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Title: William McClorg, New York to David McClorg, Templemoyle.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filemcclorg, william/22
SenderMcClorg, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginNew York, USA
DestinationTemplemoyle, Co. Derry, N.Ireland
RecipientMcClorg, David and Anne
Recipient Gendermale-female
SourceT 1227/27: Photocopied by Courtesy of Mr A MacLurg. #TYPE EMG William McClorg, New York to David McClorg, Templemoyle, Co Londonderry, 5 July 1833.
ArchivePublic Record Office, N. Ireland
Doc. No.8905206
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log28:06:1989 LT created 04:12:1990 CD input 05:12:19
Word Count801
TranscriptNew York July 5th 1833
Dear Father & Mother I take up my pen
at this time to write you a few lines, giving you
to understand that I am well thanks unto God for his
mercies which, endure forever and his loving kindness unto
all Generations, Dear parents it gives me great
satisfaction to hear so lately as yesterday that you are in
the land of the living and enjoying tolerable good health
I wrote you a letter from Cincinnati last year I left
that place in May and came up the River to Pittsburgh
during the harvest I wrought in the country when that
was done I came into the City & wrought in a steam
saw mill I liked it well I had fair wages & good
pay I boarded with Mr Thompson he died in November of
a bilious fever, Brother John wrote to me in February said
he thought I would do better in New York I had a desire
to see sister Ann and always had thoughts of coming back
to the Eastern states at any rate, I left Pittsburgh in March
& came to Philadelphia I stopped with William Forrest &
Ann untill [until?] my trunk came on they were well & was very
glad to see me, as soon as possible I embarked in a steam
boat for New York, travelling in this Country is very speedy
we were only eight hours & twenty-eight minutes in coming
from Phila [Philadelphia?] to New York to be ninety six miles
the rail road car is the speediest and pleasantest way of riding
I have seen, each car can carry from forty to sixty passengers some
are drawn by horses and others propelled by steam, I brought
John's watch along with me & gave her to him in New York
he was glad to see me & so was my shipmate John Hunter
I got into the same work along with them I have the
best wages ever I had & have only ten hours to work in
the day, I travelled to the west Country to see the manners
and customs of the inhabitants I now can form an idea
what the Country is better than by report; it is a good
Country but wages are better in the eastern states than in
the west, there are some who write home great accounts
of what they are making & what they have made but
I can assure you I have found out many such accounts
to come far short of what the [they?] were reported I have seen a
great many old Country folks some have done very well &
some have not however I would be far from sending a bad
account of America, a man who keeps from drink & bad
Company by industry can acquire a comfortable living there
are many in Ireland who have mistaken notions of their friends
here who think if they were in America they would be
well but be assured they would meet with many
disappointments they never dreamed of at home, for my own
part there is nothing I regret so much as not coming
here some eight or ten years sooner
Brother David wants John's advice in coming here he will
never advise any person on that subject & I say the same
we both think he would not like it, as every thing
differs very much from the old Country, I like it now pretty
well I have got used to the ways & manners of the inhabitants
and find no more difficulty in working here than at home
I spent yesterday with my old acquaintance Conolly Dale
he and family are all well I am thankful to hear that you
were all well and living in unity together & I return
you my thanks for calling Alexanders son for me, & if I
live it is probable I will yet give him a present from my
own [?]nd John & his Wife are both well she had a daughter
in April called Esther Ann he says the first opportunity
he will send Father a good staff, excuse my writing as
my pen is very bad, I have reason to be thankful I have had
always good health in this Country & have always met with
friends wherever I have been, I heard from Josephs family
in March they were well at that time, John Hunter &
Robert Stewart are well wishing you all many & happy
days together I subscribe myself your affectionate son
William McLurg
N.B. I desire to be remembered to Brothers & sisters relatives
& acquaintances in the kindest manner especially Aunt
Ann & Mrs Robert, when you write direct to John McLurg
Care of Alderman Dunshee Corner of Mister & Mulberry streets
N. York