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Title: William Montgomery, Manchester, to Joseph [Searight?], Philadelphia
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMontgomery, William/45(2)
SenderMontgomery, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationlinen merchant
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginManchester, England
DestinationPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
RecipientSearight, Joseph
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 2794/1/2/109: Presented by H.H. Montgomery, 4 Kensington Gds., Belfast 5
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9510166
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 20:10:95.
Word Count842
Transcript16 Plymouth Grove
Manchester September 7 1858

My dear Joseph,
When in Ireland two weeks since,I was [grieved?]
to learn that you had been called in the [---?] of
a Divine,but inscrutable Providence [to?] [mourn?] [over?]
the loss of one of your dear children. Under such
trying circumstances, there can be but one consolation
that they are not lost but gone before that we
mourn not as those without hope. If the having
dear relatives in heaven is any inducement for us
to follow in the same path they trod, you can share
many inducements to run the same race they ran,
that at least we may with them be found [Pure?] than
any means through him who has loved us and [washed?]
us from [our?] [sins?] in his own blood.The past 12 months
have been months of trial, and suffering to many
indeed I think there are few who have not had
their own share of mental, and bodily suffering.I have
not been exempt from severe trial and long continued
& deep anxiety away from the commercial crisis and
the consequent stagnation of business indeed for
months visions of expansion, and consequent Insolvency floated
before me, but I am deeply thankful to
the Providence of God which has led,and guided me
thus far,and has with every difficulty made a way
for my escape. I trust I may be enabled by his
grace to devote myself and all I have to his service.
This season of trial and suffering has not been
without its good and salutary effects on myself
and my dear wife. Although not at any time
utterly indifferent as to our souls salvation, we had
not made any decided stand to serve God, and had
many prejudices to be overcome. In mercy there have
all been swept away, and though the means used
have not been as gentle as [our?] [past?],[-----?], & weak
nature would have liked, yet they have been such
as our heavenly Father has seen fit to use, for the
purposes of his grace concerning us. We have joined
the Methodist body here and it is in earnest
of prayer that He who has began the good work in us
will perfect the same even to the end. I hope in your
trials you are enabled to recognize the hand of
[your?] Heavenly Father and to say "The Lord gave and
the Lord hath taken away,and blessed be the
Name of the Lord."
Since I last wrote you we have had
another added to our famley [family?],making in all 1 boy
and 2 girls. our responsibility is yearly increasing.
Passing however from these present matters I cannot give
you much Irish news. Robert & Anne Jane [Mo--e?] are
as well as usual an have had an increase of another
boy to their family within the last few months,but
of this I suppose you have heard. Wm [William?] & Anne Thompson's
eldest daughter has been married to one of Jimmy
Malcomson's sons who might be her Father.
family. [Hannah?] [Capper?] who was seriously ill most of
the winter is now nearly recovered. There is no change in
my Fathers family. Rachel is at present staying with us
and [Alicia?] I believe is going on a visit to Scotland this
My father I think enjoys as good
health as he has done for years past. Mrs [Montgomery?]
is [constantly?] [annoying?] & fretting herself about her
Aunt [Kelly?] who has completely lost her mental
faculties and is almost in a state of dotage.
Business in this city has not yet [recovered?] that terrible
crash of 1859 and we have had to struggle through
a horrible period of depression and stagnation.
We are however I believe slowly,but steadily recovering
and regaining our footing on firm ground; and with
a good harvest secured I hope we may have a
good seasons business.The Americans came into
the markets very cautiously, and [busy?] working [stained]
for immediate wants. For that we are again at
Peace with China, and the Indian Mutiny nearly
suppressed I think the prospects are bright for
the future I trust there may be an abundant
harvest [gleaned ?] on your side of Breadstuffs, provisions
& cotton Manufactured goods I am told are at
present dearer than even they have had before I
mean cotton goods and all other are advancing
gradually we are threatened with a very short
crop of flax on the continent and yours are very
much advanced in the last 2 months so that you
may look for higher prices in Linens. I have been
appointed about here for a very respectable [house?]
in Belfast. Wm [William?] [Ewart?] [---?] [opened?]
Muslin & Linen Manufacturers & Bleachers
they are however I should think
known to you. If there is any way in which we could
do more business to mutual advantage I would be very
glad to do so as you know the market with your products
You could suggest something I like. Be glad to hear
from you soon and with kind and sympathising love
from my wife
Your affectionate [Cousin?]
William Montgomery