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Title: Letter from James Cathcart, U.S. to Rev. William Stavely Ballymoney
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCathcart, James/44
SenderCathcart, James
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman
Sender Religionunknown
OriginWinnsborough, South Carolina?
DestinationBallymoney, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientRev William Stavely
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD1835/27/2/6: Presented by Greer Hamilton and Gailey, Solicitors, High Street, Ballymoney, County Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9310591
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C McK., 20:10:199
Word Count1313
TranscriptLetter from James Cathcart,
to Reverend William Stavely,
February 24, 1823.

Winnsborough 24 February 1823
My Dear Sir

I am happy in acknowledging the receipt of your very
friendly letter by the hand of Mr. John Boreland. I had much
pleasure in conversing with him respecting you and family, he
indeed gives an account of the Country in general, not as
unfavourable as some of my native Country man do he is left
this place for agusta [Augusta?] and from there he goes to
Jamaca [Jamaica?], in regard to an account of the state of
this Country in general. I will not trouble you much there has
of late a great change taken place in our State the price of
produce has much declined, consequently creditors are urgent
and money rather scarce, lands however still are held at high
prices but little sold the hire of men servants is much lower
than last year say from twenty to thirty dollars.I am not of
the oppinion [opinion?] that it would give you much
information were I to state our market prices as every article
of our produce is very different from what it is with you,
and an attempt in me to explain the difference might only
serve to bewilder the knowledge you have already of those
matters in regard to our family affairs I have still the
pleasure of informing you that as far as I know they are all
in the land of the living. You will be some little surprised
when I state to you that sister Mary ann and husband is moved
from this part of the Country and is settled in Illinois State
five or six hundred miles distant from this place, we have
heard from her lately. Mr. Madden was on last September
married to my youngest sister her name is Jane and they live
fourteen miles from us and is in good health Mr. Maddens
Congregation is to all apearance [appearance?] in a growing
state as to numbers and the matters of the Church seem on a
much better footing than when I last wrote you, there three
ministers belonging to our Church in this State and all in one
district. My father had last summer or rather fall a very
severe atack [attack?] of the billious [bilious?]fever and
as for some time dispared [despaired?] off [of?] Richard and
William had the fever also but not so severe as father they
did all recover at that time Brother Richard is at this time
very unwell, Brother John and family are in pretty good
health, they are likely to have a large family, they have now
five children three sons and two daughters James Robert and
one son about one month old yet named Brothers Jno [John?] and
Robert tell me his name will be William Jno [John?] Stavely,his
oldest daughters name you remember is Nancy his second is
Maryanne. I thank you for your kind advice respecting the good
old way and I trust while I keep my senses I will not depart
from that path which you recomend [recommend?]-- the plan of
Occasional Communion is getting out of fashion and the
inconsistency is becoming plain to every observing eye the
subject of psalmery [?] is still in dispute and some of the
hymn singers in making great efforts to put down Davids psalms
and new scribbles are keeping ther none [---torn] on the
publick [public?] every mounth [month?] or two. I believe all
your old acquaintances settled in this place is in good health
Hugh Henry and his family are well James Henry had had much
trouble lately his wife is dead and two of his children.
Samuel Fifes family has acted rather independently most
generally he is working very hard I am told but whether he is
advancing or not in the world is I think uncertain. Mr. Wallas
[Wallace?] delivered the letters and accounts sent by him to
brother Robert and he also received his [---?] of [-----?] you
sent him. Brother is in good health and would have written at
this time had he not been going to Charlestone in a short time
where he intends writing to you. There is not any alteration
with him and myself in regard to our busness [business?] since
you last heard from us he I think is still gaining ground in
this world and if he is spared no doubt will in some short
time be very rich if no accident happens to him in busness
[business?]-- he is still [-------?] and sucessful, and no
prospect of a family it seems as brother John is the only one
of us that will be able to keep up the name and if the rest of
us should become rich in years it seems he alone will be rich
in berns [?] (among at least his married brothers). You once I
think said to me by letter that you would send your sons as
soon as educated to this happy Country do you still continue
of that opinion. If so what part will you send them this or
more North. Let me know what impression you have designed for
each of them or rather what would be their own choice. I hope
you will make each of your sons what I your friend need now
never make that is an accomplished scholar, and then this is
there [their?] Country I hope, you will have perhaps have
heard of the death of Thomas Bones of agusta [Augusta?] his
death was very sudden, it is said he was not in a way of well
doing for some time before his de[---------torn] will be
sorry to hear that he dra[--------torn] mu[----torn] that he
was said to be beside him[------torn] liquor was the caus
[cause?] of sickness, this [----------torn] Stavely to hear
would give herpain it might [-------torn] should not hear it.
I hope as far as I am [------------torn] as my judgement will
carry me to [---------------torn] last part of your letter
and I do since [---------------torn] for that advice which
you have repeatedly [---------------torn] it is congenial
with my own disposition [---------------torn] to pursue the
plan you prescribe. My own [---------------torn] [some?]what
better than when I last wrote you My [------------torn]
enjoyed but a poor state of health this year last nor am I
able to say she is likely to be healthy. I have to ask the
favour of you to attend to a small sum of money I send by the
bearer of this letter for my aged Grandmother ten dollars is
death was very sudden, it is said he was not in a way of well
doing for some time before his de[---------torn] will be
sorry to hear that he dra[--------torn] mu[----torn] that he the amount I send [?]
fathers where you will get it by applying, and pay it all or
in parts to her as you think adviseable to get a little
necessary that she may want in her old days. Remember me to
her if alive and all enquiring friends, Mrs. J. Cathcart
joins me in presenting our best respects to you and your
lady, and believe me dear Sir to remain your friend very
James Cathcart
Dear sir should it be so ordained by the Supreme disposer of
all things that my Grandmother should be no more ere this
reaches you. I wish you to distribute the small amount of
money I have sent among some of the poor people in your
Congregation should any be found that is in need I would not
altogether dictate to you in this but if it by you would be
thought needful I would preffer [prefer?] helping any that
Ever did belong to [-----?] society I leave this altogether
at your discretion again farewell