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Title: Thos. Warnock, Cincinnati, To John M. Orr, [Chicago?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWarnock, Thomas/43
SenderWarnock, Thomas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCincinnati, Ohio, USA
DestinationChicago, Illinois, USA
RecipientOrr, John M.
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained By John McCleery, 80 Circular Rd, Belfast, BT4 2GD.
ArchiveThe Ulster American Folk Park.
Doc. No.9702141
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 10:02:97.
Word Count864
TranscriptCincinnati 26 Oct 1847

My Dear John

I received yours of the 10th
on the 19th and would have written you in course
but I thought it better to delay till the English
Mail arrived to give you the benefit of any
news that I might get. I got a letter
yesterday one from Eliza & one from Margt [Margaret?]
but there is very little news in them. they are
all well at home just as we left them &
Eliza says as dull as ever. Magt [Margaret?] went to
Scotland on a visit to Mrs G. Patterson a week
after I left home and has not yet returned
she finds herself a good deal better.
Eliza tells me you have sent your portrait
home & that it is considered very like. Wee
Tom has done the connubial with Miss Patterson
at last. John [Monwood?] not for a month
George Bowden is home finished and is
reported to be married soon to Miss Allen
This is nearly the amount of the news I got
I am glad to see by your description of your
journey in America that you enjoyed yourself
as well as I did. I called with James Maxwell
in New York & was several times in his house
drank tea once & went to New York with him
to see John Moffat and they all said that
they did not see you or hear of you. I intend
to go to New Orleans as I am afraid to
chance the cold climate & in chicago you
will be frozen up for 3 or 4 months and that
would be death to me, you know that I can
not stand cold, the only thing that makes the
Southern climate bad, is the yellow fever, of
that I must run my chance. I have not done
anything yet nor do I in fact know what to
do. The person to whom I had my letter of
introduction behaves very coldly to me, not
taking the slightest interest in me nor does
he give me an answer to a question without
a seeming grudge, he is a banker & a Scotchman.
If the markets here come to a favourable point
before I go I intend buying 250 casks of whiskey
& taking them to New Orleans. I many times
wish I had a beginning made but I do
not know how to break the ice. Many a time
I wonder what will be the end of my adventures &
wish I had contented myself at home. The future
has nothing pleasing to me, all seems of inky
darkness, & full of shoals & danger. But I
must resign to Fate let that be good or bad
I envy you having begun to do something,
the way I have spent this last month doing
nothing is most irksome. Your time will now
appear short having your mind engaged
But I wish my dear fellow to put you on your
guard about the Yankees and I am the more
so since you have got into partnership with
one. I do not wish to alarm you but only to tell
you the advice I got my self. You should have
your partnership Deed drawn up very strictly
to preserve you from any debts your partner
might have become liable to before you joined
him, also to covenant that he does not speculate
without your knowledge, or lend money. And I
have been particularly put on my guard never to
take a Yankee's word in matters of business
but have every thing expressly stated in writing
your partner may be a very honest decent
man & he may not. You are strangers to each
other. I was glad to see you had escaped
the fire, it would have been a terrible blow
on you at your commencement, but I hope
good luck will attend you on every occasion
as well as on that. We have had very heavy
rains here last week & the River rose eighteen
feet in 24 hours. In your next give whatever
news you get from home, as I am always anxious
to hear of anything about Portaferry & no doubt
your father gives you a good deal. There is very
bad news from England, never was business in such
a state, failure after failure in every branch of trade.
Ireland has nearly escaped. no failure of any consequence
having taken place. The Potatoes are rotting
all over Europe, & asiatic Cholera is now raging
in Russia & taking much the same course it did
in 1832. Archy & his wife are well they are going
to live in Indiana but where they will settle is not
determined. Perhaps in a short time you may
take a notion to come South, when I go to New Orleans
I will write what sort of a place it is, the fever
is still very bad & I am afraid I will have to wait
till the second week of November. Wishing
you every success & good health

I remain D [Dear?] John

Yrs [Yours?] sincerely

Tho [Thomas?] Warnock

Direct my letters
to the care of Mr Robt [Robert?] Park Merchant
New Orleans

Robert Park

New Orleans