|Henry Neill, Kentucky, to Samuel Neill, Banbridge, Co Down
|Irish Emigration Database
|Louisville, Kentucky, USA
|Co. Down, N.Ireland
|T 1796/1: Copied by Permission of Mr Thomas Cromie, Grallagh House,Rathfriland, Co. Down. #TYPE EMG Emigrant Letter from Henry Neill, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A. to Samuel Neill, Banbridge, Co Down, Mentioning Slave Trade, 1839, 1st April 1839.
|Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
|26:06:1989 LT created 06:11:1990 CD input 07:11:19
|Mr Saml. [Samuel?] Neill
care Mr Robert Shaw
Banbridge Co. Down
Louisville Ky. [Kentucky?] April 1st 1839
I embrace this opportunity
of writing to you by Mr McMoran of this city
who is now about to start for Ireland.
Hoping therefore this may find you and all
other friends in the happy enjoyment of good health
I am happy to inform you that both John & I have
lived in the full enjoyment of that inestimable
blessing ever since we came to this country.
And in the next place to give you
some account of our situation I have now been
in the employment of Messrs Jas [James?] & Wm [William?] McCrum
one year at a salary of Two hundred dollars & gets
Boarding & washing in the family of Jas [James?] McCrum
I have made an agreement for this
year at an advance of one hundred dollars
I am well pleased with this place
& the country in general - this state differs
widely from that of Pennsylvania - tis as customary
here to set up & sell Negroes at auction as it is
horses in Ireland this is a trade in which there
is great roguery practised by the rascally Negro-
traders who will often sell a man in one place &
appoint him to meet him again in another place
& sell him again in this way our papers are
always thronged with advertisements of runaways
some time ago Mr Robert Henry called to see
us on his way east to purchase goods
& likewise on his return home He lives in a place
called princeton in this state.
There are but few of our country-
men in this part in comparison to that of Pittsburgh
the climate is somewhat different being warm in
the summer however I believe it agrees with me very
well as I have had as good health here as any
place ever I lived.
I have had two letters
from John Arnold since his return from the last
account He and family were all well & little John
was at college in Washington.
You will probably think I might
give you more satisfaction in this but haste prevents
me at present as Mr McMoran is about starting
We all send our compliments & friendship
to you Jas [James?] McCrum in particular wishes to be
remembered to you as a school mate & comrade
But I must now stop by bidding you &
all friends once more