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Title: H. C. Bryson, U.S.A. to W. J. C. Allen, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBryson, Harper C/20(1)
SenderBryson, Harper C.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman
Sender Religionunknown
OriginAugusta, Georgia, USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientCampbell Allen, William J,
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipcousins, business
SourceD 1558/1/1/307: Papers of William John Campbell Allen, Deposited by F.D. Campbell Allen.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9802469
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 09:02:98.
Word Count515
TranscriptAugusta Geo [Georgia?] 2 Oct 1865
Ansd [Answered?] Nov 4 1865

Wm. J. [William John?] C. Allen Esqr

Dear Sir
Your favours of the 22 Jul [July?] and 12 Aug
were duly received and would have been replied to sooner
but was desirous of hearing from our mutual friend Mr R
Campbell with regard to the disposition to be made of your
Cotton. He agreed with you and the other parties concerned
that it would be to their interest to dispose of it here
and in this opinion Mr Jhn [John?] Brown and the writer
The inland revenue of 2c [cents?] pr [per?] pound with
an unusually low river the only channel of transportation
with the Rail Roads in Georgia and So. Co. [South Carolina?]
destroyed by the Federal Army on their march through these
States - freight to Savannah is from Six to Eight Dollars
pr [per?] Bale without the expense of shipping to New York
would fall little short of eight cents pr [per?] pound.
as the Cotton was stored in my Warehouse it will not be
out of place to explain the causes why the charges are so
very heavy. you have doubtless been long since informed
of the freshet we had here in Jany [January?] last which
submerged the city. the water was quite as high as in 1846
and 1852 in the back part of my Warehouse it was from
four to five feet deep the pressure being so great that it
burst the gates open to which from 250 to 300 Bales were
carried off of which only three were recovered. the
bottom tiers were almost ruined from their being so
long in the water. early in Feby [February?] and before
anything could be done with the wet Cotton the Confederate
commander of the post issued an order to have as much
of it as possible removed to the commons and the balance
put into the streets so that it could be burned in
the event of the Northern Army attempting to capture
the City and thus prevent the houses being destroyed.
fortunately however this order was not carried into effect.
had it been our City today would be a mass of ruins.
at the time the weather was very wet and streets unusually
muddy and in this condition it remained for several weeks.
from the quantity stolen and destroyed will account for the
great loss in weight. so soon as leave was granted I had
it removed back to my Warehouse a large portion of which
had to be pecked and repacked. and the balance compressed.
every exertion was used to make the loss as light as
possible and save expense. the sales shall accompany
this. and in a few days shall follow duplicate. the nett
proceeds having been remitted to your friends in New
York. Mr Brown has addressed you on the condition of your
Bank Stock. which I am much afraid will prove worthless.
as it is many years since I had any communication with my
friends in Ireland it will afford me pleasure to hear from
you as often as convenient. with kind regards to my friends
I remain Yours Very Truly
Harper. C. Bryson