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Title: William Montgomery, Portadown, to Joseph [Searight?], Philadelphia.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMontgomery, William/52(3)
SenderMontgomery, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationlinen merchant
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginPortadown, Co. Armagh, USA
DestinationPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
RecipientSearight, Joseph
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD.2794/1/2/97: Presented by H.H. Montgomery, 4 Kensington Gardens, Belfast 5.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9510064
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 12:10:95.
Word Count227
TranscriptPortadown 10th June 1854

Dear Joseph,
Your last letter to Robert Moore I have seen and regret very
much that you have not been able to make remittances on a/c of
the pillow case linens. Those goods have been so very long on
hands that I certainly am anxious to see them sold and the whole
transaction closed. If they prove a bad speculation why let us
know the worst at once. Can you send us "pro forma" a/c sales
and give us some idea of how they have been sold. The three
cases of the same goods about which I wrote you I shipped to a
firm in New York where they arrived in March last and part of
them were sold on arrival so as to nett about 15% on Invoice
cost. They were the same class of goods and finished in the same
way as those sent you.
The linen trade at present is in a very unsatisfactory state.
Spinners are losing money and many of them very shaky, some have
already failed. There is no demand for manufactured goods and
stocks must be increasing. [Irish rents?] are 5«% for first
class paper and 6« for [generals?] and accommodation bills.
Business generally has not been so dull since 1849 and should
there not be an improvement soon I [look?] for a crash. We are
all well at home.
Your affectionate Cousin
William Montgomery