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Title: William Stavely, Port Huron, Michigan to James Stavely, Belfast
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileStavely, William J/21
SenderStavely, William J.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationworks at a store
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPort Huron, Michigan, USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientStavely, James
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 1835/27A/2/4: Deposited by Greer, Hamilton & Gailey, Solicitors
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland
Doc. No.9908072
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 13:08:99.
Word Count525
TranscriptPort Huron [Michigan]
July 25th 1859

My dear James
Your extremely kind letter of 7th
inst. I received yesterday please accept my kindest
regards for your friendship I regret you had to pay
4/- stg. [sterling?] for my last. I posted it myself and paid
3. rates [3rd class rates?] 72cts [cents?] for it,
the clerk in the Post Office here
admitted on Saturday I paid that sum and stated
he marked it paid. Please say in your next if
such is the case, as I wish to follow up this matter.
I have said enough, about the houses owned by the
late Mr Hind. I hope in your next to hear of the final
terminations. Your kindness in the will case is more
than I could have expected, permit me to say, should I
live I will in friendship double the act to you or
yours. I am still in Dowlings, where I might
remain for years, but placed in the position I am
although I work extremely hard, circumstanced as
I am my labour amounts to nothing. I declined
making an arrangement for future, your kindness is
great, far, far more than I could expect, but if you think
well of it please write to your friend in Philadelphia
you can give him my address, and should he think
he can serve me, he can drop a line accordingly
Perhaps he could get me employment as a travelling
agent in these western states, should it even be my
lot to return to Ireland I think it would not be
to return until John Adams has acquired the
trade of printing. As you appear to think well
to write Mr Caldwell please do so in some way
he might be useful to me.
You have hinted at a
matter which applies very close to me, the subject is
serious as regards myself equally so as regards
my children. In candid truth James, my lot is
extremely hard, but what to do I know not, should
I ever make any change, the lady must have clear
and correct views of religious matters, she must
have (some financial means) which might be secured on
herself, in such a way as might be agreeable to all
Can you select a suitable person for me, if
not I am serious when I say, I believe, I could
even here get a woman, with more means, than
I could when 25 years old, in connexion
[connection?] with this I will want a wife for
ever, unless I can get one to whom I am attached,
by love. Trade begins to improve. Cups which
early in this month, were worse than nothing
are now good beyond description even Mr Dowling
himself said on Saturday trade will improve
This is a very unhealthy place, my younger
children have the ague, a mean although not
dangerous disease. Joseph is better, but
Hannah has an attack twice or three times per
I am much hurried today, will write
you next month in detail and forward
draft or order for next interest on the Bank
shares Kindest regards to Anne & your
from yours assuredly
Wm [William?] Stavely