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Title: John Simpson, Florence, Alabama to James [?], [Ireland?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSimpson, John/81
SenderSimpson, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationcotton businessman
Sender Religionunknown
OriginFlorence, Alabama, USA
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientWightman, James
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 1475/1 p.53: Copied by Permission of Miss A. McKisack, 9, Mount Pleasant, Belfast.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9006072
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 01:09:1993.
Word Count962
TranscriptFlorence June 1827
Dear James,
I have been very uneasy in being so long in leaving from my friends in
the County of Tyrone. The last letter received from you was dated 18th
May, by [---?] Scott. I have indeed to blame myself for not writing oftener
as my last letters were by Mrs Wightman, but my usual apology of hurry of
business, must plea my excuse. My Mother's picture has arrived safe and I
think it an excellent likeness. It is set in a handsome gilt frame. We were
very much delighted at receiving it as you could not have sent a more
acceptable present. I hope we shall live to see the dear [-------?] in as good
health as she appears to have been in when it was taken. Thomas had a
daughter born on the 26th of last month. She and her mother are doing very
well. It is a fine child and called Mary Anne for my Mother, I expect a
namesake for either you or her shortly. Tell my Aunt Matt that she must wait
for my second daughter for a namesake. I hear from Hugh every week he
is going on very well in his business, he has completely regained his health
and looks better than you ever saw him Margart [---?] I saw and I went to
see him about two months ago and spent a couple of days with him. He is very
sungly fixed, and has a good store and room off it in which he sleeps, and
a warehouse and stable adjoining. He boards with Mr Chambers, a wealthy
planter who the place belongs to. I look for him here in a few days to
dispose of his Cotton and purchase more goods. I am sorry to find you
complaining of business being bad with you. I am also very sorry to say it is
very bad here. The very low price of cotton has made a wonderful change here
We are however like yourself doing the best business in the place. I am
winding up my business though and do not intend extending it until I have
the greater part of my debts collected and see how I stand, and unless a
considerable change for the better takes place I have a strong idea of
quiting business; it entirely occupied my memory. When last in New Orleans
it quite escaped my memory to forward you the money I promised to [---?] and
it never occurred to me until I saw your hint on that subject in your letter
to Hugh. I will however in the course of this Spring be in New Orleans when
I will remit you a draft for that and what I owe my Aunt of [-----?] which is
the only debts I now owe. I have been quite fortunate in steering clear
of [----?] in the late changes of the cotton market. I have got my three story
brick stores finished, one I and T.S. occupy and the other I have tenanted
at four hundred dollars for Ann. I may say the only loss I have met with
this year was the death of one of my negroes which cost me $525. Hugh Scott
says he is very well and never was so fat or enjoyed better health. He is
now living with a Mr Clarke who is in business on his own account and who
lived for two years with me. He first lived with Isaac Paton but Isaac
having sold out his goods by wholesale I got him in with Clarke. I am sorry
to observe by your letter that John of Millview has had a severe spell of
sickness. I hope however he soon got over it, and that he and all that
family are well and enjoying every happiness this world can afford. Tell
Thomas of Bloomhill that he might take the trouble of dropping a few lines
sometime. I should at all times feel greatly pleased in hearing from him
I hope he and his little ones are well they have my best wishes for their
health and happiness. Tell my Aunt Matty not to forget me entirely as you
may assure her she is often in my thoughts and when I see my little son
running about and prattling I think that when I was his age I was receiving
all the kind and tender affections of her and my other friends in the [-----?]
He is now becoming very interesting. When I ask him where is Grandma he
will point at her picture. A few days ago I moved it into a different room
from where it had been and in the place where I had Capt. Rapier's picture
hanging, which is about the same size, and he immediately knew the
difference. I wrote to James [----?] last November [---?] a year. I hope
he received my letter. I should be glad to hear from him, John [---?] I
seldom see. He has got a daughter [---?] I fear he is not doing well, as
he owes me more than he will ever be able to pay. Had he acted according
to my advice his situation would have been different, but he is one of
those head-strong ignoramuses that will take no advice; he went to
Hugh's store and wanted credit but he know owing he was with me, very
prudently refused to let him have anything on credit. I shall write soon
again. Give my love to my Mother and all the other friends, and believe me
Sincerely and affectionately yours
John Simpson.
Margaret desires her affectionate love to my Mother, and also to our
good friends of Millview.