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Title: W Gilkison, Co Tyrone to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileGilkinson, William/113
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.502009
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 04:02:2005.
Word Count541
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr James A Smyth
Essex Co

10 0
AU 17

[Back of envelope]

AU 17


[Page 1]

August 6th 1899

Dear Cousin
It is such a
long time since I have written
to you now you will think
I have forgot you alltogether
[altogether?] was going to write
every week this long time but
always put it off from time to
[time?] I suppose by the time you
get this letter you will know
how you have done at your

[Page 2]
I hope you have passed allright
[alright?]this time it must be
very wearisome to be constantly
at the books but you will
have pleasure for all your pains
yet I see you had not much
of a day on the 12 July this year
we had a very good time here
only it was so far away and that
spoils the whole thing They are
talking about going to Derry again
the 12 August there is going to be
a great day in it but they are
not all for going

[Page 3]
however there is a few of us
intends to go [let?] the Orangemen
go or not it would be a
sight to see Derry if nothing else
I suppose you have heard
about Joe getting married
he must have been in a worse
way than any of the rest of us
when he was in such a hurry
We had very nice weather here
this summer most of the hay
is all saved at present I never
saw it getting better weather

[Page 4]
this day looks like a change
there is thunder and lightening
[lightning?] and some very heavy
rain. The crops look very good
about here this year the corn is
all lying today with the rain. Dr
Conan is dead at last he has been
very ill for the last two or three
months he died on the 4th inst and
will be buried on the 9th They are
waiting for the Son-in-Law to come
from London We are all well here at
present I will be expecting a letter
from you soon
No more at present

But remains Your Cousin

Willie Gilkison

[Page 5]

August 17th

I received your letter today
was glad to hear from you
again I had part of this
letter wrote last week but
did not post it W.J. Duncan
arrived here last week but
I have not seen him yet
The [They?] say he looks very thin
There has been terrible roits [riots?]
in Derry on the 12 August or
rather the 13th but you will
see it all in the Papers as they
have sent you a [few?] yesterday

[Page 6]
I did not get going to Derry
on the twelfth as the rest all went
so I had to stay at home.
Big Joe Duncan got his leg
broken yesterday in the Plum
[Plumbridge?] fair they took him
to Omagh Infirmary last night it
was broke about the ankle some people
says the foot will have to be taken off
You want know [sic] how the people feels
since Joe got married well it has not
done us any good we all think we are
time enough yet I suppose you have
heard by this time that we have bought
James McKelveys farm we gave him £120
for it so the people tells me that I am
for doing something now but they may be