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Title: R. Givin, New Orleans, to his John Givan, Co. Antrim.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileGivin, Robert/34
SenderGivin, Robert
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmanual labourer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA
DestinationCo. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientGivin, John
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 1141/1/6: Presented by Greer, Hamilton and Gailey, Solicitors, High Street, Ballymoney, County Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9011019
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C.R., 10:12:1993.
Word Count387
TranscriptFROM: Robert Givin, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.

TO: His Father, John Givin, Parish of Lisconnan, Co Antrim,

New Orleans September 4th 1822

Dr [Dear?] Father
I Embrace this Opportunity of writing to you
that I am well & now in the above place this is pretty large
town and a great deal of Buying done in it it has been
tolerable healthy this Summer as yet & the Sickly Season is
Nearby but I have harly [hardly?] any news to Write, but as
you like to hear about I and there is as good on this River
(Missisipia) [Mississippi?] as in the world Sugar grows on
the land Successively for ages its more than one year since
the last letter I Recd [Received?] from you was dated I will
Quit writing to you if this is the way I want you to write
me manny [many?] particulars & a great deal Oftener it is
easy to send them there is a Vessel or two trades here from
Belfast Evry [Every?] year or send them to Any part of
America I will get them - I dont feel altogether Reconciled
to go home at present the fact is money is scarce With [-?] &
I wont go home poor. A little start in this Country a man
can make money with Economy which puts him from hard work in
a warm climate like this but when he has to depend on his
weekly wages together with paying high for Boarding Clothing
& he can Realize but little I have lost One Hundred & Fifty
Dollars by my Employer dying suddenly in Mobile
I Recd [Received?] [a-----?] letter from my Uncle
[I--?] Since I came to this Country. he Mentioned getting
letters from Ben in Coleraine [D--ly?] but he never had
Spoken of me in any of them Altho [Although?] I do not Care
Altho [Although?] the fact is I would have had something but
there is so Manny [many?] Swindlers to cheat Working men in
this Country - I wrote two or three letters to you this
Summer Which I Expect you Recd [Received?] the yellow Fever
is in town but a man must Run chances & the Season is pretty
far advanced. Henry Wynne is well and some of his family
is grown his Wife Died in Decbr [December?] last. John
Stuart & Billy is well in Mobile

I Remain your affectionate Son

Robt [Robert?] Givin