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Title: William Brown, Belfast, to James Brown, Philadelphia.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBrown, William/177
SenderBrown, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationpainter & glazier
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBelfast, N.Ireland
DestinationPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
RecipientBrown, James
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 3688/F/21: Deposited by C. Maclaughlin Esq.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9509141
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 29:09:95.
Word Count629
TranscriptBelfast 23rd July 1820
Dear James,
I wrote you Mr John Dickinson 13th March-[Mr Hispun?]
12th May & Ceres 28th May, which I hope went safe to hand, in my
last but one I mentioned Wm [William?] Ballantine having
demanded his œ100 which was due on the 16th June, I got it paid
but with much difficulty owing to the row kickd [kicked?] up by
the Banks, eight or nine banks stopped upwards, but I suppose
ere this goes to hand you will have all the news about them, our
Boys stood an uncommon run- the Belfast was paying from 20 to 30
thousand a day for seven or eight days in Dublin- the Northern
was so far run they had not a note left in 3 days & they had to
buy up all the Gold in town to supply them untill [until?] the
Coach arrived- the Commercial has very few notes out therefore
they were not so much crowded- Donegall place for a whole week
was crowded merrily like an illumination night, Robt [Robert?]
Grur actually told me the bankers were frightened, John McCann
is now a partner in the Northern in place of Old Mr Hamilton,
they put him out, as he was touching upon the capital, the
proffits [profits?] was not equal to supply her, she is drinking
worse than ever
Belfast [mills?] were so flat, business of all kinds completely
at a stand, no such thing as money to be got, the Banks have not
been discounting, they only take bills to renew any that are
due- I wrote you we had been very busy all spring & has been
until now, but we are at present slack & not a prospect of any
good jobs going on this season, fortunately I did not order a
large supply of paint, œ90 is the amt [amount?] of what I have got, I am
going to order another pipe of oil & « low which had which will
do in this year & likewise the payt [payment?] will be better
divided than if I had got all at once, the first will not be due
untill [until?] October, & I have œ50 to lift in a few days,
which I intend sending to Mr Shorley, I would have been snug
this year if Mr Ballantine had let us alone, after another year
we could have spared her money much better, but if (Ann would
want it in something as she said) she calls on the remainder, it
will set our neck- H. Gregg & his are not in such friendship
she has given her business to young Bailie which has piqued him
very much, I mentioned to you formerly his father is not
altogether satisfyd [satisfied?] with the way he conducts his
business, I was at Cromack last night, they have heard from
Stephen, his letter mentions only getting two or three letters
since May was a year, it not a little suprises them, as a great
many were sent to the care of Uncle James, I would be glad you
would mention how this mistake has happened- Mrs Dunn has has
[had?] a son, her life was despaired of but is getting better
slowly- the rest are as usual, Alex has been in London some time
& not yet returned
- Uncle Hugh's wife has had another son (I'm not sure we saw a
letter which came from Uncle Alex; he lives at Gaspers River
Logan County, Kaintucky [Kentucky?], he gives a very midling
[middling?] account & says he has lost his health- no Deaths
since I wrote you of any of our Relations, any who were delicate
are still lingering- John Young has had very good acct
[account?] from his brother Wm [William?] it appears they are