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Title: Letter from Craven County, South of Carolina [U.S.] to Dromore
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginS.Carolina, USA
DestinationDromore, Co. Down, N.Ireland
Recipient Gendermale
SourceThe Belfast Mercury, no.22, vol.III, 14 October 1785, p.3, c.1
ArchiveThe Linenhall Library, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9407215
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 06:06:1994.
Word Count372
TranscriptExtract of a letter from a native of this kingdom, several years a
resident in America, to his father near Dromore, dated Craven County,
State of South Carolina, Jan. 10, 1785.

"The country here is blessed with good air and water; our [spirits?]
are good; religious distinctions are unknown, no one lords it over
another; every denomination supports their own clergy, no advancement
is derived on account of opini[-----] [----] Our civil laws are founded
on the ancient and approved basis of natural right and moral equity, and
calculated to protect our liberty; our Representatives, or Assembly men,
are chosen by ourselves, for making our own laws: The expenses of the war
are to be paid as follows - first Tory pro[perty?], land and moveables, are
confiscated and sold, and the profits go to the Treasury for that end; next
the vacant lands to be settled, are charged at the rate of 10£ Sterl.
[per?] 100 acres at settling; which together with moderate [-----] and negro
taxes, will in a little time (without hurting planters or citizens) pay our
proportion of the expences.
The prices of grain, cattle, etc. take as follows: corn [----]d per
bushell; wheat 2s.2d; rice is 9d, barley ditto; cow with calf 2 guineas,
some 2 and a half; 3 plow horse 7 [-----], pork 14s.6d per cwt. All the
foregoing Irish Sterl. yearly holding with little or no variation. - This
Country [is?] again to wear the looks of peace and plenty; foreign,
[--]nternal trade is prosecuted with vigor; our markets are fully stocked,
and benign freedom spreads around her [-----]ing wings. All kinds of
Tradesmen meet with good engagement, and a labouring man can earn 1s.6d
per day. [No] restraint is laid on settlers from any European nation.
People here tan their own leather and make their own [-----]; the girls
spin flax, wool and cotton, and chiefly both [------] and taylor their
own manufacturers with more skill [than?] [a?] European would expect.
- There is no 1d.10s and a [----] in this Country; no illegal impositions,
no fox-tail [-----] nor does my Lord Bishop's [bosom?] raise a dust to
[elevate?] the poor. - And now I leave you to judge, whether who possesses
freedom, peace and plenty, or those who [live?] under the galling yoke of
oppression, stand fairest to the comfort of human life."