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Title: John Campbell, Louisiana, U.S.A to Mrs. E. Campbell, Donegal.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCampbell, John/4(1)
SenderCampbell, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmerchant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginLouisiana, USA
DestinationCo. Donegal, Ireland
RecipientCampbell, E.
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD1781/3/6: Deposited by Messrs. Caldwell and Robinson, Solicitors, 11 Castle Street, Derry.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9310383
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C.R., 14:10:1993.
Word Count1069
TranscriptEmigrant letter from John Campbell, Vermillion Ville,
Louisiana, U.S.A to Mrs. E. Campbell, Milford, Donegal.

Vermillion Ville February 26th 1846

My Dear and [-------?] Mother
It is now such a length of time since I wrote
to you that I feel at a loss how to commence. [----?] [--?]
making [-----?] once [-----?] of [-----?] for the future, its
all on my [-----?] and Betty [------?] [--?]: for of
themselves they are of no real value we promise today and
for [-----?] [----?] to morrow [tomorrow?], and continue the
same to the end of the [-----?]
William received a letter from his Aunt Margaret a few days
ago and two news papers [newspapers?], he last week sent two
papers together the New York Saturday [------?], which he
intends to send regular, that is if she can obtain them
through the mail, the papers were a few months old but by
sending two each week they will soon come up to this present
date. He received a letter a short time back from his cousin a
daughter of his Aunt Hall's they were all in good health and
doing well I believe. We have now here got agitation both in our [-------?] and country in reference to the territory of Origon [Oregon?], I
see by this last [------?] from Washington our seat of
government that the House of Representatives (similar to the
House of Commons in England) have by a vote of 163 to 64 [54?]
instructed the President to notify the British government that
the joint occupancy of said territory by [----?] [----?] of
both governments shall wan in twelve months, which will amend
the agreement entered into by Commissioners appointed by both
sides, in London in the year 1827. And now there is great talk
of a war, if England does not give up her claim to the whole
territory, between the rocky mountains and the Pacific Ocean,
a thing judging from past experience I do not believe she ever
will do without a severe struggle for it is not her wisdom in
such matters. There is no doubt but that England is better
prepared by sea than the United States, but there is not a
nation in Europe that could send an army here that would
conquer the country. The country is large and her resources
great so that she can live with in herself what no other land
under one government can do. If Brother Robert would feel
interested in the subject I will give him in my next a synopsis
of the resources of the United States. Sister Margaret
mentioned in her last that you wished to send some linen over
if you knew how, it would be a very desirable present indeed,

as we have very little here but what is mixed with cotton,
there are frequently vessels sailing from Derry to New Orleans,
in any one of which you could send it over, it must be well
packed up in a good box diverted to me to the care of Green and
McDougall Merchants No. [Number?] 75 Poyaras Street New Orleans.
Some flax thread would also be very acceptable when you ship it
write to me by mail giving an account of the ship's name and
also the captain's, with the time of sailing from port.
How happy I should be to have it in my power to visit once more
the scenes of my childhood and embrace those dear friends who
yet remain who were the guides and companions of my youth. We
are now far seperated [separated?] never perhaps to meet again
in this side of eternity, but God's will be done. I think very
likely in my next letter I may be able to congratulate you on
the increase to your family of an other [another?] grandson as
before that time Catherine may be married to a very worthy
young man a merchant here, with whom William has been these
last two years. Catherine and Elizabeth are in very good
health. Strangers who are acquainted with [torn] know them
from the resemblance they bear to their real Daddy. And their
features are very different, so much so that I do not see the
least resemblance between them Catherine is very fair and I
think resembles what her Aunt Kitty was and Elizabeth is ruddy
more I think resembling her Aunt Mary. They say William looks
much like your humble servant, so you know he must be a beauty.
My dear Mother kiss your sweet grandchildren for me and give
them my blessing. Give my dearest love to Sister Margaret and
her dear Husband and also to Sister Mary and Thomas the first
opportunity, it is now a very long time since I had a letter
from Mary and I believe she has written once since she was
married and but once. I hope Uncle James and his family are well. I believe I must follow his example and try for another wife (they say the
thrice time is the charm) cannot you assist me, I am not so
old and ugly yet but that some of the Sadness [sic] (you see I place
a capital letter before the words) may take compassion on me
do [-----?] yourself and look about a letter for me. I know I
would [------?] myself for you if you would at any time wish
to change for this letter there are some [------?] I do not say
very young ones who through your persuasion might be [-------?]
to leave Old Ireland for the sake of one of her Sons.I tried to
persuade Sister Margaret some time ago to look out for me but I
believe she thought I was joking as she never told me [-----?]
of her inquiry. Now if you cannot succeed yourself call in the
assistance of Eliza Barry you know two heads are better than
one perhaps she might [----?] out some one who would take pity
on me and accompany me through the balance of my [-----?]

[------?] Give my best respects to her and her sisters I
believe they are the only [-------?] [--------?] [----?]
[-----?] in the heart of the country. My children join me in
sincere love to you and all and may you be as happy as I wish
you is the [-----?] prayer
Dear Mother
affectionate son
John Campbell