|Address to the people of Ireland concerning emigration to the U.S.A.
|Irish Emigration Database
|Note to potential Irish emigrants II
|The Irishman, 20th July 1821
|The Linenhall Library, N. Ireland
|Document added by LT, 19:07:1994.
|TO THE INHABITANTS OF IRELAND
WHO MAY BE DESIROUS OF EMIGRATING TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
(Concluded from your last)
THe emigrant will not find himself here transplanted in a
dreary wilderness, secluded from the intercourse of mankind.
already are these fine counties inhabited by a population
of between thirty and forty thousand souls. Many
flourishing villages, such as Meadville, Erie, Waterford,
Mercer, Franklin, and Warren, have been erected; roads
of communication through every part of the country have been
opened; churches for the different denominations of
Christians have been built; schools organized for the
instruction of youth; in one word, the emigrant will find
here every thing that is requisite to supply the real wants,
or that can minister to the real ncomforts of civilized life.
With all these advantages, unimproved land, of the
very best quality, can yet be had here at a very
moderate price, say at from three to five dollars
per acre, and on such liberal terms of credit, that
an industrious man can pay for his land by the
produce of it; while to the person, whose means
enable him to pay for it at the time of purchase, a
generous deduction will be made for prompt payment.
Such are the advantages which this country
presents to emigrants in general; to Irish men, it holds
out an additional inducement which is peculiar to them,
and must be dear to them on their arrival in a strange
country. This country is already partly settled by
emigrants from Ireland, and the Irishman, on his arrival
here, will find countrymen from every county in his native
land, who, with their characteristic hospitality, will
stand ready to welcome him, and to use their best
endeavours to promote his views and secure his
interest in this happy country.
It only now remains to point out to emigrants the
most eligible routs for reaching this country. For this
puropse, we would recommend that they should embark
either for the port of Quebec, in Lower Canada or for
the ports of New York or Philadelphia, in the United
States. From these ports, their routs will be as follows:
BY THE WAY OF QUEBEC
From Quebec to Montreal 190 miles
Montreal to Lachine 15
Lachine to Prescot 150
Prescot to For George 300
Fort George to Buffaloe 35
Buffaloe to Erie 80
Erie to Meadville 37
The whole of the above rout is by water-carriage
except about 37 miles.
BY THE WAY OF NEW YORK
From New York to Albany, (by water) 160 miles -
Albany to Buffaloe, (by land) 300 - Buffaloe to
Erie (by water) 80 - Erie to Meadville, (by land)
The whole of the above rout (with the exception of
about 40 miles), can be travelled by water transportation.
BY THE WAY OF PHILADELPHIA
From Philadelphia to Meadville, by the way of
Bellefonte, is about 350 miles by land, by a
Emigrants on their arrival here will apply to
JOHN BROOKS, Esq. one of the Judges of the court of
Common Pleas, (formerly from the County of Donegall, in
Ireland) and President of the Society, or to any of the
persons referred to below.
H. J. HUIDEKOPER | Committee of
RICHARD BEAN | Correspondence
GEORGE SELDEN |
Meadville, Crawford County, October 2, 1820
William MacArthur, Esq. from the County Donegall.
Mr William Snodgrass, do. do.
Mr Matthew McElhenny do. do.
Dan. Andrews, Esq. Post-Master at Meadville, Tyrone.
Mr Richard Law, from the County do.
Mr William Rogers, do. do.
Mr Hugh Williamson, do. Down.
Mr Matthew McClure, do. do.
Mr Sammuel S. Adrain, do. Antrim.
Mr William Kerr, do. do.
Mr James Campbell, do. do.
Mr James Gibson, do. Derry.
Patrick Farrelly, Esq. do. Cavin.
Mr Barnard McManis, do. do.