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Title: Thomas Hay, India to James A Smyth, [Ontario?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHay, Thomas/66
SenderHay, Thomas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationsoldier
Sender Religionunknown
DestinationEssex, Ontario
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.604075
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count436
Transcript[Page 1]

Dear Cousin James
I hope you will excuse me
for not answering your last
letter which you sent me a few
months ago but Cousin I
was laid up in hospital at
the time I received it I could
not read it myself very well
but the man that was looking
after me did I think I lost
the letter some how while shifting
from one hospital to another.
Well Dear Cousin I hope you
are getting along well in your
work and pass your examinations
for I know you would very
much like to get back to

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Ireland again. Dear Cousin
I had a letter from Bella
Maggie a few [sic] ago and she
told me that when it was
time for John to go on his
journey to Liverpool he would
not go but I think he is a [as?]
well off at home for they have
very long hours at the job
he was about to undertake
but I hope he never take [sic] it
in his head to leave home to
become a soldier especially
in a country like this.
Well Cousin you wanted
to know the kind of flowers
and plants that grow here well
there are [sic] nothing of that kind
in this part of India only
trees same like road sides at

[Page 3]
Dear Cousin I have just received
a letter from Maggie McFarland in
America she say’s she and her sister
[Jennie?] are keeping well they have
eighteen Doller [dollars?] a month
they are still with the same family.
Dear Cousin we are leaving this station
the third of December we march
to [Mecrut?] it is a nice
station plenty of troops
laying them there are
only us and an Infantry Regt
[regiment?] laying in this place
so there is no [not?] much life or
sport to be had we have have [had?]
a very hot summer here but it is
over now we are just starting to
wear european clothing

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Dear Cousin I think I
have said all this time I
shall send the photo and
write to you more often when
we reach our new station
hoping these few lines will
find you in the best of
health as they leave me at
present in good health I now
draw to a close wishing you
a Merry Christmas and a happy
new year I cannot say
where we shall [spend?]
ours we shall be marching
Christmas day bidding
you good bye I remain
your Loving Cousin T. [Thomas?] Hay
to James A Smyth

I suppose the [there?] is [sic] no
signs of you getting married yet.

Transcribed by Mark Gallaher.