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Title: Letter from South Carolina [U.S.]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Sender Genderunknown
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginS.Carolina, USA
Recipient Genderunknown
Relationshipre living in the USA
SourceThe Belfast Mercury, no.41, vol.III, 20 December 1785, p.4, c.4
ArchiveThe Linenhall Library, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9407223
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 06:06:1994
Word Count291
TranscriptLetter from South Carolina, Sept.4.

I am now settled here in as good a situation as the state of this
country will permit, which is much inferior to what I knew it once,
before its seperation from you. The goods I brought with me from England
lie on my hands now near [-----] months, not from the want of demand
for the buyers are plenty, but cash is a rarity. The want of confidence
between man and man has turned the word confidence into disuse. The
remittances from France to the merchants and planters here are small
proportions of paper securities negotiable in Europe, some Congress
paper currency, and commodities inferior to the expectations of the
receivers. The hats, shoes, and linens I brought with me are the only
articles I can venture to convert to any use. The farmers barter the
necessaries of life for them. All accounts from the Northern Provinces
are nearly the same. Madness [-----ly?] seizes the number of unhappy
people who are daily embarking for this land of misery from Great
Britain and Ireland, employment cannot be found for the tenth part
of them. They must colonize amongst themselves at the back of our
settlements, necessity must exasperate them to desperation, which
if happens, cannot but turn to anarchy the little influence
Government has amongst [them?]. Though the turbulence of the
emigrants makes their seclusion from the United States a very
desirable object, yet we must me cautious not to incur their
displeasure; the Coalition of the Indian nations on our rear would
become doubly formidable by a junction with those people (who must
speedily degenerate into barbarity) were their united wrath to
fall upon us; our apprehensions are many and disagreeable; such is
the effect of our independence.