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Title: John Campbell, Philadelphia to Thomas Allen, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCampbell, John/93
SenderCampbell, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmerchant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientAllen, Thomas
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT.3597/3: Deposited by Mrs. F. W. C. Clarendon
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9310405
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C.R., 14:10:1993.
Word Count628
TranscriptPhiladelphia 25th August 1819
Mr Thomas Allen
Dear Sir:
I had inclosed [enclosed?] me from Augusta the 15th
July your letter 26th May informing me of the receipt of the
bill for 100 pounds British sent you on my a/c [account?],
Mrs Hull's bill for 16 pounds dated in May last and one for
25 pounds Irish on Newry sent you since; you have yet to
acknowledge receipt of. Should I be able to find so small a
bill as the last, I will send it to make the balance of my
annual present to my good mother to whom give my love and
duty. Tell her I always reciprocate in prayers morning and
After the bill of Mrs Hull in my favor of May 1819 for 16
pounds buy 20 pounds as before. Please to say how much is
due her by Rev. [Reverend?] George Hay. He will readily give
you a statement of the amt. [amount?] due her and at what
time. She is a poor lonely woman deprived of her last
daughter by the great destroyer death, and lives by herself
now in her 82 year. Judge of her distressed situation in a
land of strangers and not having an income that would buy
her fuel in this country. She has felt her forlorn situation
keenly and having retained all her faculties render her grief
the more poignant.
In expressing my disappointment at the small progress
made by the boys, no [?] or intent to be imputed to you. I
had paid for their improvement and I am and was always
satisfied as little as it could be done for in Belfast. It
was therefore very reasonable that I should feel any
disappointment on they understood nothing of grammar, nor
could spell three words in twenty in the dictionary and test
their memory. Nor could any of them tell me where Liverpool,
London or Paris, Harve [Le Harve?] or Bourdaux [Bordeaux?]
lay or what country they were in. This you must allow is
vexatious and showed great inattention both in themselves and
their masters. The assurances of my good mother are not
necessary that you disposed of the funds intrusted
[entrusted?] to your care in a proper manner. Both William
and Harper had been in delicate health before I left Augusta.
My last letter states William to be well but Harper in bad
I am informed from William's conversation he will
encourage some of his connections to come out to this
country. His doing so would be very improper and in case he
does so he must leave my employ, as such conduct in one not
calculated to give advice of a correct nature, or capable to
earn support would be viewed by me as very improper. It
requires people of good property to come here to be
comfortable. A great number who arrived at Charleston
shortly before I left home has died of the yellow fever
which now rages there, and I am sorry to add that but a few
cities on the Atlantic states have been free of it. I was in
Baltimore ten days ago and it was carrying off some daily. I
hastened from it with all speed. Were you to witness the
distress now here and in all the other seaports of poor
emigrants from Ireland, your heart would bleed for their
forlorn situation, destitute of money, friends and hope -
they sicken and fall into and early and sorrowful tho
[though?] too often an [?] grave.
My uncle Arthur is here and well. All our other friends
are well. William Harper is in Providence and will be here
in a few days; his health is better. Wishing you every
happiness, I remain with affectionate love to Jane and all
John Campbell