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Title: Ken Johnston, Loughbrickland, Ireland to Moses Johnston, America.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileJohnston, Ken/76
SenderJohnston, Ken
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginLougbrickland, Co.Down, N.Ireland
Destinationprob. Pennsylvania, USA
RecipientJohnston, Moses
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT3578/7: Deposited by Mrs Henriette Gerwity
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9410177
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT/JW, 12:10:1994.
Word Count545
TranscriptDear Brother
As I have not heard from you for some years, I concluded you were
Either dead or left the Country where you was [were?] formarly [formerly?]
But having by chance seen Mr Alexander Greer, who called here on his way to
Newry - to take passage for himself and the Family he left her [here?] when he
left this 16 years ago - He tells me he was some time in your House, when he
went first to America that he understands you had purchased 400 acres Land
many miles from where you lived - and that you took a journey to see your New
purhase & took sick, & returned. That your wife and daughter died about same
time, that he does not know whither [whether?] you are gone to your New
Purchase or not ...........My dear wife departed this life in Dec. 1795 Since
that time there is nothing here but disturbance, confusion and in many Places
Rebellion; in the counties of Wexford, Wicklow & many thousand have been
killed. some in Battle and many by the Sword of the Law, and yet there are many
dying which are mostly transported, The Law part of the County of Antrim was
greatly involved in the Troubles, some killed in skirmiges [skirmishes?] with
the Millitary [military?], some tryed [tried?] and shot, some hanged - and
[sic] not ended yet this day about 30 was [were?] marched through this town to
Dublin from that Quarter, And in this County Bellinghinch [Ballinahinch?]
they had a Battle in which many lost their lives, and many [------?] people
lost their all, by plundering, House burning & desolutions such as are the
Natural concequences [consequences?] of Civil War
Thank God the Troubles did not come just to our door, but much too near,
our man out of this town was hanged to sign-post in Belfast....
The dreadfull [dreadful?] concequence [consequence?] arising from so much
disturbance was a great Check to Agriculture, together with a very Wet & Cold
Spring, in 1799, the summer - Wet and undurable, a Very Wet and scanty Harvest;
Provisions of all soils disastrous - price [--?] Flour 40 cents per Hundred,
Oatmeal 36 to 37 shilling & not good Potatoes from 2s2d to 2s8d per Bushel & I
hear that some time ago the [they?] sold in Dublin at Eleven Shilling a Hundred
I enjoy a tolerable good health considering my age Park is well, but [---?] has
been some time past very ill but now some what better I wish to know
whether you have gone to your New place, where it is situating [situated?], how
much of it, what is it fit to produce, and what the Rent is, & what Tenure....
I have reason to hope from what I hear from America, & what I see here that you
left this in good time may God enable you & Family to work through the Fatigues
which no doubt is great, and to him always be thankfull [thankful?] May the
Great Director of all Events bless & prosper you in your Journey Through Life
in Sincere Prayer of Your Loving Brother
Ken Johnston

A favour of Alexander Greer who says
he will forward it safe to you