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Title: William Stavely, Nationa, to his brother-in-law, James,
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileStavely, William J/42
SenderStavely, William J.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationsales supervisor
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNatrona, Penn., USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientStavely, James
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD1835/27/3/5: Presented by Greer Hamilton and Gailey, Solicitors, High Street, Ballymoney, County Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9310739
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C.R., 26:10:1993.
Word Count135
December 26th 1864

My dear James
Enclosed please receive receipt for last half yearly
dividend which I have dated, on the day it was received,
accept my grateful acknowledgement of your attention in
this matter.
Yours of 12th November to hand on the 30th during my
temporary absence in Pittsburgh, my not having replied
sooner was because, I knew it was not required, that I knew
that if I lived untill [until?] this day I would be
disengaged, besides I expected to have all my family with me
this day. You appear to consider, I neglected your hurt,
about my visiting my native land I did not take notice of it,
because I knew my returning thither would answer no good and,
You know their [there?] are radical objections against my
returning at present. These I need not now enumerate, but if
their [there?] were no objections, on your side, the water
the cost would be considerable, more than I can save, out of
the labour of an entire year. Besides it might operate
against me in retaining my present situation. And I would
rather remain with this company for the present. Having said
this much, I would also observe, it would have been desirable
for me to have seen my father but I must be content as it is
God has fixed the boundary of my habitation.
You appear to think it would be well for me to get
acquainted with religious men; with good men I some times
meet, truly religious men, those who do as they would be done
by who love their neighbour as their self are very scattered.
In 36 years I have met with but few. The Mr. Gregg, of whom
you write is not very much either in the Church nor out of
it. I consider him an ignorant, purse proud, selfish man. He
is displeased with me because I do not buy goods from him.
I meet him very often in Philadelphia, when his "How do you
do" is very dry _ but he is more affable, if at any time, I
make a small purchase in his store.
My advice to you is if you have any means to spare, expend it
in sending the Bible to the Heathen, or in buying food and
clothing for the poor, in the lowest alleys of Belfast
beyond as much civility as will decently pass you, expend
nothing on Americans whether in the Church or out of it,
they take advantage of your kindness. If you were working
in some bodies [somebody's?] factory from six Oclock
[o'clock?] in the morning untill [until?] 9 at night for
£60 or £70 per annum and living in some secluded place
these people would scarcely see you. Their [There?] may

be an honourable exception but the above is the rule.
My family are all well, and with me this day _ Joseph
returned here about 12 days since and leaves again in the end
of February. Hannah came home on Friday and leaves tomorrow
week. I think these children are improving _ at least I
hope so, whither they are or not it is clearly my duty
to do all I can to educate them, in the hope the
instructions given them may be found after many days [?]
The news this morning is favourable for the Federal
Armies. We have captured Savannah, with 33,000 Bales
Cotton this success will, lower the price of some things,
and increase the price of others. Goods generally are very
high we retail probably at $120 per bushel Beans 12 to 15
cents per [lb?], flour $12.50 per barrel, green pork $16
per cut by the hog, Butter 50 cents per pound, the heavy
brown muslin intended for [------?] is retailed at 75
cents per yard and fruit are from 40 to fifty cents per [..?]
and good brown sugar 28 cents per pound, [---?] less [?] 1 60
[--------?] 180 [-----?] and Imperial green 2.25 per pound
everything has assumed a ficticious [fictitious?] value
people who have only fixed incomes have enough to do with
their means.
We con[------?] to late stock on Monday next, I think we
have done well the past six months. Please let me know as
often as you can about my Father. Please present my
kindest regards to Anne, and wishing you all many happy
returns of the season. I am sincerely your attached
Wm. [William?] Stavely