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Title: William Montgomery, Cincinnati, to Joseph Searight, [Pennsylvania?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMontgomery, William/56
SenderMontgomery, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbookkeeper for a bakery businessman
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginCincinnati, Ohio, USA
DestinationPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
RecipientSearight, Joseph
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 2794/1/2/15: Presented by H.H.Montgomery, 4 Kensington Gardens, Belfast 5
ArchiveThe Public Record Office,Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9509129
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 29:09:95.
Word Count738
TranscriptCincinnati January 11 1848

My dear Joe,
Your letter of December 28th duly
to hand I wrote you after receiving welcomed
you from home and directed to the Post Office spose [I suppose]
you didn't get it. I would have written sooner but as
the arrival of a steamer has been some days telegraphed
I have been waiting for letters which are not yet to
hand. You are in possession of all the Portadown
news received by me. Mrs M. says Dada was like
another man after he heard John & Wm [William?] were recovering
Your 1st letter from Philad [Philadelphia?] about my ilness
[illness?] gave them a desperate fright,
and many an anxious thought
till the arrival of the next mail, I wrote during my ilness
[illness?] by Mrs Lockharts Partner Mr Roberts who was lost in the
"Stephen Whitney" My last letters are dated 30 [Nov?] and John
and Lizzy were to go home that week so that probably the family
circle is again made up except myself. You are not forgotten at
home [Anne Jane?] received your letter and sends her love to you.
It is rather roundabout to send it by Cincinnati. The great
rise in the River Ohio region about the 6th of December and
continued rising till the [17th?] when it took a [turn?] to
fall. It was then 61ft above the watermark and all the houses
on the lower part of the city flooded some 6 and some 10 ft
on their first floors. W. Chapmans house was flooded with about
6ft on his shop floor and was obliged to suspend work for
two weeks. We moved up stairs and were thus cooped up for
about 1 week. A during that time we went up to the city
we had to climb over the tops of [Frendies Housesite?]
or else get into a small boat out of some of the windows, and
sail 3 or 4 yards. Steam boats were up in the principal streets
and canal boats went from one end of the city to the other
thro' [through?] the streets. Some small homes down the river,
were nearly covered the inhabitants having fled to the hills.
I saw whole houses shacks corn cribs etc going down the
with the general mass. Immense numbers of hogs and cattle
were drowned and enormous quantities of timber floated away.
The coverage is estimated about 3,000,000.dols [dollars]
We had a heavy fall of snow on Friday last and sleighing
is again the order of the day but which conveyances are
still used. An old theatre was burned down on Saturday
night last [built of wood]. I have not as yet made any
arrangements with regards to myself and am still staying
with U.C. I hope something will soon turn up. You were very
fortunate in staying in Philada [Philadelphia?] as I am sure
you would not at all have liked the West. It is the hardest
place for drinking and swearing I ever was in [very?] little
respect paid to Sunday than another day and more liquor drank
that day than any other day in the week. If this city is though
[thought?] a place of business and young men got good salaries.
If I had the half of what [Smart?] was paid on the "[Henry War
Burten?] out here I could make a very decent salary for myself
opening a [flour?] store but this you are [aware?] I have not. I
believe altogether I would rather live in NY [New York?] or
Philad [Philadelphia?] and were I sure I could get a situation in
either would go there in July or March. Folks at home would rather
I were there and on this a/c [account?] I do not wish you to say
anything in writing home of what I tell you in this letter as
they might think I was not content and therefore he and ohio
Deane boat explosions are very common 3 within the last 2 weeks and
another wrecked, one "lost her [biles?], yesterday 20 or 30
killed the Blue Ridge". I am in excellent health I weigh
160[lbs?] Write soon and let me know your opinion on my going East in
spring. If I get engaged here I could not go.
Love to Rachel and I remain
Your affectionate cousin
William Montgomey
W. Chapmans address
Columbia St Bakery
bt [between?] Ludlow & Lawrence [Sts?]
Mercer and Co have [dissolved?] some [time?], Mercer is gone
down to Orleans to sell Vinegar as he took that concern [---?] the