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Title: W Gilkison, Castledamph to J A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileGilkinson, William/84
SenderGilkinson, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationEssex, Ontario, Canada
RecipientSmyth, James Alexander
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.410157
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 27:10:2004.
Word Count409
TranscriptFront of envelope

Mr James A Smyth
South Woodslee
Ontario Canada

Back of envelope

MR 31

AP 12

March 30 98

Dear Cousin
In answer to
your letter which I received
a few weeks ago was
glad to hear from you
once more. We are all well
here at present the weather
has been very stormy here
this last few weeks but it
looks better today The people
are joining to sow the corn
but the ground is not very
dry yet there was very little
snow or frost [this?] winter
The sheep are beginning to
lamb now I have got 3
and expects (sic) a few more
to day [today?] they are very cheap
this year you could buy
good ewes for about 14/6
each Tommy bought some
in the last Plum [Plumbridge?] fair at
15/ each but they are good
young sheep We got all
the road money this time
only about [Four?] [Pounds?]
I suppose by this time you
have heard about Bella Duncan
and Nox [Knox?] getting married There
was two songs made on them
and they are [very?] angry about
it I will tell you a couple
of lines of one of then. [them?]
The Knoxes are worse than foxes
Theres not a hole in ones frame but
they know I cant [can t?] mind any
more of it but I will get them and
send them to you some other time. We
expect Miss Dunbar up at Easter
Tilda had a letter from Beck
yesterday and she says they
will pay us a visit.
You want to know who gave
me the news about Miss Ballantine
well it was Maggie McFarland
but I cant [can t?] say it is all true
I believe she is in an infirmary
at present and is not expected
to recover she has cosumption [consumption?]
I suppose you will be sorry
to hear this They say she did not
take care of her health
she would stop out very late
at night withe [with?] the boys
We have quit the shop this
last month and I think
we are better without it
at any rate there is less trouble
but it is very hard to get in
all the debt without putting on
costs on the people
you were talking about
Miss Dunbars [Dunbar s?] adress [address?] I
suppose she has not wrote
to you since she left Eden
she likes the place very well
I have no more to say at present

But remains your loving cousin

Willie Gilkison

excuse mistakes and bad writing

Please write soon again

Miss M J Dunbar
Carnone National School
Co Donegal

Carnone N. School
Co Donegal