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Title: John Campbell, Augusta to Thomas Campbell, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCampbell, John/106
SenderCampbell, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmerchant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginAugusta, Georgia, USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientCampbell, Thomas
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipbusiness, friends (prob. brothers-in-law)
SourceT 3597/5: Deposited by Mrs. F.W.C. Clarendon.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9310460
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C.R., 15:10:1993.
Word Count841
TranscriptDear Sir
Your letter of the 16th February came to hand in due
course. I am truly sorry that you should have connected
yourself with a partner who was at the time a bankrupt and
who had no hope of from his former conduct of ever obtaining
a discharge from the commissioners. To such a character we
ought always to keep a respectful distance, for their touch
is contamination and ruin. I have no doubt you have acted
always with great good will and liberality towards my mother.
I am confident it was her wish to benefit Jane as much as any
other of her children and I hope she will always have it
in her power to live comfortably herself and when occasion
presents, add to the social comfort of her offspring. I have
been for sometime past to prove a bill for £60 to send
her for her annual present from me, but such is the state of
Exchange betwixt here & Philadelphia and New York that any
good bills there were for sale has been bought up at 5 and 6%
premium to remit to sell in those cities; the consequence is
I have not been able to procure one that can be depended on
for to send to my good mother. In the course of the summer I
will no doubt be able to procure one which will be forwarded
to her. The times here has been very unpropitious for the
last two years, and the past bids few to equal any of them.
There are very few who have cleared their expenses and many
in that time have sunk a good fortune, which required many
hard years of industry in this inhospitable climate to
I am pleased to find that William John spells and
expresses himself so well in his letters. He ought to learn
to write straight up and down. It is a vile and ruinous
practice taught boys in your place to lean their writing too
much. Harper I cannot break of this, and I fear from his
indifferent careless manner that he never will be a good
writer. William is more attentive to it and now writes an
excellent hand. It is of more importance to boys to write and
figure well than they generally imagine. They can make
themselves useful when they do so but if they are bad writers
they are of no use for a length of time in a store. William
John makes a bad J in his name. Experience enables me to know
that a J made in the way as he does, is very inconvenient and
does not look well.
I have some thoughts about leaving this place on the 4th
July for the north. I intend to go to Savannah and probably
Charleston and take shipping from one of those places for New
York or Boston. I hope to be back here the 20th October or
1st of November. My good Uncle Arthur Harper spent his winter
in Charleston on business with Aunt and Eliza. They spent
three weeks in Savannah in March and part of the month of
April in this place. Cousin Eliza is grown a fine
accomplished woman and appears to great advantage as sole
heiress of my uncle. They left him late in April for
Charleston where they embarked for Philadelphia on the 10th
of May and arrived in Philadelphia on the 14th having the
passage in the short space of 4 days and being nearly lost on
Cape Hatteras off the coast of North Carolina in a gale of
wind. My Uncle looks as well as he did twenty years ago, and
is yet active although he entered his seventy three year the
25th February last. Since they returned to Philadelphia my
aunt has been very ill and is considered in great danger as
the diagnosis is a pulmonary one.
I have just received a letter from a correspondent in
Knoxville, Tennessee informing me of the death of my poor
brother Josias. He died in Huntsville, State of Alabama, on
the 11th March last in a few days sickness of billious
cholick [colic?], which is the only sickness he may be said
to have been subject to since his arrival in this country. He
has gone to his great judge who I trust will pardon all his
imperfections, and wash away all tears from his eyes and make
him as white as the snow in the blood of the lamb that taketh
away the sins of man. He poor brother pressed sorely on my
purse but more so on my feelings. I forgave and nightly since
he came here, prayed to God to change his conduct and forgive
him altho' [although?] his faults were only injurious to
himself and me. Very few others ever did complain or had
reason to complain of him.
Tender my best love and duty to my mother, Jane, William
John, sisters, brothers and all friends and believe me as
affectionately yours
John Campbell.