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Title: [?] [Smith?], London, to John Hanbury, [Location?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginLondon, England
DestinationNorth America?
RecipientHanbury, John
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 162/47: Presented by Major A.F. Dobbs, Castle Dobbs, Carrickfergus, County Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9510060
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 12:10:95.
Word Count827
TranscriptLondon 24 June 1749
Mr John Hanbury
As you have admitted me to be an associate with you & the
Gentn. [Gentlemen?] of Virginia in the late Grant of Lands on
the (River) Ohio, the back of the Appalatian [Appalachian?]
Mountains. I think it now incumbent on me to hint to you
by letter ( as I cannot with convenience see you in the country,
before I set out for Ireland, which I purpose to do in a short
time) what I fancy may contribute greatly to the peopling &
support of this new projected colony, so as to answer the good
purposes of the Government in getting the start of the French,
who have all along had an Eye to that great and valuable
Country, which may if properly conducted, turn out vastly for
the advantage of this Nation, in not only securing our other
colonies from French Incroachment [encroachment?], but in
raising a new people to take off our British Manufactures, by
encouraging the German & French protestants to go and settle
there, my present design by this Letter is to acquaint you, that
there have a number of Protestant Families gone this year to
America from Ireland, and I am inform'd [informed?] many more
purpose to go next season, therefore as this is and will be the
case, I think it would be right in us who have undertaken to
raise this new colony to endeavour to divert these people for
the future from going to new England & Pensylvania [Pennsylvania?]
by giving them proper Encouragement to go up the Potomac river,
and settle upon the Ohio, and this I imagine may be easily done,
by giving them Grants of Lands free of quit Rents for Ten years, and
convincing them that they will be supported and protected in the
peaceable possession of these grants, which I apprehend may best
be done by the Government sending an Officer and a Company of
men from Ireland to settle upon the most convenient spot on the
Ohio for that purpose, and I think it would be a right step in
order to encourage those people to behave well, to give each of
them a grant of land upon their going over. If you think well of
this proposal, and will talk with Lord Hallifax on the subject,
who I observe with great pleasure is taking the right measures
to promote the Welfare and increase of our Colonies, &
consequently the advantage of England, I will engage to procure
an Officer and such a company of young men that understand
country business, as will effectually answer all the purposes
that so many men can, upon such an occasion, and they shall be
so chosen as to be able effectually to encourage those others
who may afterwards think of removing from America to go to the
Ohio, As you and I can have nothing in view by engaging in this
Ohio scheme, but the Publick [public?] good, and at our private
expence, take it for granted the Lords of Trade will very
readily comply with every proposal that has an evident tendency
to that End I doubt not but the Gentlemen of Virginia will take
all the prudent methods possible to secure the friendship of all
the Indians in this new Country, as well by making allyance
[alliance?] with them as new purchases, If it is thought
necessary because the French will doubtless take every step of
this sort that be maybe in their power. I wish my Lord Hallifax
would Patronize the taking out another Grant in order to admit
some of the principal German and French Protestants who are. or
may be inclinable to go there as that would in my opinion be the
most effectual method to people the Country Expeditiously. When
you write your friends in Virginia, pray Enquire which is the
best place to land people who may be inclinable to go and settle
on the Ohio, and to let you know exactly the difficulties and
conveniences that may attend their getting thither after they
are landed; the proper seasons of the year for going; the
necessaries which will be wanted upon their first getting over,
and every thing else that may occur to them on the subject, that
we may not be in the dark, or be oblig'd [obliged?] to venture
on saying what may not afterwards prove strictly true, to those
whom we would willingly Encourage to go thither. If you will be
so kind to ask these questions in the first letters you write, I
may have an answer sent me before my return from Ireland. My
friend Mr Dobbs who is now in that Kingdom, has the selling &
Extending the British Colonies as much at heart as any man in
England, therefore I intend to consult him on this subject and
will write you his sentiments, these things having occur'd
[occurred?] to me I think proper to mention them to you.