From Henry2 York.
Dear friends: After you left us at the wharf, we felt a grait deal more than I am able to describe;
but we are in better spirits now than I expectd, having got nearley to the citey basin. I was on the look out for T.D. - and saw him along the towpath, but had now idea of it being him, he is so much altered in manners and aperance, being drest in the London style and looked like a gentleman. He entertaned us with tea, porter and beef and a bottle of brandy, and attended us to the last.
We left London about one aclock on Wensday and was put on board at 6. Some off them [were] in great confusion, swearing and a hootiey crying, but I got to our births, 3 in number, and took care of our selves.
The ship's name is Cairo.(Note) It's a large vessel but not so large as I expected. It's full now, but they say ther is as maney more at Plymouth to be put in. It's like a booth at Boughton fare, all sorts and sises, [and] 3 criples that have lost their legs. We have plenty of beer and bisket at present. We had a grait deal of rain in London, witch I hope reached you.
Before reaching Southampton we seen land bareing nothing but ling and gorse with a few sheep and goats witch a person might carrey under his arm. I hope the land in Canada is better then that or else it will not be worth having.
I thank you and G. Green for the money you sent. M. Kingston gave me a 1£ on your account witch gave me pleasure but he promised it should cost me nothing after leaving home and last night he said he should by a few trifles today but I have not seen him yet. We cost him but a shilling in London so I expected that he would doe a little for us here.
The overseers that attended the rest of the people gave beds, blankets, shirts and jackets, and were very kind to them but I am afraid he has gaves us the slip. It is now near 4 clock and he is not here. I were told at home I should be affrighted at the sea, but I see nothing to alarm any one at present. There [is] a steamer just a starting now wile I am writing, and I think ours will sail tomorrow.
Sunday July 7 [continuation of above letter]
We have now been on our way too days and within sight of Plymouth. Have had a plesant voyage so far and a fine view of the Iles of Wight, but there is a graet maney sea sick. Ann, M[ary] and Sarah have had it slitley and are getting better. We had to Minsters on board witch adresed us very suitabley on leaving, exorting us to put our trust in God and giving bibles to them who had none.
Thears about 200 of us on board altogether. The vessel is forty yards in length and ten in braedth and fifteen feet from the top of the deck to the top of the water, and is surround by a strong wood fense of heavy timber, 3 feet and half high so that people cannot fall over without thay like. We are in a good part of the ship, have too upper births and one lower one, 3 high, 3 feet wide, and 6 foot in length.
I am Caption over the provisions, have to fetch them and part them, witch causes a little extra trouble. We find our tin ware very usefull, Mr. Marshall gave us 4 good tins to eat out of, 3 plates, a quart hook pot with a lid, and a good tin bootl holding 7 quarts of water, a small tub to wash dishes in, all of witch we were glad of. The ship nearley new built and we have plenty of provisions, more of all sorts than we can eat.
Please to except of love all. Let G Green sees our best respect.
You must excuse this being jumbled up together so for my head is quit dissey with the noise, a ship being a miserable plase to write in.
Please to send this or a copey to Claybrook.
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