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Title: Thos. W. Coskery, U.S.A. to W. J. C. Allen, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCoskery, Thomas W/23
SenderCoskery, Thomas W.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman
Sender Religionunknown
OriginAugusta, Georgia, USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientCampbell Allen, William J.
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipfriends, business
SourceD 1558/1/1/496: Papers of William John Campbell Allen Deposited by F. D. Campbell Allen.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9802151
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 04:02:98.
Word Count105
TranscriptAugusta 6th Augt [August?] 1873
W. J. C. Allen Esq

My Dear Sir
You will see from the enclosed that our
old & esteemed friend Mr Robert Campbell has gone the
way of all flesh. He died at his summer residence in
Clarksville on Sunday morning last, his remains were
brought to Augusta and yesterday I attended his funeral
which took place at the Presbyterian Church. he was buried at
the "Cottage" a large family burying ground six miles
from the city where Mr & Mrs Bones lie. His death was
not altogether unexpected as his health had been failing
for some months past. With kind regards to your family
and my friend Mr Blackwood.
Yours very truly
Thos [Thomas?] W. Coskery

[Newspaper cutting?]

The remains of our venerable fellow citizen Robert
Campbell, were brought from Clarksville by the
afternoon train of yesterday, and will be interred
to-day in the "Cottage Cemetery." The funeral service
will be conducted at the Presbyterian Church. Mr
Campbell was much and deservedly respected in this
community, having resided in Augusta (with the exception
of a few years which he spent in Savannah) since the
year 1802.
He was born in the North of Ireland, and at the age of
fifteen he left his native land, expecting to join his
father who had been residing in Augusta for some years,
but before he reached our city his father had died. On
his arrival he found himself a lonely stranger, a poor
orphan boy in a foreign home.
But though young he had imbibed from a pious mother
sound religious and self-relying principles, and he at
once engaged himself to a merchant, receiving as salary $50
for the first, $75 for the second, and $100 for the third
Such was the commencement of the life of the young
stranger,who afterwards became a banker, and for many years
a retired merchant of large means.
His success in life is easily accounted for, when we
trace it, as he did, to its legitimate cause - religious
home training. He was a man of unbending integrity of
principle and purpose. Every act of his life seemed to
spring from a stern sense of duty, but he loathed all
cant and ostentation. He was scrupulously honest in
all his business and personal dealings.
Many illustrations of this characteristic are current
among our citizens. For example : when a friend bought
a gold watch in England to his order and for his personal
use and brought it out on his person, thereby avoiding
duty, Mr Campbell at once announced the fact to the
authorities and remitted to them the ad valorem duty
required by law. The reasons he assigned for so doing
were, that he had no right to defraud the government of the
country of a single cent, and beside, he had taken the
oath of allegiance and become an American citizen, and was
therefore bound to maintain and sustain the government
of the country in all its just imposts and claims. The bond
of his oath of allegiance to the republic, as it was
when he became a citizen, he felt to the very last, and
often appealed to it as his only reason for not sympathizing
with war politicians in the movements which led to the
late civil strife.
Mr Campbell possessed a very clear mind, being highly
gifted with the faculty of perception. He was a most
reliable judge of men, and while he was never severe, he
was almost always correct in his estimate of character.
He was fond of books, and during the period of retirement
from business he spent most of his time in reading, and
when his vision became impaired he was always wont to employ
the aid of some friend to read for him. By this means Mr.
Campbell was posted up till the very last week of his life
in all the leading topics of the political, scientific and
religious worlds.
Whilst, however, as a gentleman and a citizen, Mr Campbell
occupied for many years a prominent place amongst us, it is
as a Christian philanthropist that he commanded the
confidence and respect of the best and purest members of our
For many years he was vice-president of the Liberian
Colonization Society, to which he contributed liberally
long before emancipation. He was a liberal supporter of
every kind of Christian charity that came within the range
of his knowledge and commended itself to his judgment.
But his charities were dispensed according to the Scripture
rule : "Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand
doeth." Mr. Campbell contributed to many a person and
many a cause, whilst, except his banker and himself, no one
knew of his doing so.
He was a member of the Presbyterian Church by birth,
baptism, and conviction, and while catholic in his spirit,
he held tenaciously to the doctrines, and observed most
religiously the ordinances of the church of his fathers.
He was a liberal contributor to all the enterprises
of the Presbyterian Church, South, and commanded the respect
and confidence of all his fellow-members. His life was one
of great consistency and unblemished purity. His habits
were rigidly temperate ; in fact, he was for seventy years
a total abstainer from distilled or fermented liquors,
and to this he often attributed his long life. But, above
all, Mr. Campbell was an eminently pious man.
Though ripe in years before he united with the Church -
he always bore an immaculate reputation. His oath of
allegiance to the Church of Christ constrained him to
weight every claim, and respond to every demand made by the
Superior Courts. To all the excellencies, Mr Campbell
added that of a sweet, calm, and amiable disposition,
which amid the weakness of age and decay of his bodily
powers, made his society pleasing and attractive. And
inasmuch as every man dies as he lives, Mr. Campbell's
death was like his life - peaceful, quiet, and happy.
He was ripe in years and ripe in grace, and his death
was but a transition - sweet and delightful - from the
grace on earth to the glory in Heaven.