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Title: B. M. Smyth, Co Tyrone to J. A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/17
SenderSmyth, Bella Maggie
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationfarming household
Sender ReligionPresbyterian
OriginCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationEssex Co., 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.0412006
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 31:12:2004.
Word Count994
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr Jas A Smyth

NO 7 01

Bella letter concerning
her marriage engagement

[Back of envelope]

NO 7

NO 8

NO 18

Nov 7th 1911

Dear Brother

As Liza was writing to Mary I thought better to give you some news Had a letter from Mary on Monday appears to like the country well for so far. She says she has never been homesick yet. as she imagines she is only a little bit away. But when she thinks of the dreadful long week on the Ocean it seems different. She says she will hardly venture back till they invent a balloon or some thing else to bring her. I tell you she has no love for the
Ocean voyage. She doesn’t think the people as bad looking now as when she went there, getting used with them I suppose, same as you when you came home. she talked of you & her going to Leamington, I think its a bit lonely since the boys left about Woodslee. She said if the weather wasn't so cold she would help Uncle to husk the corn. She pitys [pities?] him with so much work to do & no help. "Has she any notion of starting anything" need to study well what she starts as she might not care for it after a while But perhaps she may come home again & never mind business whatever she chooses
herself she should know best "Did Mary tell you of Mr Steen losing his watch" & accusing a Lady Preacher of having it she sent him an attorney's
letter so he had to apologise & pay something. he was very near into a bad scrape. But I think it is settled. 'Wee' Sam interfered & threatened to put
them away all together unless they would drop it so I think its over. It was great talk & Mr Steen got blame from everyone but it may learn
him to not be so hasty The (Evange [Evangelist?]) has a Magic Lantern
service to night [tonight?]: 45 views of Pilgrim Progress to be shown
I think we will go down Went down to hear the Lady on Sunday night. she isnt a very good speaker. The boys were arguing about religion coming up the road & stopped at Gilky [sic] corner to finish Andy Ballantine
was into it sharp taking the Lady's side. nearly everyone against him. I was thinking he required you badly if you would take the (Dippers) side
arguing about religion is the main job now, pity you are away pretty calm weather here now, potatoes are nearly all dug And flax is going to the
mills. Wm [William?] is away with Chas [Charles?] McCullagh today to
Cookstown left at one o clock last night driving all night: not very
pleasant Tommy & John Uncle James & Bob Duncan is dipping their sheep at McClellands. They have about 160 all together, very speedy with a
trough besides with hand John C is at home now we cant get him to go back to Gortin as Uncle was sharp with him. They didn't agree very well at last & Aunt is sorry about it. He intends to go into Strabane about the New
Year so I hope he will do well there. "How are you getting along
with your teaching now". I hope you have got to like it
again. Chas, [Charles?] Mc still asks about you & the others as well
he sends you papers regular. "Have you any new correspondents in this place" if not it must be your own fault. As they promised to answer if you
would write. And the more you have you would get more news about everything. Im sure Mary has enough, she may be sore on your purse with the need of pence. We must try & send her some shortly. She is like the boys here requiring pocket-money.
Mr James was here last night still the same old sixpence Last night he was up he told mother that his sister intended to leave him shortly, as she was getting some situation & she was only losing her time with him he comes here weekly & some time [sic] twice in the week. He is getting a pair of butter spades for mother. Her & him agree well. Hallow eve [Halloween?] passed quietly only a few boys tried to play a trick on Joe Gilky which has caused great talk. They carried the cart from the new shade [shed?] & went down the burn cheering with it, Happened to meet James Reid with a stick
& swore if they wouldnt leave it down what he would do, he was awful cross. The boys had to leave home the cart again & Joe's people was all out looking for it Old [Catherine?] was very cross & is yet, it has created
some anger & only fun on that night, our three was in it & five others No more fun allowed around here nothing but bad
talk now
I had a letter from B. Dunbar. They are all well I hope you didnt forge [forget?] to write to Mary: We have got no word, how you like the pictures yet. Mary says theyre [they are?] not very good. A good Job we got them taken as I suppose it is the last time the seven will be together. The same way we all thought that so it will come true I suppose. I will be the first to break the family which must be done sooner or later in all cases. I have
accepted to become house keeper [housekeeper?] to David Houston. so I will have to leave home right enough. Sorry it did not happen when you two were here Im sure Mary would like to have been at home & I'm sorry she is away Liza will have a lonely winter but I hope its all for the better

Good Bye [Goodbye?] Your Sister

B M Smyth [Bella M Smyth?]

All in good health hope
you enjoy the same B M S [Bella M Smyth?]