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Title: John Campbell, Augusta,to Thomas Allen, Befast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCampbell, John/100
SenderCampbell, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmerchant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginAugusta, Georgia, USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientAllen, Thomas
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 3597/4: Deposited by Mrs F.W.C. Clarendon.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9310022
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C. R., 01:10:1993
Word Count730
TranscriptAugusta Georgia 5th April 1820
Dear Sir
I have been for some weeks past in the possession of your
letter of 8th September the only one I received from you for a
length of time. (Pray did you send any to the care of my
friend in Philadelphia as directed last spring. If you did I
never received them.) By it expected to have received a
statement of my a/c [account?] with all the bills I sent home
for the use of my mother and nephews but tho [though?] there
has arrived a number of vessels from Belfast and Charlestown,
I am as yet without my a/c [account?]. If you have sent it,
it must have been lost in the voyage. Send it me on receipt
of this.
I was not surprised at the misfortune that befell
your concern. I anticipated it from the time you had
informed me you had taken Davis as a partner, who I understood
was then a Bankrupt, who never could get a discharge. My
letter to you on that subject ought to have placed you on
your guard with respect to him. You however say nothing with
regard to him. I feel satisfied however you will throughout
your misfortune act with integrity and honour which I am
grieved to say is too often not the case with many of our
countrymen. Still recollect that however severely a creditor
may press or oppress you, that it is no authority to the
debtor to conceal a cent or act in defiance of the law of God
and man as is too often the case with some unfortunate man's
business; it is under such distressed circumstances that the
moral truly religious man shows his firmness of mind and
dependance in a future state. It is at such a time this truly
good man sets a worthy example to his children and one that
will prove much above the value of the dross of worldly
riches, that flits from us like an ignus fatus in the night.
Under your present misfortunes I am sure you will act the
caste just described, and by so doing, altho [although?] you
and your family may suffer many privations, you will leave
them a good name and example far more precious to them than
an extensive fortune of the worlds wealth.
On the day of [--?] I forwarded to my mother inclosed
[enclosed?] in a letter to my brother James in consequence of
your [---?], Mrs Jane Hull's bill dated 6th November 1819 in
my favor for £20 Irish on the Rev. [Reverend?] George Hay
London Derry which I hope he has recd. [received?] and paid
over to my mother. Tell her no night or day passes over
without thinking of her and that she may be relieved from the
pains and infirmities of old age as far as may be contested
with her own good and the glory as her creator, and happiness
among her offspring is my constant evening prayer. Tender to
her my most affectionate duty and love, and tell her I will
take good care to send her from here, a bill for the usual
sum I give her annually. All bills on London ought to be sold
for cash when they bring par, or above par, that is 108% for
All my friends are well, Robert and James Campbell
are happy, my nephews are now well and improving. They try my
patience in endeavoring to teach them their patience and
duty. Harper's health is now pretty good. He is much taller
than I am, which with his sickness last summer and during the
winter retarded his improvement much. It is my friend a
thankless and ungrateful task to bring up other peoples
children, especially those who have been very badly brought
up. I hope both these boys will do well.
Tell Wm. J. [William John?] C. Allen I am much
pleased with his letter but he ought to take care to draw his
hair strokes straight and not lean his writing so much. Give
my love to sister Jane and Elinor and brother William and
James and their partners and all other enquiring friends, and
believe to be ever affectionate yours,
John Campbell
Uncle Arthur Harper, Wife and Daughter are at present in
Savannah. They have spent the winter in Charleston and will
later return to Philadelphia.