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Title: Henry Johnston, Loughbrickland to Moses Johnston, America
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileJohnston, Henry/120
SenderJohnston, Henry
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationlinen trader
Sender ReligionProb. Protestant
OriginLoughbrickland, Co. Down, N.Ireland
DestinationPennsylvania, USA
RecipientJohnston, Moses
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT3578/S: Deposited by Mrs Henrietta Gerwity
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N Ireland
Doc. No.800169
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 10:08:00.
Word Count414
TranscriptLBLand [Loughbrickland?] 16th April 1790

Dear Brother
Your very pleasing Letter dated in Novr.
[November?] 1789 and also [one?] [from?] John I recd
[received?] by Mr. Thos [Thomas?] Hawthorn he returns
by the same Ship & by [him I?] send this he is taking
a son of Davd. [David?] Tullys an aprentice [apprentice?]
with him my self and Family (thank God) enjoy a tolarable
[tolerable?] good state of health [as?] does Brother
John and Family. We have had a good deal of Disturbance
in this Neighbourhood of Lates for Two Years past a set
of idle ill disposed Fellows assembled in the night
and went under the name of Bakaday [Break o' day?] [Boys?]
they said their design was to take the Arms from the Roman
Catholick[s?] [some?] of which they did take and some
mischief both to the People and property the Catholick[s?]
endeavoured to defend themselves and goes under the name
of Defenders these two parties have been snarling at each
other [for?] months but on the [1st?] of July last a
party of the Protestants or Brak[aday?] [Break o' day?]
Boys assembled to Celebrate the memory of the Battle of
the Boyne with arms in their hands and Coulours [Colours?]
Flying marchd [marched?] thro' [through?] this Town [and?]
took the road to Gilford but about a mile from hence at
a place calld [called?] [Legananny?] where is a [fork?]
there was a great number of the Defenders assembled and
[as?] others passd [passed?] by they fird [fired?] on
them the Protestants returnd [returned?] the fire and
[an?] Ingagement [engagement?] began which lasted about
5 hours there was many wounded [and?] some few Catholicks
killd [killed?] and ever since they are snarling at each
[other?] and I doubt if things does not take a speedy
turn that there will [be?] troublesome times in Ireland
before long. We have had very [bad?] weather these twelve
months the summer was exceeding wet, from Ju[ne or ly to?]
Jany. [January?] some wet moderite [moderate?] no Frost,
Jany moderate, Feby, March, and what [so far?] of April
very dry, no rain these 2 months smart frosts now in
[March?] and what spring we had is faild [failed?] and
very sore Labour to get [Produce?] coverd [covered?].
as to the Books you mention I have [two?] English
[Dictionaries?] and am making search for them and
Confession of Faith will be bought in Belfast & Mr Tho
[Thomas Hawthorn?] promis [promises?] to forward it to you.
I am your Loving Brother.
Henry Johnston

[Addressed to:-] Mr Moses Johnston in the care of David
Watson Esq. Leacock Township County of Lancaster
America & Favour of Mr Thos. [Thomas?] Hawthorn
[recd?] [received?] August 9