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Title: Margaret & Patrick Hall,[Ireland?], to Sam Hall, [Maryland?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHall, Margaret & Patrick/147
SenderHall, Margaret & Patrick
Sender Gendermale-female
Sender Occupationfarmers
Sender Religionunknown
DestinationMaryland, USA
RecipientHall, Sam
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright retained by Eleanor Hallfreese., 12 Brighton ST. Rochester New York 14607, U.S.A.
ArchiveThe Ulster American Folk Park
Doc. No.9509122
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 29:09:95.
Word Count747
TranscriptHolly Hill Nov.25, 1817

Dear Sam,
Your last of the 1st July came to hand
in due time, which brought us the pleasing tidings
of your being in good health at that time,and of the
increase of your family. Blessed be God for all his mercies
You seem now to encourage us to to emigrate, I had
determined to do so, and to that purpose, had advertised
my place for auction on the 21st of July last, but not one
[have?] came to bid a farthing for it, such a scarcity of money
prevails here, that there is no money for anything but the
necessities of life, a horse that in the time of
war, would have sold for twenty guineas, will now scarcely bring
five, a cow that would have sold for ten, will now scarcely bring
three Farms are fallen in the same proportion, there are hundreds that
would gladly sell, but not one to buy, yet the rents tyths [tithes] and
taxes are nothing abated which makes it extremely trying on the
farmers. Their cows are driven every term for the rent, where they must
stand sometimes a month and often, two months, before they can get the
rent made up. What it will turn to God only knows, we had very
bad crops last year, many farmers never threshed a grain of their
oats, there being nothing but straw and chaff we had what did us till
June but had to buy from that out at 45 Hundd [hundred?] weight
Indeed, if it had not been that there were large stores in the
south and west of Ireland, the famine would have been excessive but
thank God there was still enough in the market, but at a very high
rate. This years crop does not promise well either, many had no seed
of there own, and were not able to purchase it till too late, in
consequence their corn is not yet cut, in many places is quite green, and
worth nothing, so that we expect sharp market rise summer too, tho'
[though?] at present they are a good dale [deal?] fallen there being many
a one selling now in order to make up their rents, that will be buying
all the summer through again
You complain of us for not writing you, there were
few opportunities last season, I know of but two ships that left
Derry for the States, the first I did not hear of till she was away, I
had a letter wrote for you, one for your brotherinlaw, & one one for
Ja. [James?] Parker to send by the second but she had sailed the morning of
that day I sent them down.
When you write to Ja. [James?] Parker let him know of my
disappointment and let your sister know that your
mother received her great present safe and sound, and is greatly
obliged to her. We have not heard anything of Widow Boah since her
arrival at Hallifax [Halifax?] she wrote me from that place that she had
agreed for their passage to N.York for œ14- What to think about our
going to America I cannot say but is impossible to stay. To quit this
place and take another might prove as bad. Captain Sinclair
seeing our inability ask'd no rent of us last year, and now there is
a heavy Bill come against himself, the tenants are therefore
noticed to pay their respective rent and assesses immediately
or they will all be driven. What will be the issue God only
knows I never was in such a dilema [dilemma?], having no possible
way of making up mine. Your mother thinks you might send us some
help a single of flax seed every year would buy singular service
as it is by the linen trade chiefly that we live. Your mother rec'd a present of a very large silk
shawl the making of a gown of very nice gingham, a black silk
hankerchief for my neck, from your sister last fall.
I shall not trouble you with anything
further there has been no alteration happened in the family, save only
the change that time has made on your mother and I. And now
beseeching the Lord to give you and your partner thro' life, grace to
discharge your duty to him to yourselves and to your brother of
mankind. And to give you all temporal services here, and eternal liberity
hereafter, we remain
Your loving parents
Margaret and Patrick Hall