Bantry Sep. 17, 1840

My Dear Micheal,

I have inst. rec 3 newspapers from you. (The last date 22nd Augt. 1840.) I wrote several times to you, and to W. Burns since the "Dealy's" return on the 2nd July 1840. My letters were forwarded (I understood) by Steven Vessels and I am therefore surprised that they did not reach you before the S 22nd August. I also wrote per the "Dealy" which sailed from here on the 1st August 1840 for Quebec, both to W. Burns and yourself & hope, before the present date, that these letters have reached their destination. I was rather lucky, considering the slack state of trade here this season, to secure a Charter from my neighbour W. Riordan of Kenmare for a cargo of Timber & deals from Quebec - as the delivery there is next thing to being at home with me. sales at Bantry of Timber & deals have been nearly nonexistant I hope the prospect of a good harvest will cause a general improvement. Please to present my Compts to W. Burns & inform him that I paid his bill for the "Dealy's" cargo on the 5th Inst- at the present moment I have nothing worth perusing to communicate but will shortly write to him. I purpose, with God's assistance, to send the "Dealy" to St John's very early next season with passengers - but as we have now a greater facility of sending letters. I will communicate frequently with on the subject during the Winter. We have strong rumors of a general war, but I hope it will not take place.

From the number of vessels which took out immigrants last year all our Irish markets are overstocked with American timber and the prices are consequently very low - with an additional duty layed on - that with an improvished population tenders sales bad and renumeration indifferent.

Private. I wrote you some disponding letters in April last. at that time I was hard pressed to meet some bills - and I was preparing to remove my boys from Rosscarbery School which would have been a severe blow to your aunt. but thank Providence I met more kind and good friends and if I can rub over another season I am in hopes that I will not owe any a man a shilling particulary if I can effect good sales & to encourage which I am offering goods on low terms. The fisheries have nearly failed here as yet this season & I hold a large stock of salt __ has improved the English market & I am a considerable holder.

When you write next please to inform me particularly as to quality and price etc generally as to how barreled herrings & American tar could be shipped & whether the deck load law would prevent barrels being brought on deck. The failure of the fishing here causes me to make this inquiry although I fear there will be no chance of my getting any of these articles this year in both ____.

As soon as I receive your expected letter I will write to you at all events I will do so shortly. Your mother and all your family are quite well. The new road __ Bantry is nearly completed & will certainly enhance the value of Drumkeal very much.

Our Dunmanway friends are all in the enjoyment of health but the___ doing very little good.

Our Bantry Postmistress has been detected in forgery__ of money from letters - She made ___& was apprehended near Bristol. She is now in Gaol at Cork & will be tried at __ the next assizes.

Mr and Mrs Gastry are here with us on a visit this month and they request to be particularly remembered to you, Our little family are quite well Thank God and your Aunt unites with me in kindest wishes to Isabella & yourself and we hope that your little ones enjoy good health - present our kind wishes to Wm and his family to Eliza and her family and to Paul who I hope is maintaining his place with credit.

I am dear Michael yours affectionately

Wm J Dealy

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