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Guide to the William Allingham Letters

MSE/IR 1014

 

Collection Summary

Title: William Allingham Letters
Dates: 1829-1865
Collection No.: MSE/IR 1014
Creator: Allingham, William
Extent: 17 folders
Language: Collection material in English
Repository: University of Notre Dame. Hesburgh Libraries, Department of Special Collections. 102 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Abstract: Letters from William Allingham of Ballyshannon to his brother John Allingham of Dublin.

Selected Search Terms

Ireland: Trade and commerce
Ireland: Nineteenth century
Allingham, William (1789-1866)

Administrative Information

Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection

Preferred Citation: William Allingham Letters, Department of Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.

Acquisition and Processing Note: Acquired at Mealy's Auction, December 2016.

Biographical Note

William Allingham (1789-1866) of Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, was a banker and merchant. After his sister's marriage to a Norwegian business partner of his father, William Allingham lived in Trondheim, Norway from 1805 to 1807. He returned to Ballyshannon where he married and continued as a businessman throughout his life. He was married to Margaret Crawford (d.1833) and later to Isabella Johnston (c.1802-75). The eldest of his nine children was the poet William Allingham (1824-89).

John Allingham (1795-1877) was a brother of William. He appears to have left Ballyshannon as a young man and settled in Dublin with an address on Capel Street, to which all these letters are addressed, and he also owned a house and land in Seafield, Clontarf. He married Clarissa Brett in 1821 and had six children.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of forty letters written by William Allingham of Ballyshannon to his brother John Allingham of Dublin, between 26 June 1829 and 29 March 1865. All the letters communicate business transactions, and there are occasional notes on the family and on local affairs.

Arrangement Note

The letters are arranged chronologically.

Related Material

Related material includes manuscripts in the Gunnerus Library, Trondheim, Norway. These include a diary by William Allingham and manuscripts and collections relating to Thonning Oweson, nephew of William and John, which include correspondence and manuscripts of the Allingham family.

Container List

  • Letter. 26 June 1829. Folder 1 (MSE/IR 1014-1)
    ALS, 1 page.
    • 2 letters. January 1830. Folder 2 (MSE/IR 1014-2)
      2 letters: ALS, 7-8 January 1830: including a note about a damaged ship; ALS, 30 January 1830.
      • Letter. 23 March 1830. Folder 3 (MSE/IR 1014-3)
        ALS.
        • 3 letters. April 1830. Folder 4 (MSE/IR 1014-4)
          3 letters: ALS, 1 April 1830; ALS, 15 April, 1830; ALS 30 April, 1830.
          • 2 letters. May 1830. Folder 5 (MSE/IR 1014-5)
            2 letters: ALS, 5 May 1830; ALS, 16 May 1830.
            • 5 letters July 1830. Folder 6 (MSE/IR 1014-6)
              ALS, 6 July 1830; Note, 7 July 1830; ALS 15 July 1830; ALS, 17 July 1830; ALS 20 July 1830.
              • 4 letters August 1830. Folder 7 (MSE/IR 1014-7)
                4 letters: ALS, 16 August 1830; ALS, 21 August 1830; ALS, 23 August 1830; ALS 25 August 1830.
                • 2 letters October 1830. Folder 8 (MSE/IR 1014-8)
                  2 letters: ALS, 9 October 1830; ALs, 21 October 1830.
                  • 2 letters November 1830. Folder 9 (MSE/IR 1014-9)
                    2 letters: ALS, 28 November 1830; ALS, 22 November 1830.
                    • Letter 12 July 1831. Folder 10 (MSE/IR 1014-10)
                      ALS, 12 July 1831. This letter includes a note on the correspondents' sister, who died that year: "Poor Everina is now mostly confined to the Bed, indeed I fear a very few weeks will end her sufferings in this Life..."
                      • 4 letters 1840. Folder 11 (MSE/IR 1014-11)
                        3 letters: ALS, 23 January 1840; ALS, 25 January 1840; ALS,June 1840; ALS, 15 July 1840.
                        • 3 letters 1842. Folder 12 (MSE/IR 1014-12)
                          3 letters: ALS, 12 July 1842; 14 October 1842; ALS, 22 November 1842.
                          • Letter 31 May 1845. Folder 13 (MSE/IR 1014-13)
                            ALS.
                            • 4 letters 1844. Folder 14 (MSE/IR 1014-14)
                              4 letters: ALS, 8 July 1844; 20 August 1844; 28 August 1844; 2 November 1844.
                              • Letter 26 March 1845. Folder 15 (MSE/IR 1014-15)
                                ALS.
                                • 3 letters. 1847. Folder 16 (MSE/IR 1014-16)
                                  3 letters: Short note, 1 January 1847; ALS, 8 January 1847; ALS, 25 January 1847. The letter of the 25th concerns William Allingham's effort to send for seed potatoes and oats from Norway: "I enclose you a letter for Thonning which please to have Post Paid at the Genl. Post Office. He ... get it charge me with the cost - don't let it be delayed Post, as it is about seed Potatoes oats - which I hope may be sent us from Norway... " and later, "I hope the Govt. will do something to get good seed oats wheat if possible seed potatoes, if not next year will be still worse than the present.."
                                  • Letter 29 March 1865. Folder 17 (MSE/IR 1014-17)
                                    ALS.