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Title: Robert Smith, Liverpool, to Mr James Smith, [Moycraig?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmith, Robert W/8
SenderSmith, Robert W
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationback in the USA after visiting family in Ireland
Sender ReligionPresbyterian Check Jonathan And Jon. W, Robert And Robert W Presbyterian
OriginLiverpool, England
DestinationMoycraig, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientSmith, James Sr
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD1828/20: Presented by James Steele, The Whins, Mosside, Ballymoney, Co Antrim
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland
Doc. No.9509079
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 15:09:95.
Word Count702
TranscriptDear Parents
With the kindest feelings that ever a son had
for his parents I wish to inform you of my welfare
since I parted with you on the morning of the 15th
last I rejoice to inform you that the mercies of
the almighty God has ever been with us since
we left you when I parted with my last friend
in Portrush, it of corse [course?] made me feel effected
[affected] a little but I had parted with some before that
time that affected me more than eny [any?] that I seen
[stained] I will now inform you about our passage
[stained] went of [off?] from the wharf Delightfully myself
standing on the paddle box our friends on the shore and we had
not closed our respect to each other by waving
our pocket handkerchiefs at each other until my
brother James was caught sick when I came from my stand I
found him casting up his accounts over the side of the vessal
[vessel?] and cried out o Robert I am
going to die cheear [cheer?] up my lad sed [said?] I your heart
is hole [whole?] Rachel Burnside was next on the carpet
and then Misses [Mrs?] Scott Jane Burnside was a little sick in
short every passenger on board was sick but James Scott
and myself. I was fit to dance Juba on Deck when
the [they?] were all at the worst before we came to the
Giants [Giant's] causeway James was wishing for home and a sight
of [stained] and his mother when we came to Balleycastle
[Ballycastle?] we stope [stopped?] and got in a great quantity
of Potatoes an [and?] James did not know where we were although
he said if he was home he never would be away we landed at lern
[Larne?] at 4 Oclock and went ashore and had a plesent
[pleasant?] walk on land we then started and the eavening
[evening?] got a little cold and the ____ [sea?] more boisterous
we landed in Liverpool after a passage of 30 Ouwers [hours?] but
we got one of our Enjines [Engines?] broken and the Colraine
[Coleraine?] will not be home for 10 Days until she be repaired
I am now starting my figure through Liverpool and you may let
Cozen Robert Wite [Cousin Robert White?] know that I stop in the
single young man lodger for a nit [night?] Mr Samuel Kirkpatrick
came out in a bot [boat?] before we landed and has been with us
ever since and us going alongst with us he is to mess abought
[about?] with me he had his provisions to by since he Agreed our
passages he bought a variety of every thing and he will have
part of our domestick consern [domestic concern?] and we part of
his we agred [agreed?] our passage in the ship called the North
America bound for Philada [Philadelphia?] to sail on monday the
19th Instant and paid œ4..0..0 in the seckon [second?] Cabin
which is a place for our selves we had to pay 4S 0D each of head
money we have all our goods on board and slept there last night
I got James Black in the same place with myself and also the
Burnside girls and the [they?] are all well Brother James Says
that it is no wonder that I did not encourage him to go to
America for when he sees the vessel of liverpool and the
curiosities of both see [sea?] and land and the anense croud
[immense crowd?] of Vessals [Vessels?] and the disagreableness
[disagreeableness?] of being at see [sea?] that if his passage
was not paid he would go home but he says that he will go on as
long as he has me with him give my tha [torn] to Ja[torn]Vica
for his friendship manifeste[torn] us in coming away and to all
those that offered [torn] friendship in the same way and to
every one that inquires after me or my Broth [Brother?] which is
far from his mamey [mammy?] I conclude with hoping to see you
all once more I remain your affectionate and dutiful
Robert Smith

our Capten [Captain's] name
is Baker we have
near 200 passengers