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Title: James Moty, Quebec, [Canada?], to W.J. Alexander, London.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMoty, James/35
SenderMoty, James
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbarrister
Sender Religionunknown
OriginQuebec, Canada
DestinationLondon, England
RecipientAlexander, William J
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 2433/B/20/36: Deposited by the Trustees of the Caledon Estate.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9601098
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 05:01:96.
Word Count768
Transcript19 Esplanade
Quebec 20th March 1858.

I duly received your
favor of 2nd March instant together
with six letters of Lord Caledon's which
I had the honour of sending to your address
on the 29th January last. The letter from
you to his Lordship you say you retain
of course, "as it is indeed
your own property." upon that point, however,
I beg most respectfully to differ from you
when it left your possession it became
Lord Caledons property, and I, as custodian
am now the proprietor. I
shall, in the meantime, be but too happy
if you will please to keep it in your
possession until the unpleasant affair
be terminated upon condition that should
I require it, you will restore it to me:
should I not, I can have no wish to
take it out of your possession.
By the last mail I received
a letter from Mr.Smyly, as you will no
doubt, have heard by my note
to you of 13th inst and as that gentleman
says in his letter "I have requested Mr.
Alexander, in whose honour you may
have perfect confidence, to dispose of
your application according to the
justice of the case, and he has kindly
consented to do so [Viz?]"
I had hoped that by this time, this
matter would have been happily terminated
but, I am afraid, if I must consult [Messrs?]
Bischoff in the business, it may
prove to be very unpleasant. I am aware
of the difficulty which might arise to
prevent me from recovering my claim
by law, but, as this matter
was considered both by his Lordship
and myself an affair of honour, I trust
you, Sir, of whom he has sometimes
spoken to me so favourably, will view
it in that light, to the contrary of the
duty of executors notwithstanding
what, if I now speak hypothetically of
course, would be the consequences if I
were to advise the mother of those children
to sue Lord Caledons estate for œ200
a year, which his Lordship told me
was the sum he intended to allow
her for their maintenance until they
attained the age of 23 years You
have no doubt, but that she could
recover upwards of œ4000 from the
executors. [That?], however,
is not my intention. I only demand
what money I paid to oblige his
Lordship; in one of his letters you saw
he promised to send me over œ500.
You can easily ascertain he never
fulfilled that promise, but for no
other reason I am convinced then
that I did not allude to his indebtedness
to me, because as his
Lordship lives with me in Quebec
after the Guards mess was broken up,
so the Honourable Fred Savile, a relation
of his, then a Captain in
the Royal Artillery, can certify, and
as he made me promise to go over and
spend a year with him in Europe,
I thought, as such was then my intention
that then we could settle our accounts.
I had no idea that the
law suit before the Privy Council
which [Messrs?] Bischoff Cox & Bompas
are now conducting for me, and
which I foresaw would have to
be carried to England, would take
all the time in this Country that
it did. Six years, and consequently
I wished to go over as well
for the purpose of seeing his Lordship
as of attending to my business, but
his death, which only reached my
ears long after it had taken
place, has given rise to this most
unpleasant correspondence.
I have only to add that
I am prepared and willing to give
my affidavit that His Lordship
is indebted onto me in the sum
I demand, [viz?]
œ420 and that if I wanted to charge him
interest and professional
services it would be nearer
I can have no objection that
you mention the matter to [Messrs?]
Bischoff Cox and Co. and if you do,
you may, if you please show them
my letters. For my part, I do not
wish to speak to them on the subject,
unless you have made up
your mind not to pay my claim
without litigation, and then of
course, I shall consider myself
at liberty to bring any action
that I may consider [conducive?]
to my interests. But, I trust,
such an unpleasant alternative
will be prevented by one whom
I have every reason to think
so highly of as your self.
I have the honour to be

Your very obedient
James Moty
W.J.Alexander Esq.
Atty. [Attorney?] Genl [General?] to the Prince of Wales

Please pardon this scrawl,
I have been writing 8 hours.