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Title: W. J. Stavely, Balleyboyland, to J. Stavely, Belfast
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileStavely, Rev. William John/46
SenderRev. William John Stavely
Sender Gendermale
Sender OccupationPresbyterian minister
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBalleyboyland, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientStavely, James
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD1835/27A/2/1: Deposited by Greer, Hamilton & Gailey, Solicitors
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9909237
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 21:09:99.
Word Count520
1 July 1850
My dear James

I am truly thankful for
yours of 29th ult. with its enclosures and
am also much pleased with the promptness
of William and Alexander in writing immediately
with meeting so far from the place of their
nativity. I was much concerned about
Alexander lest some of the many casualties
connected with their thousand mile
journies might have laid an [anest?]
on his procedure. That he has been
preserved in his many peregrinations,
hailed with friendship by the many
persons whom he met and that he has
been so sucessful in his undertaking
under it our bounden duty to be
thankful to that benefactor who
has thus far accompanied him.

"Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Let us bless his name together."

I must question the propriety of attending
Synod this year - a state of quiescence in
connexion with solicitude does not suit me
on the one hand, nor yet much corporeal
exertion, on the other. He who sits in Synod
and takes a share in its proceedings is
necessarily subject to both, either the one
or other does not befit one. - I have spent
one week at the shore and my friends am
pleased to say that I was improved thereby
and it is possible I may return being far
from well. Dr. M thinks my whole system is
out of order, that the liver especially is
not performing its functions, and that it
is proper that I should by rest and change
of scene so endeavour to regain my former
position which was certainly one of health.
In relation to the hat affair, matters may
remain as they are until I be in town;
for notwithstanding what I have written
above there is every probability that I
may attend Synod, and whether on Monday
evening or Tuesday morning [..?] then
I purpose [propose?] proceeding from the station
by the omnibus.
Ann and Margaret have this morning returned
from Portstewart where with Aunt Anne
and the Garvagh family they have been spending
the preceding fortnight - The Chequer Hall
people have been reroofing their back house
and shall I suppose have all finished this
week. What sums of money have been
expended there which eventually may
prove worth nothing! Earthly possessions
are indeed worth very litle - let us
strive to protect that which is much
better. Tomorrow I am to attend Presbytry
- every day brings its new duties and toils
for me. James Brown dines in Mrs Hamiltons
on Wednesday. He is not to be here until
after Synod, when he purposes spending
a week with us. He appears desirous
of returning soon to his business, to
which he is much devoted.
I am in heart
yours truly
W. [William?] Stavely

We have just got a letter from Alexander dated Mineral
Point 'th June and 10th and Rochester 15th June
and gives most favourable accounts of William and speaks
in the very highest terms of Margaret and children.
All are well and doing well. William has the unbounded
cofidence and respect of his fellow townsmen and
respect of Mr Musgrave his partner.