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Title: Henry Tyler, Baltimore, to His Mother, Newtownlimavady.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileTyler, Henry/64
SenderTyler, Henry
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationon a trip
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBaltimore, Maryland, USA
DestinationNewtown Limavady, Co. Derry, N.Ireland
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD/3220/4/35: 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.9808239
Date05/05 (?)/1836
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 11:08:98.
Word Count842
April 5th 1836

My dear Mother

I wrote you on the 16th of last
month from New York, since then we have been
travelling about a good deal, we started for
Philadelphia on the 19th and arrived there in
ten hours by steam boat & railway. we were very
much pleased with Philadelphia its regularity
and cleanliness forming a pleasing contrast to
the city we had just left. we were fortunate
moreover in getting into a quiet Hotel, we stopped
a week at Philadelphia & delivered our letter to
old Alec Brown but did not see him, as he was out
when we called on him, & we were out when he called
on us, so that visiting cards were all that passed
between us. At Philadelphia we visited all the
public buildings which are very neat being mostly
built of white marble, inspected the water works,
Dock yard &c and amongst other things attended a
quaker meeting when we sat without a word being spoken
until I fell sound asleep to the great honor [honour?]
of the hoodkins, We met with great attention from Mr
Robertson who came out with us in the same ship.
we left Philadelphia on the 25th and got to Baltimore the
same evening, the approach to the latter city is
very fine, The town being situated on high ground,
and the surrounding country being mostly covered with
wood, we have found the Balimorans the dauntest people
we have yet visited. Mr Moore has, been very attentive and we
have formed a very numerous acquaintance, we are going out
to two parties this evening, We went down last week
to Winchester in Virginia with a party of gentlemen to
be present at the opening of a railway, we had
quite a festival on the occasion, were entertained at two
public dinners and had the honor [honour?] of having our
healths drunk by the company.
In Virginia we had so many pressing invitations that we
could scarcely get away, in fact we might have stopped
there for three months free of all expense, we were much
pleased with the scenery in Virginia, it is the most
beautiful country I have ever seen. some of the country
along the banks of the Potomac, reminded me of the highlands
of Scotland, but I think was even superior to it. It is
the cheapest country to travel in that I have ever visited.
I think a person might live very well there on about
20œ a year. The Viriginian ladies are also great beauties,
T [Thomas?] Cather quite lost his heart amongst them, I
had great difficulty in getting him away from them, and we
have many invitations to return and visit them again.
As soon as we can get away from our kind friends here, we
intend going on to Washington which is only two hours
journey by the railway from this, after we have seen the
president and all the [___?] there we will return to this
city and take the packet to Charleston from whence we
propose, going to New Orleans, and up the Mississippi to
Canada, where we shall arrive by the time winter is over.
Spring has fairly set in here the weather has been very
pleasant for the last week. Almost all the principal
people here are Irish. some of them have made very large
fortunes there are several from the county of Derry. I
believe that any person entering business here is sure of
succeeding. What would McAlick [McAlex?] think of turning
merchant I think it would be a better spec than the Canada
scheme but I shall not form any opinion till I visit that
country. one thing I have made my mind up, upon, that
if I were going to stop in this country Baltimore would be
the place I should like to live in, It will be
a place of immense trade when the railways are opened
to it which are in contemplation, it being the seaport what
will have all the trade of the western country. There is a
great difference between the people here and in the
northern states. There they give you plenty of the fine
words & speeches here they give you good dinners &
entertainment. I shall expect a letter soon I mentioned
in my last that you were to adress [address?] to the care
of Mr Tichon in New York who will forward it to me
with best love to all at Newtown &c
Believe me
ever aff [affectionate?]
H [Henry?] Tyler

Tell Master Dary we will bring him a squirrel when
we come back, we shall expect all the news in the
first letter
T [Thomas?] Cather and I have both enjoyed excellent
health since we left home, we will write the next
letter in about a fortnight and in future we will
continue to write time about any letters that come
to me at Newtown, you can open and let me know if they
contain any thing of consequence
once more good by [bye?]
H [Henry?]