Main content

Title: William Montgomery, Manchester, to Joseph Searight, Philadelphia.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMontgomery, William/37
SenderMontgomery, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationlinen merchant
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginManchester, England
DestinationPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
RecipientSearight, Joseph
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 2794/1/2/113: Presented by H. H. Montgomery 4 Kensington Gardens, Belfast 5.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9510068
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 12:10:95.
Word Count621
Transcript5a Palace St
Manchester 11th May 1859
Dear Joseph
Your letter came duly to hand and the photographs for Anne and I
forwarded to Portadown by a friend and have since he and they
arrived there safely. I do not know what photographs you wish for in
return but when in Portadown a few weeks ago I gave your letter to
Alicia and presume she will attend to it. As there are no
oppertunities for getting anything of the kind there I think it
likely some time may elapse before they are all done and forwarded.
When over I heard that my father has made an arrangement with Denis
about the property in Tandragee and which is now in a very dilapidated
state so much so that anything short of rebuilding the houses would be
almost useless. Denis agreed to pay œ40 (one half in cash and the other
gave his bill for at 2 or 3 months) in addition to the money which has
already been received and about any I [chalk?] bring up the sum paid
including receivers fees to about œ120. He Denis was threatening legal
proceedings and beyond the [elegit?] of the court there is no
lease for the land. Robert Moore is not satisfied with the
settlement and says my father may send the money to you as soon as it is
collected. You will please write on this subject both to my
father and to Robert Moore due appropriation of the Balance in hand.
It would be well indeed for the world if the Mercantile
affairs in it could be conducted on the principle of Cash for
everything but such is not the case nor is it ever likely to be until
the Millenium arrives. But I do not see on the whole that the
credit option when kept within bounds is wrong either morally or
scripturally nor could the mercantile affairs of the world be carried on
in the present day without it. Of course you will have heard before
this reaches you that the continent of Europe is again involved in
War. The first part of this was written for an earlier
mail,but owing to a variety of circumstances has not been
finished. Since then I have again been in Ireland with
my wife and children and they are now staying at my
fathers for a short time before going to the seaside. The
[---?] not been at all strong [--inking?] the Waiter but I
hope the divide will have fit her. There has been a failure in
the Linen trade in Belfast in which I am sorry to say
Robt Moore & H Robb are interested the first for about œ850
And the second for œ400 but it is expected to pay 15/- in
the œ or more. It is a regular swindle.We have had real
depression in business there consequent on the [---?] but I
think and hope we will soon settle down to business. I hope
the struggle may be a short one and it is already a very
keen one. The Austrians are certainly not gaining any ground.
On trade with Germany and indeed with the whole continent
of Europe is severly affected. The two years I have been
in Manchester have been very trying times the worst for
almost half a century. The American trade is expected
to be very active and I hear great accounts of the profits
in suitable smaller [--?] and large transactions in sport
cotton. The exports to India now longer and larger and
have [-------?] had the oldest inhabitants [pay?] [considerably?]
Your letters are so short that I think it would not be
fair to write another time Fearing I have already
tried your patience
Yours affectionately
William Montgomery
Mr Joseph Searight
[----?] & J Levy & Co