|McCurtin, Daniel to Carey, Mathew, 1798
|Irish Immigrants in the Land of Canaan. Letters and memoirs from colonial and revolutionary America (1675-1815) [K.A. Miller et al.]
|Chestertown, Maryland, USA
|Daniel McCurtin, Chestertown, Maryland, to Mathew Carey, Philadelphia, 13 June 1798
Chester Town, Md 13th June 1798
My Dear Carey
I have had it in Contemplation for some time past to become a Subscribor to “Carey’s United States Recorder”. As I am unacquainted with the Editor’s address You will be pleased to inform me of his terms, and Days of Publication. I wish to purchase “Volney’s Syria” & “Imison’s School of arts”. I will thank you to inform me of their prices, which I will immediately remit to you.
Gracious God! what a horrid picture does our ill-fated country present to the friends of Man. 1641 vanishes before it. I most sincerely pray and wish that the French may effect a landing in Ireland. If so! a long adieu to the infernal british despotism over that singularly unhappy Country. What think you of the Alien and Sedition bills? Such rapid strides towards Despotism are unexampled. Heavens! what a return to the generous efforts of the irish in favour of America both in Europe and in this Country during the American war. Never had this Country more sincere friends. Ireland considered its emancipation inseperably connected with American Independence. This development of the American character must be singularly pleasing to the friends of tyranny all over the world. A Govt founded on the rights of man— A Representative republican Governmt brands with every opprobrious term every nation attempting to imitate their example.
The naturalization law crowns the Climax. Were I near the press I should conceive myself bound to caution aliens against enlisting in the army or navy of the US. What! fight in defence of the rights of others, when absolutely deprived of them myself! I am d..... d, if I would.
your Sincere friend
P.S. If you think any part of this scrawl worthy of publication, you may insert it in the “Aurora” or “recorder”, as an extract of a letter from C Town.