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Immigration and Emigration
sketch of a man writing a diary
Hillbillies in the White House

The diary of James Black

1838

13 June Wednesday. Head wind all night; passed Holyhead at 10 o'clock, took a pilot off Point Lynas at 4.The weather continues cold and dry, the thermometer 53.A number of vessels beating in, all well and in high spirits.

14 June Thursday. Calm all last night off Ormshead, a steamboat came along side at 8 o'clock and proposed to tow us up 30 miles for 15 guineas to which the Capt.would not agree. She went in search of other ships but found none and called again on her return. The Capt.offered 10 guineas but would not be chivied and she went up without employ, which I think bad management. We are now at anchor near the light ship, 15 miles out and hope to get into port early tomorrow.

15 June Friday. Got safe to the Pierhead at 11 'o clock and got into dock at daylight.Mrs Larmour and the Capt. went ashore, all others remained on board and got to the "Star and Garter Hotel" at 9 o'clock for breakfast.

16 June Saturday.Took a warm bath and got a hat, suit of clothes etc.Went on change, met several acquaintances, call on J. Johnston and found cotton had fallen a little and mine would barely cover cost. Walked about town with the ladies.

18 June Monday.A very wet morning. Settled some things in Liverpool, dined at 3 o'clock and went on board the "Falcon" at 6 for Belfast.

19 June Tuesday. Head wind all the way and did not get to the quay before 12 o' clock. Sent by baggage to T Macauley's and met Mrs Black and all friends well and in high delight to see me. Walked for some hours and paid visits to many friends, Mrs Mitchell, Drs. Mc Gee and others.

23 June Monday.Called with C.A.Carrol and paid her and Grace £18 9s 4d from her brother Robert.Went to Mary McVea and gave her £16 from same; was quite tired when I got to Belfast my leg being still weak.

24 June Sunday.Went meeting and heard John S. Porter on the Resurrection. Dined at J. Dickey's in company with his mother Jane Crawford and Mathew Black.

25 June Monday.Went to Randalstown on a car. Walked through the cotton mill and found all in good order.

26 June Tuesday.Breakfasted at Adam Dickey's and met Rebecca there from Gracehill; rode J. Brown's horse to Magherafelt; called at J. Henry's with letters from his Charleston friends, found John Walker and family as kind as usual.

28 June Thursday. Fair and market day in Magherafelt and the sessions going on James Lendrick Barrister made a great crowd, I amused myself looking at the different dealing in cattle, linen and law and found all going on much in the same way as 20 years ago.

Spent some time with my sister McClure, talked about their removal to America;I have since determined to let them remain where they are and get the boys to Charleston as they are ready, and think they will soon be able to assist their father and mother. Got to Randalstown at 8 o'clock and was surprised to meet Mr and Mrs Adger, Susan, Jane, Ann and William at tea in John Brown's.

22 July Since my last notes I have advertised the Randalstown mills; wrote to Lord O'Neill about them and the tenement in Ballygrooby and have not yet had his reply nor any application to purchase or rent the mills. I am now immured here in the little village of Bangor without employment or friends and I feel it very irksome. I walk read and talk, and fill up the time as well as I can, by thinking of the past and making arrangements for the future. I visit Miss E Templeton daily being an old acquaintance and relative of Mrs B's ,Miss Mary Ann Magee and Miss McCracken are now with her, the former very lively and sings elegantly and the latter the most benevolent being in the world.


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