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Title: W. Montgomery, Cincinnati, to J.Seawright, Philadelphia.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMontgomery, William/53
SenderMontgomery, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginCincinnati, Ohio, USA
DestinationPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
RecipientSearight, Joseph
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD.2794/1/2/26: Presented by H.H.Montgomery, 4 Kensington Gardens, Belfast 5.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9510133
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 13:10:95.
Word Count963
September 21 1848
Dear Joseph,
Your letter duly to hand. I had
written you a day or two previously and directed to the
Post Office. I hope you received it. I had a letter
from [Alicia?] the "Europa" and it would seem they
have construed some of my former letters into a wish
on my part "to give up all my ambitious views of future
advancements and quietly return home and spend the
remainder of my hither to chequered life in quietness in
Portadown, Lurgan or Tandragee." There is an old song
which begins with "what a getting up stairs" but in my
opinion this would be such a getting down stairs [I never?]
did see. She also makes a remark that "Dada is very
particular that every person connected with the establishment
must be in the house before the Shop is shut" adding that
all the persons who were companions after hours had now
left the town and that being out after hours had been to
our knowledge the ruin of so many not meaning any [---?]
to me on this head. Very Salutary regulation but not one that
would just come up to my ideas of Liberty. In a letter
written about a week ago to Elizabeth (who by the way is now
at [Bartons?]) I had said amongst other things that the
proudest feeling that I now had was that I am master of
my own Salary and my own time after hours and that I had
also the pride of knowing that I could use both without
constraint in such a manner as would neither disgrace
myself or my Father. When this is read at home it will
give them to understand that I never much approved
the coercion system used with boys and young men at home
and that little as I approved of it before I approve of it
much less now. Suppose I had some intention of [-------?]
to live in Portadown a place I almost detest this one
regulation if extended to me would make me change my mind.
In writing to my Father you are at liberty to copy these
sentiments. There is nothing new [here?] I suppose you heard
of John Carey being drowned W.J. [---?] Hamilton's [brother?]
shooting himself accidently and death [---?] in the potato
crop [te te te?] Dr & Miss Banister were over in Ireland for
about six weeks and sister Lizzy returned with them to [Barton?]
all were well and going on well temporally as well as
spiritually My letters are filled with accounts of the latter exhortations & Sermons to me on the subject of Religion Alicia seems to lead
the way in the good work but I may say "that perhaps ought not to say
it" None of these things move me no that I am indifferent to the
importance of the subject but that's lecturing me and writing me
on this never did and I am persuaded never will do me any good.
The Western States I assure you are not the places to promote
the "Life of God in the sons of man"-

My mind is now made up on the subject of going South and I will
probably start for New Orleans about 10th or [.?] of October. If
I succed thus according to my expectations I will most likely be
able to visit (and would like to meet you there) the Halls of
[-----?] next summer. When folks at home know I am going down there they
will [--?] up the whites of their eyes and pray that I may be
preserved from the contamination of that sink of Iniquity. I
know they have a holy horror of it and without being able to give you a reason for that same [--?] [--?] [--?] think no more of it than any other place in the Union and better than most others for the winter season. I am an advocate long since ( I may say before I left Ireland) of the cheap
adinistration of the Government of this country; and all notions
of the person of Royalty being sacred; and that the nobility
must be fed in the lap of luxury at the expense of the poor man that
connection must exist twixt Church & State, otherwise our Holy
Protestant Religion must sink; that sincere offices must be
created to feed Idiot Lords
and licentious courtiers; and that a Dutchman must be paid œ3000
per annum,besides prerequisites, to breed another stock, to tax
the country with their œ30 & œ3000 per annum for pocket money,
besides keeping up their establishments with all such [lavish?] and
nonsensical ideas have long since banished from my mind. The
March of Improvement is onward and the days of Kings and Queens in my
opinion must shortly be numbered, with the things that have
been, the sooner the better as kept up in England Royalty with its
attendants is an [ail?] not to be [-----?] by a people calling
themselves free and must one day be swept as with a whirlwind.
I see Punch & others of the London press are advocating
Separatism with Ireland and depend on it this idea is gaining ground in
England. An Englishman is most vulnerable in his [profit?] and
taxation for Irish poverty will not be much longer endured
by them. You go for [Van Biner?] I go for Taylor and as
says would rather have [-----?] at [---?] than either. Van Biner
is a deceiver and is only running in opposition to [Cass?] upon
personal feelings [-----?] for old [----?] I am Dear Joseph
You'll [---?] me a long letter!- Your affect Coz [Cousin?] W. Montgomery.