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Title: Joseph [Carswell?], South Carolina, to Margaret Sinclair, [?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCarswell, Joseph/25
SenderCarswell, Joseph
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmentions having servants, plantation owner?
Sender Religionunknown
OriginSouth Carolina, USA
RecipientSinclair, Margaret
Recipient Genderfemale
Relationshiphe's her suitor
SourceD/3305/4/1: Deposited by Dr. K. A. Miller.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9805355
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 14:05:98.
Word Count753
TranscriptSouth Carolina Spartanburgh district
Crossanchor 2nd Jany. [January?] 1822

My Dear and faithful Margaret

I am favoured with your kindness of the 16th
Sept. last ; in which you acknowledge the receipt of a
letter from me about a year ago or a year before that
date - you say you answered it. I cannot dispute your
word, but I pledge you my honour I never at any time or
times received from you any letter or letters or coppies
[copies ?]of a letter whatever. The not receiving of which
was the sole and only cause of my too hasty resolution : but
as the curst [crust ?] of a pie was made to be broken so for
your sake my resolve can be changed - and it is in your
hands still. Even as I am faithful you may discover I am
equally generous for I make allowance for all those miscarriages
in letters and hasty resolutions which both sexes are too apat
to make an meeting with disappiontments. But I thank god I
do not give way to disappointments of life so as to
sink into dispair nor the injuries of life so as to
pursue revenge nor the evil examples of the world so as to
follow them into sin - no, I overcame disappointments by fortitude
Injuries by forgiveness and evil examples by forgiveness
of mind.
I am sorry my dear Margaret to discover your pen commanded
by so much reserve your words are if possible more
reserved to me than they would be to one whom you believed
a [___?] on his first visit to you. I fondly hoped
otherwise nor could I have believed my Margaret would write
or speak to me with resevere at all.
Had I received your letter I should in this or in
next month have been at home - my heart deplores I have
not received it - my not getting it may in all probability
deprive me of enjoying the tranquil smiles of my Margaret
But my unfading hope that charmer of the [stained] is not
yet blasted, she imparts to my [stained] all her kindred
energy that in the purest hearts burn the brightest, I trust
and hope to behold you the undisputed Mistress of Crossanchors
when your lover now in affluence enjoys all the blessings
of a single life what man could request or what heaven think
necessary to bestow. If I recollect aright I stated to you
in my letter to which you allude that if you refused me
your hand my feet should never tread on Irish ground. Your
might easily discover from that sentance what my motives
were - you are obliged to believe them pure and disinterested.
Would I leave my home and my business for twelve months in the
care of servants and others ? would I brave the dangers
of the sea there and here against ? for what ? My
soul answers aloud for nothing under heaven but you - whose
smiles would be my only joy whose happenings my
constant ease.
I should have prepared to have went home immediately
after receiving this letter from you had it been more
explicit, but I will not go on an uncertainty as no
other inducement could be held out to make me go but
you - If you will write to me immmediately on receiving this and
tell me in plain words you will give me your hand
and heart - you will be mine and I may depend on you
that will induce me to visit Ireland and nothing else
I will immediately then on the reception of your letter
perpare to go home and will be there either in the latter
part of this year or in the beginning of next - our
distance is too great to admit of trusting.
You can get Robert or
Mr. Campbell to forward a letter immediately for
you - I have sent this letter by itself and according to your
request mentioned it to none I shall be vey impatient
of your answer Mean time I remain
your affectionate and

N. B. you mention the first opportunity you have
of doing will to embrace it - you now have an opportunity
of making your life easy the balance of your days your broad
crowned with contentment and with plenty - this your
good sense will consider better than to live with
those in Ireland - (in that wretched place) when marriage
is made a matter of epiculation & not of love.