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Title: John Campbell, Augusta, to Thomas Allen, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCampbell, John/42
SenderCampbell, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmerchant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginAugusta, Georgia, USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientAllen, Thomas
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 3597/8: Deposited by Mrs. F.W.C.Clarendon.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9310449
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C.R., 15:10:1993.
Word Count623
TranscriptAugusta 25th January 1823
Dear Sir
Your long letter of 4th August 1822 pr [per?] Mr
Robert Campbell was forwarded to me by him. I sincerely
regret the many sufferings you have had brought on you by the
conduct of William, but from the character I had of that man
I feared the worst consequences to you. I hope you may get
clear of all your embarrassments and be able to spend the
latter part of your life with some degree of comfort and
peace. The last year has been very ruinous here. My loss on
cotton which I was obliged to ship to England was immense.
Indeed it was a much more weighty loss than I ever sustained
in one year since I have been in business; this years
business a [?] more unfavourable than the last, and immense
losses must be the result. I endeavour to be prepared for it
and I hope I will be able to steer clear of suffering then,
but on cotton the loss must be weighty.
On the 22nd instant I wrote my brother James two letters,
one went by way of Charleston and the other by way of
Savannah, both directed to your care. It is [?] he should
receive them on a [?]. I hope sister Jane and Wm.[William?]
J.[John?] C. A.[Allen?] enjoy good health, and that the
latter improves fast. He ought to avoid leaning his writing
so much, and learn to write a smoother copperplate without
leaning. The best parents with can do for their children, is
to give them a complete education, set them a good example
and warn them to avoid company and be very concerned and
industrious. This to youth is better than fortune. Mild,
modest gentlemanly manners is also of great importance to all
especially to those within foreign countries.
I had a letter recently from James but the one he wrote me
directed to the North never reached me. I am grieved to hear
things have a gloomy aspect with you. Provisions being
unusually cheap here especially meats, but when imported the
duty and other charges take away the profits.
Sometime ago Thomas Scott arrived in Charleston from your
place. I presume he decamped from his Guardian without his
knowledge, from the situation he has been in Charleston. He
wrote me from there praying me to send him some money as he
was in great distress. I directed a friend of mine Mr William
Bones who resides in that city to pay him a sum sufficient to
discharge his debts there for board and some sundry clothing
and to bear his expences to his mother who resides near this
place. I have today received a letter from Mr Wm.[William?]
B.[Bones?] informing me of having advanced him the necessary
sum in cash and got him on board the Steam boat bound for
this place by way of Savannah. Mr B.[Bones?] took his draft
on Doctor McCluney of your city for the amount of the cash
advanced him by me. I loose two per cent on it, in placing
Mr. B.[Bones?]in funds from this plan. The draft you have
inclosed [enclosed?] viz Thos.[Thomas?] Scott on Doctor
McCluney dated 16th Jany.[January?], 1823 at Charleston at
thirty days sight for six pounds fifteen shillings British
Sterling which is in Irish currency £7:6:3 it is
endorsed by me to my brother James who must present it or
endorse it. You will please apply it to the schooling of your
son Wm [William?] J.[John?] C. A.[Allen?] I have been at a
loss how to send to you as before I have directed to Thomas
Tender my affectionate love to my sister, Mary Ann and
W.[William?] J.[John?] C. A.[Allen?] and accept of the best
John Campbell