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Title: Adam Duffin, London, To Ellen Duffin, Broughshane, Co Antrim
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileDuffin, Adam/128
SenderDuffin, Adam
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman, linen trader
Sender Religionunknown
OriginLondon, England
DestinationBroughshane, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientDuffin, Ellen
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT1252/28; Presented By Miss Duffin, Mount Pleasant, Stranmillis, Belfast. #TYPE LET Adam Duffin, London, To His Wife, Mrs. Ellen Duffin, Broughshane,Ballymena, Co. Antrim; 3 June 1814.
ArchivePublic Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9001061
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
Log05:02:1990 GC created 09:04:1990 SB input 11:04:19
Word Count655
TranscriptMrs A Duffin
London 3d June 1814

I wrote to my dear Ellen a few days since, which if she got in
course will have reached Her ere this - I am perfectly aware of
the distress it will occasion, and the grief of heart it will
cause, But I must beg you may consult our good sense, and summon
all your fortitude to encounter the stroke - The step I have
taken may be considered rash & imprudent, but you may rest
assured it is not without due diliberation [deliberation?], and I
stand perfectly acquitted in my own mind as to the prudence of
it - In my last I think I observed to you that I had pointed out
to Wm (William?) some plans of occonomy (economy?) in which I am
He will be seconded by Dr (Dear?) Ellen - It is my intention to be
(scrupulously?) careful & to live on as little as possible, and
whatever situation I may be, never to lose sight of the main
object, the Interest & happiness of my Dr (Dear?) Family - At all
events if is not the will of Providence to increase our store,
but that is shou'd (should?) please the allwise disposer of Every
thing in this world to bless our present stock, I receive great
great consolation in knowing that our Dear Infants will have
sufficient to establish them in the world, and to support
themselves in that sphere of life to which we have been accustomed
- In support of my present plans of Occonomy (Economy?) I would
(would?) recommend your keeping only two Girls, and occasionally
calling in the aid of some of the Mill Town Women as you may
stand in need of them - But I need scarcely point out to you
these matters, convinced as I am that every thing will be turned
to the best account - You may be sure my dear Ellen that it
required no small share of resolution & fortitude in taking this
step, to deprive myself the society of my dearest Family, and all
domestic comfort, and no doubt have sometimes to struggle with, &
encounter some hardships, but all this I shall meet with patience
in the fond hope of soon again being united to you and happy for
life - This will be the last letter you will receive from me for
some time intending in a few Days to sail for Halifax trusting
that peace will soon take place between this Country & America,
thence I shall proceed to Carolina to try if the lands I bought
when there, is of any value which perhaps by this time may be
something very considerable - and if it does not turn out so, I
can only lose the voyage expences (expenses?) - You need be under
no concern as to my safety, as with Gods assistance I shall take
every Human precaution & run no risk - I have written to my sister
Johnston under this date, but as these letters are to go by the
Belfast traders it may be some time before you receive them - Any
Letters in future to me inclose (enclose?) them to Wm (William?)
Johnston 33 Mark Lane who can forward them to me every Month
and by sending them to R. Grimshaw He cou'd (could?) send te (them?)
by some of the Traders here which will save posta(ge?) Tell Bell
& Robert I shall write to them when I can have an opportunity - poor
Bell will not be the least in suffering on the present occasion - As
to Elizabeth I am sure she will take every advantage of Her present
situation & on coming Home at Christmass (Christmas?) will be a comfort
to you - Bless the Three Infants, Ann Jane, Charles, & A. Grimshaw for
me - And believe me my dearest Ellen to be ever your most un(?)ned and
truly affectionate -
Adam Duffin