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Title: Adam Duffin, London, To Ellen Duffin, Broughshane, Co Antrim
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileDuffin, Adam/127
SenderDuffin, Adam
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman, linen trader
Sender Religionunknown
OriginLondon, England
DestinationBroughshane, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientDuffin, Ellen
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT1252/26: Presented By Miss Duffin, Mount Pleasant, Stranmillis, Belfast. #TYPE LET Adam Duffin, London To His Wife Mrs Ellen Duffin, Broughshane, Ballymena, Co. Antrim. 28 May 1814.
ArchivePublic Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9001059
Partial Date
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Log05:02:1990 GC created 14:06:1990 JF input 14:06:19
Word Count617
TranscriptMrs Adam Duffin
Broughshane Ballymena
County Antrim
London 28th May 1814
My dear Ellen
This is my third letter to you since I came here, and I am still
without any from you I am most anxious to learn how all matters are coming
on at Home particularly the Bank Business - This has caused me vast concern,
and will cause more, as until something be done towards payment I think it
is better for me not to return - As I have presumed that in my absence Mr
Blacker will be the more ready to provide means towards payment, or the Bank
be more inclined to look to the principal - In this state of affairs I am
quite perplexed what to do, sometimes resolving on one thing and
sometimes on another, but whatever determination I may make, my dear Ellen,
I shall never lose sight of the main object, The interest and happiness of
you and my dearest Children - I have this day wrote a long letter to William
with directions how to act in con[?]t with you, provided I resolve on a
temporary stay here or elsewhere - He will have a good deal to do, but I
have great confidence in Him, and I trust with your advice and assistance
all will go on well - I have pointed out to Him the necessity of frugality
& strict Occonomy [Economy?],
in all cases until fortune smiles on our endeavours which I cant help
saying, has not been the case since I left B'shane [Brough?]Shane, I can't
reproach myself with Idleness or bad conduct, but yet my endeavours did not
[?] my expectations - The only way in which I can at all account for this is
that perhaps I paid more attention to improvements than I shou'd [should?]
have done, and in place of pushing myself forward in Trade as I shoud
[should?] have done, my mind was taken up in farming &c - However my dear
Ellen a little time I hope will again unite us and make all things straight
I expect every Post will bring a letter from you, but whether or not I shall
soon write again - In the mean time if Mrs Simms Daughter of Liverpool goes
to Ireland I beg you may be attentive to Her as I recd [received?] great
civility there - Elizabeth will soonA be with you who I hope will also shew
[show?] kindness to Her - In respect to Elizabeth's stay at School, I wou'd
[would?] fix it for the Christmass [Christmas?] vacation and not longer, as
I think by that period she may be very well qualified to remain under your
care -
I have directed William to collect all Debts as soon as He can, with which
to meet demands against me, or Family concerns, and have the House expenses
calculated quarterly, to know how you stand - I am well aware of the trouble
my dear Ellen will encounter, and the vexation of heart which even a
temporary separation will give - but when she reflects on the ends to be
obtained by such, I trust she will submit with due resignation - I must drop
my pen & quit this subject for a little - Bless the children for me and
believe me dear Ellen ever yours
most affectionately
Adam Duffin
I in my former letters allowed you to direct to me at Courtail Harrison &
Tiplady - But in future direct to me care of Mr Wm [William?] Johnston 33
Mark lane London -
Warmest love to Bell, Elizabeth & Robert - I trust the latter will prosper
in trade, His Welfare is among my most ardent desires - I shall write to my
sister shortly