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Title: Thomas Clark, New Orleans to Mrs Mary Clark, Limavady
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileClark, Thomas (1)/83
SenderClark, Thomas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmentions working with tools
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA
DestinationLimavady, Co.. Derry, N.Ireland
RecipientClark, Mary
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD3127/1: Deposited by Dr. S. E. Croskery
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9501024
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT/JW, 04:01:1995.
Word Count491
TranscriptTo: Mrs. Mary Clark
Newtown, Limavady,
County Londonderry

From: Thomas Clark
New Orleans

New Orleans 27th Decer [December?] 1818

Dear Mother & Sisters
These few lines I hope will find you as
well and better than when we parted we weighed Anchor 3 miles
from Belfast opposite the white House on Saturday the 17th
Octr [October?] and on Sunday at 9 O'Clock past noon we took
our departure from Torry [Tory?] Is [Island?] and for New
Orleans on Board the Brig Parker and Sons Captain Henry
Hodgson master who lives in Belfast you may see the
passengers names subscribed to the praise of his kind
treatment on the passage in the Belfast paper on Saturday the
12th Decr [December?] at 10 O'Clock past noon we came to
Anchor at the mouth of the River Mississippi which was
exactly eight weeks and on Monday the 27th [December?] 12
O'Clock at noon we arrived at the Levee of that Grand and
Honourable City of New Orleans which will shortly be one of
the greatest places of [Trade?] not only in the United states
but in all the world. I got business the very day I enquired
for it and am Happy. return my sincere thanks to Mr. King for
encouraging me to leave that poor and wretched country I find
every thing to be as he told me if not better. the Gentleman
who I am with at present finds me tools. If the tools is not
disposed of Mr. King will put them carefully in the Chest for
you send them to Captain Henry Hodgson to Belfast and he will
bring them and the Shirts for me this letter goes by the Brig
Abigal [Abigail?] for Liverpool when the Parker and Sons goes
will write again. let Mr. Hegerty know I saw his son and gave
him the Letter. Let Mary Obrien [O'Brien?] widow of the late
James Obrien [O'Brien?] know that Michael McCloskey her
Cousin-German sailed out Stuart in the Brig along with me he
desires her to let James Hare Wm [William?] McFeely and Wm
[William?] Murry know that he is well and the first time any
of them is going to Belfast that they may let his Father
Mother wife and Children know that he is in good health and
that he intends stopping in New Orleans as he thinks was he
to return he might never be able to get to this Country again
he likewise request [requests?] his Brother John and John
Shaw to make every exertion in their power to come here as it
is his opinion the [they?] woud [would?] have it in their
power to advance their fortune give my compliments to Mr.
Mrs. and Miss Adams. Mr. Adams will be verry [very?] kind to
let Mrs. Scott of Owen Beg know I saw her Son here that he is
verry [very?] well and doing well _ will perhaps be able to
let you know something about the country in my next __

I remain Dr [Dear?] Mother
your Affectionate Son

Thomas Clark