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Title: Letter from Arthur Pomeroy to Colonel John Pomeroy
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FilePomeroy, Arthur/42
SenderPomeroy, Arthur
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman (linen trade)
Sender Religionunknown
OriginDublin, Ireland
DestinationBoston, Mass., USA
RecipientColonel John Pomeroy
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 2954/5/5: Mrs. A. R. Hodgson, The Cottage, Compton, Guildford, Surrey
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9406144
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 07:06:1994.
Word Count2573
TranscriptJack Dublin March 12th 1769

Yesterday I had the pleasure of receiving two letters of the
16th day of January which I hope were important for I find by the
post mark that they [illegible] put in a Ba[-?]by so it will be some
time yet before they will get round to Dublin which I hope to get my
[illegible] show all the [------?] I can to Captain McCormicke - I
will not say how happy it has made us all here to find you got
through so good a part as the winter without [illegible] your old
complaint convinced I am had you [illegible] her so will have for I
think we have had nothing but wind and rain than in one month & had
fill enough to [illegible] I shou'd [should?] also tell you that I
received your letter of the 10th of December - it came rightly quick
I got it [illegible] 17th of Jany - [--?] as to your first letter of
the 20th of Novb I mentioned the [----?] of that in mind to you of
the [------?] January which I hope you have got safe and well as the
others before it - this is the 4th letter I have written
[illegible] your dependence & tis really hard to think you shou'd
[should?] have [----?] so long without hearing, but it means during
Winter your Westerly Winds almost prevent any approach to you at
all, as the Spring advances I suppose it will be coming be[---?]d I
imagine (nay hope) you will have left Boston before this can reach
them, because as we know to a certainty that Col. [Colonel?] Mackey
is safe at St Kib (sic) or Nevis and that he is appointed Major Genl
[General?] in America I do suppose you will not remain in Boston
after he comes - may take it that you will then go to New York &
come back to England by the first pacquet [packet?] that sails from
thence - indeed I wish I had wrote this a fortnight sooner but I
waited day after day not only to hear from you (as many People were
more of the opinion that you wou'd [would?] be home directly) but
also to see the end of some business I was engaged in for you as to
your army matters Mr Megrick & I have corresponded after he sent me
the Bond you mention, and I have taken care that the receipt of the
additional Clothiers & merchants shou'd [should?] [illegible] by Mr
Derbinay who I must say is so [illegible] mention to any thing in
regard to you as possible) I have also got from him your Clothing
Warrant for 1769 & he has sent an authenticated Copy of it to Mr
Megrick, as the greatest part of it must be paid in England because
the Rect. [Receipt?] was taken off the Establishment the 25th of
last December - in the mean time I am paying off all the demands (as
you did by the former warrant) as I am writing I cou'd [could?] not
imploy [employ?] the money you had lying dead to any purpose so
good, for had I bought debentures (which are become the most
recently unpleasant shock imagineth) you wou'd [would?] have been
wearing much less than 4 [---?] & been paying it to the Clothiers -
accordingly I have paid the following sums-
Miss's Nixons for Clothing - œ738:0:0
Ormston for Accouchts - 34:2:4
Pepe for Hats - - - 82:5:6
Batteurs bill - - - 46:16:2
Cheigneau LeuMon (sic) - - - 16:13:0
all these bills are signed by Mr Derbinay before I pay them &
there's another of about œ60 - to come is for worsted leu
[missing] delivered (sic) to Miss M Nixons - it was brought to me
but I sent it back till Mr Derbinay signed it -
[missing] your debentures when had purchased drawings; one in Sept,
one in Decmb & another in Jany of œ5000 each, & to crown all another
[---?] Saturday of œ15000 just as much as the other three - I paid
Mr H[-?]dinwood œ10:17:6 for insuring your 58 debentures in the
three first drawings, I shall have the same sum to pay him for this
last one - the other 22 run this chance & are all safe as yet - in
the crowned ones there have five but two drawn so Mr H[-?]dinwood
is a great gainer upon the whole - you [--?] by this disagreeable
[missing] thing it is to have any considerable sum in this way; & I
was therefore the more eager to try to get hold of a little in the
town of Kildare for you & was in [illegible] but I find disappointed
in the principle object - I bid in Chancery for two of the
[illegible] of [illegible] Mr Thos [Thomas?] Burgh's (of the town)
which one of œ80 a year which offers 3 livis (sic) (two of them good
