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Title: R. Campbell, U.S.A. to W. J. C. Allen, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCampbell, Robert/13
SenderCampbell, Robert
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmerchant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginAugusta, Georgia, USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientCampbell Allen, William J.
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipfriends, business
SourceD 1558/1/1/352: Papers of William John Campbell Allen Deposited by F. D. Campbell Allen.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9801303
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 12:01:98.
Word Count1053
TranscriptClarksville, Habersham County, Geo
[Georgia?] Jul 1st, 1868
Wm. Jno. [William?] [John?] C. Allen Esq.
Ulster Bank, Belfast
My Dear Friend
I had great pleasure
in receiving here on the 17th ult. your favour of the 25th
May, forwarded from Augusta - Mrs Campbell and I are
gratified at the family [position?] you have given our
You will see by the public papers our prospects for
resuming as a State our former position in the Union -
minus Slavery &c. For myself I am not very anxious for
this change, as I think the military government we have been
under since the peace, was absolutely necessary to protect
from violence and murder by the young & violent and
disappointed Confederates, who are a large majority of the
Whites in the State. It had another good & pacifying effect,
by being in hand ready to compel justice to the Freed men,
who would in all probability have otherwise taken it into
their own hands in places where they had a preponderance of
physical strength.
In that point of view, the usefulness of Military law is
not quite over - But as is by the Congressional Restoration
law, the State power is to be in the hands of Unionists, we
hope for quietness.
Do not look for anything so disgraceful to the U.S. as
repudiation. It is a democratic political plank - and that
party disgraced itself so conspicuously during the war by
encouraging and upholding the Slave power, that it will
have less and less influence as time progresses. Men of
character will in a few years be ashamed of the name. As
we frequently familiarly say in this country - its advocates
have run Democracy into the ground - and henceforth this is to
be a Republican Government.
There will probably be some difference in construing those
duties exercised by a Representative of the people here and in
Great Britain - It is not yet settled whether it will be
according to the principles of Burke, which I think prevails
with you - the Representative having the liberty of
exercising his own best judgment after examining and
hearing discussion - or whether he ought to represent the
wishes of his constituents. There is a great difference of
opinion here on this practical subject, the vast majority
at present I think of the latter opinion - in which I do not
concur; though I have heard a good many arguments in its
You have seen that the Senate have not by the constitutional
number found the President guilty as impeached - This is
very creditable in a national point of view. As a party
measure there were very mighty reasons putting him out of
office. He will be able to wield so much power against
property carrying out the laws of Congress; which is the
proper power to reconstruct and restore the Rebel States.
When I left Augusta on the 21st of May our good friend
Mr H. C. Bryson and family were in usual health, though I
did not see him to speak for some time before leaving:
so also Mrs E. Bryson and the Davisons. Mrs Nichols was
keeping a respectable boarding house on Broad St. Her grand
children the Savages, all girls (their mother & father both
dead) with her - Mr Bones moved to the Hill a few days after
we left - a letter of the 20th inst. speaks of his having
fallen down in his own house (which has several times
occurred lately ) but able to be in the city next day.
I grieve to say I consider his situation very precarious
- His sister Mrs Jno. Moore enjoys very good health for
one of her age - Last summer she visited her daughter
Mrs Monica Wilkinson at Brooklyn, N.Y. [New York?] -
Her son-in-law Wm. [Wiliam?] A. Walton is in delicate health,
effect labour in business - he & his Father R.W. whom
you will recollect, are Assignees of the A.[Augusta?]
Ins. [Insurance?] & Bg [Banking?] Co. I think I
mentioned before that the Bank House of the B of A
[Bank of Augusta?] had been sold for $40,000 to the
National Bank of Augusta the tenement E.[East]
belonging to it for $10,000, making $50,000 - less than
cost by $25,000, but there are three 3 or four 4 other
houses on the market - I am told the Geo [Georgia?]
R.R. [Railroad?] Co. are about to resume Banking.
T. T. Wright & J. S. Mande married the two oldest
daughters of our late friend Saml. [Samuel?] Clarke, who did
business in Augusta 1866 c. 67 [1866 to 67?] has
[dissolved?] Mr. M [Mande?] has moved to St. Louis, doing
business in house of martin Collins & Mande. Mr W [Wright?]
intends moving to some part of the NW this summer - He
was residing on the Hill when we left the two young
girls Misses C's living with him - Thos. [Thomas?] & Robt.
[Robert?] Clarke are doing a profitable handsome business in
Atlanta. Steady business men - Thomas has several children -
Robert is still unmarried. In the last year, street
rail road horse cars have been established in the city,
that run to the Arsenal on the hill, which is found to
be a great convenience to the dwellers there -
I have requested Mr Bean of Augusta to send you a
sight bill for Five 5œ pounds Sterling, which you will
oblige me by by handing to Miss Grace McWhinney - It
is a donation for the benefit of Miss L. Carroll
received from her sisters Mrs Grace Giltman, who writes
to Miss McW [McWhinney?] about its disposal.
I am happy to say that Mrs Campbell is now enjoying
excellent health, and sends much love to Mrs Allen: she is
at present mourning the death of her oldest Brother,
John; she has only one remaining, Dr. Paul F.
I was very much troubled for nearly three months, Jan,
Feb & March with a leg irruption, confined much of the
time to room and bed, but tho' I have got well of the
disease, I feel the bad effects, of the confinement.
I hope for some restoration from outdoor exercise in
this climate, & think I have already benefited.
Mrs Campbell joins me in kindest regards to you and
wishes for the happiness of you and your family
R. [Robert?] Campbell