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Title: Thomas Patterson, New York to John Thompson.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FilePatterson, Thomas/48
SenderPatterson, Thomas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginNew York, USA
RecipientThompson, John
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 2795/5/1/1: Presented by Mrs Chas. Donnan, Cahard, Ballynahinch, Co. Down.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9310118
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C. McK., 06:10:19
Word Count1531
TranscriptLetter from Thomas Patterson, New York to John Thompson, 22nd
May, 1848.

New York May 22nd 1848

Mr John Thompson,
Dear Sir,
as you are aware that we left Belfast on the 30th of
March we landed Between Carrickfergus and Holywood that
Evening at 8 o'clock and lay their [there?] till sat [Saturday?]
morning at 3 o clock [o'clock] - April the 1st. We started with
a smart favourable breeze and sailed north about Ireland in the
afternoon the wind arose pretty strong and the passengers nearly
all sick besides some of the sailors J Dorman and J Garrett and
I were all sick and John Oswald kept well through the whole and
was very kind in attending us through our sickness we went to
Bed early and got better in the night time.
S 2nd: a smart fair wind and a great deal of sickness all day
the wind increased in the afternoon and sailed 10 miles an hour
we lost sight of land at 4 o clock [o'clock?] in the afternoon
I kept my bed all day not very sick Jas Garrett and J Francis
Dorman ran about all day but at the same time a little sick, M
3rd: the wind a little unfavourable we all got up in the morning
and took our breakfast in good health at 3 o clock [o'clock?] in
the afternoon wind arose to a great extent and continued to [J.?]
8th - during which time the wind turned more favourable the
passengers all sick except a few James Garrett was very sick but
got better soon and I was a little delicate the ship was tossed
at such a rate that it nearly pitched us out of our bed and was
very uncomfortable with the one rolling on the top of the other
could scarcely go upon deck with [sa---] [sailing?] at some of
the large waves brake [break?] on her side and came lashing
over on deck the wind favourable and strong and sailed 10 miles
an hour, Sat 8th: the wind very high and sailed 11 miles an hour,
S 9th: a clear calm day and only sailed 2 miles an hour our
Captain said that we were fully on third of the way, M 9th
[10th?]: a wet morning and the wind favourable and sailed 7
miles an hour, T 11th - early in the morning it arose a very
great storm fair ahead so that the sails reefed as none of the
sailors were fit to venture but one and the 1st and 2nd mates
some of the [them?] hid and others cried number at one time
she was dashed on her side and lay that long that the mate said
that he had nearly last [lost?] hopes of her recovery and it was
aloud by the seamen that she was never so near lost before the
hatches were nailed down till the afternoon and the people

