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Title: R. J. Waddell, New York, to Joshua Peel, Armagh.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWaddell, R. J/61
SenderWaddell, R. J.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationpreparing to become a licensed solicitor
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNYC, USA
DestinationCo. Armagh, N.Ireland
RecipientPeel, Joshua E.
Recipient Gendermale
RelationshipMr. Waddell used to be apprenticed to Mr Peel, he
SourceD889/7/1: Deposited by: Messrs Joshua Peel & Son, Solicitors, Armagh.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.1200274
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 19:12:00.
Word Count774
Transcript802 East 135th Street,

New York, Oct. 20th '99

Dear Mr. Peel;-
Some months ago I wrote you asking you to send
me a letter or certificate setting forth the fact
that I had been your apprentice for five years (or
whatever time you believed I was) and informing you
just why I asked for the same.
I have never had any reply to this letter, and
so take the liberty of addressing you again on the
subject. I do not know, nor can I believe that you
would with-hold this from me on religious or
personal grounds, for I had always thought you
were of a different stamp from that, and that what
you believed conscientiously to be your duty, you
would do it, let the consequences be what they
If you will refer to my letter, you will find
that I did not ask you for anything in the nature
of a recommendation regarding my character, or what
you thought of my moral virtues or anything of that
sort. I simply asked you to state in black and
white what you HONESTLY thought of my work and
general ability when in your Office and your
I cannot for the life of me see what objection
you can honestly have to writing me such a letter,
to be used for the purpose I told you, inasmuch as
for this purpose I dont require from Keady or
Armagh, fromclergy (sic) or laity, any affidavit as
to character. Right here in New York which has
been my home for the past six years, I can get as
many high toned recommendations on this score as I
require, so there is no necessity for importing
them. There is however a necessity for my having
such a letter as I have asked you for, but of
course if you decline or refuse to give me this, I
will have to do without it. That is the logical
result, of course. But is it fair for you to
refrain from doing this--deing [being?] what I
candidly think is your bound en duty (sic), for mind
you, I am honest enough and fearless enough to
tell you, that I dont think I am asking a single
thing but what I am entitled to, and what you, if
you look at the matter in an honest, straightforward
and fair manner, are entitled to give me.
I got from Mr. Wakely a certificate giving the
fcts [facts?] as they appear from the books in his
Office, and with this clause at the end
"I further certify that the said Robert J.
"Waddell is entitled at any time to present
"himself for the final examination of this

As a straightforward gentleman, I dont believe
you will let religious bigotry or any such cowardly
subterfuge interfere with what you consider to be
your duty in this case, for I think, you at least,
will admit, what the majority of the people over
there will not admit, that I have the God-given,
inherent right to worship the Creator of the
Universe in what ever way I please, and that in so
doing I am answerable to none--not a soul--save He
who endowed me with the facilities and powers to
think and act for myself.
I refrain from writing any further on the
subject as I think it is uncalled for, and hope
that you will kindly spend a few momentsin (sic)
writing me out a letter which you think fairly sets
forth the character and amount of work of every
kind I did while with you. I dont know what your
opinion on the subject is, but I believe I served
you as well and faithfully, worked for your
interests as hard and industriously as any
apprentice or clerk who ever wielded a pen or
pencil in your Office. And it is because I think
thus that I address you on the subject for the
second time.
As I get all the local and Irish papers that is
(sic) worth having I am fully posted in all the
Irish news, and note that every week brings
changes. Times are certainly changes [changing?]
in Armagh, when Mr. T. G. Peel has "to take his
medicine" from a young gent of the name and
reputation of Mr. Lennon. But old Father Time
changes both men and circumstances, for strange
to say he changed me --and that was no small
For the present I will conclude, and hoping that
you are all well, and expecting to have a line from
you in reply to this letter at your early
convenience, I remain,
Yours very truly,
R. J. Waddell