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Title: Henry Tyler, New Orleans, to Alexander Tyler, Newtownlimavady.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileTyler, Henry/69
SenderTyler, Henry
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationon a trip
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA
DestinationNewtown Limavady, Co. Derry, N.Ireland
RecipientTyler, Alexander
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD/322/4/38: 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.9808494
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 19:08:98.
Word Count1218
TranscriptNew Orleans July 7th 1836

My deat Alick [Alex?]

In my last letter from Charleston, I
think I mentioned that we were bound for this place, but
I imagined we would be here long before this, We were
for some time undecided whether to come by sea or land, But
as we had a statutory dread of jolting 500 miles over American
roads in American coaches we finally determined on the sea
particulary as we should have had to have passed through the
country of the Creek Indians, who were in a disturbed state,
and who have since broken out into open hostilities and stopped
the coaches and murdered all the whites they could lay their
hands on so finding a vessel starting for Havana we determined
to take it in our [___?] set sail on the 12th arrived there
on the 20th May at Havana we were detained waiting for a passage

to this place till the 17th June and after a tedious passage
of 15 days arrived here on the 22nd July. From this we
will start in a few days for Louisville in Kentucky
about 1300 miles up the river which will take us
about ten days by steam boat. From thence I will continue
up the river to B----- [Beaver?] cross there to Lake Erie and
then to Toronto & [Mr Shedden?], where I shall end my travels
for the present. I should have liked to have then to regulate
my motions by the state of my pocket, and I have determined
not to exeed the sum to which I have restricted myself.
However I think I have done pretty well in the travelling
way, by the time I get to Canada I shall have passed over
more than 8000 miles and nearly made the circuit of the
United States I suppose before this reaches you, W [William?]
Ross will have got home again, he will be able to tell you
all my adventures crossing to Havana, which is a most
extraordinary looking place, the Houses and buildings struck
me as being so old that I bought a sketch book and took
uproads of 30 sketches of different views in the city which
will give you a better idea of the place when you see them
than I can by describing it. The ship which brought us
over here was principally loaded with fruit, oranges, pine
apples and mangos so as you may suppose we had great
catering on the way. at Havana I went to see a Bull fight, and
I have taken some sketches of it. Coming up the river to this
place I have great shooting at Alligators, we saw members
of the logo I struck several with the rifle but as we were
towed up by a steamer I had no time to enquire if they
were much hurt. we find the weather here quite cool, after
Havana the Thermometer seldom rises above 90ø. The town
However is very dull, as most of the respectable people
leave it during the Hot weather out of his letters of
introduction, we have only found two persons in town, so
we shall make a start of it tomorrow or next day and
get up the river. On the 4th of this month (the anniversary
of independence) they had great days here their [there?] was
a large quantity of gunpowder expended, and several accidents
occurred firing salutes. New Orleans is a much better looking
town than I expected it is built with more attention to
regularity than the generality of American Cities, The
population at present is about 60,000, but in the winter it
increases to 140,000. The quanties of steamers on the river
and their size struck me more than anything else they look like
floating houses, generally with two rows of cabins above the
deck. Their fares I think are reasonable from this to
Louisville, you pay about ten pounds for which you are
found in every thing coming up here from the mouth of
the river we were nearly devoured by misquitoes, in
number & size they exceeded any thing I ever saw before They
fairly drove me out of my cabin sleeping was out of
the question so I had to parade the deck all night they
came in droves from the swamps, with which the river is
lined, are were about as big as [___ ___?] We have not had any
letters from home yet But I suppose there are some
waiting us at New York
We will write to have them forwarded to Louisville I
suppose when you get this, you and Walter will have opened
the campaign against the partridge dont spare them on my
account. I hope I will be able to tell you in my next
something about Canada wild turkeys & deer &c. I am anxious
to hear from home, I hope I will get letters by the end of
the month, telling me that you are all well if any thing has
been done in Lodges business & how Mr Gary Forset is getting
on Tell George Cather he must not shoot all the game in the
country this year Did you & Master [___?] catch many trout
we caught more than 20 dolphins on out way from Havana By the
by Thomas Cather has a touch of the yellow fever at [torn] I
doctored him, & cured him in 4 days. I first boiled him
[torn] hot bath then [___?] him under blankets gave him
plenty of castor oil and nothing to eat, and on the 4th
day he was up a good deal reduced to be sure, but free
from fever it was a fortunate thing he would not let me
call in the doctors, or they would have made a six weeks
business of it he has now regained flesh, and is as strong
as when he left home, I have been fortunate in escaping
sickness of all kinds, except sea sickness, and I have not
had a great deal of that. I hope you have been all equally
well at home, but you are at the [___?] now, and of course
you are well. I dont think I will write again till I get to
Canada which I fancy will be by the beginning of next month.
remember me to Mr & Mrs Dallas the Burnsides & the Raphoe
people, Tell Mrs Betty I will endeavour to visit her
[prognostications?], but I have not been able to find a widow
to my taste yet. How does Mr Dacy Miss Ellen get on but you
can fill up my list of loves & remembrances at your own will
& pleasure as I have no room for them Here so Goodbye
And believe me ever yr [your?] afft [affectionate?]
brother H [henry?] Tyler

8th July
Before closing I will add a few lines we start
today at 3 o clock up the river and shall get to Louisville
by the 20th if there are any letters for us at New York we
ought to have them by the 25th, I have written Walter from
this, I suppose he is still at B[___?]ham
any more marriages in Newtown. I expect to hear of Edward
Boyles next tell Matilda Brown to look sharp, I
shall expect a pair of gloves