 11th March 1859.

Dear Joseph
Your last letter I duly received and I ---- to send
forward to my Father, at any rate I have not it before me
at present to refer to Your price for [flour?] in the [------?]
is quite above our Market here. Breads [-----?] keep very dull and
the price fluctuate but little in an upward direction. I conclude
that there is but little expectation in that [hade?] [---?]
[---?] [present?] and perhaps the [--?] the better, Importers of
American Produce [mainly?] I think are not [scaling?] much profit
_ The importers of Cotton it is reported here lose very heavily.
If you read the Liverpool & Manchester Cotton Market Reports you
will see that the [companies?] have expected, to bar [M----?] from
hand to mouth, and this policy has kept Cotton at safe
rates for the [-------?]. For some past [neither?] [companies?]
or Manufacturers has had profit, owing to the way in which the Lpool
[Liverpool?] Market was [risked?] by the Brokers. The fortune of the
Borough Bank has put in aid to their power to do this
any longer.
The ugly aspect of, Continental Politics has kept us here
in a state of suspense ever since the 1st January last, and
the consequence has been and still is that no person will put
himself under engagements farther than merely to supply immediate
wants. The shades of light and gloom that flit across the horizon
of foreign politics & complications resemble a cloudy day in
August or Septr [September?] one hour everything looks bright,
and folks come forth to sun themselves and
look pleasant: the next heavy, and portentous clouds obscure the
sun; and folks creep back to their hole until a crowd
has gone over. So it is with France Austria and Sardinia at
present; almost every day the aspect of affairs changes owing
it may be to an article in a newspaper, for a journey undertaken
by some nobleman; or it may leaving to some gossip about an interview
between [Exporters?]; and Lord somebody that, and so the funds and shares
keep boxing the compass up and down, down and up every day on the
slightest rumour of peace or war and so we go on. When or how it
will end no one knows. I was over in Ireland about a month since
and found all there quite well Robt [Robert?] Moore & Anne Jane and
family much as usual Robert I think has been doing very well in his
business during the past year but I fear is not prospered
quite as well in those things which have an enduring reality.
I have spoken very plainly to him on the subject but I fear to
very little purpose. In consequence of a very great advance in
Linen Yarns in the latter end of last year I have
been able to pull up some of the losses of the year previous.
Than providence have been enabled to hold my ground. I have not
yet got my Books balanced for the year and therefore cannot exactly
say in figures but I think I am gaining ground. You said in your
last letter that if you had Capital you could import a certain class
of goods for sale there from all
I can learn from some folk here was ship goods to [-----?]
I am sure where managed right in [b---?] side it must be a good
business. Would you give the subject a little further consideration
and say what are the classes of goods you could
manage, what capital it would take to begin a thing of the kind,
what extent could be done in the year, and what the expenses would
be on your side. If a fair statement can be shown for profit I have
a friend or two here who might be induced to do something in that
way. If there is any further information you can give do so. I trust
you still hold on your way looking unto Jesus. Something I find it
hard work to resist temptation but prayer through faith is mighty,
and I hope I am growing in grace. May we love him more and in all
things temporal & spiritual be guided by him alone. My dear wife
is thank providence pretty well but has been ill lately owing to
a fright she got. My father and family are all well. Alicia is at
present with us here. All the family connection in Ireland are I
believe quite well. Margonetta & Alicia join
us in love to you
your affectionate Cousin
William Montgomery