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Title: R. Campbell, U.S.A. to W. J. C. Allen, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCampbell, Robert/7
SenderCampbell, Robert
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmerchant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginAugusta, Georgia, USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientCampbell Allen, William J.
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipfriends, business
SourceD 1558/1/1/325: Papers of William John Campbell Allen Deposited by F. D. Campbell Allen.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9801292
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 12:01:98.
Word Count921
TranscriptAugusta 18th March 1867
W. J. C. Allen Esq
Ulster Bank Belfast

My Dear Friend
Ae you have ever been
you have been kind in overlooking my shortcomings in
correspondence. Since I last wrote you I have to
acknowledge your favours of Jany & Feby 1866 and 23 February
of the present year. As years advance, writing becomes
less easy for me, and I know that your interests here did
not suffer from my silence - Otherwise I would certainly
made you to hear from me oftener - I had the pleasure of
seeing several of your letters to your cousin H. C. Bryson
and a still greater pleasure in observing the recognition
of that affection which is so agreeable to see subsisting
between such near relatives: though I doubt whether he
can have more friendly feelings towards you than I have,
who am no ways related except this : kind services received.
Among the most important of these was that confidence which
tended to smooth the performance of my duties as executor
of your Uncle in the transactions with his other Heirs.
Every time I see a case, and they are not infrequent,
where Admors [Administrators?] & Exrs [Executors?] who
have acted with as much zeal for the interest of absent
heirs as I did, though not perhaps so successfully (for
I had the great benefit of an unusually excellent
coajutor (sic) in my former partner James Fraser) but who were
harassed without measure by Heirs and Legatees, my mind
turns with gratitude to you and your relations, and
particularly to yourself. This train of thought leads
me to mention the case of Mr Jn. Davison who is Atty
[Attorney?] for Thomas Bryson & some of the other
Legatees of your Uncle. In his temperament he is
peculiarly quick and sensitive, and I think he feels
hurt, tho' he has never said so to me, with some
complaints of neglect in giving information respecting
their interests. A very little annoyance may make
him throw up their business, and I know of no other
[---?] who would [serve?] their purpose so well - He
deserves uncommon credit for getting the property in
Broad Street which was afterwards sold out of the
hands of the Attorneys (whose affairs went altogether
wrong at that time) and during the uncommon difficulties
of the war, I think he did the best in his power : It
was a time when many of the best judgements went astray.
I was glad I had so little to do for you but myself in
that disastrous time.
I hope to make you a remittance next month & may
probably do it thro' the [supy?] Stewarts of N. York
[New York?]. I intend to send as much as will give
Miss Carroll the usual yearly allowance of œ30 and œ20
each to Grace & Margaret McWhinney. When you write me
please give me the address of Miss Carroll, and any
particulars that you think I would like to know - Our
good friend Mr. Bones has resolved to visit Ireland
once more - Two months ago I thought it a perilous
voyage for him, but his health has so much improved
that he may reasonably enjoy the voyage - He will be
accompanied by Miss Longstreet - I understand that
our friend Mr Cummings, now in Paris, intends revisiting
Ireland this Spring & summer.
I believe all your special friends here are well - Mrs
Eliza Bryson is in the same street with us, two dwellings
off, in good health. Mr & Mrs W. Davison (her daughter)
& Mr Jno. Davison live with her - Mrs Jno. Moore is in
very good health. Mr Wm. Walton & her son in law & family
live with her - He is among our prominent men at the bar
- Her daughter Martha, who married a Mr Wilkinson has
recently removed to New York - Her son Henry, who married
Dr. Poullain's daughter, lives in the Sandy Hills, & is
proprietor & editor of one of our daily papers. I think
you know Mrs Samuel Bones, she is quite well - two of her
three sons are married, the oldest is an Elder in the P.
Ch.,[Parish Church?] one of the others has lost a leg
in the late war.
Two of the late Mr Samuel Clarke's daughters are married, one
as I formerly wrote you to Tho. T. Wright, the other to
his Partner a Mr Maude late of New York -now doing business
here. Tho. & Robt. Clarke are doing a Hardware business
in Atlanta, I believe with fair prospects. Thomas is married.
If Mrs Campbell was here she would desire me to assure Mrs
Allen of much love and affection for her - She left this
day with her sisters to visit her brother John Eve, living
between Kingston & Rome about 230 miles from here - She will
not probably return before ten days or two weeks - She
reached her Brothers on her 80th birthday the 12th instant
- I shall be the same age if I live to see the 16th of next
month - We have both great reason to be thankful to God
for such good health as we enjoy at our age - We both think
we improved last summer in Habersham -
With every good wish for yours & your family believe
me always most truly yours
R. [Robert?] Campbell.
P.S. I have seen the announcement of the death of
Mrs Anne Dickey Black widow of James Black.
Can you give any information of their daughter ?