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Title: Silas E Wier [Weir?], Philadelphia, to J. Robinson, Stewartstown.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWier, Silas E/14
SenderWier, Silas E.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationlinen trader
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
DestinationStewartstown, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientRobinson, J.
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 1140/72: Presented by J.B. & R.H. Twigg, Solicitors, Cookstown, County Tyrone.
ArchivePublic Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9012017
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by B.W. 20:12:1993
Word Count452
TranscriptTo: Mr James Robinson
Brig Susannah
Wm [William?] Baird

[Postmarked] BELFAST

From: Philadelphia 27th November 1795

My Dear James

Your letter of the 25 June by Captain Forest came safe
to hand, but am not a little surpriz'd [surprised?] that you
have not wrote since, My not having occasion to leave the
City in quest of employment, has confin'd my information
respecting the tanning business much more than if I had
taken the route you mention, but have made every inquiry I
possibly could with propriety here, - There was a Tan Yard
with 25 [---?] & latches, a Bark mill, Drying house, & every
other necessary all in good repair with a lease for ever,
sold here in Spring, for 1500 pounds Currency 500 pounds on
hand, and the remr [remainder?] to be paid Annually at 2
payments - In the Country (I'm inform'd ) there are plenty of
Yards both to rent & purchase on very good terms, and the
farther you go back every expense gets lower, in many places
they have as much Bark on their plantations as will serve
them for several years, but here it sells for 12 Dollars per
Chorde [Chord?], & Tannars [Tanners?] wages one Gunea
[Guinea?] per week, They dont [don't?] give the leather so
much time in tanning it. and of course don't make it so
good as in Europe, so this makes the business much more
profitable - Upon the whole I believe it to be as
advantageous as any other in America -
But I really think it imprudent to determine on any
particular business, prior to your leaving Ireland, for there
might be opportunities after your arrival of getting into a
very difft [different?] ones that would be more to your
advantage, - You cant [can't?] lose any thing [anything?] by
bringing over Indented [Indentured?] Servants, Linins
[Linens?], or Irish flannals [flannels?], and these are the
only articles I would recommend, Please inform your Uncle
Robinson (Castle) that Chas [Charles?] McGrath lives still in
New York, and that in consequence of Mr. Rs letter to him, I
myself wrote and direct'd to the care of [Mr?] Alexander but
never receiv'd an answer. The little boy your Father sent to
Geo [George?] Campbell pleas'd remarkable well and is a very
promising Lad, I have sent a bill of Exchg [Exchange?] to
John for 100 pounds Sterl--g [Sterling?] as I could not buy
Flaxseed or any other article here the this season with the
smallest hope of getting a profit - I live with A Bingham and
gets One hundred Dollars, [----?] Washing, & Lodging, per
Annum - With best respects for Elean [Eleanor?] & all the
Children, I am Dear James your Sincere & affte [affectionate?]
Silas E Wier [Weir?]