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Title: Patrick & Margaret Hall, Holly Hill, to Sam Hall, U.S.A.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHall, Margaret & Patrick/180
SenderHall, Margaret & Patrick
Sender Gendermale-female
Sender Occupationfarmers
Sender Religionunknown
DestinationLittle Britain, New York, USA
RecipientHall, Sam
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Eleanor Hallfreese, 12 Brighton St.,Rochester, New York 14607, U.S.A.
ArchiveUlster American Folk Park.
Doc. No.9808250
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 11:08:98.
Word Count956
TranscriptHolly Hill 17th May 1815
My dear Sam
Your Letter of the 20th March
I Recd. [Received?] yesterday, in which you inform us
of your being in the Army, and also of your being Married,
the latter indeed affected your Mother verry [very?]
much, she expected that you would have return'd [returned?]
according to your promise, and was fully determined
to have crossed the wide Atlantic with you should you
again return to America. but now these pleasing Ideas
which have been long fletting [flitting?] in her
imagination are at once blasted and she dejected it is
however extreamly [extremely?] Pleasing to us to find that
your behaviour has been such that Squire Burnet has reserv'd
you to be his son-in-law; may the dishonor [dishonour?]
of all events Bless you & and your Kind & Loving Wife
(as you term her) with many happy Days in this life, and
Eternal happiness in the Life to come - Three years are
elaps'd [elapsed?] since I heard from you before, no
alteration has happened in the Family, neither any strange
in this Country, save the rising of Rents & Tyths [Tythes?],
and Taxes, which is indeed Prodigious, several new Taxes
has been imposed since the American Peace: One of which
is every house or Farm, which with the Household, Offices,
yard and garden is worth Ten Pounds and not worth [more?]
than 20 1/6 [one shilling six pence?] for every pound rent,
If worth œ20 and not [over?] œ40, 2/8 [two shillings eight
pence?] pr [per?] pound, œ40 and upward 2/10 [two shillings
ten pence?] for every pound rent.
The Window Tax is as follows viz. Seven Windows œ1.0.0.
8 Do.[Ditto?] [windows?] œ1.13.0 : 9 Do.[Ditto?] [windows?]
œ2.2.0. : 10 [windows?] - œ2.16.0 and so on 20 Do. [Ditto?]
[windows?] œ11.4.6 30 Do. [Ditto?] [windows?] œ20.9.6. 40
Do. [Ditto?] [windows?] œ28.17.7 180 Do. [Ditto?] [windows?]
œ93.2.6. - Carriages thus for every jaunting Car
not exceeding in vallue [value?] œ15, nor having a stuffed
seat, the annual charge of œ1.6.6. For every such carriage
made with springs and drawn by one horse and not more œ5.18.
For every Do [Ditto?] drawn by more than one horse œ8.5.0.
One carriage with Four Wheels œ12.0.0. œ13 - each - [p?] œ14
- each &c. and for every additional Boddy [body?] used on
the same carriage œ6.6.0. On horses kept for the purpose
of Riding, or drawing carriages, 1 horse œ2.17.6. - 2 Do.
[Ditto?] [horses?] œ4.4.6 - 3 Do. [Ditto?] [horses?]
œ5.4.6. - 4 [horses?] œ5.10.0. &c. Horses for the purpose
of Farming œ2.2.10. - Servants - For one male servant
œ2.8.0. - 2 Do. [Ditto?] [servants?] œ3.2.0 - &c. 10
servants is œ6.4. and for every such servant employed
by a Male Person who never was married, a further sum of
Two pounds. We have also an additional Tax on Malt
Beer, spirits, &c. These are but some of our Taxes,
and we may add to this the County Cess, which is on the
small Barony of Strabane, upwards of œ4000 p [per?] annum
[my?] part of which is on average about two Guineas,
so you may see that it is absolutely out of the power of
any Farmer to live in any tolerable degree of Comfort
here so that we were all fully determined had you
ever come to this country to have emigrated with you and
indeed if you think that it would be to our advantage
and would look out some place where we might sit down
when there and would write us so I think it highly
probable you would have us all with the blessing
of Almighty in America in a short time. But of this
matter I am no Judge as I know nothing of the manner
in which Americans live. you know your Mother and I
can't do much But Jas [James?] is a brave labourer,
Jno [John?] an excellent weaver.
We are all in good health at present and have been so
ever since I wrote you last, no change has taken place
amongst us, Blessed be God for all his numerous
Blessings. Your sister Mary & her Husband are well,
they have Two fine children. Your namesake and
Brother Sam Hall in a Letter to his Father informs us
that your sister Margaret has been extremely ill with
a Flux, but that she was recovered, and quite well again.
Our markets have been very low these three years past,
the Farmers have great difficulty in making up their
rents, at present the [they?] are as follows, viz
Oatmeal 16d to 17d pr [per?] peck, Potatoes 3d to 3«d
pr [per?] [---?], Fresh Butter 11 to 13d pr [per?] lb
[pound?], Beef [torn] to 8d Mutton 6d to 9d pr [per?] lb
[pound?], Flaxseed sold New [torn] at 1/7 [one shilling
seven pence?] to 1/8 [one shilling eight pence?] pr [per?]
Gallon, new Sugar Riga 2/2 [two shillings two pence?]
Dutch, at [torn]. Tobacco was a long time so high as
10s [shillings?] [torn] fallen to 8s [shillings?], I wish
you would send over a Hog [torn] [Hogshead?]
keep your mother and I smoaking [smoking?] a While.
Your Mother and Brothers join me in present [torn]
Cordial Respects to Squire Burnet and Family [torn]
special manner your Consort, my Blessing and the
Blessing of Almighty god attend you all and give you
Grace to Remember your Creator in the Days of your
youth, for if you seek Him he will be found of you
But if you forsake him, he will Cast you of [off?]
for ever.
That you may all enjoy many Happy Days here, and
be Crownd [crowned?] with Everlasting happiness hereafter,
is the ardent Prayer of your Loving Parents Patrick &
Margaret Hall.

Mr Samuel Hall
Care of Robert R Burnet Esq
Little Britain Orange County
State of New York