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Title: Henry Johnston, County Down to Moses Johnston, Pennsylvania
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileJohnston, Henry/125
Yearca. 1784
SenderJohnston, Henry
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationlinen trader
Sender ReligionProb. Protestant
OriginLoughbrickland, Co. Down, N.Ireland
DestinationPennsylvania, USA
RecipientJohnston, Moses
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 3578/2: Deposited by Mrs Henrietta Gerwitz
ArchivePublic Record Office, Northern Ireland Doc. No.: 302010
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Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 31:01:03.
Word Count384
TranscriptMr Moses Johnston Peacock Township
To the care of Mr William Ross Mercht [Merchant?]


[?] Favour W Thos [Thomas?] __________ Lancaster

Received September 7th 1785

Dear Brother L B land [Loughbrickland?] 31 March 1704 (1784?)

The present news to acquaint you that my Family &
Brother John is in Good health thank God, with no Material
alteration in Either, and also to let you know I recd
[received?]two Letters from you lately, one dated in August
the other the 14th Nov.last it gave us Great pleasure to hear
that you had Escapd. [escaped?] the ravages of War, as we
expected Famine, but still I would be glad to know if you
were any way concernd. [concerned?] in the War, or what side,
also if [the?] place you dwell in is well inhabited, what Lands
would let at [per acre?] when Cleard [cleared?], what
Labourers wages is, & Tradesmens wages such as
Weavers, Masons, carpts.[carpenters?] & Shoemakers, Both
Brother John & me wrote to you the first opportunity after
Mr [Peau?], which I hope [you?] recd [received?]. I send
this by Mr Thomas Hawthorn, who has a brother whose name
is Jas. [James?] Living in Philadelphia, whom you may remember
to have been at our Hou [house?]. should you be in Philad
[Philadelphia?], and let him know who you are he wd [would?]
be of service to you if in [his?] power, for he is a Good
Natured young [man?] and a Friend to my Wife & was once my
Scholer [Scholar?] so if you once make up your acquaintance
with him he wd. [would?] forward your letters to me
& mine to you, it wd. [would?] [swell?] my letters to a
History [&?] tell you the wonders our Volunteer army has
wrought in this country, to obtain our Freedom & to get the
making of our own Laws without the English parliament which
we have obtained, Provisions was Very [dear?] here Last summer
oat meal sold at six shillings the 20 pounds in [Aug?] & now
it is at 2s0d we have had a Long Frost beginning at Christmas
& lasting nine weeks my son Jack is sometimes talking of
going to america but I would be glad to know how things go
on before he wd. [would?] [do it?]
I expect to have frequent opportunities to [write?] you now
as [numbers?] are talking of going over and many ships
adieu may God bless you & your Family I am Your Loving Brother.

Henry Johnston

Transcribed by Liam Boyd