The following letter was written to William Johnson, a merchant in the Mohawk territory of New York, by John Catherwood, Secretary to NY Governor Clinton.
New York Sept 5, 1745
Dear Sir;There is one Jane Watson come from Your part of the country who says she lived with You a servant, & is come now to this city, & this day has hired herself to His Exys. Lady .As she is a stranger she refers herself to you for a character, & I beg Youl be so good to be genuine in it, with respect to her honesty & behavior while with you. She says she came from Ireland a young girl with her Uncle one Macky who lives [ ] Philadelphia. I beg Youl send me an Answer as soon as possible & believe me very truly SirYour most Obdet Hble ServantJn CatherwoodHistorians use primary sources like this letter to learn about the past. What information can you extract from John Catherwoodâ€™s letter? What does it tell you about employment practices, social interaction, immigration, and the households of both Gov. Clinton and William Johnson? What else can you learn from the letter?
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