ones) rise to perhaps 3 times that value & tho [though?] I bid œ2900
which is above 36 years purchase & was declared the purchases at a
full value I made my deposit of a 4th of the money - yet my Lord
Chancellor though [proposes?] to sell the s[--?] a [----?] on a œ900
more being offered in [-----?] some days after - I made all the
opposition I cou'd [could?] & employed my Friend the Prime Sergt
[Sergeant?] who said all in his power, but the Chancellor said it
was the case of a [-----?] & the utmost penury means being got - but
decreed me full costs, & the interest of my deposit - so I had my
trouble for my pains, for more I would not bid - you may see by this
the astounding rage that there is for Land especially when there's
any future rise expected tho [though?] ever so remote - the other
little thing I bought very reasonable & I dont [don't?] find that I
shall be disturbed in it - it is called Moone near Ballylore [?] in
the County of Thildare [Kildare?] - about 160 Acres of Land the for
999 years for œ50 a year - I got it for œ1100 - 'tis a sure rent, a
good freehold & much more for your money than in debentures -
however the Title is still to be made over to my satisfaction
_______ so much for your [----?]ness ____ as to my Lads in England
every thing at present been a good appearance - Harry's behaviour
is in every aspect satisfactory & by Mr Berkeley's accounts to me he
has proffited [profited?] much more than I expected - he is just now
at London on a visit during the last Vacation to his grandmother &
write's [writes?] me word that he has wrote to you - he also speaks
much in praise of the Gentleman with whom Arthur now is (as I told
you in my last) & of the plan of improvement he is upon for this
year - indeed Arthur has behaved very well since he has been there,
but he has a most excellent Mentor at his elbow in my good Friend
Lab who watches every motion of him & studies his temper so
effectually that he manages him as he pleases; [-------?] I have
every obligation to the major for[th?] by his kind attentions joined
to the case of Mr Girardion I have him in perfect safety during this
critical year of his life & [future?] he will receive more real
improvement in it than during any other period he has gone through -
he has outgrown Harry above two inches & is much improved in his
figure, so that if Capt [Captain?] Hell can meet any thing for us by
the end of the year (for nothing has as yet offered) he may return
to get on horseback, but I really shou'd [should?] not wish to
remove him from where he is till his year is end, which will be in
November, & if after he gets a commission, leave can be got for him
to go abroad for a year it will be much to his Advantage - he was
but sixteen a few days ago __ both he & Harry are in the greatest
expectation of seeing you in England soon - some one told them you
were coming immediately or they wou'd [would?] have wrote before to
you -
The Girls are both well & much yours - Harriet grows tho [though?]
not violently & is (I think) improved, at least exceedingly so in
her dancing, which has been of no small use for there have been a
good number of Cotillion Balls at Brownlows, Mrs Fordes, L[-?] Arm,
Marches & other places which has made this writer very pleasant to
the young Further they are both very impatient for your return &
Harriet thanks you much for the fur you intend bringing home but she
dont [does not?] chuse [chose?] the Black Page - Poor John is still
jogging on with Dr [Doctor?] Benson but does not seem at all
disposed to outgrow the Newfoundland Dog - I believe he & George
may ride together on the [----?] - as to Mrs P [Pomeroy?] - I
shall say nothing of her as she is determined to write a line
herself before I have done
Mr [Megrick?] in one of his letters tells me that your Regt
[Regiment?] & Mackeys are under orders for Florida, to relieve two
others that are coming to Ireland - this cant [cannot?] possibly
affect you- but I am sorry for it as I fear the Chr[---?] is a bad
one for your poor Lady & the Soldiers - he also tells me that
Gratton [Grattan?] is approved of for [illegible?] provided there is
not one bound over from the other Regt [Regiment?] - & that, as is
will be necessary for him to declare upon honour that no pecuniary
consideration has been given by him, he desires to know from me
whether he may venture to do so; upon which I wrote to him
immediately that he might and that I pledged my honour as a counter
security that no consideration of that kind had been given - in his
last letter he says Col [Colonel?] Mackey was driven to St Kids, but
Col [Colonel?] Coloraft (who is just landed from England) tells me
it is to Nevis - but I can find no one here [---?] to tell me how
soon he may get from there to Boston, for it seems clear to me that
your stay there must certainly depend upon that ____