all in despair
W 12th: a calm clear day till 1 o clock [o'clock] and then it
came on a strong fair wind with heavy rain. T 13th: a smart
fair wind and sailed 8 miles an hour during the F 14th: it
arise a great storm fair ahead and at 11 o clock [o'clock?]
morning it carried of one of the yard arms while the sails
were reefing at 7 o clock [o'clock?] in the evening a tremendous
wave struck against the bows and brake [break?] the sail to
smash and washed the ornament of [off?] the front into the
ocean and sprung the staying of the low spurt above 7 feet down
fully an inch wide which caused her to take a great deal of
water so that she required a double portion of pumping still
afterwards and sometimes we saw the water gushing into her
which frightened us very much, Sat 15th: the wind a little
abated but kept still a fair speed S 16th: the wind low but
still fair ahead M 17th: a strong wind fair ahead with a wet
morning and it became a fair calm evening T 18th: a calm day
and slow sailing only one mile an hour W 19th: a calm morning
the wind arose in the afternoon brisk sailed 7 miles an hour,
T 20th a favourable side wind and heavy rain and sailed 9 miles
an hour at 5 in the evening. a storm arose rapidly fair ahead
and broke the fore yard arm before the [they?] could get the
sails reefed, S 22nd: the wind blew all day fair ahead S 23rd:
the storm increased early in the morning and continued fair
ahead all day we were near another ship all day and the waves
was rolling so high that when another ship was within 60 or
80 [perches?] off us we could not see her top mast at 11 o
clock [o'clock?] at night a little boy died about 13 years
of age his name was Armstrong and he was diseased of a
consumption, M 24th: the corps [corpse?] was thrown overboard
at 8 o clock [o'clock?] in the morning it was laid over the
side and a prayer was read and then thrown into the water and
another prayer said. Afterwards the wind fair ahead and a little
abated but the storm increasing in the after noon as strong as
ever and as cold weather as ever we saw in Ireland.
T 25th:the storm fell this morning and we had a pretty brisk
gale fair ahead and sailed slow, W 26th: the wind fair ahead
pretty brisk but nice fair weather -
T 27th: a calm day and only sailed 2 miles an hour, F 28th - a
favourable wind pretty brisk and sailed 6 miles per hour our
Captain spoke to another ship named the Christian of Glasgow,
S 29th: a favourable wind and sailed 5 miles per hour S 30th
very rough weather with a favourable wind M 1st: a favourable
wind pretty strong and sailed 6 miles per hour T 2nd: a calm
warm day and only sailed 2 miles per day W 3rd: the wind

pretty favourable and strong and sailed 7 miles per hour it
turned more ahead with evening T 4th: the wind favourable and
brisk and sailed 4 miles an hour. Arose a great storm in the
afternoon and turned fair ahead and the waves rolling
mountains high on every side F 5th: the wind continued fair
ahead and we were told by one of the seamen that for every 100
miles we sailed we only gained 5 miles of clear ground S 6th:
very calm and sailed none till 4 o clock [o'clock?] in the
afternoon their [there?] was a shark followed our ship the most
of the day S 7th: very calm day with a thick mist and sailed
none M 8th: a calm day with a very thick mist and sailed slow,
we spoke to another ship her name was Eliza T 9th: a fair wind
and sailed 7 miles per hour W 10th: a fair wind and sailed 5
miles an hour T 11th: a very stormy wind fair ahead F a very
calm day and sailed none
S 13th: a strong wind fair ahead and we came in sight of land
at 4 o clock [o'clock?] in the afternoon we nearly came in
contact with another ship crossing before us the bow [spit?]
of our ship reached over the stern of the other and them both
sailing rapidly -
S 14th: a clear day with a strong wind fair ahead at 8 o clock
[o'clock?] the pilot came on board M 15th: with a strong wind
fair ahead T 16th: a strong wind fair ahead and not much farther
than when we first saw land W 17th: a calm wet morning T 18 a
clear day with a strong wind fair ahead F 19 the wind fair ahead
in the morning and changed fair variable in the afternoon and
come in sight of Sandy Hook at 6 o clock [o'clock?] a cast
anchor at 9 o clock [o'clock?] and lay there till the next morning
when a steamboat came our Captain paid them 65 dollars for tugging
us up to Staten Island and our ship was left there and we went up
in the steamer to New York on the 20th. That was 7 weeks and 3
days altogether. James Garrett went to Mr. William Spences that
night and William and Robert Warrick both their [there?] and
found them all enjoying the Blessing of peace and plenty and
Robert Warrick requestes you to bring him the making of a wife
and it will save him of the trouble that you have undertaken
this last season we were all in William Spences tonight
and seen Mr Andrew Warrick and Miss Jane Todd And Miss Mary
Dixon all in good health Mr. James Magee and Miss (for
Philadelphia if spared) we saw the Queen of the West yesterday
and she went off this morning for Liverpool.
Please show this letter to Mr. John Donnan senr. [senior?]
Cahard and my brother John and Mrs Oswald your uncle James
Garrett and John [Dear?] John Truly yours
a newspaper sent to ) Thos Patterson
James Garrett Bro son )