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Title: Thomas McGinity New York to John and Mary Crosby Mcginity.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filemcginity, thomas/42
SenderMcGinity, Thomas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationjust arrived in America
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNew York, USA
RecipientMcGinity, John and Mary
Recipient Gendermale-female
Relationshipwrites to brother and sister-in-law
SourceT 3539/1: Deposited by Isabel McAnulty Williams, Lafayette, Indiana
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9309337
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C. R., 01:09:1993
Word Count591
TranscriptLetter of October 24, 1847
From Thomas McGinity, New York, USA
to his brother and sister-in-law,
John and Mary Crosby McGinity

New York October 24th 1847

My Dear Brother and sister,

I take this favourable opportunity of writing to youse [sic] to let youse [sic] know that I and John arrived safely thank God after a passage of 30 days. I never had better health than that which I had on sea. We left Liverpool on the 21st of October safely. We had 2 deaths aboard of which were children and 4 of whom we left at Quarantine. When we came into town I went to look for my sister. I went to the person with whom she lived and they told me she was married and living out in the country both she and her husband. I went out of the city and found them about 80 miles up the north river from New York. He is a clever young man, an Irishman from the County Cavan, his name is Edw. [Edward?] Riley. My Dear brother please as soon as this will come to your hands write that I may know where to send you a letter about Christmas and if my wife or mother will want any money before that time give it to them as I will be sending home money about that time and will pay you please God. My goods are in the customs house since I came here. I have no money whatever to release them but I hope I soon will. The duty of linens is 20 percent, hardware 30 percent, muslin and cotton 25 percent. I had like to be lost going up the river in a small boat to see sister Mary the child and me but thanks to God we were miraculously saved. Sister Mary has a good deal of money in the bank. She was giving me her bank book to draw the money but I declined on the grounds that her husband could not tell her after that her brother was a beggar coming here I have some goods of Roger received to the amt. [amount?] of £24-0-0 unpaid which money I will send him in this county Produce if I find that it will pay I will then see how you & [and?] I could best promote each others interests I am sorry that I did not take all the silk handkers. [handkerchiefs?] I had as this one I have for sister Mary I could have sold it 20 times as yet have not seen your brother John But Mary told me he had a sever turn of the family malady your children was all in the best of good health when I left you May depend my Dear brother that distance a time will never litsin [lessen?] my love for you & [and?] your family from what I see here this is the country for industry I am paying for us both 5 dollars per week for bord [board?] that is £1-0-0 of your money breakfast is on the table in the morning at half past 6 oclock [o'clock?] & [and?] dinner precisely at 1/2 past 12 supper & [and?] tea at 6 oclock [o'clock?] Direct for me in care of Mr. Francis McGinity No. [number?] 69 Grand St. [street?], N.Y. [New York?] May the great and glorious Lord & [and?] his blesed [blessed?] virgin Mother take you & [and?] yours into there [their?] special keeping untill [until?] we are again returned to each others society again in a country of freedom & [and?] industry is the sincere wish of your loving Brother & [and?] Nephew J [John?] & Thos. Thos. [Thomas?] McGinity.