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Title: [C.V. Lay?] Malvern, to Mrs. A. W. Smyth, Co. Tyrone.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileC. Victor/27
SenderC. Victor
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationsolicitor
Sender Religionunknown
OriginUpper Wyche, Malvern, Worcerstershire, England
DestinationNew Orleans, Lousiana, USA
RecipientMrs Smyth
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Brendan O'Reilly, O'Reilly's Bar & Restaurant, Main St., Dromara, Co. Down.
ArchiveOriginal Held by Above Donor.
Doc. No.9809097
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 11:09:98.
Word Count542
TranscriptHouse of Representatives U.S.

C. V. [James?]
M. C.

Change of Address.
On and after 3rd September, 1910
C. Victor Lay,
Sir Isaac's Walk,

29th August, 1910

Dear Mrs. Smyth,
I have now had an opportunity of looking
over the several papers. The proposition is a sad tangle
with the many side issues and encumbrancres, but boiled
down it practically resolves itself into this : -
The property is worth probably 60000 dollars, possibly
more, and is positively charged to the extent of 51000
dollars. I note that you propose going over to New
Orleans almost at once, in fact by the first available
boat. It seems to me that it will be folly for you to
start without a full legal power of attorney from Dr.
Smyth vested in yourself; anything short of this will
make your action on arrival impotent. Now, it is always
wise to face facts. Your whole difficulty seems to be
lack of means. If you could put your hands on, say,
œ500 to œ1000 it would be quite possible to enlist the
services of a reliable London lawyer with pluck and
initiative, but the man you want is in pretty wide
request, and he would never take the matter up unless
he knew for certain that he would be provided with the
necessary funds. This is the clear view of a friend
of mine with whom I chatted over the matter.
I am bound to say, what I cannot understand is this,
that your relatives, who are wealthy and have large
resources, are not prepared to come forward and help
you. The proposition on the face of it is not an
insolvent one. You are positively offered a margin
over and above the fixed charges, and therefore as a
matter of business, irrespective of sentiment, they
might, one would imagine, find the 41000 dollars
necessary to free the encumbrances and take a first
charge. Can you not, on your arrival in America,
see them and out the matter clearly before them,
but if they decline and you find there is no solution
of the difficulty, I think you would be well advised
to make the best terms you can, and clear out. You
will say that this is a weak thing to do, and that
the line of least resistance is always open to one,
but I would say to you, weight the matter up and
look at your weak factors. You have a Mortgage
which may not be renewed, and foreclosure may mean
nothing for you. You are in the hands of advisors
etc. whom you evidently do not trust, and who apparently
are masters of the situation.
You personally have no resources to fight (failing
co-operation from your relatives). It may be that
some new factor may arise when you arrive on the
spot, and this may favourably affect the situation.
I need hardly say how sincerely I hope this may
be so. I think it is quite plucky of you to go
out again and you deserve success.
I return all your papers, as you may probably
require them for reference, and with good wishes
for you both,
Believe me
Yours sincerely,
C. V. [Lay?]

P.S. You ask me what I think of Mr. Lemle after
perusing his correspondence. He is obviously anxious
that you should clear the matter up. I see nothing
on the face of it to pre-judge.