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Title: Robert McClorg [Philadelphia?] to Parents, Co Londonderry.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filemcclorg, robert/37
SenderMcClorg, Robert
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationteacher
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPhiladelphia?, Penn., USA
DestinationTemplemoyle, Co. Derry, N.Ireland
RecipientDavid McClorg and Mrs McClorg
Recipient Gendermale-female
SourceT.1227/33: Photocopied by Courtesy of Mr A Mac Lurg. #TYPE EMG Letter from R [Robert?] McClorg [Philadelphia?] to Parents [Templemoyle, Co.Londonderry?]. No Date
ArchivePublic Record Office Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.8905199
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log28:06:1989 GC created 05:12:1990 GC input 06:12:19
Word Count607
TranscriptYou yourselves only
You may think me very ungenerous in not sending
you something at this time last night late I saw in
a newspaper the advertisement that the vessel
was about to sail for Londonderry this morning I
hastened and took the stage in order to be in the city in
time but she had fallen down to Newcastle 30 miles
from Philada [Philadelphia?] I intended to have sent two hogsheads of
flaxseed but there is none to be obtained here and there
is no prospect of any other going this season the paper
mentioned the vessel was about to sail the 5th instant
the flaxseed was bought & sold at [8?] dollars & an half
which in this currency of this state #3"3"9 per [Hwd?]
but in the spring or next fall I hope my long promise
shall be realized my expences [expenses?] here are very considerable
I pay for boarding 10 dollars per month which is
#3"15 of the currency of this state without washing or
mending or any thing else clothing is nearly the same
as in Ireland but the making is very expensive and
a teacher here in a respectable rank of society as I must
be has to dress well and go as a gentleman almost
every day and if this is not the case he is looked
upon with Contempt and my recommendations
put me in such a situation as not to be in an indiff[?]
dress this is a country very much for fashion and
gaiety although to these things [Poto?] not look but to
decency the occupation of teaching in this Country is
troublesome and thankless and more trying than in
the old the spirit of republicanism is so much
imbibed my labours are considerable and my exertions
are more than ever they were in [any?] place John has
made it out well in the British divisions and
was much thought of I wrote a letter last night for
New-york but will not get an answer for some time
however he got off safe from Philada [Philadelphia?] in the steam
boat he had thought of engaging as a [briney?] he sa[i?]d he
would go home next spring if I would no[t?] go back I
imagine shall never take place with me except things
are such as my circumstances will well afford it in
d[?]y John was e[ve?]n played in any thing and every thing
by which he Could make money and has saved well
you mentioned I might be as well in Ireland but that
is not the case it is true I cannot [lay?] [by?] anything [yet?]
I am not [?]odd you also stated that Mr Jamison enquried
for me & that I might have mentioned him it is true that
I might have done so but his cenduct [conduct?] to me was such at
my departure that although I forgive I'll not soon forget
brother Joseph has nine children but as I have not his letter
in my possession & I cannot give you their names as I
wish there is a probability I will remove to New
york in the spring send me an account of matters how
they stand with your dear parents I have to excuse
for not having this letter more interspersed with religion
but this is out of my power when other matters are so
pressing make sure of Eternal life religion is at a [low?]
ebb in Ireland in general and more may the blessing of
Almighty God rest remain & abide with you all
forever amen with the utmost esteem for brothers & sisters
until Death yours R McClorg