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Title: L Hay, Liverpool, to B M Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHay, Lizzie/36
SenderHay, Elizabeth (Lizzie)
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginLiverpool, England
DestinationCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, Bella M
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.412009
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 06:01:2005.
Word Count693
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

[Envelope addressed to]
Bella Maggie Smyth
Co Tyrone

KC -?
8 0 C
NO 2

Arrived Monday 11th Oct 1897

[Back of Envelope]

2 30
OC 9

OC 9

[Letter 1]

[Page 1]
October 8.1897
5 Bute St

Dear Cousin
I now take the pleasure of
Writing to you a few lines hoping all
our friends are well and in good health
as this leaves us at present. Dear Cousin
you must excuse me for not answering
your letter before this as I had one for
you and Tilda wrote out as the paper
hangers walked in and I had to take
all the things down so I put the letters
in a small handkerchief box so it got
moved from one place & another and never
posted until I was going to scrape up
Tommy [sic] letters altogether and found them
my father carried on something awful
called me fat head. Dear Cousin we
had a letter from Tommy on Thursday
morning from Port Said it took it
twelve days to come it was wrote 24th Sep,

[Page 2]
last month they are only half way yet
he said they thought it was a case with
them crossing the bay but he said some
one put some good on them to get [over?]
it they have had a funeral on board
by what he says in the letter he is keeping
well himself. Dear Cousin it will be a
long five years before any of us see him again
maybe eight for all he knows yet they
want to transfer him to the fourth hussars
but he wont have it he wants to stay
where he is and if so he will have to do eight
if they do. Dear Cousin that young fellows [sic]
that was at our house for Tommy while
we were here his brother went to London
to see them off the 17 of the month he said
it was heart rendering it would bring
a tear out of a stone he said he could have
dragged them back if he dared but he
could do nothing when it did not lay in
his power. Dear Cousin with being upset
he left his belt button stick razer [razor?]
jacket behind him we had to send the jacket
by Parcel Post to him we have the rest in
the box, we have his young womans photo
and a lot of others that he left

[Page 3]

behind so I will send it some day next week
and you can send it back again to me she is going
mad about him by the way. Dear Cousin I
hope aunt Mary and uncle John James
enjoyed the sea side holiday as my father
was glad to hear of them going he said it
would do them good. Dear Cousin I have
not been well at all lately I think it was
the upset of Tommy and my father carrying
on as bad as ever but he is a little
better this week he has had none so far
he said as Tommys gone he has finished with
the drink. he is not coming at Christmas
he said it is not worth while as he is
finished at April so I think Jack and Bob
will be coming they are going to kill Mary
when they come over again. Dear Cousin I
hope Tilda. John. Willie Jim and uncle is
alright tell Willie I will not get married
till I see him again I dare say he has got a
girl by this [sic] and then I off side with
him now I will send you the silk next week
for a bodice as I am buying it on Saturday.

[Page 4]
Dear Cousin you can tell William Smyth as
my father is writing on Monday to him
about the force so if he comes here he
will get more than songs and tickled and
taking the clothes of the bed and then
he will shout. what are yous [sic] doing.
I hope Mary. Eliza Tommy John Charley & my
young man Willie John is alright. Dear Cousin
I was thinking of coming over at Christmas
but if I can manage it I will. I think I
have said all this time
I now conclude by bidding you all good bye
for the present
From Lizzie Hay to her cousin
Bella. M. Smyth
write soon.