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Title: H Tyler, New York, to "My Dear Mother", Newtownlimavady.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileTyler, Henry/59
SenderTyler, Henry
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationon a trip
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNYC, USA
DestinationNewtown Limavady, Co. Derry, N.Ireland
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD/3220/4/34: Deposited by the Late Lady Tyler on Behalf of the Other Trustees of the Will of Sir Henry MacDonald Tyler.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9808495
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 19:08:98.
Word Count1223
TranscriptNew York March 16th 1836

My dear mother

We landed at this place on the 8th after
a very pleasant passage But as Thomas Cather wrote by
the packet which sailed the day we arrived I suppose
you have heard all that already. I send this letter by
a Mr Davidson who promises to take charge of it to
Liverpool. The people in this country have had a very
backward season the ground being still covered with snow,
which of course makes it very unpleasant to us, as we
cannot move about as much as we might otherwise do and
it may perhaps be pretty owing to that that we have formed
rather an unfortunate idea of this city some of the streets
being nearly blocked up with snow. We are stopping at the
city Hotel which is the largest house I have ever been in,
and the highest too, as I know to my cost, being placed in
the upper story, to reach which I have every day to mount
some where betwixt one and two hundred steps, in
fact all the inns in this country are on a gigantic scale ours I
think accommodates nearly two hundred people, and there is one
which will be opened soon, which will contain five hundred
I have found the yankees, as I expected a very queer race
of mortals, you would be surprised to see how speedily
they take their meat, before you could peel a potatoe
[potato?] they have all finished their dinner in fact they
seem always to be in a hurry and engaged in an affair of
life or death, but perhaps it is not fair to judge of all the
nation by inhabitants of this place, as there is so much
business going on here, However we will know more about it
when we have been some time longer in the country, we called
upon Mr Sampson the day after our arrival and found that he had
been very unwell, but is now recovering, we have been spending
an evening there since, we also dined with Mr Gickons (a
friend of Thomas) on Sunday and spent a very pleasant
evening, The people here keep very early hours, The actual
dinner hour is 3 o clock, and tea at 6. we went to look at
the remains of the great fire, there are an immense quantity
of houses burnt down but they are already beginning to repair
the damage, and in the course of a year I believe it
will all be rebuilt.
we intend leaving this place in a day or two for Philadelphia,
and I suppose we will have to make some stay there, as
the roads are nearly impassable, and travelling will
be very unpleasant until the beginning of next month, and
when the spring fairly sets in, I shall pay a visit to Canada.
I cannot yet form any opinion about the country as all
I have yet seen of if has been comprised in the city of
New York and every thing appears to great disadvantage at
this season of the year. the spring having not yet
set in, but in my next I may perhaps be able to enlarge
more upon the subject, one thing, I believe is pretty
certain in this country that any person with common abilities
and persuance is certain of gaining a livlihood and eventually
becoming independent, it must not be concluded however that the
style of living &c does not enhance the same comforts
and luxuries we can command in our own country, in fact
it appears to me that comfort is a word the Americans
do not understand at all, but it is scarcely fair for me
to begin criticising already, after a residence of one week in
the country.
We were out spending the evening last night with Mr
Machecon, an old countryman of ours and had a most delightful
evening, there being some very pretty young ladies of the
party we were quite an Irish party. No yankies being present
on the 17th Patricks day, there is to be a great dinner here,
but I dont think we will stay for it. I do not find that in
the city things are much cheaper than at home indeed (with
the exception of books, I think most articles in the shops
are dear but I believe this is the most expensive place in
America, in all the Hotels in this country you pay for the
day, our charge here is 2 dollars or about 9 shillings a
day, that however includes servants & every thing, travelling
expenses however are very low indeed, and travelling
very expeditious people here think nothing of a journey
of one or two thousand miles in consequence of the quantity
of building going on labour is very high at present
a labourers time being 5 or 6 shillings a day provisions
of all kinds are also very high here owing to the unusual
severity of winter and so is fuel for the same reason they
burn mostly coal here. when you write you can direct to the
care of John Gihon Esquire 166. Pearl Street. New York. and
he will forward the letters to me wherever I may be. We have
had visits here from arrival of our Newtown friends amongst
others. Mr Harry Hassan & Ned Murray. There is also a Mr
Cochrane who formerly lived with Mr Cather who has been very
attentive to us. acting as our guide through the city and
showing all that was to be seen, we have not made any plans
yet when we shall go from Philadelphia but if the roads are
passable I think we shall go southward till the weather
improves as the season is much more favoured in the south
than it is here and it would be [___?] visiting Canada
before May or June we will I think go as far as Charleston,
& see Wm [William?] Ross. I sent his letter by the post
on Thy [Thursday?] evening. However either Thomas or I
will write again soon, and tell what our motions are
meanwhile I must bid you all goodbye, as I can assure
you my fingers are very cold, as it is a hard frost
at present, and I am sitting in my room without a fire,
so Believe me ever yr [your?] afft [affectionate?] son
H [Henry?] Tyler.
I suppose Alick [alex?] has returned from his Edinburgh
visit I wrote him & also you a letter from Liverpool which
I hope arrived safe remember me to Mrs Danock & [___?]
[O may?] when you write to them, and also to the Raphoe and
Coleraine people and all friends at Newtown, let me hear when
you write if any thing has been done in lodges business and
also if there have been any letters for me arrived I
shall write again in the course of a month, to Mr Alick,
and I hope by that time to be able to give him some
information concerning the country, There is not much
news of any kind at present here, except that the Indians
have been committing voyages down Florida
and there has been a force sent against them, so as I believe
I have said all I have to say over now Goodbye
HT [Henry Tyler?]