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Title: [William Faris, Cape Fear?] to [Arthur Dobbs, Carrickfergus?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileFaris, William/1
SenderFaris, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationplantation owner
Sender Religionunknown
OriginWilmington, Cape Fear, N. Carolina, USA
DestinationCarrickfergus, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientDobbs, Arthur
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 162/48: Items used in Exhibition erected in conjunction with a Bicentennial Symposium, N.U.U. 1976.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9405185
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 09:05:1994.
Word Count1441
TranscriptWilliam Faris Capefear [Cape Fear?] Wilmington Feby 18th 1749/50
I have often thought myself to blame in not keeping up
a more constant Correspondance [Correspondence?] with you, to which you
were so kind to give me a fair Oponity [Opportunity?]; but it was a long
time before I thought myself sufficiently Instructed in the History
of our upper Country, so that what Intelligence I received, I
Communicated to sundry of your Acquaintances I had occasion
to write to for Information; besides that for two or
three years I was so sickly I could scarcely write my Name,
and it is but a few Months past that my Health is again
confirmed which I hope wil [will?] be an Apology for me; as no
Man can have a higher Esteem, than I have Entertained even
before I had the Honour of knowing you personally, and which
has long Increased from the many Instances of your Generosity
to several of my Acquaintances, I'm afraid you'l [you will?] think this
too much; but as I find you was [were?] Informed that I had spoke [spoken?]
of you in a different Manner, I cou'd [could?] not refrain taking notice of
it in a letter or two to Mr Bruce and to the late Mr Orr, as it gave me
the utmost Uneasiness; but to one who knows the Authors [Temper?]
it wou'd [would?] not appear at all surprising where any the least
[view?] of Interest is at Bottom.
I heard you had thoughts of seeing this country this year yourself;
but I fear the settlement is yet too much in its Infancy to
give you much satisfaction, and the Accomodations [Accommodation?] in many
parts so bad, that I doubt you would soon tire of it. The Fall is the best
time to atemp [attempt?] it, Octbr [October?] particularly, and your arriving
just to that time is precarious, in so long a Voyage, and in the two
preceeding Months Agues are Rife. I am sensible if you were
here a little time you would be better able to form a judgement than
you can by any Description, and should you send over a Numbr [Number?]
of People and they meet with Disapointments [Disappointments?] and become
Unhappy I know it would give you great Uneasiness; so that whether you
come or Send, I wou'd [would?] by no means have you settle many at
first; let a few wel [well?] chosen Industrious Farmers, either Irish or
Germans (The latter to chuse [choose?] in my Opinion) be settled with
necessary Provisions etc and in two or three years your own
Tenants wil [will?] have plenty to Spare for those you may send after.
Whereas Provisions, that is Corn and rice are very dear,
this is a plentiful year, Occasioned by the number of shippg [shipping?]
and our naval Stores so high that those who have most Negroes
Imploy [employ?] them in Burning Tar and buy Corn which is now 2s [St?]
per Bushel even 100 Miles up the N. Wst [North West?] river, where they keep
up the price of their Produce higher in general than in Town and
all advantages are taken of New comers [Newcomers?].
The Germans are frugal and Industrious and not so ready to complain
and be Uneasy as most others; besides they Usually come
with pretty great plenty of cloathing [clothing?], Utensils &c as I see by
some Accidentally put in here this Winter who make choice Servants,
and at Philadelphia they prefer them to any other -
You can Send nothing which wil [will?] sel [sell?] better here than Irish
linens of all sorts as high as 2s/ p yd [per yard?] and a few ps [pieces?] @
2s/6d to 3s/ [&?] Dublin Sheets [?] of yd [yard?] 1/8 & [Elwyde?] and some
course tabling may purchase Provisions and other Necessarys [Necessaries?]
with advantage. German Familys [Families?] I see are often to be met with at
London and Vessels coming out empty to this River would doubtless make
the Freight easy. Mr John Rutherford the bearer of this is a
very worthy Neighbour of mine and returns in the Fall, probably
with a Vessel of his own, wou'd [would?] be a fine Opportunity;
as she is a good Vessel and his Commandr [Commander?] a remarkably good
Temper'd [Tempered?] Sobar [Sober?] Man, which is of no smal [small?]
