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Title: Thos. W. Coskery, U.S.A. to W. J. C. Allan, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCoskery, Thomas W/32
SenderCoskery, Thomas W.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman
Sender Religionunknown
OriginAugusta, Georgia, USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientCampbell Allen, William J.
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipfriends, business
SourceD 1558/1/1/715: Papers of William John Campbell Allen Deposited by F. D. Campbell Allen.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9803083
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 26:02:98.
Word Count786
TranscriptAugusta 22nd November 1876
W. J. C. Allen Esq

My Dear Sir
We have passed through a hot summer
since last I had this pleasure, besides we are now
in the midst of a hot political contest as you will
see from our newspapers, and at present you are about
as well posted as we are, as to whether Tilden or
Hayes will be our next President, strange as it may
appear we are entirely in the dark notwithstanding
several weeks have passed since the election we are
however quite confident that the Democrats have
succeeded fairly in carrying the States for Tilden
and reform but it remains to be seen yet who shall
be our future Pres [President?] and since fears are
entertained that another revolution is approximating,
though I am not of that number who believe that our
people will allow Grant and his party to overthrow
this Government under any circumstance the South has
little to fear if backed by the democracy of the North
justice will be done and Tilden will be inaugurated
in March without opposition If bluster and intimidation
would keep the Republican party in power they would
never surrender the spoils and remain plundering
until Gabriel blowed his horn, you can have no idea
of the corruption in Washington for the past four
years but unless we are cheated out of two or three
States which have been honestly carried the stables
will be cleared out before spring.
I have recently returned from the Centennial grounds
at Philada [Philadelphia?] and was much pleased at
the exhibition from all parts of the globe It was
a perfect success and truly wonderful to behold,
everyone seemed to agree that the world has never
beheld such a spectacle I wish you could have been
there to have witnessed the resources of this country
all we want is a good honest Government to be the
greatest country under the sun, our friend John
Davision was there accompanied by Mrs Bryson,
daughter & grand-daughter, he dont go from
home often but when he does go, he goes in
style and spares no expense, his trip cost him
about $5,000 which of course he can amply
afford to repeat, annually if he choose,
Our great staple Cotton is coming in here
rapidly and Georgia is on a good footing I hope
Mr Carr has held on to his gold bonds & has no
trouble in collecting the coupons The Bonds
sell here readily at 107 to 107« while other
bonds just as good dont command par, such is
the confidence in State securities. Having no
other news likely to interest you I will not
tax your patience further with our local
affairs. A young friend of mine, James Robinson,
who married my favourite niece, wrote me sometime
ago that he had gone into business in York St,
with a Mr Gill and intended keeping their a/c
[account?] at the "Ulster Bank" he was for several
years manager of Robbs establishment in York
St., four years ago I advised him to go into business
on his own a/c [account?] unless Robb gave him a
satisfactory interest, which it appears is not the
custom of Belfast merchants to do, If energetic
young men would stick to their employers here
forever on a salary there would be but few successful
merchants among our countrymen on this side of the
Atlantic I can remember when Robb made a small
beginning himself and more than he have made a
competency within the last twenty years without
throwing any obstacles in the way of young men
who served them faithfully while in their employ
I am sorry to think that Mr Robinson is under
the impression that Robb is displeased at the
step he has taken, A.T. Stuart [Stewart?] was
proverbial for trying to break down young men
who entered into business out of his establishment,
yet many of them succeeded nevertheless and he
went to the grave with an unenviable reputation
among his brother merchants who were cognizant
of that fact. Robinson is a young man of high
character and worthy of confidence, and while
he and his former employer may be in the same
line of business I see no reason why either
should feel jealous of the other. I have
requested Mr Robinson to make your acquaintance
and while he will be thankful for any advice
you may be able to give him on any business
matter it will also confer a favour on myself,
should I ever be able to serve you or your
friends who may have business on this side it
will afford me great pleasure to do so. With
kind regards I am Dr [Dear?] Sir Yours most
Thos. [Thomas?] W. Coskery.