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Title: Alexander McCloy, Pennsylvania, to Cousin, [Ireland? or Liverpool, England?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMcCoy, Alexander/15
SenderMcCoy, Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPennsylvania, USA
DestinationLiverpool, England
RecipientMcCoy, Alexander
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD1444/18B: Presented by H.W. McCoy, The old Manor, Hants [Hampshire?]
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9408355
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 11:08:1994.
Word Count381
TranscriptDear [torn] I now embrace this present opportunity of
writing [torn] to let you know the particulars of this
country [torn] has been a great alteration in times since
we wrote [torn] letter you requested us to ley you know
how [lana?] [torn] but father has mentioned nothing for
that in [torn] of the letter but improved land can be bought
in our neighbourhood from ten to twenty dollars per acre and as
to the wages [torn] can be constant employ wages for is
from 10 to 15 dollars per month and for young women from four
to six per month but money is very scarce produce of all kinds
is at a reasonable price but the prospect of grain crops this year
is very discouraging indeed therefore i would not like to encourage
you at present for i think thee will be an alteration for the
better before many years for the old settlers in this country say that
times is almost as hard as ever they were but it see you are anxious
to leave the old country but there has been some landed
in this country within twelve months that wish the were back again
but if you have plenty of gold and silver there will be a good
chance for living here and as is respects bringing necessaries with
you if you come bring nothing with you that you can do without on the way
for there is a heavy freight on goods on the water and so you do start put
all your goods into barrels for it is the sofest [softest?] and best way
to carry them i will just mention the prices of cloths here broad cloth
from 4 to 15 dollars per yard and the making of a coat here
will cost from 5 to 7 dollars therefore if you should
come to this country [I?] would advise you to bring such with you
for we hear they are much cheaper there than here and if
you set out start for New York and from that to philadelphia by
water and from that to pittsburgh and to Newcastle that is within
eighteen miles of us all by water 8 will add no more at present
but remains your affectionate Cousin Alex. [Alexander?] McCloy