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Title: William McClurg, Cincinnati, to John McClorg, New York.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filemcclorg, william/9
SenderMcClorg, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationemployed in a garden and nursery
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginCincinnati, Ohio, USA
DestinationNew York, USA
RecipientMcClorg, John
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 1227/24: Photocopied by Courtesy of Mr A MacLurg. #TYPE EMG William McClurg, Cincinnati, to John McClorg, New York, 2 April 1832.
ArchivePublic Record Office, N. Ireland
Doc. No.8905209
Partial Date
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Log28:06:1989 LT created 13:11:1990 CD input 14:11:19
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Mr John McLurg care of
Mr Samuel Dunshee corner of
Hester & Mulberry streets
New york
Cincinnati 2d April 1832
Dear Brother & sister I take this
opportunity of informing you that I am well
having much reason of thankfulness unto God
for his mercies manifested towards me in a strange
Land hoping these lines if the [they?] come under your
cognizance will find you in the same state
this is the third time that I have addressed
you since I left N.[New?] york without ever getting a
Line from you whether you got the letters I sent
[or?] not I cannot tell but if you did I think it
is somewhat singular you did not write to me
I was last spring in Pittsburgh in harvest
I went out to the country and stopped there
untill [until?] fall. I was with Robert Barr brother to
John Barr of Ba[lte?]agh I left there in October
came into Pittsburgh took a notion to go down
the river & arrived here the first of December
the winter here was very hard wood & coal very
dear & times dull after the thaw, business got better
but not long until a final stop was put to
it by the great flood, the river began to
rise rapidly the tenth February you may guess with
what rapidity it rose when on saturday the 11th
where horses & drays were going in water street on Monday
the 13th it sailed a steam boat it continued to rise
until all the lower parts of the City was completely
inundated, some newspapers stated it rose 51 others 63
feet above low waters mark it was the highest flood
by far ever seen here by white people after two
weeks the water abated and fell within its banks
as usual it was a very great loss to the City in
general, not only by injurung stores but by stopping all
commerce the river was so rapid & so high no boat
could run on account of snags & sawyers, I never saw
anything like it before it looked more like a sea than a
river it carried off a great number of houses Bridges
& mills a vast number of cattle and domestic animals
have been lost, the ravages of it will long be remembered
by the inhabitants all along its banks business
is now doing pretty well & have been so for some
weeks past, I went out to see Cousins David
& John Bollock in December Samuel is dead a year
past in January they were well & was often talking
about you
John was in here last week at market I was
talking of going back to Pittsburgh he said I would
do better here if I would content myself I have
been working in a garden & nursery all this spring
at 75 cts [cents?] per day I boarded at Mr Bairds all winter
& do so still he is brother-in-law to John [B?]ollock & cousin
to Henry Baird you saw in Canada, I am not certain yet
what business I may be at during the summer I have
always the thoughts of going back to N.York if you think
I would do better it is above a year since I wrote
to Ireland I never received a line from them nor
any account whatever except that sister Ann was married
I saw John & Joseph Hamilton samuel Quigly Samuel
& James Erwin, [g?]uy lives in Dayton 60 miles from h[?]
is doing well Erwin was very glad to see me & talked
about you often he urged me to go out & see the part of
Country he lived in said he would find me plenty of
work & tolerable wages but I did not go you will confer a
favour on me if you write as soon as this letter comes to
hand & let me know if you are in the old place & when
you got any word from the old country or from Brother
Robert it is above fourteen months since I heard from him
it is a year since I left Brother Josephs I scarce heard
from them any account I intend writing to them shortly
this letter goes by a Mr Wallace who is on his way to Ireland
I expect you will write me by the first opportunity
& let me know any particulars that have occurred with
you since I embarked from N. York it would satisfy me very much
N.B. when you write direct to W McLurg care of Mr
Wm [William?] Baird corner of water & Plumb streets cincinnati
Ohio I expect you will omit nothing that will give me
satisfaction I subscribe myself your affectionate brother
William McLurg