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Title: A. Dobbs, Carrickfergus to M. Rowan, N. Carolina.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileDobbs, Arthur/5
SenderDobbs, Arthur
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmerchant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCarrickfergus, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
DestinationN.Carolina, USA
RecipientRowan, M.
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 162/46: Presented by Major A.F. Dobbs, Castle Dobbs Carrickfergus, County Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9509144
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 29:09:95.
Word Count830
Transcript: [Castle?] Dobbs
Dr [Dear?] Sir
I have your favour of the 29th Jan &
talk from Cape Fear this week but your letters
in June from New Beaver and of others from
Cape Fear with the receipts for my Quot
rents on Black River never came to hand
and find my letter from London to you
last spring never came to [eye?].
I'm glad to find that Mr McCulla
and you have at last letters and that the
patents are [fallen?] from my lands which
you expected to receive from him at New
Beaver the present Seat of Government
which is more convenient than [Edenton?]
for the Southern Settlements. I'm
pleased able to hear that my lands are
fixd upon Pedee in the King's division
as I may expect them Clean of Quit -
Rent for ten years from the felling the
patent which if they had fallen in Lord
Granville's division I found he would
not agree to. Let me know if there
is any doubt in Carolina of my having
them Clean from Quit rent for the first
10 years from the [Balling?] the Patents
for if there should I would apply to your cousin
in England to have it out of Doubt-
When I go for London which I hope I shall
do next autumn upon the return of our
ships gone to find out the N:W: [North-West?] Passage
which have been out a year and expect
to hear of their Return with success
by next aug: [August?] or [September?]-
I hope the Lands allotted to me are good
as they are upon Pedee, your farmers bill
having mentioned those lands to be good-
and expect that Mr McCulla will have
them properly Surveyed in Baronies of
12000 acres Each I having paid him œ250
for that purpose over and above the
Purchase. I am glad to find they are
near the Indian Path, (are they above
or below [Cataubas?] Town) and I suppose
by yrs [yours?] that the Virginia planters have
settled within 20 miles of it by planting
Southerly from Virginia, Is the Rocky
on Johnston River a branch of Pedee
on Cape Fear River, are there plantations
there which are within 6 miles of
it from the Planters on the NW [North-West?] Branch
of Cape Fear in from [Wynyan?] or
Pedee- I should be glad to know if you
have got any yet to settle on my land
on the Black River, and am pleased to
hear that you expect to have some Planters
soon upon my Pedee lands, and shall be extreamly
[extremely?] obliged to you for your care in
it as I have hitherto been in the trouble
you have already taken in it. I have
reason to believe that this Campaign
will bring about a Peace with France
and Spain before next Spring and if so
we shall get Several from hence to
go to Carolina to settle as my situation
is changed since I last wrote to you
by the death of my wife, and thus I hope
in a little Time to give up my agency
to L:C: as I have disposed of my part of
Surveys [gentle?] I may have some leisure
upon my hands, as my children are grown
up, my eldest son will be of age in
about a year, and my other son for
whom I Design my Carolina Purchase
is in the army, so that I may have
Time if my health continues to take
a trip to Carolina and take over-
some families with me and look out
to settle them there and see the country
which I should rather chaare [care?] to do than
go to the south of France, but this
will depend principally upon the percentage
profit you will give me from the good work
of the land and henceforth it may be to me
settling it there Quakers and which kind of
Antificers and servants I should take with
me as [was?] wanted there, such as carpenters
Smiths Malons & Coopers and what numbers
would he propose at first as could be accommodated
with Provisions and necessaries to form
a Settlement and what kind of goods and
tools as I should take over with them
for I think if I could take a trip and fix
several it would find me many more to
go from home and help to populate that
Colony - if you fix any Planters let
me know upon what terms, as to the rents
and proportion of the Produce and for what
Term, and if I agree with any here
who can transport themselves upon which
terms & should agree with each family
the numbers of acres Term kind of
produce, that I may know how to conduct
myself in any Bargains I shall make
and as so many letters miscarry send
duplicates by the post and private -
ships, your Bross [brother?] Rowan [resides?] with his
family near me at Carrickfergus they are
all well-