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Title: Henry Tyler, Charleston, to Alexander Tyler, Newtownlimavady.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileTyler, Henry/65
SenderTyler, Henry
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationon a trip
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCharleston, S. Carolina, USA
DestinationNewtown Limavady, Co. Derry, N.Ireland
RecipientTyler, Alexander
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 3220/4/36: 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.9809205
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 23:09:98.
Word Count876
TranscriptCharleston S.C. [South Carolina?] May 7th 1836

My dear Alick
I take advantage of a ships leaving this for
England to send you a few lines We arrived here on the 4th of
this month, after a voyage of 11 days from Baltimore which
however was very pleasant as we had fine weather & good
accommodation. On our arrival we paid a visit to Mr Ogilby and
found him and Mr Ross both well we have spent most of our time
with them since. The weather is very hot here so we will not
make a long stay but will start for Kentucky and thence to Canada
as soon as possible. I hear great accounts of the Western country
its fertility and climate are both highly spoken of but I shall
be able to tell you more about it when I get there. We have
invitations from Mr [Clay?] & Crittenden the senators for
Kentucky, & I hope will find it very pleasant. The Planters in
this country (S. [South?] Carolina) make an immense deal by the
cultivation of cotton & rice, but the unhealthiness of the
climate in the interior & the prevalence of slavery, I think,
more than counterbalance the advantages they enjoy the same
objections apply to all the southern states, and moreover the
state of society is a very unpleasant one, to live in. Almost
every one carries a long case knife which upon the slightest
provocation he thinks nothing of sticking into your ribs.
Assassinations in fact are very common almost every paper
contains an account of one or two, people flock here however
from all parts, a great proportion of the inhabitants of this
place being composed of English & Irish. The love of gold conquers
every other feeling. This place at present is crowded with
volunteers from the seat of war in Florida. There are about 600
Indians there, who have kept [1,000?] troops employed all the
winter, endeavouring to subjugate them, and they are just when
they started, there have been about a dozen Indians killed and
about two or three hundred Americans, one Chief was killed who
had 100 white scalps in his belt, all operations have ceased for
this season on account of the climate & I calculate it will cost
Jonathan some few dollars & men before the business is finally
brought to a close. There is another war going on in Texas which
is a fine province belonging to Mexico bordering on the U.
[Unites?] States. The origin of it is this. The Mexican
government some time ago gave grants of land, to a parcel of Yankee
settlers, who continued increasing till they mustered some 30 or
[40000?] They then thought they were strong enough to set up for
themselves. And accordingly have declared themselves independent.
Santa Anna the head of the Mexican republic, has determined to
regain the country. And marched a powerful army into it during
(sic) the Yankees before him, and would have kicked them all out
before this, were it not for the supplies of money & men they
have received from this country, for there is a strong feeling
in favour of the Texians [Texans?] although it appears to me that
they have been just treated as they deserve, for in the final
instance they had no business to go into the country at all,
when there are such tracts of unoccupied land in their own, And in
the second instance after they got there they should certainly under
obedience to the government under whose protection they had
placed themselves, but it shows the genius of the people not
content with their own immense territory they must be always
encroaching on their neighbours.
I suppose this letter will reach you at the Umbra, where you &
Master Samuel will be shooting away at the shell drakes, I hope
I will be able in my next letter to give you an account of some
sport in this country. I am very anxious to try my hand at the
squirrels and deer. I have not had an opportunity of doing any
thing yet. I have formed a great many plans for you & myself in
this country, but as they are merely plans I may as well keep
them to myself. I shall first see as much of the country as I
can & then I shall know better what is to be done. I suppose you
enjoyed your trip to Edinburgh. I have just written to [Dunlop?]
who I suppose you saw there.
With best love to all I shall now come to a close I cant say
where my next letter will be from but I will make Thomas write
in a week or two, he by the way sends his love also to all the
pretty girls in the country [and?] so goodbye and believe me
ever yr [your?] aft [affectionate?] [brother?] H. [Henry?]
so I must conclude with a hundred thousand loves &c &c -



Alexander Tyler Esqr
Newtonlimavady [Newtownlimavady?]

Who do you think I met here the other day. John Barber, he is in
a grocery store and is looking & doing remarkably well.
Mr Ross expects to be home some time in August He & Thomas
Cather are just waiting for me to go old (sic)