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Title: Silvester, Ferrall to Johnson, William, 1745
CollectionIrish Immigrants in the Land of Canaan. Letters and memoirs from colonial and revolutionary America (1675-1815) [K.A. Miller et al.]
SenderSilvester, Ferrall
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginHalifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
DestinationMount Johnson, Albany Co., NY, USA
RecipientJohnson, William
Recipient Gendermale
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Word Count453
Genreapplication for assistance
TranscriptSilvester Ferrall, Halifax, Nova Scotia, to “The Hon ble Willm Johnson Esqr .at Mount Johnson, at the Mohocks in the County of Albany,” New York, 16 June 1745

... I wrote you in my former letter posted at Boston, that I had not gott into any employment by reason of a New Governor been expected here for this place, so that till he arives there is no likelyhood of any buisness been Carry’d on in this place... for as the present Governor is making arrangements for his return to London everything in this place is at a stand, As for my part I have not ern’d one shilling since I came to the Colloney, Yet I did everything in my power to gett into some kind of buisness to gett an honest and genteel livelyhood, its true I have had several promisses, and Still have the Same from Several of the gentlemen here, that as soon as some of the Kings woorks begins to go forward, that I should be provided for, that’s fullfilling the old Proverb Live horse and yu . shall gett grass, so that I Cant expect any relief till Such time as Coll: Hopson... the New Governor Arives, and then but a Chance, for tis generally the Custom with New Governors to have many followers, You may belive that I am a good deal in debt for my dyet and lodging Since I ariv’d here which is neer nine months, besides washing and other Expencess, so that if I be not reliv’d in a short time, I Shall be oblig’d to Sell my Cloaths and return to New: York, I am inform’d by Several in this place that there is two Gentlemen of my Name that Lives at Monseratt, they have great Plantations, and are vastly rich and Keep a great Number of Negroes and has no Children, they likewise inform me that they Came from Waterford in Irland, they advise me to go to them, and that I need not fear been well provided for, I have often herd my father Say that he had a brother and two Nephews that went from Irland when Young and that they were Setl’d in Some of the Island s . there about so that its like it may happen to be some of their Children, If I had where with to go there I dont doubt but it might turn to my advantage, but I shall wait yr . advise what I shall do in this affair, Mr Cartright Informs me that you have Setled yr. affairs in New York to your Satisfaction, the which gave me pleasure....
Yr Oblig’d, Sincere, well wishr. and hu<m>ble Servt to Command
Silvr Ferrall