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Title: Job Johnson, Oxford Township, to Robert Johnson, Co. Londonderry
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileJohnson, Job/9
SenderJohnson, Job
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer?
Sender Religionunknown
OriginOxford, Penn., USA
DestinationCo. Derry, N.Ireland
RecipientJohnson, Robert
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT3700/1A: Deposited by Prof. Curtis Wood & Dr Charlotte Arnold
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.1200267
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 19:12:00.
Word Count1863
TranscriptOxford Township November 27th, 1767.

My Very Dear Brethern, [Brethren?]
Not being willing to neglect any opportunity that I
have in my power to writ [write?] unto you, I have
thought proper to address Myself to you all in a few
lines hoping that they may find you all in good health,
as thanks be to God they Leave Me. The Chief purport
of them is to acquaint you that I have not had the
favour nor happiness of one Letter from any of you this
year. Although you have had Many Good opportunities to
have sent by. Which gives Brother and I great uneasiness
Concerning your Welfares [Welfare?], and if I were not
sensible that letters between this and Ireland are
subject to Miscarry I would really be apt to lose you
with unkindness: But however, [----------?] that you
have wrot [wrote?], and they have Got Lost, and on that
account, I shall not insist upon your infringement of
Brotherly sincerity and regard, but proceed to acquaint
you, that brother William is in Good Health, And lives
in Hertford Township, Chester County with one John Lewis,
which is the same place he was in when I wrote to you
before. He follows plantation business by which he
Makes out extraordinary well, he likes this Country so
well that he Does not know whither [whether?] he shall ever
Return home or Not. I was fully Determined to agone
[have gone?] home this fall, But I Could not Get Ready
in time therefore I Continue in the above Township,
where I now have been Two years and a half Teaching a
very Large School, and am Now Engaged in it untill
[until?] the tenth of February ensuing. Again which
time if God permits Me days I intend to come home. Not
with any other view than through the regard I have to
see you all once More, and to settle My Affairs, there,
and so to return (God willing) here again. I wrote
seven letters home last year, six I sent by David White
[?] but I do not know whither [whether?] or not you have
Got them, and I have Got No answer therefore I have
nothing further to writ [write?], only knowing that it
is common [----------?] at home to expect something
Concerning this Country its property and Quality,
therefore this is really my judgement of it, that it
is as Good as [a?] Country as any Man needs to dwell in;
and it is Much better than I expected it to be in every
way I assure you, and I really likes [like?] it so well
and it is so pleasant to me that it would be a Good
Estate in Ireland that would Make Me Stay there, and
indeed many times when I have been by myself and think
of the Lord's Good Dealings unto Me, I cannot but admire
him for his Mercies that ever he turned My face
hitherward; and Give Me Strength and Confidence in
himself and boldness by faith, to oppose all Gainsayers,
though never so strong, although I cannot say that then,
it seemed so Clear for Me to leave the land of My
Nativity, Yet Now to Me it is a Certainty that My
Removal was right and in what I Did I had peace, and
in all My exercises by sea and Land, I never felt the
Least in Me, as to Desire I had not come forward, but
rather rejoiced (Turn Over) in the Midst of them all.
My Brother was not so Clear in these things untill
[until?] he had Been a year in the Country. Which
indeed is Mostly the Case, with all the first year
after they Come here: but Blessed be God all is well
to our Content. And if one heard every objection that
lay in the way of Coming here, it would be work enough.
But My resolutions were, and my sayings to several
opposers, that I would come, if God hindered me not,
no man should. And I do not know one that has come
here that Desires to be in Ireland again, for to Live
there and I have often wondered at our Countryfolk
that was hard of belief in regard of what was said of
their Country, and would rather live in Slavery, and
work all the year round, and not be threepence the
better at the years end than stir out of the Chimney
corner and transport themselves, to a place where with
the like pains, in two or three years, they might know
better things. The only encouragement that I had to
Come away was because Many Go to America worth Nothing
yet some of them servants and to hear or see them come
back again, in two or three years worth more than they
would have been by staying at home while they lived
and yet they would Not Content themselves at home, but
went back again which was sufficient to Convince any
one that the Country was Good. But there are Many in
Ireland that Desire to hear ill of this place, because
they would keep their friends there with them, in
Bondage and Slavery, rather then [than?] let them come
here, and they think we never writ [write?] enough of
the Bad properties of this Country and the Vermin in it.
