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Title: John Smith, Ballymoney to "Dear Father"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmith, John/35
SenderSmith, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationinn keeper and distiller
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBallymoney, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
DestinationMoycraig, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientSmith, James, Jane and Robert
Recipient Gendermale-female
Relationshipto his father, mother and nephew
SourceD.1828/58: Presented by James Steele, The Whins, Mosside, Ballymoney, County Antrim
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9510031
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 12:10:95.
Word Count417
TranscriptFrom John Smith
Bmoney [Ballymoney?] Friday

Dear Father I want you to let me know if
you Are [are?] going to the fair
and if you will Can bee [be?]
in on wednesday As that
is the Day that I intend
to go if I am well, I would
like to get out on tuesday
evening if it should bee [be?]
late As I would bee [be?] At less
expences [expenses?] that way than
to leave Bmoney [Ballmoney?] on that
morning And [and?] if you goo [go?]
to the fair if you, would bee [be?]
in the next morning early it would
Doo [do?] As I will Arange
[Arrange?] matters so that it will
Doo [Do?] that way, but if you Are
not for the fair, you Can
Come in on tuesday
Afternoon Another thought
has struck my mind
if you would get in on Monday
Morning I would like it
well that is if David McConachie
[MacConaghy?] is determined
to sell all that he has, you will can
send me An Answer with
Saragh [Sarah?] Grogan Sabath [Sabbath?]
evening when you will come Can
Come wee [we?] Are All
well At present And
hopes that this will reach you
And find you in the same.
Dear Robt [Robert?] J. I believe that it
is near the time of getting the lamb and
who ever of them is in the fair tell them
to be shure [sure?] and buy you it if
the [they?] can get it and i will
pay them for it but I fear
that there would bee [be?] A
better chance if I were my
self but tell them that
the [they?] need not come home
if the Doo [they do?] not breing [bring?]
you one if it is to bee [be?]
got I mean the smallest
And pretiest [prettiest?] in the fair
I remain your son and
Unckle [Uncle?] with respect John
to James and
RJ Smith NB tell
Mr Jas [James?] Hill to
walk Down to the fair
on his foot and leave the
pony to me to Rid [Ride?] or I will
put in Against him with
some of the young ladies

[seperate sheet:]

Mrs James Smith

Dear Mother I have Just received news about
A cheese of 13 lb At 2 1/2 per lb and it is
likely that I will buy it this evening
And send it to you tomorrow evening if
opertunity seizes perhaps I may bee [be?] out on
Sabbath first but nor shure [sure?] as yet your son
with respect John Smith