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Title: J. Capper, Lurgan, to J. Searight, Philadelphia
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCapper, John/43
SenderCapper, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationlinen trader
Sender Religionunknown
OriginLurgan, Co. Armagh, N.Ireland
DestinationPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
RecipientSearight, Joseph
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipbusiness, friends
SourceD 2794/1/2/64: Presented by H. H. Montgomery, 4 Kensington Gardens, Belfast 5.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9509086
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 15:09:95.
Word Count493
TranscriptLurgan 15 Sept !851
Mr Joseph M. Searight

My Dear Joseph
I suppose this will be presented to you by
Mr James Elliott late of this town. It is quite unlikely you
know his Brother John who lately lived in Kilmore but latterly
has been of this town. They make fasten Linens- Handfs
[handkerchiefs?] and Linens and bleach too. James is going out
to America and may be a temporary or permanent resident in your
adopted country. Should he be in Philadelphia, it is likely he
will have some Linen goods for sale. If you could give him any
advice or information not inconsistent with your duty to others
I will take it as a favor. Both John, here, and James the bearer
are good unassuming Wesleyans. Their father was that before
them. And I suppose you knew their father's Brother out beside
Col [colonel] Blusken Mr James Elliott - Mr Billy Robb (pottery)
was an uncle of their mother,- I mention their connections
simply that you may know yourself who they are- They are decent
steady young men that may be depended on - and I doubt not you
will find pleasure in seeing an honest Countryman of your own.
My family is well thank God. about four weeks ago I buried my
Dear Parents both in one day. Mother died perhaps of disease of
the liver or heart in less than four days illness. Father in his
usual health before only survived for one day. - Mr Montgomery's
family as usual. Dr and Miss Bamber were in the country lately.
I think the Dr is increasingly delicate in his health -
Methodism is improving again here just about this time that the
good work more than ordinary- begun last year- since Mr Elliott
left ( he has been a while in two of London Glasgow ) we have
had some gracious meetings - here and at Pollnagh with him.
Extra meetings are already approved and I hope the good Lord
will send a pastor to fill in to confirm his heritage when it is
The crops are good in this country, but the harvest late.
The weather was wet for a long time and threatened the safety of
the grain- but for more than a week back has been very fine
thanks be to God. The potatoes are seriously injured, but the
quantity was large and the crop a good one. If one half be saved
there will be no great scarcity- perhaps one third or more is
lost already. The quality was good as well as the crop large.
Would your becoming a Commission agent in the linen and other
business do any good? I only ask the question.
I am Dear Jsh [Joseph?] very Yours
John Capper
Mr Moore and children have been ill with measles but I think are
getting better. Mr Moore has been getting on well in his
business and is doing with good safe parties for the cash.
Yr [yours] J.C.