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Title: John Parks to John Caldwell Junior
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileParks, John/33
SenderParks, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman
Sender Religionunknown
OriginDublin, Ireland
DestinationNew York, USA
RecipientCaldwell, John Jr
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipfriends, business
SourceT 3541/2/2: Deposited by Mrs. R.V.T. Edie
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9309353
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C. R., 30:09:1993
Word Count1480
TranscriptHarmony Hill 3 August 1799
My Dear John
As no private conveyance or Merchant vessel offers, I think it necessary to
write you by the Packet-. I wrote you a few lines by Bellona & Draper to
New York. Yr. [Your?] Father wrote Dolphin bound to Boston - he finding it
impossible to get his time extended, for more than one month, after making use
of it in settling his affairs, sailed from Larne for Philadelphia the 7th
ult?, [ultimo?] on the Prosperity, Capt'n [Captain?] Loughan - his situation
on board was extremely commodious, but I hope and trust that long ere you
received this he will be with you safe and happy. - Previous to yr. [your?]
Father's departure, the defect in the title to Ballynacrushan was radically
removed, and it is now at Sale,-Kyle being off-and no other person has since
actually offered for it, th' [although?] many enquirys [enquiries?] - We have
the happy tidings of yr. [your?] safe arrival - the Ship which conveyed your
Packet to Mr. Wilson arrived in Dublin Harbour the 10th July & on the 20th we
had yours - the accounts you give have made Flora entirely a new woman - you
had a merciful escape from the French - which I conceive was entirely oweing
[owing?] to your address - Your journal interested us much, and we take for
granted that on the 11th of June the family slept in New York - You must have
spoke a vessel at Sea, as the account of the French reincontre was in Belfast
a fortnight before your letter arrived-
Since your Father left us, everything has gone Smoothly, plenty of Turf cut
and a fine Stock got up - the Carry? got forward, and a tolerable Quantity of
Linen washed & Beetled.- the Cloverfield cut & trampcocked? - also the two Hay
seed fields - the remaining hay will be brought to sale in Lotts in abt
[about?] a fortnight, on foot - & what remains for want of the value being
offered, together with what oats may remain in like manner will be cut & sold
from time to time as the market may call for it.
Fletcher Shaw & Darlington sold yr [your?] Father's last cloth under
invoice which will leave I believe 30 Brit. to yr. [your?] Father's credit -
but I have not yet received the acc't [account?] current - I have got the
Manchester Mortgage reconveyed at an expence [expense?] of abt [about?] two
guineas - my friend who only went to Manchester, was obliged to get at Mr.
Harrison in the interior of Lancashire, which incurred the expence [expense?].
John Orr, Hugh Orr's son still remains in Confinement in Belfast and I fear in
the end will be obliged to go to America-. James Steele is turned out of the
Marchioness's employment - poor unfortunate Js. [James?] Parks still
persecuted-however he defies his Enemies ----------------- I fear ---- have
destroyed his prospect of succeeding in his profession- John Calderwood, W.
Boyd & all here, as usual- I seldom go into B'money [Ballymoney?] -pleasant
society istotally [is totally?] over - Yesterday they were all signing papers
approving of the Union- the whole nearly of the Grand Jury at this last Ass's.,
which ended a few days ago, were for it - the opposition to it is nearly over,
the Gov't. [Government?] party being greatly strengthened by the great body of
Constitutional reformists, who may now seeing all hopes of an amelioration of
the Borough or Parliamentary trade system over, are flying to the Union as a
channel through which they will be rescued from the Tyranny of the Monopolists
- besides the Union (it is now sayed [said?]) will carry the Catholicks
[Catholics'?] Settlement - and a kind of reform of the representation in its
bosom -

