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Title: Crawford, Alexander to Murray, Alexander, 1736
CollectionIrish Immigrants in the Land of Canaan. Letters and memoirs from colonial and revolutionary America (1675-1815) [K.A. Miller et al.]
SenderCrawford, Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationtenant, farmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginDrumgun, Co. Donegal, Ireland
DestinationKircudbrightshire, Scotland
RecipientMurray, Alexander
Recipient Gendermale
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Word Count481
Genreeconomic adversity
TranscriptAlexander Crawford, Drumgun, Killymard Parish, County Donegal, to Alexander Murray, Broughton, Cally, near Gatehouse of Fleet, Kircudbrightshire, Scotland, 21 July 1736
Drumgun July 21th 1736
Honred Landlord
I finding this oPortunaty have med this my Mesenger to Acquent you of ye misrabl Condision that I have Brout myselvef and my famely to In Steying In your oners Land thes yers Past Depending one your Honers Promises that you med to me when you were in this Contrey Last and After that Impost Rents And Burdings that Iame oblig<d> to grone yunder ye Burding therof when I Can not Provid for my Children But ame obligt to Transport my Self and my famly to ye Deserts of America and Had it not Ben for depending Upon your Honers Promise I and my famley might be Living in that Land wher we might be freed from thos Burdings that we ar Labring yunder Iame taking thes as Stroks from ye Hand of god upon ye acount of my not Going with my frends when th<e>y would Ahad me to Agon wher we might A:livd Hapley But know Ame obligt to venter my grey hears to ye mersey of god which we must do and ye Dengers of ye seas If not Prevent by you And ther has Ben Shuch faymins for Brad in thes Contrys And grat Daths of Catel and A Cind of deses or morin that ye Contrey Is I<m>povrist by it which is ye ocesion with rents and tyths to Ca<u>s ye most Part of y e Cuntry to go to America we Are As Bound Slevs to Bishop minestor By thire hurying yus into Bis<h>ops Corts if we doe not met ther time and Leseur th<e>y may do What th<e>y Pleas for the<re> is not wan ither to tak Part with yus or to stand ower Caues or to Plead our Intrest we Are obligt to your Honers spering yus But at ye <and> sem time ye Havey Burding Contunes ye seme and Is not Eabel to Stand it nor would not be Ebel to hold my Land so Long as I did Had it not been for Ason that Ihave whenhee Saw that I was not Ebel to Provid for him hee med to b<u>y yeren and Cep his Credit very well If It Ley In your Honers Pouer to Put him In Som Beter way of his Busness I would Be yunder singler obligesions to your Honer: I hop you will Pardon thes Prusimtous fevers and my un<con>cidret Lines whish Justly merits Rebuk from your genres good netuer and the kiness of your Honer Let Humbel Rquests and motivs tak Im Presion upon you And As gods grat Progtive Is to be mersiful so Have mersy at ye sencer Request and Answer to this I ame your Honrs well wis<h>ing frend
And mos Huml Srt Allxdr Crawford