|Title:||Letter from Craven County, South of Carolina [U.S.] to Dromore|
|Collection||Irish Emigration Database|
|Destination||Dromore, Co. Down, N.Ireland|
|Source||The Belfast Mercury, no.22, vol.III, 14 October 1785, p.3, c.1|
|Archive||The Linenhall Library, N. Ireland.|
|Log||Document added by LT, 06:06:1994.|
|Transcript||Extract of a letter from a native of this kingdom, several years a|
resident in America, to his father near Dromore, dated Craven County,
State of South Carolina, Jan. 10, 1785.
"The country here is blessed with good air and water; our [spirits?]
are good; religious distinctions are unknown, no one lords it over
another; every denomination supports their own clergy, no advancement
is derived on account of opini[-----] [----] Our civil laws are founded
on the ancient and approved basis of natural right and moral equity, and
calculated to protect our liberty; our Representatives, or Assembly men,
are chosen by ourselves, for making our own laws: The expenses of the war
are to be paid as follows - first Tory pro[perty?], land and moveables, are
confiscated and sold, and the profits go to the Treasury for that end; next
the vacant lands to be settled, are charged at the rate of 10£ Sterl.
[per?] 100 acres at settling; which together with moderate [-----] and negro
taxes, will in a little time (without hurting planters or citizens) pay our
proportion of the expences.
The prices of grain, cattle, etc. take as follows: corn [----]d per
bushell; wheat 2s.2d; rice is 9d, barley ditto; cow with calf 2 guineas,
some 2 and a half; 3 plow horse 7 [-----], pork 14s.6d per cwt. All the
foregoing Irish Sterl. yearly holding with little or no variation. - This
Country [is?] again to wear the looks of peace and plenty; foreign,
[--]nternal trade is prosecuted with vigor; our markets are fully stocked,
and benign freedom spreads around her [-----]ing wings. All kinds of
Tradesmen meet with good engagement, and a labouring man can earn 1s.6d
per day. [No] restraint is laid on settlers from any European nation.
People here tan their own leather and make their own [-----]; the girls
spin flax, wool and cotton, and chiefly both [------] and taylor their
own manufacturers with more skill [than?] [a?] European would expect.
- There is no 1d.10s and a [----] in this Country; no illegal impositions,
no fox-tail [-----] nor does my Lord Bishop's [bosom?] raise a dust to
[elevate?] the poor. - And now I leave you to judge, whether who possesses
freedom, peace and plenty, or those who [live?] under the galling yoke of
oppression, stand fairest to the comfort of human life."