March- 15th - once he wrote the above Capt [Captain?] Hardwicke has
been with me who tells me that you had a little touch of the gout
but I shou'd [should?] hope by your not mentioning any thing of it
that your other complaint is much better & perhaps by the use of Mr
Douglas's water - certain it is that Commy [Commissioner?] Bourke is
amazingly the better for it & I uses it constantly. the Ducks are
safe & well & excessively pretty - they are to go to Newbury
tomorrow & so be kept by themselves in the Walled garden where there
is a little round piece of water but I dont [do not?] suppose they
will breed this year as they are so young - the Capt [Captain?]
seems a good sort of man, he is now much hurried, but he is to dine
with me in a few days & they I shall try to get all the Bother
[Drliliks?] out of him - I saw Derbinay yesterday who is exceedingly
glad to hear you are so well; he sent the pattern lace to Mr Megrick
long ago & all the other necessary matters - the Speaker & Ld
[Lord?[ Botty are just now in Town, the always inquire much about
you with the [-------?] warmth & he shows about a letter that Capt
[Captain?] Caldwell of the Navy wrote his Father Chas [Charles?]
Caldwell giving an account of how much Satisfaction your Command
gives at Boston
Lord Shannon was with me this moment, & very inquisitive about you
he & I went & dined at Carton the day before yesterday when they are
all in the deepest distress on account of the shocking behaviour of
Lady Sarah Burbury who eloped from her Husband with Ld [Lord?]
William Gordon (brother to the Duke) - 'tis by much the worst daring
thing of the kind that has happened a long while - she left a letter
for her Husband & another for Lady Louise Conolly declaring her
intention in plain terms - L~ [Lady?] Louise followed her & overtook
her (& him) at Knowth (the Duke of Dorrick) where they had spent the
night, & after trying every argument to bring her back in vain, she
at last fainted away. this so far affected her that she consented
to go back with her to Holland house, but declared she never wou'd
[would?] return to her Husband - there she has remained for some
time still determined on her project & the accounts were yesterday
that she had gone off again - the Duke of Richmond is gone to
France no[-?] [-----?]ing with to stand it, & the poor Dutchess
[Duchess?]of L[---?]sh has almost broke her heart as well as cryed
[cried?] her eyes out - L~ [Lady?] Louise was also very ill by the
last course Old Fortescue is dead left all to Tommy - about fifty
thousand [--?] money besides a very large Estate - Cunningham, Harry
you, Lanseborough, Monaghan, Dungannon, Bob landlord I have seen &
remembered you to - your horse is not [sel?] nor am I sorry for it,
but all safe & well - so are your horses 0 I cant [cannot?] really
cram more into this letter as I must leave a bit for Mrs P - but
will write once more at all events whether you get it or no - your
Affect~ [Affectionate?]
AP [Arthur Pomeroy?]

I have seized the pen to write a line to [my?] Dear Brother for I
fancy he will like to see any handwriting so I know the great
pleasure I had in seeing him, I like the Capt~ [Captain?] sect of
Boston since you have your health as well was reconciled to it, as I
hope we shall have a happy meeting next June. Mr P [Pomeroy?] has
escaped his disorders very well this Winter tho' [though?] the worst
season I ever remember, the children are all well & full of
expectation of your return. Ly [Lady?] Betty Ponsonby sat by one
two hours last night at a little Ball talking of you most cordially
of ye satisfaction of your being so well and admiring Harriet's
dancing. my Mother is pleased with both the Boys, and I am happy at
her having recovered so good health for the beginning of the Winter
she was dangerously ill, in short Dr [Dear?] Brother I am in spirits
with all hopes of seeing you well soon and am sincerely yours M P

[Address on the Front of the letter]

March 12th 1769
To 37 ONeil CN
Colonel Pomeroy
at Boston
New England

[also bearing a New York postmark]