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Title: Thomas Hay, South Africa, to "My Dear Cousin"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHay, Thomas/22
SenderHay, Thomas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationsoldier
Sender Religionunknown
OriginSouth Africa
DestinationCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth.
Doc. No.604072
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count633
TranscriptNo Envelope]

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My Dear Cousin
I am very pleased to be
able to answer your kind
and welcome letter received
this morning. I am very pleased
all are well at home in Ireland
and glad you all had a good
Christmas and New Year. I only
wish I could have had th [the?]
pleasure of being with you.
I had a very quiet Christmas

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this year but I have made up for
it since we where [were?] shifting
camp so of course we could not expect
anything much I was at a dance last
night given by the Sisters of the
Orphanage here we had a very good
time up to two o'clock am this
My Dear Cousin you ask me how the
world is abusing me well it has not
abused me much I am in as good health
and strength and

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as fit as a fiddle for any duty
I am asked to perform and as happy
as the birds I can go visiting now
and again so the time does not seem
long I have some nice ladies to keep
me company now and again but I will
be glad when when [sic] I can put my
arms around your waist and a few
others of my sweethearts I expect
I have a few yet dont forget to give
my love to them.
My Dear Cousin you ask

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me if I hear much from Lpool [Liverpool?]
Well to tell you the truth I hear very
little I have not heard from them for months
I am out here now over three year's
and I have heard about three time [sic]
from them but it dont [does not?] trouble
me very much so long as I hear from my
Friends in Ireland and Aunt Mary I am
trying to come home for my 27th birthday
which will be 5th Oct if all goes well
so tell Aunt I hope to give her a long

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stay. Dear Cousin I am sorry about Willie
John leaving you but I suppose he is quite
a big chap now and fit to do a bit of work
I am glad to hear of Tillie getting married
I wish I could get home to dance at the wedding
I must say I had a warm corner in my heart for
her but us [chaps?] that like a roaming life
are not much

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good[.] What do you think, I cannot say I know
the other people I may do but I forget them.

Dear Eliza I am very sorry to hear of the deaths
in your part. I hope to hear of no more.
Dear Eliza I wonder what ever is the matter with
Bella Maggie I have not heard from her for about
four year’s almost ask her to write a line some
time. I would like to hear from her very much
I have wrote [written?] to

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Mary and James and send them a card to Canada
Dear Eliza you might send me the names of the
three Lady Friends of ours that live up above
your house I know their name is Gilkerson
[Gilkinson?] and that is all how is my Cousin
Tilda doing is she not going to get married I
would like to give her a good squeeze now.
Dear Cousin we have first quarters to live in
now I have a splendid room I would now [sic] be
ashamed of inviting

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into it my time was up this month but I have
extended services for another two years which
entitles me to six months leave.

My Dear Cousin I cannot say much more
please give my best Love to Aunt Mary and Uncle
and all my Cousins aunts and Uncles

I remain your
Loving Cousin
Thomas Hay
accept my Love yourself

Transcribed by John Hunter