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Title: [Charles?] [?] Shanghai, to Captain R. H. Davis, [?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman
Sender Religionunknown
OriginShanghai, China
RecipientCapt. R.H. Davis
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipold friends
SourceD 2015/3/2: Presented by C. L. Davis, Esq., 59 Maryville Park, Malone Road, Belfast 9
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9708029
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 05:08:97.
Word Count896
TranscriptCaptain Davis
Sandown Road

to Chinese
American Bureau of Shipping Hong Name
(American Lloyd's) EISLER, REEVES & MURPHY ..Mei Tun"
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Registro Italiano Cable Address
____ Federal Inc, U.S.A. "Record," Shanghai
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Teikoku Kaiji Kyokai
(Imperial Japanese Marine Corp.) Telephones:
____ 16816 - 16817
Registered Marine & Cargo Surveyors ____
51 Canton Road
P. O. Box 423 All Codes
American Asiatic Underwriters ____
Local Underwriters The Far East Superintendence Co., Ltd
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American Consulate International Union of
General. Marine Insurance
Shanghai, China. Berlin, Germany

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American Chamber of Commerce Black Sea and Baltic General
Shanghai, China Insurance Co., Ltd.
U.S. Salvage Association.
Schwarzmeer und Ostsee


U.S.S.R. State Insurance Dept.

Shanghai, China 14th September 1939

Dear Bob
- you old war horse - you
can scarcely realize the pleasure I got
when I opened up your letter and saw who it
was from. Some time ago I had a letter
and paper from my brother in which you
made mention of the old "Templemore"
and this produced an effusion from me to
him and now this letter from you.
First of all I must congratulate you
in job - Smythe I think was the name
of the occupant of your chair [-?] in my day
and when I recollect the awe in which he
was held by all and sundry it makes me
gaze at you with eyes of rapture and
appreciation. Next I must compliment
you on your handwriting - For an old
whale it is really marvellous. Mine
by comparison is barely legible.
It is anoying how your letter has
thrown my mind back in those old days
"When all the World was young lad and
all the trees were green, And every [goose?]
a swan lad and every lass a queen"


My mind just ran riot over Calcutta
the meadow, Father Hopkins! etc etc
Of course there are lots of gaps due to
fading memory but I can still remember a
lot. I was very interested to hear of and
read the names of so many of the fellows
in the "Templemore". I remember young
Finlay wanting to put a head on Harry Law
at the pumps one day but he called it off
- guess he thought Harry might have been
too tough for him. Harry and Sam were
transferred to the "Dufferin" or "Downshire"
to finish their time and I heard that H [Harry?]
was keeping a light house or ship in South
America and that Sam had swallowed
the anchor. I am sorry to hear that they
are both gone West. Fred Deakin went
out to Canada sheep farming but I
have never heard anything more about him
When Tommy Piercy came to Shai [Shanghai?] he came
from Montreal and Mrs P [Piercy?] was there then
I met him a few times for a moment
but never long enough to connect him
with the fat son of Old Man Piercy
He was here less than a year when
he was drowned and it was only from
his obituary notice that I found out who
he was. He was very fat and jovial - I
could keep on - "Do you remember" for a week!
couldnt you. I think the last time I saw
you was when you were master of "Iveagh"
in Dublin - you had been with Capt English


when he died on the West Coast. - more or less
poisoned by a fool of a doctor. I also remember
you at Savannah in the ["De Soto"?] hotel
where we were all housed to avoid the
I wonder how the old Lord Line is doing
now. I stayed with them until 1904 when
they more less fired me because I would not
pay for some bags of sugar missing on my
tally. The lost a good man says I -
winking at you. After I left them I
spent a few months with the Irish
Fisheries s/s "Helga" and then having
got my extra cert I came East and
have been here ever since with the
exception of one trip home in 1910.
I started this business in 1916 - three of
us - two Americans myself and now my
partners are both passed on and I am
alone! I hope to get a partner in the near
future and then Ill be able to sit back
a bit. The business is small but steady
and very interesting and you are always
your own boss. Life in the East is
smooth and pleasant and suits both
myself and wife down to the ground.
We are having a bit of bother just
now with the Japanese and in 1937
a few bombs dropped about the place


but taking it all in all it was not so
bad - for us I mean. It was very bad
for the poor Chinese but they have a
mentality of the fatalistic type which
enables them to adjust themselves to
almost any hardship and finally overcome
it. I suppose this outlook is
the outcome of thousands of years of
floods, famines, wars, epidemics etc
which has bred in them a peculiar
resilience which makes them unbeatable
They may be over run by the Japanese
but in the course of say one hundred
years the Chinese will still be here and
the Japanese absorbed. I have a
great liking and admiration for [Jo---?]
chinaman and his tenacity; also
for his way of compromising desputes.
"This fashion no can do, p'haps
some other fashion can do"
The Japanese are making great efforts
to throw out British business from north
China and some of the methods used make
interesting reading but I think and hope
they will not succeed. meanwhile life flows
along easily, some tennis over week ends
an odd dance at one of the many cabarets etc;
and an occasional spot of J. Walker to keep
out the heat or cold as the case may be
"and so to bed" to great [P-----?]
Hoping to have the pleasure of shaking hands
with you some day

Sincerly [Charles?]
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