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Title: John Phillips, Fairfield, S. C. to James Phillips, Lisburn.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FilePhillips, John/87
SenderPhillips, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationcarpenter
Sender Religionunknown
OriginFairfield, S. Carolina, USA
DestinationLisburn, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientPhillips, James
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 1449: Copied by Permission of Miss G. McClure, Lisburn, Co. Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9002019
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 25:10:1993.
Word Count1421
TranscriptMr James Phillips
Care of Mr Edward Phillips
County of Antrim

Fairfield district March the 12th 1819

Dear Brother

Being anxious to know how you are I take the liberty of
sending you these few lines hoping that they may find not onely [only?]
you but also my Father and mother and every member of our family
in good health and spriets [spirits?] such as I now perfectly enjoy
indeed I have been very well since I left Ireland except sea sickness
and that was of short duration being onely [only?] half an hour during
the whole voyage at that time we ware [were?] in the middle of the
Atlantic ocean running at the rate of ten miles an hour with double
reefed topsails which ware [were?] tor [torn?] to pieces
notwithstanding we had a good passage being onely [only?] six weeks
from we left Ireland to we got a view of our destined shore thire [there?]
was nothing happened during the voyage worthy of communication
so I have onely [only?] to relate what happened after I landed It
being far in the day when we got on shore I spent the remainder in
taking a view of the town which is the most consderable [considerable?]
in South Carolina and is a pretty well built town the public buildings
are an Exchang [Exchange?] store House armoury poor house two large
churches for Episcopalin's [Episcopalians?] two for congregationalists
or independents one for Scotch Presbyterians one for Babtists [Baptists?]
one for German Lutherns [Lutherans?] two for the Methodests [Methodists?]
one for French Protestants besides a meeting house for
Quakers a Roman Catholick [Catholic?] chapel, and a Jewish Synagogue
which are all well finished elagant [elegant?] houses the streets are
wide and sandy the People are clearly in their persons affable and verry
[very?] polite indeed too much so in many respects they have too much of
the politeness of the french [French?] people I had not been walking
long to I met [a?] verry [very?] respectable gentleman who asked me if I
was not one of the passengers I told him I was what part did I come from
Lisburn then we entired [entered?] into conversation in course of which he
asked me if I knew Mrs Singers I told him I did perfectly he told me
he was her Brother John so I give [gave?] him her letter
then he took me with him to dinner whare [where?] I drank some of the
most excelent [excellent?] spirits I ever tasted during which he read
the letter give [gave?] me an excelent [excellent?] advice and promised
to look for a place for me.

Mr Blackwood is a verry [very?] respectable man and an extensive
Merchant he intends to vesit [visit?] Ireland this summer which you
must let Mrs Singers know It was near dark when I parted with Mr
Blackwood returning down the street I met James Coburn and Robert who
was glad to see me after taking a drink of ale I returned to the
ship. The next day was nearly spent in getting our chests landed, A Mr
Gray the gentleman that Robert Coburn keeps store for went to the
custom house with us whare [where?] we had to swear that what we had
was our own personal property so we got a permit for which we paid half
a dollar I put my chest in Mr Grays store and dined with him that day
I stoped [stopped?] at Mr Steels in [inn?] that night whare [where?] I
met with a country gentleman who told me ther [they?] ware [were?]
very ill off for a school master on their settlement and wished me to
go with him telling me that I would have 300 dollars 70£ per year
bound to me and that he would Carry me to the place which was a 160
miles above Charlestown and if the place would happen to be engaged he
would not let me be at any expense to I should happen to get a place
suitable to my inclination - so I started off with this man the next
day and encamped successively in the wood for four or five nights when
we had got up so far as jackson creek I met a Mr David Phillips son to
Captain James Phillips who is Brother to the old Colonel. this young
gentleman pressed me verry [very?] much to go and see his father but I
did not like to stop until I had seen whether the school was engaged or
not but I had only teen [ten?] miles further to go so that I could see
him any time however my hast [haste?] did not avail the school was
engaged but I was pretty safe being carried 160 miles into a healthy
part of the contry [country?] with out any expense after I had spent a
few days I returned to see Mr Phillips who gave me a most agreeable
reception and told me to make his house my home to [until?] I would get
business this old man had a large plantation lives retired and
independent he has 5 sons 4 of them are married and have plantations of
their own one of them is an adjutant in militia I stoped [stopped?]
too [two?] weeks with the old man verry [very?] happly [happily?] as
he is so agreable [agreeable?] his memory so good and having seen so
much of the world that his company cannot fail of being interesting
though he is 70 years of age he relates all his youth ful [youthful?]
exploits with the sprightliness of youth and that dignity of manners
which can onely [only?] be acquired by frequenting the best companies
- I have begun to work with one of his sons at the carpenter business
we are building a Methodist preaching house of timber which is a
farmed work sheeted over we have 700 dollars for it we have onely [only?]
to put up the outside and gallery and floor we get the plank
at the saw mill for a dollar and a half per 110 feet the rest of the
timber for the cutting down I have had a job at sawing the stuff for
our frame so that I can now use the framed saw compleatly [completely?]
- cannot tell you what wages I will make yet as I get a
share of the profits but carpenters wages are from one dollar and a
half to two dollars per day Brick layers and stone masons are the same
plasterers or painters can allmost [almost?] make as much as the [they?]
please a labouring man will get 200 dollars and sometimes
his diet per year. A Blacksmith who will work will make at least 400
dollars per year Schoolmasters get pretty good wages I have been
offered 50£ per year three or four times with my diet but A person
who is able to buy a piece of land he will get it for [?] dollars
per acre for ever he can make more [than?] that trades man can
do, a man who can set up a small store in the country is supereor [superior?]
to any other he will sell nothing but what he will have, 30 P C [per cent?]
at least or more the natural produce of the place
whare [where?] I have stoped [stopped?] is walnut, pine and locust on
these lands [that?] are cultivated there is principally wheat - rye -
barley - oats the three last of which the [they?] sow onely [only?]
for pasturag [pasturage?] as the land dose [does?] not produce grass
of any consequence in this state peaches and apples are plentey [plenty?]
in this settlement Mellons [Melons?] especially the water
Mellon [watermelon?] are vary [very?] plenty and grapes are plenty in the
woods in summer I have little more to communicate onely [only?] I am at
work every day my master is a good undertaker gives me every
instruction bsides [besides?] I am making money plenty inchort [in short?]
I live as well as a man could wish when I wish to go to any
house of worship or any other place there is a horse to ride when I
please though my master has a numerous famely [family?] it is a most
agreable [agreeable?] one composed of 9 boys and one girl who is
most amiable tell Sarah McAfese will meet a good reception here - let
me know every particular and write as son [soon?] as you recieve [receive?]
this I remain your affectionate
Brother John Phillips