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Title: John Campbell, Augusta,to Mrs Jane Allen, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCampbell, John/66
SenderCampbell, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmerchant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginAugusta, Georgia, USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientAllen, Jane
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 3597/10: Deposited by Mrs F.W.C. Clarendon
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9310020
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C. R., 01:10:1993
Word Count969
TranscriptAugusta 23rd May 1825
My Dear Sister
Your son William John C. Allen wrote me some time ago
to which I replied in due course. From what he then stated
relative to his father's health, I feared he would be but a
short time with you. By a letter received a few days ago from
my good brother James, he in a very feeling manner informs me
of the death of your husband Mr. Thomas Allen. To you this
dispensation must be truly distressing, as he was a kind
husband and anxious parent, and in my opinion and I believe
in the opinion of all, a truly good man. He is doubtless now
reaping the reward of his just and exampling life, and to his
son John his conduct through life ought to be guide, and
lead him as it did his fathers. Never to do or say a thing of
which he could be ashamed. I considered him truly unfortunate
in the late partnership he formed that proved his ruin. The
moment I was informed of it I considered his hopes destroyed
and I was sorry to find afterwards my calculations prove too
true. I believe he never recovered that blow and that it
helped to bear him down to the grave. Well would it be for
the partner who thus destroyed his prospects in life that he
could bid adieu to this life of trouble with the same
unsullied conscience.
By your husbands death you are now deprived of that
small support you have hitherto been accustomed to as well as
the necessary funds to enable you to complete the education
of your Son. It ought to be your first care to see that your
son obtains a complete collegiate education in all the higher
Branches and as this may make it necessary for you to remain
in Belfast until that is completed. I presume you will rent a
small but comfortable house in some respectable neighbourhood
and hire also a smart and well behaved servant girl to wait
on you, and do all the work of your house. To enable you so
to do, I have purchased James B. Clough's bill of exchange
dated at Charleston the 19th instant at 60 days sight on
Messrs. Crowder Clough & Co. of Liverpool payable in London,
in favor of and endorsed by me for ninety two pounds six
shillings and two pence, £92:6:2 British Sterling which is
equal to one hundred pounds Irish, and for which I was
obliged to pay seven percent premium. The bill therefore
stood me £107: Irish the first of which inclosed [enclosed?]
this day to our good brother James directing him to dispose
of it and pay the proceeds over to you. The Second of Exchange
I have herewith inclosed [enclosed?] to you and if the first
has not went to hand, you ought to put the second into his
hands as it is payable to him, and he will do the needful. If
the first has been received this is of no use unless the
person to whom they was sold requires it.
Should the Almighty continue to prefer me, it is my
intention to make you a remittance yearly. Let your conduct
be independant and dignified through life, and never let
yourself or son meanly look for or receive favours from proud
friends or neighbours. A beggar I hate, in spirit inane, and
it ought to be your care to teach your son a manly,
gentlemanly, and mild and modest independant conduct through
life. Let your associates be respectable, if any, and truly
moral and religious. Respect for yourself and your own
standing in society makes it necessary that you should act
so and at the same time it will add much to your sons standing
in society and his respectability. Indeed, my sister,
your time of life and experience will point out to
you the proper course much better than I could mention. As Wm
[William?] John C. Allens health is said to be delicate good
health is often attained by good air and a proper degree of
exercise, such as fencing, moderate dancing and riding on
horse back. This he can do when it will not interfere with
his studies. He ought to make good use of his present time as
it will be all the fortune he will have to carry him on
through life. If he eventually can spend a year or two at a
college in England, it would be of essential service to him
both in education, speaking and manners. Consult on all
occasions our good brother James. He will direct you for the
best and take care to see truly you do not lack for anything.
Our unfortunate brother [?] of Antrim is still I learn
pursuing the same imprudent course. He need not look to me
for support and aid while he acts so imprudently for I will
not continue to be a slave in this dreadful climate to support
him in his folly, who would be happy to hear of my death. Be
assured my dear sister, that event when it takes place, will
not add to his comfort. Let him do as I have done and be
independant but no, he preferred his baccaneil [bacchanal?]
rounds through the night, and let him now reap the result of
such conduct, I fear his son John will not prove of any
benefit to him; at present he cannot, not having the use of
Your son ought to read the best authors it will
improve his way of expressing his ideas when he writes
Give my love to all my good friends who enquire for
me. Write me fully on all things amd believe me to be dear
sister ever affectionately yours,
John Campbell