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Title: Thos. W. Coskery, U.S.A. to W. J. C. Allen, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCoskery, Thomas W/7
SenderCoskery, Thomas W.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman
Sender Religionunknown
OriginAugusta, Georgia, USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientCampbell Allen, William J.
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipfriends, business
SourceD 1558/1/1/733: Papers of William John Campbell Allen Deposited by F. D. Campbell Allen.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9803086
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 26:02:98.
Word Count626
TranscriptAugusta Ga [Georgia?] 25th April 1877
W. J. C. Allen Esq

My Dear Sir
I beg to acknowledge receipt of your
valued favour of 11 Dec. last and fell under many
obligations for your kind communications & remembrances.
While I have no special news to communicate I am happy to
say that our hitherto distracted country is now in a more
satisfactory condition than when I last wrote, at which
time everything in the political horizon looked dark &
dismal especially for the South. Thus we had reason to
believe that we were going to be defrauded out of our
choice for President but it seems "God works in mysterious
way, his wonders to perform" and has given us a "Republican"
ruler who is so far as we can judge, not the President of
a party but the chief magistrate of a great nation who fears
God & disregards the designs of wicked & unprincipled party
politicians with which our country has been cursed for many
years past. I need not tell you that South Carolina and
Louisiana are now free States and no state in the Union can
boast of a better Governor than Hampton and Nichols who
will mete out justice to all alike, White and Coloured,
and who will only be a terror to well doers (sic), the bane
of corruption in these two states have been forever removed
and thanks to President Hayes for the removal of troops
which was all that was asked for. The people are amply
able to take care of themselves and we expect nothing now
but order and gradual prosperity, we can see it already.
A large Cotton factory is about to be erected across the
river and we have started another in Augusta and have got
it to the second storey within a month, and still another
of immense size is expected to go up ere long halfway
between Augusta and the Sand Hills, near the "Augusta Land
Co's" possessions, so you see we have got some life in us
yet, and although we have had a hard road to travel, we
expect to weather the storm and overcome the panic of 1873
which affected us here as elsewhere. I was glad to learn
that the "Ulster Bank" passed through it comparatively
unscathed and showed your statement to Mr. Davison which
seemed to interest him almost as much as if he were a
stockholder. He and Mrs Bryson's family are all
well, also Mr Sibley's and Miss H. Longstreet I always
present your messages to them, when each desired to be
remembered to you and yours in return. Our State and
City credit stands very high now I sold some State Bonds
a week ago at 110 with April coupon off. What effect
is this Turkish war likely to have on Great Britain,
do you think it will depress business in Belfast
or will it have the contrary effect. We dont like it
here as we are fearful of the Cotton interest although
although the great west would be benefited by anything
that would advance [stain] stuffs.
We are having delightful weather here now and Summer
will soon be upon us but I fear my trip to the "Causeway"
is only prospective in the distant future, these are not
the times when we can leave home with an easy mind for
four or five months. We must have patience & wait awhile
though nothing would give me more pleasure than to see the
green patchwork fields of Erin once more. I will also
long remember the long afternoons spent at your
houses & beg you will present my kind regards to your
household and to Mr & Mrs Campbell whom I had the
pleasure of meeting there, with kind regards also to
Mr Carr & Mr Blackwood
I am dear Sir Yours most sincerely
Thos [Thomas?] W. Coskery.