On the Continent Prussia is intriguing to give France a limited Monarch - the
Allies pressing her close -& Buonaparte [Bonaparte?] entirely destroyed Egypt
- on the whole great changes are expected on the Political Theatre-
Everything looks prosperously on England, the fund rising - & no opposition-
In short the loss of the Publick [public?] Opinion by the French seems very
much to have tended to their present situation - and has been much in favor
[favour?] of these Kingdoms.
Aunt Ball still at the Green, Uncle Ball & all the Parish of Lifford people
well - Chambers. & etc.-but neither of the Miss Marshalls have come over.
Butter has experienced a considerable fall, but it is believed Beef will be
very dear. Linen cloth and Yarn greatly looking down, & all wishing they may
have a fall - as they say the last linen sent to America at the dear price has
sold Badly -
Flora will write to the girls Joseph - she would write here but for fear of
double postage - Andrew is very industrious changing the Bookworm in to the
man of business - Mrs. Calderwood is now with Mrs. Martha Dinsmore, and I
rather believe will be permanently fixed there.-
We all (viz. Flora, Andrew, little James & I) long most anxiously for the
Sale of the Concerns here, and that all yr. [your?] Industry may be set in
motion by the Spring of Capital - and that we may have the happiness of once
more joining you all - No efforts have been, nor shall be wanting on this head
-my only fear is that an offer may be made for the Green, which may force us
to wait an answer from yr. [your?] Father - & therefore I wish he would by his
first lett letter - say what he conceives the lowest purchase it ought to go
at without Sacrificing it; this he's refused before he left this -- but every
hour since shews [shows?] me the wisdom of having some Instruction of this kind
- That in - -- - --shall turn out as profitable, as your Father may think
they should I dare not hope - but If the persons he has entrusted shall do
their best, I think is all that can be reasonably expected from them -
Thus my dear John have I thrown together without method every Circumstance
that occured [occurred?] to my mind worth noticing - Wm [William?] Boyd has not
yet paid, but I am in hopes it now Soon will, proceedings are going on --
You will have Packets by every Private Vessel Sailing from Belfast or Derry *
With love to you all, in which all most fervently Join me I am as Usual
My Dr. [dear?] John most aff'y [affectionately?] yrs. [yours?],
John Parks

particularly to your Father
my son particularly desires his love to his aunt Eliz'th [Elizabeth?] & Uncle
William- he is in excellent health, but very bold - tho' [although?] twice
inoculated he has refused the small pox-
4th August

4th August. Since writing the foregoing, we have this day received My Dr.
[dear?] Mary's and yrs. [yours?] of 15th June Packet Packet from Falmouth-
We eat Pine apples [pineapples?] & Brea Bread & Milk with the Girls in Im
magination [imagination?]. I hope & trust we shall have your acc't [account?]
of the Meeting between you all. Richard & your Father-
(In another hand)
Since the account came of the arrival of you all I am really quite a new
creature - my spirits are better than I could have supposed they would have
been during our separation - and if I heard of my dearest Father getting safe
to you I would be quite at ease- he hasbeen [has been?] just a month out
yesterday- and I depend on that power who has already done such wonders for
us, for his safety - John tells you the reason for my not writing fully now -
I will take the first opportunity of doing so - we have got my Grand Mother
placed with Mattie Dinsmoure which is a great satisfaction.


Uncle Jack rather oftener with us than before - Aunt Ball tolerably well - I
havebeen [have been?] here at B Bank for some days - it was yesterday my dear
Mary's letter was sent me by Andy - it was just that day fortnight the first
news of your arrival came - this family were really quite in delight about it -
for my part my feelings were indescribable - by this time I figure you to
myself as being settled - acknowledged and beloved by your old friends- and
all Carressed [caressed?] by new ones - and enjoying - and anticipating
pleasures which you could not have known here- my heart is with you all- and
my enjoyment [tear] depends on your happiness
My dear girls and boys

The letter is addressed:

"Single sheet
Paid A Avan 99

Mr. John Caldwell Junr. [Junior?] [care of Messrs. John and Joseph Stevenson,
Peekskill state of

In John's hand on fold "Harmony hill 3 Aug
1799 John Parks
rec'd 10 Oct. "

Also figures - " 7. 3.10
66.16. 6
7. 4

forwarded to Peekskill, N.Y. (Which had a Hudson River landing.) on the
advice of Bishop Provost of N.Y.C. - Trinity Church - John Caldwell, Jr. left
the city with his charger to escape the yellow fever epidemic. The Bishop's
wife was an Irishwoman, a Miss Bousfield, + they took an interest in the newly
arrived Caldwell family. The trip to Peekskill took 2 days in a Hudson River
sloop. John wrote in his memoirs that "nowadays (1850) it could be done by
steam in 2 1/2 hours!"