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Title: Robert McClorg, Pennsylvania, to David McClorg, Templemoyle
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filemcclorg, robert/104
SenderMcClorg, Robert
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationteacher
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPennsylvania, USA
DestinationTemplemoyle, Co. Derry, N.Ireland
RecipientDavid McClorg and Mrs McClorg
Recipient Gendermale-female
SourceT 1227/8: Photocopied by Courtesy of Mr A MacLurg #TYPE EMG Robert McClorg, Whitehall, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 18 June 1820, to his Father, David McClorg, Templemoyle, near Newtownlimavady, Co Londonderry.
ArchivePublic Record Office, N. Ireland
Doc. No.8905187
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log28:06:1989 LT created 09:11:1990 CD input 14:11:19
Word Count669
Mr David McClorg, Templemoyle
Parish of Bovevah [Bovevagh?] near Newtownlimavady
County Londonderry Ireland
White hall June 18th 1820, Lancaster - County state of Pennsylvania
Dear Father and Mother, As the present time affords an opportunity
of communication with you I embrace it thanks be to God, for all his
mercies. I am in good health, and hope these lines will find you and
all my friends enjoy the same blessing. I sent you three letters from
Philadelphia, in December last and one to the Revd [Reverend?] Mr Wilson.
Whether he or you, received them or not I cannot tell, but as yet I have
got no answer, three vessels arrived at this country in Spring
from Londonderry, one of which viz the Richard was wrecked on
the coasts, the other two arrived safe, and as it is a month since the
[they?] last came in I think it singular that no letters have come to me,
But it is probable you sent them by the above named ship and
might have been lost however, the passengers and goods arrived
safe but the best way to send letters, is by the Captain, and give
them to no passenger, I had mentioned to you in the first letters
that John stayed in the British settlements, and if any means
of encouragement offered, I would send for him but as the times
are here at present, he is probably as well where he is.
However, I sent him two letters in Spring but have received
no answer as also, a letter to Pittsburgh to friends Samuel
and John Pollock but no returns I expect daily to receive
your letters, and shall write to [you?] every opportunity
I stated in a former letter how far from Philadelphia the
place was where I obtained a situation which was 14 miles
but through the attention of my friend Mr John George
the present place was found three weeks after, being 50 miles
from Philadelphia in a Gentleman's family and in a
healthy and pleasant part of the country, where I have
two hundred dollars per year and found & the tuition easy
The land, here for the most part is good and produces fine crops.
We have had accounts from the public prints of a severe winter
through Europe, in general, and it has been the same in America
Business of every kind is dull here at present, & wages very low.
Emigration to this country for the present year has (in my opinion)
wisely diminished, you may no doubt think I wrote hard and
unfavourable of the Country in my first letters, but nothing
was said, more than the voice of the public and a thorough experience
of many here - testified markets of every kind are low, produce
in abundance every where and no consumption, crops look very
well in general and harvest will be no in a fortnight.
We got several accounts of the alarming state of the West of Ireland
and of the disaffection in England and Scotland with regard to
this country I cannot advise any person to come to it as my time
here has been short and most of people have a delicacy in advising upon
a subject so important in short the times in all countries
have been depressing in some degree, and this country must [feel?]
them as well as others, if an answer comes from John or he comes in
here I will let you know by the first opportunity & also from Friends
Samuel and John, for the information of their friends those whom I
mentioned in my first letters are all well Mr John George and family
are well. I have nothing in particular at present to write but -
desiring to be recommended to Uncles & Aunts and all enquiring
friends and neighbours I remain your ever affectionate &
grateful son,
Robert McClorg.
P.S. When you write to me direct to Mr John George South
Eighth street No 143 Philadelphia. Who, always knows -
where I am, and can forward your letters immediately, this and
another letter go by the Conestoga a regular trader to Ireland