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Title: Willie Gilkinson, Co Tyrone to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileGilkinson, William/98
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
Doc. No.511098
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count356
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr James A Smyth
South Woodslee
Essex Co

10 0
DE 23

[Written at top in pencil]
Ans [Answered?]
Feb 13 98

[Back of envelope]

JA 6 98

DE [2-?]


Dec 23rd 1897

Dear Cousin
In answer to
your letter which I received
a few weeks ago was glad
to hear from you again
we are all well here at present
but William was not very well
a while Back. but he is alright
now we have very nice weather
here now there has been no
snow this year yet and it
seems we will have a green Xmas

[page 2]
The People around here are
getting their rents settled now
They are getting 4/- and 5/-
to the £ of a reduction
we will only be £4.5 [£4.5s.0d?]
instead of £5.10s it is better than
going to the courts We are getting
£40 for the road this time
far more than we expected
although the road never was
in better order it was the
County Surveyor measured the
material and he cut us 30 cubit
yards but he made a mistake
somehow we measured it all
ourselves and we had a few yards
too much

[page 3]
Alexander Stuart is going
to leave Landahussey [Landahussy?]
he has bought a farm up at
Omagh he paid £700 for it
he is going to sell Big
Williams on the 27th inst
There is a very large Sunday
School in Castledamph school
there is about 70 in attendance
it is a fine time for courting
as it is very dark when we are
getting home we miss the
Dunbars very much since they
left we have no fun now
at all we had a letter from
them yesterday morning

[page 4]
She likes the school well it
is a better school than Eden
She has no bother but take
her meals and go in and out
as she likes. I believe you
have sent your Picture to
Miss Ballantine at least
she told Maggie McFarland
so and that she is keeping all
your letters what she means
by telling all this I dont know
I see by your letter home
you are getting a good many
holidays at Xmas. I hope
you will have a good time
no more at present
But remains [sic] your Loving Cousin
Willie Gilkison [Gilkinson?]

write soon

Wishing you a happy Christmas