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Title: [Robert Craig?], Fairfield, N.Y. to James McBride Jr, Dunmurry.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCraig, Robert/29
SenderCraig, Robert
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationflax, linen, wheat trader
Sender Religionunknown
OriginFairfield, New York, USA
DestinationDunmurry, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientMcBride, James
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 2613/7: Copied by Permission of Mrs Emily McLister, Mosside Cottage, Dunmurry, County Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9007101
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 06:09:1993.
Word Count1556
TranscriptTo: Mr James McBride Junr [Junior?]
Care of Alexr [Alexander?] Hunter Esq [Esquire?]
Dunmurry near Lisburn
N [New?] York May 4th 1822
Fairfield May 4th 1822
Dear James
I once more address you from the reigons [regions?] of the [?]
It is now nearly a year since I last wrote to you writing to one so far
off is a teadious [tedious?] amusement aside as the Yanky [Yankee?] says
long between trains. However I consider the art of writing one of the most
pleasing inventions and greatest blessings that we enjoy
Here I can sit and unfold to my Friends be they ever so
distant the secret feeling of my heart either pleasing
or melancholy just as the[y?] occur. (believe me I am little troubled
with melancholy let things go as the[y?] will) The letter you
sent me in December I recd [received?] in Feby [February?] and wrote to Andw
[Andrew?] shortly after for sometime past I was uneasy about your health but am
extremely glad to hear that you are quite recovered. Since I came
here I have not been indisposed for five minutes at one time this I
think is one of the finest climates in the world and as healthy as
any in the united States the winters are cold but steady and very
dry the summers are warm but not so disagreeably so as I suposed [supposed?]
from the account of others and you will think from
my accounts that it scarcely pos[s?]ible to exist when I tell you
that even in the house with no clothes on except shirt trowsers
[trousers?] hat and shoes the sweat runs so that its difficult keeping
the paper clean while I write
yet I like the heat better than the cold as its just warm enough to
ripen the fruit and bring the garden stuffs to perfection. I get letters
regularly from your Brother John as soon as I receive one I answer
it he does the same so that there always one passing between us
I mentioned to Andw [Andrew?] that he had bought a house and lot of ground
in wattertown [Watertown?] so that I think from this that he muss [must?] be
doing pretty well he told me in one of his Letters that his friends has [have?]
taken offence at some Lines in his Letters home and that he intended
not writing home so often as he used to do I advised him to
continue writing as usual this was several months ago and I think
hes now reconciled again. When he's candid and honest in his
sentiments you ought not to cast any reflections over him for
expressing himself freely though you may happen to differ in
your opinions on some subjects to hinder one from writing or saying
what the[y?] believe is true is putting the gag law in force but here
there's no such laws Columbians are free and have the privilidge
[privilege?] of saying and acting whatever the conscience tells them is
right without becoming ameanable [amenable?] to any earthly power,
remember from this to make allowance for warm expressions that
sometimes strain truth a little too much. You are free to make what remarks
you think proper on my Letters without the fear of incuring [incurring?]
my displeasure or stoping [stopping?] me from writing when I feel inclined
and find time pen ink and Paper. I mentioned to John everything
you bid me and advised him strongly to continue writing
Mrs O Kenedy is dead she died very suddenly went to bead [bed?] in the
evening as well as usual
and was found dead in the morning let [?] Thompson know that
Mrs Kimbles family are all well I was in their house a few day[s?] ago
and I think they are doing very well at least every thing around
them indicates as much. We are taking in wheat to get made into
flour for Orleans we had thought of going down this fall but have
give[n?] out the idea what is 37 and 40 cents [per?] bushel of 60 lbs [pounds?]
Flour is six Dols [Dollars?] [per?] Barrel in the [?] ports I am quite
satisfied with my situation and with this Country I believe there are
few came into this Country that have been so fortunate as I have We have
got a Masonic Lodge formed in Lisbon which is composed of some of the most
respected gentlemen in the County the State Attorney and two other
Lawyers [?] joined it the master is a Doctor who reside[s?] in Lisbon I
attend regularly and have been elected treasurer for this year. You
have been advising me to get married and get settled now I think it
would be well enough for you to take the advise [advice?] Yourself for two
or three weeks past it has been rumoured here every day that I was [?]
to a lady in this place about fo[u?]rteen years of age although I never
mentioned any such thing but the talk put me to such a notion
of her that if my partner (who ranks amongst the old batchelors
[bachelors?]) had not lectured me on it the other day and told me I
ought to
demand 8 or ten thousand dollars with her I dont know but I might
have ventured on matrimony. However I dou[b?]t it will be sometime yet
before I get settled (as you call it). Times are getting a little
better [?] as some brisker and money coming more into Circulation but
still labouring hands get very little cash for their work in the western
There are two packet ships sail every month from N [New?] York for
Liverpool one the tenth one the 25 of the month so that its no
difference what time I post a letter from this it will not be detained
long. There is a large Cotton Factory about to be erected in Pittsburgh
at present there are a good many looms weaving Muslim of a corse [coarse?]
quality the yarn is from No 10 to 15 something like what you call Calico
in Ireland this corse [coarse?] Muslim is used for making shirts we sell
large quantitys [quantities?] of it we have begun to buy Flax & Tow yarn
and have eight and sometimes ten weaving for us but it
is mostly women that weave here for [?] 700 linen we pay ten cents
[per?] yds [yards?] for weaving they take the pay all out of the Store in
goods The Linen is mostly sent to Philadelphia & Baltimore it sells for
35 and 37 cents there
we pay 18 & 20 cent [per?] Dozen for yarn that will make a 700 Tow yarn is
the same price I have no dou[b?]t but in a few years this Country will
be a little better for mechanicks [mechanics?] of every description than
it is at present.
There is going to be made a turnpike road from the ohio River to
Lake Erie likewise a Canal to con[n?]ect the Ohio with the Lake there is
great contention among the people where these are to be made as its
thought the[y?] will be of great advantage to the Country by opening a
market for the Farmers to the Citty [City?] of N [New?] York by the
Northern Canal from Lake Erie to N [New?] York which will
be completed this Sumer [Summer?] May 12th I have waited for a week for a
Letter from home before I closed this but have been disap[p?]ointed I
expect one that was to be wrote in January by John in a few days. I am
quite at a loss for something to write about. I believe its the
first time I could get all I have to say in one Letter but here I have no
one to read or listen to the letters I get from home although I [am?] at no
loss for Company yet I feel quite solitary perusing your Letters and
would be glad of the company of an intimate friend to whom I could [?]
and one that would take an interest in my affairs you will likely
recommend a wife as the fitest [fittest?] companion but I have reasons best
known to myself for living single the principal reason is that I see few
if any that live either contented or happy together and family broils
are so counter to my disposition that if fortune was to throw
in my way a [?]agant I would fly off from her in
a tangent without one moments reflection With respect to my situation
I am not so well as I could wish neither would it be possible to be so
but I am better fixed that I ever expected to be and better than I
deserved I am got tolerably well acquainted with the manner of trading
in this Country and perfectly acquaint[ed?] with the prices of all kinds
of Articles. I lead an easy life amongst a pretty sociable and agreeable
society anf if I may judge from outward appearances am well
enough thought of by them. I indulge myself in the sacred
flame of well placed love more than I ever did but I never atempt [attempt?]
the ilicit [illicit?] rove tho [though?] nothing should divulge it (Burns
advice to his young friend). I shall now bid you adieu with the sincerest
feelings of heartfelt Friendship and wishes for your welfare I remain
[Robert Craig?]