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Title: Sam Wylie, Philadelphia, to Robert McAdam, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWylie, Sam W/144
SenderWylie, Sam W.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationclergyman
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientMcAdam, Robert
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipfriends, colleagues
SourceD.530/22/30: Obtained Arthur Deane, Esq., Whitehead.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9605042
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 29:04:96.
Word Count782
TranscriptLetter from Sam W. Wylie, Bellevere,
Philadelphia [U.S.A.?], to Mr. Robert McAdam,
College Square, Belfast. May 26th 1840.

Robert McAdam Esqr.
College square
Co. Antrim
Forw. [Forwarded?] by
Rev. [Reverend?] Mr. Brainard

Bellevere (Mian) [?] Philadelphia. May 26th 1840.
Mr. Robert McAdam,

My very dear friend,

With [---?] [----?] [---?]
your Kind letter of 25th [?] March. While memory retains but
[?] short, I can never forget the Kindness and hospitality
of the [----?] Macadam family in College Square. The [----?]
of [-----?] are worthy descendants of the great and
memorable James McAdam of [Bally---han?], under whose
[----?] I spent some of my happiest days. How many [----?]
[----?] and [----?] to any one of that race! I cannot
[disig----?] [-----?] [--------?] to one [?]. It is so
[----?] and so [----?]. Jenny and Nancy particularly are
seldom out of my thoughts. Make my respects [?] to [-----?]
[----?] particularly to Nancy, a most dear and lovely woman.
- I feel sorry, indeed to hear from [---?], that she has not
[------?] and good health [?], since I left Belfast, as she
previously [?] did. May God bless her and [----?] her in his
holy Keeping. How glad [?] [----?] I [--?] since [-----?] to
[--?] [---?], and your [---?]. And if ever I visit Europa
[Europe?] again. I will [?] not [?] Rest [?] [----?] any
place, until I shall see Belfast [----?] interchange [?]
personel [personal?] meetings with [----?] [----?] valued

I probably coincide with your sentiments in reference to
the attack made in [---?] after my return. I have [?]
anticipated from that party, something of this sort. It gave
[---?] no [?] uneasiness. Indeed a residence in Philada.
[Philadelphia?] for better than forty years, must have been
very slim, had it not been competent to withstand such
Lilliputian artillary [artillery?]. I paid no attention to
it. The [-----?] was unknown and unsolicit [--?] many more
such efforts have been made since, but they have all been
[----?] [--------?].

I am glad that you mentioned some of our literary
productions in this country. It shall be a great pleasure
and gratification to me to respond to your wishes. There are
five different works of Brown's, whom you mention; all of
which I have the pleasure of sending you by the Rev.
Mr. Brainard a Pt. [Protestant?] clergyman of my
neighbourhood, a delegate to the London convention. Sorry I
am, that the [?] appointment to attend that meeting, I shall
not be able to do so, as our own synod meets in the same
month, and my obligation and duty to be present at it, are
paramount. We had expected when I was appointed to be a
delegate, that the London convention should have been held
in June but its postponement to August, deranged all our
plans. We trust, however, there may be another, and if there
be, nothing, should health and life permit, will prevent
once more my visiting my dear native Isle, and my very dear
friends in Belfast, and Nancy.

I have learnt that the [-----?] [--------?] of the American
Ethnographical Society is published. This will be a [t--t?]
to you. But I am sorry, that, at the short notice of the
Rev. Brainard's departure, I am not able now to
provide it for you. It [t---ts?], I understand, of the
language of the aboriginal inhabitants. I shall attend to
this the first opportunity.

Your relations here are all well. I saw your aunt Mrs. N
[?] McAdam this week and most of the family. I am glad to be
able to inform you that they are all in comfortable
circumstances, and honourable and reputable standing.

The political horizon between [?] you and in is rather
cloudy. I hope wisdom, prudence and moderation on both
sides, will, [--------?] standing by impartial diplomacy,
dissipate all these nebulous appearances, and rather cement
[?] the ties, which, nature herself would shudder to
[diss---?]. Honourable Peace and amity should be the peace
of both countries. You will have long [-----?] this shall
reach you, [---?] that war exists between us and Mexico. It
is [------?] [--------?] [---?], that Gt. [Great?] Britain
has a "finger in the pie". I hope not. Mexico must, and
undoubtedly will, be brought to terms of peace. Hour long as
[?] the time shall come, predicted in God's word, when the
nations shall [----?] war no more, but [----?] [-----?]
swords into ploughs [----?] [--?]!. With best wishes to you
and all the beloved [-----?], and again to Nancy, I [-----?],
[----?] [----?], Yours most sincerely and affectionately.

Sam W. Wylie.