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Title: Thos. Smith, Charleston SC to Davison McDowell, Georgetown.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmith, Thomas/38
SenderSmith, Thomas Jr
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman?
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCharleston, S. Carolina, USA
DestinationGeorgetown, Washington D.C., USA
RecipientMcDowell, Davison
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipfriends, business
SourceT 2305/15: Presented by S. Carolina Library, University of S. Carolina, U.S.A.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.8809226
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 27:09:1993.
Word Count406
Mr Davison McDowell
Near George Town
S.C. [South Carolina?] From
Thos [Thomas?] Smith Junr [Junior?]
4 Novr [November?] 1814
Charleston 4th Novemb. 1814
Dear Sir
When I passed through George Town on the 20th Ult. the
neighbourhood was so sickly that I could not with prudence indulge my
desire of seeing you, but continued my journey without delay, intending
to write to you when I arrived here, my stay however was so short, and my
time so taken up, that it escaped my memory until I had got into the
country - I find myself in possession of so little means of providing for
the Estate of Dr [W?]aring, and the articles it needs are so scarce and
costly, that I must request you to look into the condition of the People,
and furnish me with the best calculation you can, of what will be necessary
to prevent them from suffering in the ensuing season, and also what further
provision will make them perfectly comfortable, in order that I may first
effect the former purpose, and then if possible the latter, which is my
anxious desire - as you have already had some supplies from here, by
sending for them, you can better judge than myself if the advantages or
disadvantages of that mode of conveyance, and either send, or not, as you
may think best, only taking care to forward the estimate at least 3 or 4
days before the [cart?] can arrive here, I hope you will be able to get
shoes from Major Smith - Rice is too low to be b[r?]ought to Market at this
time, charged with the heavy freights that are paid from George Town it
cannot nett more than $4 [P?] BG. [per bag?] and there is little sale for it
even at that, there being no prospect of better times just now, will not the
present crop be subject to [least?] loss by remaining in the straw? I
merely suggest this and leave you to follow your own judgment [judgement?],
which will no doubt accord with that of the neighbourhood generally -

If circumstances favor I hope to have the pleasure of making you a
visit soon, such are the times that we cannot [now?] [dispose?] of
[ourselves?] at pleasure, [may?] [here?] look out daily for the arrival
of an invading [force?], our works of [?] you with spirit, but much
remains to be done to [know?]. We have no news at present with esteem &
regard I remain Dr [Dear?] Sir
Your most obdt [obedient?]
Thos [Thomas?] Smith Junr [Junior?]