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Title: Extract of a letter from Charlestown, South Carolina [U.S.]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Sender Genderunknown
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCharleston, S.Carolina, USA
Recipient Genderunknown
Relationshipre living in the USA
SourceThe Belfast Mercury, 25 October 1785
ArchiveThe Linenhall Library, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9407008
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 01:07:1994.
Word Count279
Transcript"...Notwithstanding all this, there is money to be made
were a person to settle here: the inhabitants look vastly
to good behaviour - they are a plain, affable people;
affectionate too, and ready to assist one another - none of
the haughty superficious airs observable in the natives of
Ireland who have scraped up a little wealth, is to be met
with in any rank of society here; but true politeness and
urbanity marks the conduct of all from the highest to the
lowest. - A good clerk or bookkeeper will generally find
encouragement in Charlestown; a salary for the first year
is never less than £50 British, with diet, washing and
lodging in the house of his employer; and if clever he is
generally advanced to £150 per annum. Tradesmen of every
kind (weavers excepted) meet good encouragement here. - All
lands contigous to the city are fully occupied; but about
150 or 200 miles back sets from 2s 4d to 2s 8d Irish sterling
per acre. - It is now in agitation to raise a subscription
for mechanics and farmers who come from Ireland to purchase
them a grant of lands free, and to pay for the carriage of
their goods, etc. as far back as they choose to go. They
wish much to form permanent connections with the North of
Ireland, particularly with Belfast and Derry. - The air
is pure as in Ireland, and every necessary of life as cheap
as with you... The Irish inhabitants live longest in this
climate. - This state certainly suffered greatly during the
war; but the blessings of peace and freedom will in a short
time make ample amends."