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Title: Thomas Lawrence, Savannah to Hester Sampson, Newtown Limavady
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filelawrence, thomas/41
SenderLawrence, Thomas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman
Sender Religionunknown
OriginSavannah, Georgia, USA
DestinationLimavady, Co. Derry, N.Ireland
RecipientSampson, Hester
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD 955/35: Deposited by Messrs Martin, King, French & Ingram
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N.Ireland
Doc. No.9906143
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 30:06:99.
Word Count795
TranscriptSavannah 7th March 1800
Dear Hester
I had the pleasure when at New York in October last
to recieve [receive?] your letter per Mr Simpson bringing me an
acct [account?] of the addition you had made to your little ones
one of a latter [later?] date from James Lawrence of Dublin
brings us the pleasing account of our Friends being well. On my
arrival in this city, I was met by my Cousin James T.
Lawrence who immediately after accompanied me to
my Uncle Wylly's place at a mile distance from
Town where he has a handsome House and Gardens.
My uncle received me in a friendly manner but
cannot say I was much pleased with my Aunt on
our first aquaintance [acquaintance?] her manner being very
She never enquired about my friends at Home
or when or how I came or any thing of the kind However
I have since found that it is not the Custom of this
place for the women in particular to ask many questions
after receiving an Invitation to spend some time there
which I declined accepting I returned to town and
the next day went to my Aunt Habershams
Plantation about eight miles from town where I was
received in the most friendly manner by my Uncle and
Aunt from whom I have experienced every attention
and civility I knew my Aunt immediately by my
mother whome [whom?] she is extremly like but much more
delicate She is rather in a bad state of health but
seems much better now than when I saw her first
You have no doubt long since received an account
of the Death of my Uncle Habersham which happened
in June last after a few days illness. He was a most
friendly man - a Brother of his Major Habersham
Collector of this part is since dead. Shortly before
my Uncles [Uncle's?] Death there was a judgement against his
property, for British Debts contracted before the late war,
a part of which has been and the remainder is to be
sold. However as the property was large and my Aunt
comes in for a third share she will still be enabled
to live well Her two Daughters are married to men
of respectability and large property one of them your
namesake is the finest woman that I have seen in this
place None of the Ladies that I have met with are
to be compared to the Irish in either looks or manners
I did not like their pale or brown faces at all at first
but begin now to get a little better reconciled to the
colour. My Uncle Wylly s eldest Daughter is well
married to a Mr Adams a planter His eldest Son rather
an odd character is mate of a Vessel the remainder
of the Family two Sons and a Daughter are at school
To give you some idea of the situation of our friends
my Uncle Wylly lives in much the same [style?] as a
man at home would on œ400 per annum and [torn]
same as one on œ350
Last summer was very sickly all
over this country. Savannah itself had a good share
of it. I was fortunately from this before the sickly scare
came on and intend this summer to remove either
back into the country or go to the West Indies during
the sickly months of Augt. [August?] Sept. [September?] and
October My Brother Sams Son Alexr. [Alexander?] and I have some
time ago gon [gone?] into partnership, and established ourselves
in this placewhere we intend to remain in business We have
as yet been fortunate in our Dealings
Business has been much duller this season than usual
on account of the great fall in the prices of cotton and tobacco
by which the people of this state are supported This
winter has been the most severe ever remembered the snow
was at one time eighteen inches deep the like never remembered
here before this is an excellent country for poor tradesmen
carpenters and bricklayers wages two Dollars per day others
in the same proportion the climate is extremely warm
in summer and very variable which makes it so unhealthy
James Lawrence and his family are well also my Uncle
Wylly and Aunt Habershams family. my Aunt desires to
be remembered to you in the warmest manner
give my love to my mother and the [children?]
and believe me [your?] [torn] Brother T Lawrence
I fear Mr. Sampson has been offended at my discouraging acct
[account?] of this Country or he would have wrote me before
present my best respects to him and inform
him that I still continue of the same [opinion?] [torn]
[respecting?] the removal of a family
to any part of this Country.

*Envelope Address:-

Mrs. Sampson
Newton L.Vady [Newtownlimavady?]
[P?] Brig Mary
via Glascow [Glasgow?]