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Title: John Campbell White, Baltimore to Robert Simms, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCampbell White, John/22
SenderCampbell White, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmerchant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBaltimore, Maryland, USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientSimms, Robert
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 1815/14: Copied by Permission of the Presbyterian Historical Society, Church House, Fisherwick Place, Belfast.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.8809113
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 26:11:1993
Word Count812
TranscriptMr Robert Simms

Baltimore 4th December [1804?]

My Dear Simms

I think in the course of the last [period of weeks?] I had
the pleasure [?] you. Since which [news?] of your much
esteemed letter [has?] reached me. I still hold the same
opinion with [respect?] to the [removal?] of yourself &
family to this country which I then [expected?]. The
various accounts we receive from different parts of europe
give every reason to conclude that the present warfare will
in the course of the enquiry [?] extend itself pretty
generally through Europe, of course trade & [security?] of
[property?] will experience much inconvenience & hasard

The prudent merchant will venture into [?] but in a very
small scale, his profits will be at least [inconsiderable?]
at all counts they will be precarious. Your military, &
naval establishment will keep up or rather increase, taxes
will not diminish & civil liberty will not experience any
[extension?]: under such circumstances a residence in a
country [far removed?] from the [conflicting parties?]
professing a trade to all parts of the world [without
restriction?] carried on to an extent unheard of in so young
a country where civil, religious, & political liberty are
enjoyed to the fullest extent, where no more taxes, [on
imports?] are [levied?] on the citisens [citizens?] than are
[barely?] adequate to the wants & [security?] of the
[state?], [must?] to the [unflinching?] mind afford feelings
of the most pleasing kind -

That any amelioration of the Governments of Europe & more
especially of my native country is likely to take place, I
have no hope. Revolutionary & reforming France, has
abandoned [any?] principle that can enter into the heart of
a FreeMan, they are on the one hand a set of bloody minded
evil hearted tyrants, & on the other a mass of crushing
contemptible [slaves?]. I here send you an extract of a
letter written by a Gentleman of the first
[respectability?], of the [greatest?] capacity for
observation, & of the most upright [?], who has spent a
considerable time in France upon that subject. He is an
Irishman he says "lets not hesitate to declare my opinion,
(& it is one not lightly formed) that if the French [under?]
the present Government, are to invade Ireland, however
specious the promise by which they would attempt to deceive,
& [?] friends, they would look for Aristocracy in its
hiding, [places?] & reestablish it in [power?], they would
expect failure, & our dissensions prescribe principles, &
endeavour to destroy whatever might remain of republician
sentiments or opinions - I rejoice to believe that they will
not, & cannot go there I would earnestly entreat my
Countrymen to found no schemes of emancipation upon the
prospect of their assistance". I put implicit confidence in
this opinion, & I am sure it will not be received lightly by
you -

The elections [prelecters?] of President & Vice President
are now nearly over, the majority in favour of Mr Jefferson
& his system, expresses what I have reported to you, it is
now reputed that [the vote?] will [stand thus?], for Thomas
Jefferson 163, Opposition 13, this is next to [unanimity?] &
is an object of [sincere?] rejoicing to any real well wisher
to the Republican system. The secretary of the treasury has
given in a most favourable report of our finances, & of the
receipt of the Revenue exceeding the estimate of that year
[indeed?] in a national point of view, our circumstances have
the most flattering appearance -

I have much pleasure in informing you, that the great & good
Thos. [Thomas?] A. Emmet his wife & 4 children, arrived at New York
about a fortnight ago, they have been received with great
friendship by the Citizens & he has received the most marked
attention & handsomest civilities for the first Gentleman in
the City & in the state. He is now on his way to
Washington, & has resided with me these four days, he has in
this city met with similar hospitality, & an equally cordial
reception for our most respected citizen, he proceeds in a
few days to Washington. His lady & children remain at New
York until he determines on his place of residence, which I
think will be New York. There is a great opening produced
there by the death of Hamilton & the secession for the [?]
of Burr, but there is no doubt of his success in any of the
large towns. He has been conversing with me about you, he
holds the warmest affection, & friendship for you, & desires
me to tell you for him, that it is his sincere opinion you
should lose no time in removing yourself & family to this
Country -

Prices of Merchandise the same as in my last quotation

I am My Dear Simms yours Sincerely

John Campbell White