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Title: Thomas Cather, Baltimore, to "My Dear Mother", Limavady.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCather, Thomas/66
SenderCather, Thomas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBaltimore, Maryland, USA
DestinationLimavady, Co. Derry, N.Ireland
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD/3220/5/7: Deposited by the Late Lady Tyler on Behalf of the Other Trustees of the Will of Sir Henry MacDonald Tyler.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9808565
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 28:08:98.
Word Count1071
TranscriptBaltimore, April 19th 1836
My dear Mother

When we came to this place, we had no
idea we should have remained so long. We had intended to
have stopped here only a few days, - but our friends have
been so very kind, and our engagements so numerous
that we could not get away, we have however determined
our starting for Charleston the day after tomorrow, and
by the time, this letter reaches you, we shall be, I hope
far south.
As Henry Tyler says, he gave you in his last letter, a
full account of our trip to Virginia, I need not go over
that ground again, but will commence where he left off, and
give you an account of our proceedings since. On our
return, we remained here for a few days, & then went to
Washington where we spent a pleasant week, & made some very
agreeable acquaintances among others, Judge Porter, to whom we
had a letter from Mr Sampson was particularly attentive to us,
we were soon on as intimate terms with them, as if we had
known him for years.- he is a good Irishman, the son of a
clergyman who had the luck to be han-ed [hanged?] in '98 and
who I believe was the author of Billy Bluff. - The Judge
represents Louisiana in the Senate of the U S. of which he
is a distinguished member at his table we met some of the
leading characters and had the good fortune several times
to spend the evening in company with Mr Clay, one of the
most eminent men in America he has given us an invitation
to visit him at his residence in Kentucky, which we will
be very happy to do, if we are in that part of the country.
we have also an invitation from another Kentucky man, Mr
[Crittenden?], Senator for that State - our acquaintances are
rapidly increasing, and we have got plenty of letters of
introduction for the South.
With the exception of the capital which is a very noble
building there is nothing worth seeing at Washington, to be
sure it will be a very fine city when it is built, all it
wants are the houses. The plan of the town is very extensive
and well laid out, but I dont think it will be ever filled
up. I must not forget to mention that we went to Mount
Vernon, a place I felt much interest in visiting.
It is on the banks of the Potomac, and as far as natural
beauty goes is a very lovely spot, but miserably neglected
there is not even an avenue to the house, the plan has
grown wild the garden neglected, the conservatory fading
to ruins every thing bears the look of desolation and decay.
Near the house is a little dell, in the shade of some
cedar trees is Washington's [Grave?] he is bound in a spot
selected by himself he spent time before his death.
We had the honor [honour?] of a private interview with
the President, we were introduced by a member of Congress,
to whom Mr Moore gave us a letter, old Hickory received us
very courteously he chatted for half an hour with us, and
gave his opinion very unreservedly & emphatically on some
subjects.- I was surprised at the way in which he spoke on
matters of state - but he is a man who never conceals his
sentiments - he spoke of the French Government, in language
by no means complimentary - & denounced the Banking system in
very unmeasured terms - there are two subjects on which I
am told he seldom speaks with patience he is a very
tall thin old Gentleman without an ounce of flesh on his
bones, his face is long, pale & wrinkled, and the way in which
he wears his shaggy gray hair combed back, gives him a
rather peculiar appearance. he has much urbanity &
courtesy of manner, but in disposition is said to be the most
unyielding of men, when he has come to a determination, the
whole world could not change it, we were next introduced
to a very different character the Vice President, Mr Van
Buren who it is generally believed will be the successful
candidate for the Presidency next election - he has
the character of being a very clever man, and such a
crooked politican, that he never talks a straight
path, if he can possibly go by a circuitous route.
Judge Porter one day drove us a few miles from Washington
to the house of a Colonel Manford, where the widow of Theobald
Wolfe Tone resides, and introduced us to her, she is
a fine old lady with great veracity of manner, and a good
taste of the brogue on her tongue - she expressed herself
delighted to see the Irishmen so fresh from the sod, and
begged us to visit her as often as we could, during our stay.
Since our return to Baltimore, we have had engagements
every day - I cannot express how extremely attentive
Mr Moore has been to us, he has all the warmth of
feeling & kindness of his family in Derry. Mrs Moore
Ditto - We are quite at home at their house - of
course we [see?] them every day & also Mrs Moores
sisters family - the Armisteads-
Mr Moore is one of the most respectable and influential
inhabitants of this town and appears to be highly esteemed
by every person. every day this week we were engaged, and
have several engagements in advance more than we can fulfil
tonight we are to be a ball - last Sunday we spent in the
country with a Mr Gray, from the neighbourhood of Dungiven,
he told me his father was Presbyterian Minister of Bovevagh.
He is a relation of the Edwards of [Steaer?], and had a
sister married to James Douglas, he has a large cotton
factory about 12 miles from Baltimore, and is, I am told,
very rich. We have met a great many noblemen here, the
leading inhabitants of the town are all Irish.
Henry Tyler will write from Charleston - all well at home,
I hope We are well - love to all - remember me to the
Doctor the Sampsons, [Shiefhills?] I suppose Helen is
able to walk by this time -
Believe me your affct [affectionate?]
Thomas Cather