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Title: R. Campbell, U.S.A. to W. J. C. Allen, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCampbell, Robert/15
SenderCampbell, Robert
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmerchant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginAugusta, Georgia, USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientCampbell Allen, William J.
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipfriends, business
SourceD 1558/1/1/355: Papers of William John Campbell Allen Deposited by F. D. Campbell Allen.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9801302
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 12:01:98.
Word Count429
Transcriptansd [answered?] 12.9.68 [12 Sep 1868?]

Clarksville 19 Aug 1868
My Dear Sir
I have been looking over in the papers the
accounts of the drought which has prevailed over Gr Br
[Great Britain?] & Ireland, and think that great distrss
must be the consequence to your farmers: This has brought
me to consider the proble [probable?] condition of my
nieces in County Derry and of my duty to give them some
assistance in this probable emergency.
By your a/c [account?] there was on the 1st July last
to my credit œ49.19.8 since then 20th Jany Exchange has
been added œ87.7.7
reserving for Miss S. Carroll for 1868 œ30
I intend sending to Miss Grace McWhinney an order for
œ40 and to her sister Mrs Margaret B. McWhinney a like
Dr [Draft?] œ40 œ110.00.0 which I will be obliged to
you to pay them when presented.
In the certainty of a large amount of food being sent
to England, and the probability of a fair Crop of Cotton
tho' there can be but imperfect information of the amount
planted, from the great unorganized situation of the
labourers which may be expected to reduce the price of
Exchange - with the low prevailing rate of interest in Gr
Br [Great Britian?] & I [Ireland?]. I say under these
circumstances there is a great temptation to draw to the
extent of funds in hand : But if Seymour, the Demo
[Democratic?] repudiating candidate for Presidt [President?]
succeeds at our approaching election, I look for worse
times & a worse war than the one lately closed. In the
Black ignorant portion of an population will necessarily
an important element in it, their Liberty or Slavery
depending on the result, and all sorts of crimes may be
looked for. Its horrors will probably rival the French
Revolution. These I now look upon as the natural
consequences of the persistence of the Bourbon party
in opposing the deliverance of the people from galling
subjection - which certainly was a cruel & heavy yoke.
You seem likely to have trouble at home, but from the
constitution of your Government, I do not see how the
Church can be dissociated from the Government; nor do
I think it desirable.
I am very happy in being able to speak favourably
of the health of our friend Mr Bones - Shortly list writing
you and after his removal from Augusta to Summerville
(the Hill) we had letters from Miss Longstreet
describing a considerable revival both in his spirits & health,
which continues up to our latest advices. Our crops both
of Corn & Cotton promise favourably.
Very Truly Yours
R. [Robert?] Campbell.