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Title: James Horner Philadelphia to Thomas Horner [Ireland].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHorner, James/3
SenderHorner, James
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarm labourer?
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
DestinationCo. Derry, N.Ireland
RecipientHorner, Thomas
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 1592/4: Copied by Permission of Hugh Conn Esq., Limavady, Co Londonderry.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland
Doc. No.8810041
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log07:03:1989 LT created 22:08:1989 ET input 14:09:19
Word Count1622
TranscriptPhiladelphia Oct 14th
Dear Father & Mother I have met with another
opportunity to let you know that
I am healthy and well at present I thank God for his mercies
in delivering me through all dangers and difficultys [difficulties?]
which I was under I have wrote to you 3 letters but perhaps they
will not come safe to hand I sent one by England and 2 to Derry
I hope you have got them before now Dear Father I am in
better spirits than you saw me at the Clare River when
you wanted me to go home again but that day we set sail
I was not 2 hours out until I got sea sick and the worst time ever
any of you saw me intoxicated with liquire [liquor?]. I was as bad
for about 10 days and all that time the seas was like
mountains in every side I was that fare [far?] spent
that I could scarly [scarcely?] go up a tall [at all?] but I soon
got better and then I mended in a short time or met
no man a ware [man of war?] but I and the sea was so rough
that she could not board us I must return my
thanks to my Mother for preparing me so well
for the jorney [journey?]. I must confess there was
not one had all things as well as I. I had plenty
of all things and I had some to spair [spare?]
I have got all my clothes very dry and safe
which is not easy done I could give some little
direction what to bring but I supose [suppose?] there is non [none?]
of my friends will venture it is a troublesome journey [journey?]
only people must [?] with it I never thought much
of it for I knew that I would see some little [ ? ]
but I hope my trouble is all over I must let you know
that I have got my pay advanced after I was 2 months in
I was going out to the Country but I have at the Rate of 40
per year I mean to remain this winter with him we think
[?] of a little money here for it is middling plenty
but it is very trouble some for New Irish men to get
in to a [?] for some little time it takes them to be
well recommended and they are so plenty that the places
is very scare a [scarce of?] traids [trades?] man can do a grate [great?]
deal better than anyone almost except grait [great?] fourtain [fortune?]
for they will soon get a master I cannot give any account of it
as yet as anytime is but short here
My Dear Mother [most?] content as possible as you can for you
the [ ? ] of me coming to this country. I trust in God that
I will not [ ? ] after a little you know that I always had a
love to see it and I have seen a little of it you can send me
letters concerning all family affairs and how you are doing
you know it must be a little trying on me as I had no experience
in going a broad thank God there is nothing troublesome but the
being [abroad?] from you I will send you a few lines concerning
all things.
Jas. Horner
I [ ? ] [ ? ] in writing if there
be any thing more.............
To Mr Thomas Horner in Bovevagh
and County of Londonderry to the
Care of Mr Mark Rodgers
in Newtown L.vady
this with Care and [Speed?]
Return my kind complament [compliment?] to my friends and neighbours
for there good wish to me as it is as little as one can do I hope
they are living and well and from all accounts I think poor
Ireland is got a little better I am happy to think that you
have had a good season and I hope that some of my old
aquintances [acquaintances?] is doing better and will we get a head
of the times I heard from Livina Picket that you were all well
which I was glad to here [hear?] she is living in this citty [city?] she said
she saw you [ ? ] in pair I have seen some of my aquintance
[acquaintances?] in this country Jas.[James?] Morrison was the first man
I met that I knew he did not know me at first but he soon found
me and he was kind to me as possible he is gone back in to
the woods he was saying he would scarcely get any letters sent this
fall but you may depend he is well and in good health I have not
many aquaintance [acquaintances?] here but Archibald Mc Fadden he is
good friend to me there seen Patrick Mc Closkey 2 weeks ago he is well
he and I had the pleasure of dining with Archibald sunday was a week
I got word from [?] by him he will and he is 100 Miles from him
he had the Misfortune to lose one of his eyes By fishing men
who fell upon him and beat him severely but he is not much disapproved
by it I saw the man that saw William Mc Mullan fall over board
on a [?] to the East Indies Patrick McCloskey has been trying
to recover some money belonging to him but I doubt it will be [too?]
hand for him I wrote to you some of these [?] before the first
when I landed I maid [made?] John Horner & Mr Wilson my home
they were very friendly to me but I stayed as short time as possible
as the [old?] saying in Ireland every man do for himself so when I had
my health I would not [lose?] time I have put over a very lazy half year
I do not know how long it may continig [continue?] dear Ellinor you had
not me this Harvest to go before you that and the like of it makes me
think long but there is no cure for spilt milk but do the best
you can I hope you are all living together as I would wish you
to do I suppose I need not expect my brother Jacob to follow me
over I do not allow him untill [until?] I send for him this a very
Hard country to Labour in the sumer [summer?] is so warm and the
winter so cold when it ended it was very warm I have sat in this store
and had nothing on me but my shorts and drawers and you might
ring [wring?] the sweat out of it
This is good country for a man that had mind to be industrious he
will soon make a livehood [livlihood?] a man can have 6-7$ per day
and find himself but it takes a grait [great?] part of that to board
him he will have to pay from 3 to 4 dollars per week for boarding
and washing we have to [5 1/2?] per price for washing so
the money I cannot give account of trade as I have not been
long here we can buy a pair of shoes for [--3d?] made and they are neat
by [---?] I may say in general all things is more [complete?] than what
they are there; as for advising any one to come to this country I
would not but every will handed young man that has a mind to advance
his fortune he may try it for you may be offended that the most
part would [--?] it for some time but I will let every one do as
the [they?] can for unless I could be a help to them I would not advise
So my Dear friends you may de assured I will let you know the [---?]
as fare [far?] as I can butter is from 20d - 2d - 4d per Qt. beef
from 5 - [ ---?] you will pay 2[?] per doz for eggs and all things in
[---?] figures 18 very high good [---?] is 2-9 1/2 per Qt and
all things accordingly I do not know much how flowers sell I heard
that James Dounny & Molly is well my neighbour Boys was all landed
safe Joseph [Dounny?] went to New York and I did not here from him
I here [hear?] that the [---?] is [---?] in that Citty [City?] and in
[Northfolk?] we will not have it here this season as the fall is set in but
I will leave of at this time as I will have opportunitys [opportunities?]
a year perhaps I may be like the man if do not send com[--?] to
return [---?] my letters perhaps they will be troublesome but which
I [hammer?] in this citty [city?] I will gave you letters plenty My
Dear Parents remember me to Mr & Mrs Brown for they were kind to me
I need not mention my friends at home the more I cannot name them
by name I have not forgot them Remind to my
dear friends in Innochomagher and to my Uncle and Aunt Millen
and Uncle and Aunt Jackson and to my dear friends John, Andrew, Thom
[Thomas?], Archibald Jackson whom I hope to see likewise to my
Aunt Horner and family and Dear Uncle John Horner and [Molly?] [Smith?]
likewise to all my friends and enquiring neighbours both [?] hand and fare
[far?] off I add no more at present, But remain your affectionate son
James Horner