Discoveries of America: Personal Accounts of British by Barbara DeWolfe, Bernard Bailyn

By Barbara DeWolfe, Bernard Bailyn

Discoveries of the United States is a set of non-public letters written by means of eighteen of the millions of British emigrants who got here to North the United States within the fifteen years previous the onset of the yank Revolution. those money owed are infrequent: few letters despatched by way of emigrants through the colonial interval exist. The letters display the motivations, reports, features, and feelings of those humans, who populated the USA at a very important time in its historical past, and supply new insights into the mechanisms of the British-American migration, in particular the association of non-public networks of friends and family.

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67 68 69 "Early Letters from Pennsylvania, 1699-1722," Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, 37(1913), 33°. 332, 334Patrick Brett, "America 1770-1771 from the letters of a middle-class Englishman to his son . . ," British History Illustrated, 6(1979), n . See Thomson, News from America, pp. 112, 113, this volume. "72 So at 16 pence an acre, on the far fringes of European settlement at least 100 miles from the nearest seaport and coastal market, the agents for the Inchinnan Company finally found a tract large enough to settle all of their members.

See, for example, the letters of Luke Harrison and James Metcalf, this volume. n See p. 155-156, this volume. 54 See letter from Alexander Campbell of Balole to Lachlan Mackinnon, 1772, this volume. See also Thomson, News from America, p. 115, this volume. 55 In Maryland, "every branch of Manufactures" met "with good encouragement," while in New York City tradesmen and laborers who were "good hands" commanded high wages. "56 Schoolteachers were in demand in all the colonies. 57 These recitations of opportunities were tantalizing to those left behind.

Lands in well-settled areas were expensive, Campbell reported, selling for 40s to £3 sterling an acre in Maryland. But cheaper lands could be taken up in the frontier areas, like backcountry New York where land was selling for 6s sterling per acre, and if one were willing to journey to the Ohio region, one could buy 2000 acres for £200 to £300. 52 The letter writers sometimes gave breakdowns of costs and profits of leasing and buying lands. For example, John Campbell gave details of a hypothetical "case history" of a typical farmer with a wife and children.

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