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Title: Harper C. Bryson, U.S.A. to W. J. C. Allen, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBryson, Harper C/16
SenderBryson, Harper C.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman
Sender Religionunknown
OriginAugusta, Georgia, USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientCampbell Allen, William J,
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipcousins, business
SourceD 1558/1/1/317: Papers of William John Campbell Allen. Deposited by F.D. Campbell Allen.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9802473
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 09:02:98.
Word Count530
TranscriptAugusta Geo [Georgia?] 9 May 1866

My Dear Wm. [William?] John
Your favour of the 31 March was
received a few days ago and am glad to hear that the
proceeds of your Rail Road stock had been received.
it is now worth 85 to 90. but I think it will be
a considerable time before a Dividend is declared
owing to the bad condition of the road and rolling
stock. in a previous letter you stated that the
Ulster Bank would declare a dividend of 18% the
present year. I am unacquainted with the manner
your Banks are established and shares issued for
stock as in this country, and if so could a few
shares be purchased and at what price say in the
Ulster Bank. I might invest a few hundred pounds
saved from the wrecks caused by the late
disastrous war. Taxes are so enormous that in a few
years all will be taken. I have come to the
conclusion that all Republics will form failures
and a limited monarchy is decidedly the best for
any people. look at the condition of the South
today, we are taxed beyond our ability to pay.
but our members elect are not allowed to take their
seats in the Legislature halls and no saying
when they will. what a model government a
laughing stock and bye word no doubt to all
nations. President Johnson is no doubt a warm
friend to the South. and in time will put down
the Radical party now in favour. but it will
require time as he has a host to contend against.
I have seen A. H. Stevens since his return from
Washington. he has great faith the president
will overcome his adversaries. but still thinks
the future prospect gloomy. I send you two
newspapers. one containing Mr Stevens evidence
before the Reconstruction (miscalled) committee
with which I doubt not you will be pleased.
the late unfavourable accounts from Liverpool
have had the effect of reducing prices in this
market from 34 to 27 c [cents?] with quite a
limited demand. stock in this place 6,000 Bales.
Business is dull. provisions high and duty
advancing. our mutual fried Mr R. Campbell and
lady left for their mountain home in Habersham
county about a week ago. both in excellent
health. Mr Bones I am sorry to say looks very
feeble. until recently he spoke of visiting
Ireland this summer but through the persuasion
of friends he has very prudently I think
abandoned the idea. the rest of your friends
are quite well. and not at all alarmed or
annoyed by the Fenians. as they cannot flourish
in this latitude. you must excuse any
inaccuracies in this letter as I have been disturbed
at least a dozen times since I commenced it.
although your business transactions have been
brought to a close in this place. I would say
that at all times I should be pleased to hear
from you as I have but few correspondents on
your side of the water. I should request you
to remember me kindly to my aunt and cousins
but suppose I have long since been forgotten
by them. I shall send you a newspaper
Yours Very Truly
Harper. C. Bryson