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Title: John Nevin, U.S.A. to "Dear Friends", Co. Antrim.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileNevin, John/18
SenderNevin, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationgoods trader
Sender Religionunknown
OriginKnoxville, Tennessee, USA
DestinationCo. Antrim, N.Ireland
Recipient Genderunknown
Relationshipwrites to his family
SourceT 3727/1: Deposited by Professor Ruth-Ann Harris.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9802475
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 09:02:98.
Word Count840
Transcript[From?] James Nevin

[To?] [Loughconnolly?]
[Skerry East?]
[Co. Antrim?]

Knoxville, April 10th 1804, Tennessee State.

Dear Friends,
Happy in an appertunity [opportunity?] of writting
[writing?] I now embrace this your Last favours I
recd [received?] in life the Ten weeks from this Date
I have also seen Mr. Stewart from the Garden a few
Days ago on his way to Natchez which left Ireland
in November last and Informed me that troublesome
times is not Likely to be over yet. O that I could
but have you all in this Countery [country?] with
the Value of your Property. here I enjoy Equal
Right and Priveledges [privileges?] Governor and I
am an Equal Companion of our first rank whilst
you must Pour out your Purse to Landlords and
[whiperins?] And your hats in your hand at same
time you have mentioned your desire to know my
Business in the Injin [Indian?] Nation and also
in Charleston in South Carolina I went down the
Tennessee River with a Boat Loaded with Flower
[flour?] and a number of other articles. Sold them
to the Ingins [Indians?] & Bought Steers off them
And after stallfeeding the the Oxen Drove them to
Charelston [Charleston?]... And I just now am
waiting the Arrival of a Boat I have bought to go
Down the river again And Expects to go in three days
from Now No Dout [doubt?] you will think that a dreadful
Business to Tread [trade?] with the Ingins [Indians?]
But you are Intirely [entirely?] Misinformed
Respecting the Tread [trade?]. You Expect that we that
go there must have Ingin [Indian?] wifes [wives?]
True the white Men that lives in the Nation has
Mostely [mostly?] Red women but that is their pleasure
.. I have my Licence from the Agent of of (sic) War
for one year and I can go and come at my Pleasure
During that term without Either woman or man or
without Company I See Cause to Take along ...I had
intended being home Last Spring but it was Out of
my Power but God willing I shall see you all this one
Coming... I am sorry to Heir [hear?] of so many of
Countery [country?] men being Confined and Sume [some?]
Executed But the Permissave [permissive?] will of God
must be Done - you are under the Rod of Affliction
in a high Degree and : O : that it may be Sanctifyed
[sanctified?] and Improven. You must wait with Patience
your Deliverance (if not come before you receive this)
is fast Hastening. You complain of a Declintion
[declining?] of Religion in me which I may with Shame
Acknowledge in Part but such Religion as we Now have
here No Man hath Ever seen I have been yesterday at
a Sacrement [sacrament?] (and Exercise as they call it)
hath not been half so Bad as sume [some?] Other Meetings
I have Been at. But we have them here to Ly [lie?] two
or three days as if Dead being struck Down at their
Meetings and then to Break out into the Greatest
Raptures of Prayer that the Minister is sume [some?]
times obliged to Quit Preaching to [till?] they are
Done Prayer... Running sume [some?] jumping sume [some?]
Jerking and twitching Like a Person in a Vailent
[violent?] Convulsive Fitre [fit?]
Others Praying Others Singing and Others Shouting
Glory Glory as Loud as they can Bawl and wringing and
Clapping their hands and Such Other Conduct Sure Man
Never Seen in Religious Worship and I wish it may be
the Direction of Heaven for it is as fare [far?]
Beyond my Tongue or Pen to Describe - in my present
attempt to I am far short of it as you may think I
am beyond Anything you have Ever seen - And Although
it hath Alarmed me yet I cannot Approve of it as God
is a God of Order and not of Confusion... we are Now
in this Countery [country?] Under a Real Republican
government and the Best in the Worled [world?] And has
got into Possession of a New and Extensive Countery
[country?] which Ireland would not be a Garden to.
- the river I go Down Goeth into it and perhaps I
may visit it Er [ere?] I return. My Situation in
Life has not changed as yet and What is still worse
No appearance of it and (sic) for my Health Thanks
be to God alone. I [----?] never However (I May Say)
what it is to be sick one Hour. If you Receive this
in Time And it in your Powers Please send me on sume
[some?] Linnen [linen?] this season that it may be
sume [some?] addition to my Stock in going home.
Please Remember me to Brothers ans Sisters Cousins
and families, Mr. Steph [Stephen?] Hunter, Mr.
[-----?] family and Loughconaly [Loughconnelly Townland?]
People and all [torn] and please make my appology
[apology?] for not writing as my Distance and few
appertunitys [opportunities?] Put out of my power
to write to every one... Whilst I Remain your Tender
and Ever Affectionate Brother till Death.
John Nevin