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Title: Magraw, James to Magraw, John, 1733
CollectionIrish Immigrants in the Land of Canaan. Letters and memoirs from colonial and revolutionary America (1675-1815) [K.A. Miller et al.]
SenderMagraw, James
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationsettler
Sender Religionunknown
OriginMiddle Spring, Cumberland Co., Penn, USA
DestinationPaxton Township, Lancaster Co., Penn, USA
RecipientMagraw, John
Recipient Gendermale
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TranscriptJames Magraw, Middle Spring, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, to John Magraw, Paxton Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 21 May 1733

May 21st, 1733
Dear John:
I wish you would see John Harris at the ferry and get him to rite to the governor to see if he cant get some guns for us theres a good wheen of ingens about here and I fear they intend to give us a good deal of troubbel and may do us a grate deal of harm. We was three days on our journey coming from Harrisses ferry here we could not make much speed on account of the childer they could not get on as fast Jane and me I think we will like this part of the country when we get our cabbin bilt put it on a level peese of groun near the road or path in the woods at the fut of a hill there is a fine stream of watter that comes from a spring a half a mile south of where our cabbin is bilt I would have put it nearer the watter but the land is lo & wet John McCall Alick Steen & John Rippey bilt theres near the stream Hugh Rippeys daughter Mary berried yesterday this will be news to Andrew Simpson when it reaches Maquires bridge he is to come over in the fall when they were to be married Mary was a verry purty gerl she died of a faver & they berried her up on rising groun north of the road or path where we made choice of a peese of groun for a grav yard she was the first berried there poor Hugh has none left now but his wife Sam and little Isabel Theres plenty of timmer south of us we have cabbins bilt here now and it looks a town but we have no name for it Ill send this by John <as> I Simpson when he goes back to paixtan come up soon our cabbin will be ready to go into in a week and you can go in till you get wan bilt we have planted some corn & potatoes Dan McGee John Sloan & Robert Moore was here and left last week remember me to Mary and the childer we are all well tell Billy Parker to come up soon and bring Nancy with him I know he will like the country I forgotto tell you that Sally Brown was bit by a snaik but she is out of danger come up soon
yr aft brother
James Magraw