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Title: Robert McElderry, Lynchburg, Va. to Thomas McElderry, Ballymoney.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filemcelderry, robert/14
SenderMcElderry, Robert
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman (dry goods)
Sender ReligionProtestant (joins The Presbyterian Church At Some Point)
OriginLynchburg, Virginia, USA
DestinationBallymoney, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientMcElderry, Thomas
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 2414/16: Copied by Permission of Dr. Helen Megaw, c/o 66, Malone Road, Belfast, 9.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9007076
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 03:09:1993.
Word Count1313
TranscriptMr Thomas McElderry Jn [Junior?]
Lynchburg 31st May 1854

Dear Brother
I have no doubt you think by this time that
I have forgotten you altogether and that I never intend writing to you
any more I ought to have written to you long before this time
but kept putting off untill [until?] a more convenient season and as
William has been writing to you regularly you have been aware
that I have been well which is about as much as I can say at
any time Since I last wrote (as you have seen by the papers
I sent to you) I have gone into business with Mr Peters and Mr Stigler
Mr S[tigler?] has been living with Mr P[eters?] about eight years We
commence with a capital of thirty thousand dollars Mr P[eters?] furnishing
that amount in goods and Mr S[tigler?] and myself each paying him five
thousand dollars which makes Mr P's [Peters'?] part twenty thousand dollars
and Mr S's [Stigler's?] and mine five thousand each Mr P[eters?] puts into the concern the additional capital because he does not give the business any of his attention The profits are to be divided eaqualy [equally?] Mr Mathews very kindly loaned me the money to enable me to enter
into the arrangement We do a pretty large business sell more
goods than any dry goods house in the city our sales amount
to about seventy thousands dollars in the year
A young man named Frank Divine left here the week before
last or a visit to Ireland he said he would call on you
Which will be some time this summer I gave him a letter of
introduction to my father which he said he would present he was
raised in the vicinity of Strabane he has been living near a near
neighbour to me for some years & is a very sober steady young
man he is a Roman Catholick [Catholic?] and a taylor [tailor?] by trade
When he visits you make him stop with you a few days as I
would be very glad to have him see you all so he could make a
long report when he comes back I some time ago subscribed
to the Citizen a paper published and edited by John Mitchell in
New York and I do declare I do not know what sort of folks
you all are in Ireland when you like such a paper as Gleason's Pictorial
better than the Citizen The first charge I see brought against [Mitchell?] in the standard was for his truculent defence of slavery how little the [they?] know of what they are talking of when editing a paper New York and defending slavery is very much like going to Rome and fighting the Pope, he has by this course rendered himself unpopular with Northern people in the united states, so it cannot be a truculent defence as the Standard it [in?] its wisdom says The next thing I would say in his defence is that he is right the Bible recognises slavery preachers to contrary notwithstanding The institution existed among the Jews in days of our Savior [Saviour?] did he who continually reproved sin ever say anything against slavery,

did not the apostle Paul send back a runaway servant to his
master but times have changed since then and he who steals
away a servant from his master is doing God's service
Some preachers and others who denounce slavery on every occasion
in Ireland had better come a little while to the slave holding
state of Virginia and see how slaves are treated here and go
home and treat their white servants better The next charge
brought against Mitchell is because of his desire of the success of the
Russian arms against the English and French, why does he wish so, he wishes
so for no other reason than his intense hatred of the English gover[n?]ment
a feeling which ought to prevade [pervade?] the breast of every Irishman
and this for the reason that the English gover[n?]ment hate Ireland and
the Irish with a perfect hatred The Irish are slaves to
England, yes abject slaves. The English will not grant you eaqual [equal?]
rights with themselves [At?] no the poor Irish people are not fit
to govern themselves They will not grant you anything you may
ask for no matter how reasonable Where is tenant right where
are all the rights asked for by the Irish none are granted nor will
be granted, as long as the Irish continue such abject beggars as
they now are Would that the Irish people could be induced
to rise up and by force break off that accursed union with
England which keeps you in bondage to her It is the policy
of England to keep the Irish divided among themselves so that they
may be an easy prey Protanstants [Protestants?] are afraid of Roman
Catholicks [Catholics?] and one sect of another and when there is no union
there can not be much effected Learn to think less of no man because of
his religious opinions whatever they may be for them he is only accountable
to [his?] Maker Could you only witness for a short time the working
of free goverment [government?] in this country you would not be long
satisfied with that under which you now live
I sent a few days ago to you a check for two pounds for Dan
Gillon which you can hand over to him
I hope Tommy Lyle, Sam Boyd and all the little ones are well
don't let them forget their Uncle Robert tell Tommy Lyle to be a good
boy to learn well grow fast and get ready to come out to his Uncle
Robert William is well and wrote to you a few days ago he is
getting along very well and seems to be satisfied with his situation
William and myself sent our daugarietype [daguerreotype?] likenesses
home by to you by Mr Divine William said he boasted in his letter to you
that he was the better looking of the two but I am willing to leave it to
you all to decide between us, Jane used to be a good judge in such matters
and I am willing to submit it to her
I received in the last letter I had from home a beautifull [beautiful?] book mark from Elizabeth for which I am under many obligation[s?] it was realy [really?] a very pretty one, in return for the mark I will promise this if Elizabeth is not in to [too?] much of a hurry to get married I will go home see it done and dance at her wedding

I had like to forget to say to you that you need not put your
selves to any trouble getting shirts or anything of any kind made
to send by Mr Divine anything you would send is different
from what we have here and dos not suit I say this least [lest?]
you might be putting yourselves to trouble
When I mentioned about Tommy Lyle coming out [to?] me I was not
joking I realy [really?] want him to come as soon as he can be prepared
to leave home if his mother will consent to it I have always thought
that I would like to have Tommy come and live with me and if he
does I will do all I can for him
I reckon you will almost think me mad for writing such a letter
I am not mad (Brother Thomas) but do speak forth the words of
soberness and truth Though to think of such wrongs as poor
Ireland has suffered and is suffering at the hands of the English
goverment [government?] is enough to make one mad
I no more to say at present but I hope to hear from you soon
and that you are all well I remain
Your affectionate Brother
Ro. [Robert?] McElderry