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Title: O'Hagan, Charles (on behalf of Dunn, Mary) to Carey, Mathew, 1796
CollectionIrish Immigrants in the Land of Canaan. Letters and memoirs from colonial and revolutionary America (1675-1815) [K.A. Miller et al.]
SenderO'Hagan, Charles (on behalf of Dunn, Mary)
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationdomestic servant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPhiladelphia, USA
DestinationPhiladelphia, USA
RecipientCarey, Mathew
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipnot acquainted
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Word Count438
Genreapplication for assistance
TranscriptCharles O’Hagan (on behalf of Mary Dunn), Philadelphia, to Mathew Carey, Philadelphia, 5 February 1796
Lambart St. Fber 5th 96
Dear Sir
As a man of Philanthropy, I sollicit you in behalf of the Bearer Mary Dunn (a Catholic) She is the daughter of respectable parents in the County of Londonderry N: of Ireland of middling Circumstances a numerous family being of them, and a brother of the Bearer’s a Docter some years ago came to this Country and was doing very well till about 3 years ago he broke loose and led since a dissipated life, he wrote for the bearer to keep house for him, thro’ which She unfortunately prepared & came over abt two years ago, but to her double mortification found that he cod not receive her agreeable to his encouragemt , & her expectations, She always was but tender in health, but rather than starve She was forced in her languishing state to go to Service, that She w d acquire one part of the time by her insupportable Struggles <what> was required to afford her barely a sustenance of nature whilst confined to her bed another part of the time, till now at length  She is no longer capable to use any more efforts of Industry &c— Thus forlorn, healthless, Oppressed in Spirits and destitute of means to Support herself, has no other alternative but to return home, if She cod---
But understanding the Hibernian Society (of w I hear you are a member) will not assist any to return, I take the Liberty of recommending her to you, truly represented, that you may from your wanton clemency divise some means thro’ your influence that might assist her much desired retn if a private Collection co d be raised to pay her passage She w d leave it in your hands till her passage w d be agreed for in the first Vessel for the North of Ireland— It is y humane Character that emboldens her to apply and me to write to you on a Subject so momentously feeling— God will reward your laudable interference in heaven & can only be acknowledged on earth by the Applicant—
I am on a Slender acquaintce
Sir Yours most Respectfully
Charles O Hagan

P:S: If a certificate is necessary She can procure it; only that I am myself struggling with wind & tide, endeavouring to pay a great rent &c and Support a family on a very Slender footing, I wd not hesitate to pay her passage, from the long knowledge of her good behav & the respectable Character of her industrious parents