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Title: William Montgomery, Portadown, to Joseph Searight, U.S.A.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMontgomery, William/50
SenderMontgomery, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationlinen merchant
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginPortadown, Co. Armagh, USA
DestinationPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
RecipientSearight, Joseph
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 2794/1/2/103: Presented by H.H Montgomery, 4 Kensington Gardens, Belfast 5.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9508153
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 14:08:95.
Word Count585
TranscriptPortadown 2 January 1857.

Dear Joseph,
It is now so long since I last
heard from you or had this pleasure
that I am at a loss how far back
I ought to draw on my memory. I
dont suppose I have altogether drift [drifted?]
from your recollection nor do I suppose
have you in like manner
[hear?] effaced from [me?]. I will
make no apology for not writing
sooner as the phrase goes as I am
really ignorant who is most in
fault and whose letter it is that
remains unanswered. After this very
pretty introduction now to business.
I enclose you copy of a/c [account?] of the
rents and disbursements of the
property of the late Mr Ferris which
you and Robt [Robert?] Moore hold as Eligit
[-------?] (whats the meaning of
the word Elegit?). You will find
that after the rent is paid and
the property kept standing (which
in my opinion it cannot do very
much longer) there only remains out
of 1 1/2 years receipts œ14.17.6 1/2 to
be put to the credit of the Bank [or Bond?]
is now not sufficient to pay the interest
if I remember rightly the amount.
However it is still so much on an
original debt of either 30 or œ70.
I have never taken the trouble to
see how the account stands at
present adding Interest since you
left and crediting the amount of
profit & rents received. Indeed I
scarcely think it worth the trouble
as I am sure the property will never
pay you out unless you can get a
lease from Mr [Harcan?] (which
I dont think probable during Pat
McConnels life). I suppose you have
heard long ago of my being like
yourself. No longer a Bachelor but
a sober married man and [accountable?]
the parentage of a young man [----?]
[A-mma-? M--t----?]. I was married
to a County Cavan girl, younger than
myself by 3 years, on the 6th Sept
1854. She is little and consequently
handy, has fair hair and with your
knowledge of my good taste in female
beauty, I need not say "good looking".
I am perfectly content with my choice
and will leave others to tell you
of her many amiable qualities.
I have now been in business for myself
upwards of four years in this
place as a Linen yarn merchant
and you will no doubt be surprised
to hear that having had some offers
in the Business There and I am hoping
the two concerns will be useful one to
another. No doubt you have heard of
the failure of the Linen firm of Smyth
Hare & Co. Bleachers & Merchants.
I am unfortunately interested to
the extent of œ320. They have offered
10/- in the œ payable at 4 mos [months?] 8 mos [months?]
12 & 18 mos [months?] & I think the majority
of the creditors have agreed to that
but I have not attended any meeting
and do not intend to settle on any
such terms. The liabilities they share
are œ41,000 and assets œ21,000. of
the former source 12,000 are accommodation
Bills to me or another. One of the partners
is Brother to the late Mr. Jas [James?] Smyth
Phila'da [Philadelphia?].--- [Jim?] Smyth his uncle & Thos
[Thomas?] Weir brother in law to Jno [John?] Smyth [-ar--d?]
[-----?] of Manchester. As other members
of the family intend writing to you soon I
will come lade with the kind regards to your
aimiable partner Your affect cousin
W"m Montgomery.