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Title: Job Johnson, Philadelphia to John Johnson, Co. Londonderry
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileJohnson, Job/16
SenderJohnson, Job
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationwas an army officer during the
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
DestinationCo. Derry, N.Ireland
RecipientJohnson, John
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT3700/3A/B: Deposited by Prof. Curtis Wood and Dr CharlotteArnold
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland
Doc. No.1200318
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 19:12:00.
Word Count924
TranscriptLetter to Messrs. John, Robert and James Johnson
of Slatabogy [Slaghtybogy?], County Londonderry.
To the care of Mr. James Barclay, Maghera, [Co.
Londonderry?] Merchant

Philadelphia, December 5th, 1784
Dear Brother,
The pleasure I this moment feel of
having through the Infinite and kind Redeemers
[Redeemer's?] goodness, a life like Mine prolonged
through a long and severe War, the hardships I have been
partaker of, But bless God who has at last given us the
Victory, and established our Independancy [Independency?].
Oh happy peace which enables me at this time, through God,
to take up My pen to enquire after yous [your?] Wellfares
[welfare?] and to give you an Account of My own, and in
the first place I Must tell you that a large Volume would
not Contain what I would wish to writ [write?] on that
Subject, Much less a letter. Therefore let it but Suffice
to give you to know, that your letters of 1775 being the
last I received came to hand, and Never after untill
[until?] this day had I the happiness to answer them.
The above year I enjoyed a bad State of Health, and in
the fall of that Said Year, being out in the Militia,
as Quarter Master, I took the Bloody flux at Perth
Amboy (State of New Jersey) Which Continued with me
for Seventeen Weeks, in spite of medicine and that was
not wanting, and at last ended in a Intermiting
[Intermitting?] fever, (or Ague) which Continued with
Me Nine Months longer. Being at this time got to
Philadelphia and lay under the hands of two of the
ablest Physicans here, was Several times given up for
Death [dead?], But Yet, through God was so far
recovered in Summer of 1776 that I could ride a little
and did so and found Benefit thereby, But, still a
complication of disorders attended Me, which I thought
would Soon take Me out of this World of Troubles; Yet
through Mercy he who judges best for All Men alloted
[allotted?] me to see a great deal More hardships, and
thanks be to his Name who has brought Me through them
all to this happy period. For Shortly after I got so
well, that I joined the Army again, Being Appointed by
Congress, an Assistant Deputy Commissary General of
Issues; for the Western department of the State of
Pennsylvania; in Which line of the Staff I bore that
Commission for three Years and Six Months. being the
Most of that time out against the Indians in the
Western Army; This letter would not be able to Contain
(Turn Over) but a very small Description of that Savage
People that we had to fight against, and their Cruelty
to us when in their power, the Battles Skirmishes with
them and the numbers slain, with the hardship undergone
by us while in their Country, I must not fall on as it
would swell My letter that I would writ [write?] nothing
else; However, After being there three years, I was, to
My great joy, ordered to Philadelphia to Join the Army
then going with his Excellancy [Excellency?] General
Washington to besiege Lord Cornwallas [Cornwallis?] in
little [Little?] York (State of Virginia). I left the
Indian country in August having Six Hundred Miles to
Philadelphia, and got there in time to join our Troops
and the French then on their March to Williamsburg,
being four hundred and Twenty Miles More, without having
had one days rest save two nights at Billys [Billy's] on
my way whom I had not seen for the Above Time. - We got
to Williamsburg and began the Siege 28th of Sept. 1781
which lasted untill [until?] the 19th of October, all
which times (to be short on the Subject) was like nothing
but one Continued Clap of Thunder between us and them;
When at last they surrendered; I will say no More on the
Subject of War only that the preserver of all Men made
me Fortunate enough to get through the whole without loss
of Life or Members; Still, though, with an ailing
Constitution for which I have the greater reason to bless
God who Contained Me when Many Stout and Strong around
me fell. After Coming home from the hardships of the war
There has not been a year Since but what I have had a
severe spell of either one disorder or another; the Flux
once, and Ague twice; and now Dear Brother, I am just
through Providence got just so far as to be able to Sit
up to writ [write?] you this for about four weeks ago
No one that saw me would have believed that ever I would
have wrot [wrought?] more in this world, I was bedfast
for seven weeks of a Nervous Fever, and Indeed hardly
can I now sit to writ [write?] you; but anxious desire
to let you hear from Me once More and God only knows but
it May please him to Make it the last. I would have
thought that you would have wrot [written?] Me before
this but Not a line, have I received from one in
Ireland, only old Uncle John, and Brother Johnney
[Johnny?], But I expect that you will. My Most Kind
Compliments to Sister Betty, and Children. I would
be glad to know what Children each of you has gotten,
and their Names. My Respects to all old Neighbours,
Friends, and former Acquaintances, and let them all
know that I yet live, and I would be glad to hear
from them all. While I remain Dear Brother with
ardent good wishes for your health and Prosperity,
together with that of your family.

Your Most Affectionate Brother
Job Johnson