Now this I must say in report that there are Bears,
Wolves & Foxes, Rattle snakes, and several other such
creatures, but Not in this part as ever I seen, as I
have Travelled Many Miles to & fro. But I suppose the
fear of these Creatures in Ireland is far worse to
Some there, than the hurt of them is here. But I
believe that this Province of Pennsylvania by all I
have seen and heard of it, is as Good a one as any
in America. I have seen in all places I have travelled,
Orchards Laden with fruit to admiration, their very
Limbs torn to pieces with the weight, Most Delicious to
the taste I have seen a Barrel of Curious Cyder
[Cider?] from an apple tree; and Peaches in Great Plenty.
I could not but at first smile at the Conceit of them,
they are a very Delicate fruit, and hang almost like
our onions that are tied on a rope. As for Cherrys
[cherries?] both red and black they [there?] cannot be
a Country to exceed it. Pears are also very plenty,
and very Good; Plumbs [Plums?] in abundance, Quinches
[Quinces?] also. but I do not like them: although Good
of their kind. And here are from May until Michaelmass
great Store of Very Good wild fruit. viz [vide licet?]
Strawberries, Cranberries, Hukkleberries [Huckleberries?]
and bilberries. There are Gooseberries in some places,
middling good, but in a general was [way?] Does not Grow so
well here as at home. But here Growes [Grows?]
exceedingly fine Currants, of which the inhabitants
Make excellent wine. Here is likewise in Great Plenty,
wild Grapes of which they Make Wines. And it is My
Judgement, at which I have observed that fruit trees
in this Country destroy themselves by the very Weight
of their fruit. As for Grain where land is Good and
well laboured it turn [turns?] out to admiration;
some Acres will produce Thirty, some Twenty and in
Common the Land hereabouts will produce between
fifteen and twenty Bushels of Good wheat, that will
weigh sixty or sixty two pounds per Bushel. The
land they plows [plough?] three times, and allows
three packs of Wheat to sow an acre. Rye grows
exceedingly well here; Barley Does not do so well
here as at home, they allow two Bushels to sow an
acre. Oats does pretty well here but not so well as
at home, and indeed this year there was None in this
part of the country they are Commonly ripined
[ripened?] before they come to perfection, owing and
I suppose to the heat of the Climate, and Make No
other use of them here then [than?] to feed their
horses; they allow only Two bushels to sow an acre
here in a Grain, called Buck Wheat Very Good and is of
Great service, and produces to admiration, the Common
time of sowing this Grain is about the Twentieth of
July and in less than three Months May have it in meal,
they allow three pecks to sow an acre, and they will
have in a Common Way between twenty and thirty Bushels
off an acre. Here is a very serviceable Grain Called
Indian Corn, and where it is well laboured and Duly
attended will reward the Labour with four or five
hundred fold. Two Quarts is what they allow to
[---------?] the Ground here in a general way are but
shallow, and is very easy [----?] a boy and two horses
will plow [plough?] an acre very easy in a Day. As
[-------?] Grass there is pretty Good Lowland Meadows,
which is mowed [----?] as to their pasturage or upland,
the grass is not extraordinary, [----?] Cattle very fat,
the Inhabitants here give their cattle salt [-----?]
they tell Me (sic) Makes them thrive. Every farmer has
yearly two acres of Turnips which turn out to their
advantage all roots [----?] do well here, potatoes does
exceedingly well in Most part where they [---?] to raise
them. here is also Cucumber, Water Milions [Melons?]
Mush Milions [Melons?] and pomkins [pumpkins?] in Great
abundance. As to Flowers we have such an abundance that
the woods abounds in More plenty then [than?] your Garden
at home. Pease [Peas?] grow very well here, and English
Beans Likewise, but here is Beans called Kidney that is
excellent eating with the podes [pods?] on. And indeed
this is a Brave Country, although no place will please
all. And some may be ready to say I writ [write?] of
Conveniences, but not of Inconveniences; My Answer to
those I honestly Declare there is some barren Land, as,
I suppose there is in Most places of the World, and Land
in this part is very, high selling Commonly, at six and
seven pounds per acre. Neither will such Land produce
without labour, nor Cattles [Cattle?] be got without
something to buy them. Nor bread will not be got with
Idleness, else it would be a brave Country indeed, and
I Question not, but all them would Give it a good word.
For My part I never would had the Least thought of
returning home, only through regard of seeing you all
again. I would here writ [write?] More particularly to
each of you Concerning us both, but seeing, God willing
I shall so suddenly follow this Epistle in person, Let
these suffice. Dear Bretheren [Brethren?] I Desire this
favour of you to remember me kindly to our Relations at
home Indefinetely; for I have Not time at present to
particularize them, so in a hopeful expectation of
finding you all well at My arrival, I Conclude and
remain My Very Dear Brethern [Brethren?] with the Most
sincere regard
your affectionate Brother

Job Johnson [-- rejoiced]