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Title: Samuel McCulloch, Heekenseek to his father, Carrickfergus
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filemcculloch, samuel/14
SenderMcCulloch, Samuel
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationlooking for work
Sender Religionunknown
OriginHackensack, N. Jersey?, USA
DestinationCarrickfergus, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
Recipient Gendermale
SourceThe Belfast News-Letter, Friday 29 April to Tuesday 3 May 1774
ArchiveThe Central Library, Belfast
Doc. No.1200308
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 19:12:00.
Word Count783
TranscriptTo SAMUEL McCULLOCH, at Carrickfergus, in the County
of Antrim, in Ireland.

Heekenseek, [Hackensack, New Jersey?], Sept. 24th, 1773.
Dear Father,
" This comes with our duty to you and to our step-
mother, and our love to your brothers and sisters,
and to let you know that it has pleased God to spare
all the principals of our two families, but it was
sore on our children; for on the 19th of June, Tommy
Jackson died, and the day after the two girls, to our
great grief, both died in one hour. This was the
greatest trouble I ever felt, to see our two fine girls
thrown into the ocean after they had been seven weeks
on board and were on the coast. Our mate died, and
several more men and women, and about 12 children.
We had a great fever on board; men lay raving through
all the births [berths?]. I never lay down that
night, but I was afraid that some of us would have it
before the morning. Our children died of a short
illness, and not of the fever. When we came to York,
Billy and me went on shore, and at about 3 o'clock we
set out for our brother's, but we could not come to
his house, and we lay down and slept in a wood.
" When we came to his house he was just talking of
us, and was surprised to see us. He could not done
more for us if he had been possest [possessed?] of
thousands. He gave me and Billy a pair of bucks
skins and all other things we stood in need of, and
set out with us to York and paid all our passages,
and spared no expence on us: he had new cloaths
[clothes?] made for all the children, who all had the
fever, but they are all recovered and is well; and
Semmy and Jammy is both at school, our sister Eve
shewed [showed?] all the love and affection for us
that was in her power. The waving [weaving?] is
scarce at present. James has sold the house he
built, and had bought a lot that there stood three
houses on, and we have lived in one of them each of us,
but there is not work here for us, so we are going to
move some miles into the country. James keeps a
merchant shop and is in good credit. All things seems
to go well with us, but there is many of the people
that comes here have cause to repent their leaving
Ireland; for indeed this country comes far short of the
character it gets with you, and for apprentices and
redemptioners they had better stay at home if they take
my advice, for I would not wish any one that I would
give a drink of water, to come here. And let John
Baird know that I would not advise him here; all the
great stories of it is lies. It is true it is pleasant,
and great plenty of fruit, and they will tell you of
so many shillings they will get. It is true there is
a great deal of shillings in a little money, for the
York shilling is your seven-pence. Billy and Mary
sends their duty to you and their step-mother, and
their love to John and his wife, and to Catherine, and
to Rachel, Susy sends her love to her brothers and
sister, and to Sarah Euant; and let them stay at home
till they hear from us again. The Dutch is a strange
people, for you would take them all for one; their
cloaths [clothes?] is all alike. The Justices of the
Peace goes bare-footed, and he that is representative
for this county in the Grand Council is sexton, and
bell-man, and grave-digger. Remember me to John
Tennant and to Rachel, and I hope to see them. Tho'
I do not expect to see you, my father, yet it may
please the Lord to see other yet. Dear father, write
to William Harper, and let him Know that you have heard
from us, and that I do not advise William Walker to
come to this country, or to any of the Carolinas: if
his brother writes for him, and he comes, he will be
sorry for it. Remember me to the two Miss Campbell's,
and tell them I think they are as well at home as they
would be here. If a man goes to the woods, and slaves
all his days, maybe his children may have some land;
but an acre in Ireland is worth three of the best I
ever saw here. So dear father, we are all very well;
may God bless you all,
Is the wish of your loving children.