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Title: Robert McClorge, Philadelphia, to David McClorge, Co Londonderry.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filemcclorg, robert/94
SenderMcClorg, Robert
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationteacher
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
DestinationTemplemoyle, Co. Derry, N.Ireland
RecipientDavid McClorg and Mrs McClorg
Recipient Gendermale-female
SourceT2125/7/2: PRONI Exhibition.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9406161
Date15th November 1819
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 07:06:1994.
Word Count649
TranscriptAfter a passage of 30 hours we landed safe in a Place named
Cumberland; where we stopped 5 days. finding no encouragement to
stay any length of time: we determined to return to Saint John and
walked 120 miles through the woods; in some parts of which having 9
miles without a single hut: and a narrow and rugged foot-path: but,
in this as in all other places Providence was our guide, for we
never went one perch astray; the people in that part are generous
and hospitable; and anxious for strangers to settle in it; coming
back to St. John's we resolved to embark for the States; but,
hearing so bad news from those parts, we thought, that one should
go, & another stay , until he should get intelligence of the times
here. John obtained a situation 21 miles from the town at 7 dollars
per month and sound [found?] ; and a view of advancing.(however
wages at all employments are low; I came on to Philadelphia after a
severe passage of 16 days; having experienced a violent storm for 8
days; during which time one of our passengers died on board; getting
ashore 10th October I found my friend Mr.John George and family, in
good health, whose kindness & friendship was very great; giving Dr.
Banks a letter of recommendation, he with many others, interested
themselves on my behalf; & have a good situation in view; which will
be vacant shortly; it is difficult for some time, to strangers
coming into this country, business here is very dull; as much so as
has been experienced for some years past until spring there is no
appearance of amendment; Emigrants here are so numerous; that many
seeing the depression of the Times; go back to Ireland; & others
viewing the City, think it enough. I heard brother Joseph lives at
Greensburg, 30 miles from Pittsburg [Pittsburgh?]; friends Samuel
and John Pollock are in Pittsburg [Pittsburgh?]; Alexander Thompson;
David Haslette, & all the Neely-family, are well & desire to be
remembered to their friends. I intend writing to my brother Joseph
immediately,(if not to see him;) and also to write to friends Samuel
& John. with regards to this Country, at present, there is nothing
in my power to say about it, having been in the city since I came,
but intend going to the Country immediately, John Cru--- [?] went to
Virginia; Wilson Boyd, to Pittsburg [Pittsburgh?], & John -agers [?]
stops at Wilmington. with regard to the letters sent in my Care; I
sent them by a safe hand before me to the City. Revd. [Reverend?]
Mr.Neill, got a place 60 miles up the River Saint [?] John, whose
attention to us,(while there,) was very gne[---?]. This letter with
another, goes by the Prosperity. Flaxseed here is as high as 15
dollars per barrel, & is thought to be very high in spring; John
Magee obtained a place 60 miles from St.John, John Bar, lives near
Pittsburg [Pittsburgh?]; John Dickey & family are in this City and
well; you will please let the parents of Alexander Basher [?] know,
that he is in good health, and stops with his friend Geeng-- [?] in
this City. I have nothing particular at the time to write, but
desiring to be remembered to and Samuel & family, (* John Gay and
family) Cousin John & family, Uncle Robt [Robert?] and family,
Oliver and John Pollock, (* Joseph Ross & family), and all enquiring
friends and neighbours, I remain with sincere regard, your ever
affectionate and loving Son unto Death.
Robert McClorge
When you write, direct to John George South eighth Street No. 1h3,
Another letter, if time and opportunity permit, may be expected in
Conestega. tino[?] go in

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