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Title: Crockett, George Jr to Crockett, George Sr., 1807
CollectionIrish Immigrants in the Land of Canaan. Letters and memoirs from colonial and revolutionary America (1675-1815) [K.A. Miller et al.]
SenderCrockett, George Jr
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationentrepreneur, trader
Sender Religionunknown
OriginGalltin, Tennessee, USA
DestinationDrumnashear, Co. Donegal, Ireland
RecipientCrockett, George Sr.
Recipient Gendermale
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Word Count824
Genrelife in the colonies, events
TranscriptGeorge Crockett, Jr., Gallatin, Tennessee, to George Crockett, Sr., Drumnashear, Killea Parish, County Donegal, 29 January 1807

Gallatin Jany 29th 1807
Dear Father
You no doubt by this time begin to conclude that I am no more, or that I have forgotten you, but be assured its by no means the case, although I can give no excuses that would be satisfactory to you why I have not been more mindfull of my duty, as you may with justice Suppose that no engagement whatever aught to divert my mind or take my attention So much as to make me forget my obligations to you, I must therefore plead guilty and endeavour to make amends in future, Spring last I left Abingdon and came out to this place (Cumberland) w<h>ere I Started with a Boat loaded with Cotton (37000 lb) and went down with it to New Orleans a distance of a bout 1300 Miles from where I first took water on Cumberland River, I Sold the Cotton at New Orleans and went by water round from thence to Baltimore and had the pleasure of doing the whole buisiness very much to my employers (Majr White) Satisfaction Majr White and me formed a partnership before I left him and I on coming to Baltimore purchased an Assortment of Goods and brought them out to this place in (Cumberland in the State of Tennessee) where I now do business under the firm of White & Crocket I laid in about 10000 Dollars worth of Goods have made tolerable good Sales So far, and I make no doubt in time to do a handsome business here in this place, the great dificulty in doing business here is the distance we have to go to market The produce or staple commodity of this Country is Cotton which has all to be taken to Orleans and we have about 750 Miles to waggon our goods from Baltimore here, this is I Suppose the richest Country for Land in America it is Settling very fast and I think will in Some time be the richest Country in the world in every respect, Brother William & Cousin Thomas Culbert have been in Baltimore now about 16 months working at the Currying Business and are now compleat in that Branch, I am making arrangements for their establishing a Tanyard in this place which I expect to accomplish in the course of next Season at farthest, I also expect to have Brother David established in his business here, David writes me he is in very good employ at new york, I have this day received a Letter from Cousin John Crocket (Uncle Williams Son) informing me of his Arrival at new york and that he was not likely to fall into business there I have therefore wrote him to come immediately out to me and I would either give him employ my self or get him in with Some other Merchant in this Country, but if he thinks proper to live with me he may, as I expect from the opportunity he has had he must be purty Smart at Business or at least I can Soon make him acquainted with it, your last letter to me informed of Mothers indisposition I Sincerely hope She has got over it or Should it pleased God to have taken her to himself I trust your good Sense enabled you to bear the Shock with becoming fortitude and that you Still find consolation in what of your family Still remains with you, as you are now become old you aught not to expose yourself but make the Boys attend to all the out business, whilst you at home in the Society of the girls may have all your cares lull d to rest and Spend your last days in harmony and ease, I have heard of Brother Samuels death but never had any certainty of it but Cousin John can now inform me I was truly Sorry to hear it as I knew you and Mother had both formed pleasing hopes of him but I have Still Some hope that it is not the case, Should it be so we have only to be resignd to great author and it <the> is very striking how little difference it makes as to the Situation a person may be placed in, as I have Since I left you been exposed to many climates and could you often times have Seen me you would have thought me in great danger but thank God I am now in as good health and I believe a Stronger man than ever you Saw me remember me to all my Brothers and Sisters and all our friends and let me know the Situation of your own family in every part in hop<e>s this will find you all well remains your affectionate Son
George Crockett
direct your letter to me Merchant of Gallatin Tennessee