Importance so many of them turn out Insolent and Illnatured to Passengers.
Mr Rutherford wil [will?] be heard of at Mr James Croker's or at Mr
Dunwoodys, he wil [will?] be in Edinburgh two or three Months, where
he is wel [well?] known as Laird of Boulogn [Boulogne?], which I mention as
you may chuse [choose?] to write to him and he may have a Vessel coming
from Clyde. I had thoughts of leaving this Country; but find
it almost Impracticable, and as Mrs Faris gives me hopes of
seeing her here, determines my setling [settling?] for life, and as all
our Produce bear a higher Price since the Peace, I have given up
Trade and am setled [settled?] near the Town with a few Hands on our
Plantation and keep a Saw Miln [Mill?] & Grist Miln [Mill?] under my own
Oversight, which promises tollerably [tolerably?] at present & sutes [suits?]
me better than Trade, in which I have had little success during
the War. As several places of Profit are lately become [vacant?]
in this governmt [government?] I have applied to my good Freind [Friend?]
Mr Adair for his Interest to be made Collector of Port Brunswick in this
River, which is likely to be Valuable now that our Trade
Increases, and as this may possibly meet you in London,
I take leave to Request your Interest on this Occasion, which
I shal [shall?] ever acknowledge with the utmost Gratitude.
The Collection of a Place called Bath is also Vacant at 150
miles distance would sute [suit?] with the Liberty of keeping a Deputy
tho' [though?] not near so profitable as the other. The Posts of Surveyr
[Surveyor?] and Receiver Generals are also Vacant, if either cou'd [could?]
be obtained I could get security for the latter; but the Collection of this
post wou'd [would?] be the most agreeable. I fear there wil [will?] be many
making Interest for it; but I must leave it to my Freinds [Friends?] among
whom I take leave to place you. Mr Robt [Robert?] Macky I hope wil [will?]
wait [upon?] you and advance what may be necessary; as he has given me
many Instances of a more Disinterested Freindship [Friendship?]
I hope Our Govnt [Government?] wil [will?] be continued and the Measures
confirmed which have been taken in Assembly these two years past,
which I can't help thinking to be the best on the whole, from
what I know by being a Member for Six years before that time
Hower [However?] should there be a Change, I would be glad to be of [off?] the
Council as it wil [will?] be free of Fees; but on any other terms
I would not chuse [choose?] it, in which I would also request your Interest.
Yr [Your?] Lands on Black River would be very fit for Stock
to raise a Supply for your Upper Country when setled [settled?]. I have
two places not far from your Lands, with Tennants [Tenants?] on Shares
with what we cal [call?] Cowe [Cow?] Penns [Pens?], in which way Cattle & Hogs
are easily raised under careful Industrious People.
The Necessary Tools of Hoes, [?] &c are easily got here if you
don't send them from London, with a few for a Carpenter & Blacksmith
which are Useful Hands in a new Settlement, wth [with?] Nails, hinges &c
and a few Coopers tools. Course striped duffil [duffle?] Blankets &
course Bed Ticks wil [will?] be necessary, with any lowe [low?] priced
Clothg [clothing?] or House furniture, viz, Potts [pots?], Panns [Pans?] &c.
I doubt not Capt [Captain?] Rowan has mentioned most of these things,
possibly some might Escape him, Course Shoes, and cheap Pumps or Brogues
with Stockings Hatts [Hats?] &c wil [will?] all be wanted and if you send
many People, plenty of Oatmeal & Gritts [Grits?] may be Useful even [over?]
here after they Arrive, I need not say much of the Usefulness of Ventilators
aboard, to you who are so Curious in everything so Useful to Mankind
I heartily wish you Success in all your Laudable undertakings
and be ashured [assured?] I am with great Esteem and Respect,
Dear Sir
yr [your?] most obedient humble Servt [Servant?]
William Faris
P.S. poor Mr Pettigrew is still
living and chearful [cheerful?] among
his old neighbours, where he teaches
as a Schoolmaster-

Capefear [Cape Fear?] Wilmington
Feby 18th 1749/50