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Title: James Horner, Philadelphia to Jacob McCracken, Co. Derry.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHorner, James/11
SenderHorner, James
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmentions current wages; job unclear
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
DestinationCo. Derry, N.Ireland
RecipientMcCracken, Jacob
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 1592/10: Copied by Permission of Hugh Conn Esq, Limavady, Co. Londonderry.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.8901021
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 26:11:1993
Word Count649
TranscriptMr Jacob McCracken
-nnosconagher [Inisconagher?]
To the care of Mr
Mark [Rodgers?]
Newtownlimavady [Newtown Limavady?]

Ship Wilmington

Dear Grandfather and Mother,

I take the liberty of informing you that
I am in good health at present thank God for his
mercies. I have been very well ever since I came
to this Country I hope these few lines will find
you all in the same. I am very sorry that you
have not received any letters from me as I did
not neglect writing to you but the distance is so
great that misfortunes will happen which we
cannot account for but I hope the first fault
will be forgiven; I will let you know how I am
doing I lived with Mr Robert Jackson to May Past
he has quit storekeeping and follows his tread [trade?]
and I am living at present with a Type founder
which is more advantegous [advantageous?] to me, I have one
dollar per day and finds myself which is equal to 60$
a year currencey [currency?] - it is in my power to advance
if I be industrous [industrious?] I was a month out of
employ in June last and I lived with Mr Carson they
would not charge me anything for it. Mrs Carson said
upon your account as you were friendly to them she
thought it a small acknowledgement but I cannot
let it [loss?] for nought,
but the best friend is to befriend yourself in this
part of the Globe or othir wise [otherwise?] a person will
find themselves worse off. I have received letters from
Jacob Smith which is to my satisfaction I have the Recepte
[Receipt?] which you sent me and the Money never was lifted
from me I have not seen Jas. [James?] Burk since April Past
but I suppose he got an account from his Father
concerning it I do not know at present what I will
do if I can git [get?] a safe way of coveing [conveying?]
it or value perhaps I may send it if not I will keep it Too
[to?] get a safe oppertunity [opportunity?]. We have had
the yellow feavour [fever?] in this city this summer but it
did not get to excess the [there?] have been as many as 15
deaths in the 24 Hours but it is hardly stoped [stopped?] it
has been in Baltimore and New York the summer is verry
[very?] warm here which makes it more unhelthy [unhealthy?]
but for my part I cannot complain for I am not exposed to
the sun as the business that I am at is in
a house; I understand that there is some little
alterations taken place since I left you I am sorry
that I offended you so much as that you did not
write to me.

I hope my Grandmother is living and well I understand
that she was complaining of her arm but I wish she may
enjoy her health long, as she is a usefull [useful?] life to
all who is aquinted [acquainted?] with her [I am glad?] to
here [hear?] that my friends are all well and [that?] thire
[there?] has been such good times that people can live so
well, this is the first letter since Jany Past,
but I will write every oppertunity [opportunity?] I
understand that Unkle [uncle?] and Aunt McCracken is in a
House of there [their?] own and has got a son. I hope they
will hold on they will increase the Name I will write to him
the 2d time give my love to my Grandmother my
Aunt Rose and cousins Eliza and Nancy Clark to my
Father and Mother and to all my freinds [friends?] in
Bovevagh. I would menchen [mention?] more but I intend
writing to them, my Father & Mother need
not be the least uneasy concerning that money
as all things is right. I add no more at
present but remains your affectionat [affectionate?]
Grand Son

James Horner
Philadelphia Oct, 10th 1802