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Title: Bella [Smyth?], Lisnascraigh to J A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/21
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.306006
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 09:06:03.
Word Count799
TranscriptEnvelope Addressed t Mr James A Smyth

Nov 6th 1906

Dear Brother
Rec [Received?] your
letter some time ago & learn by it
that you got back safe to your old
place again but I believe you are
fretting a little its nearly always
the case after holidays
no matter how short the [they?]
may be or where the [they?] are
spent It takes a little
while to get people back
to their work again but
in a month or so you will
forget about it & be all
right [alright?] again
We are all in good health
here Tommy and Davy is busy
digging The Potatoes but they
will finish in a few more
days so that ends This
seasons work I believe
after That They will start
the improvements around the
house back street & back
door & every thing else to fit
that it will be nearly all
work not much cost
If the [they?] work hard they
may have the front finished for
the spring I hope so anyway.
I suppose you have
heard from home of Houston
buying Big Roberts place he
has houses enough at the
present time there is a rumour
that the Dr has the new house
taken but Im afraid he
requires the wife first
Houston intends to let Big
Roberts place and take about
£100 a year out of it in that
style. It will be easy made
money. The Rector is very
angry because he didn't get
it but it was long enough
open for anyone. Im
afraid Houston will drop
the creamery when he has
made this purchase I expect
this is the safest for his money
We were up home Sunday
first time for Madge & Bertie
since you left Madge asked
a couple of times going up
Would Uncle Jim be there
she has no idea of where
Canada is, she thinks you
can come and go like her
We spent Most of the time
singing & playing hymns
Bob Campbell & James Gilkison
was there I think Mary keeps
the Piano going pretty well
but they are busy enough
yet unless after night
Are you converted yet
or have you forgotten all
about it which There is a
change on a good many around
this place and Tommy Houston
is one of them
Its wonderful the change
when one is Born Again
When I used to talk to
Tommy about saving & these
Preachers he could not say
more about anyone or any
thing than what he would
then. He didnt believe in
saving nor any change & he
would tell you saved peoples
faults for the last thirty
years And what was Mr.
Steen doing if This was
required Now he is on the
Saviour's side & other people
talking of his badness
quite contrary. He said once
when he was asked to go to
these preachings Not if they
were there for 100 years I
would as soon got (sic) to hell
Now he would attend if
the [they?] were miles away It was
Liza forced him to go to hear
Mr Loney or rather got him
to go so he saw he was on
the wrong way & accepted
Christ in a few days after
& a changed man ever
since David is the Moral
man yet but gives in to
the Gospel Ye must be born
Again My Father still
holds on to his own way
& thinks he does not need
it, Liza wont have so
hard times now for she
has more on her side than
formerly: Mary & William
are both on her side & I
believe Tommy too Its little
enough to do what we can
while here for the Saviours
sake who saved us for all
Eternity I wonder how
John is getting along Im sure
he will see more evil than
good & will be often tempted .
Yesterday was
Gortin Fair Tommy sold
30 sheep at £1 each he
has a lot on hands yet
and its getting late in
the season for selling
but I suppose he can keep
them on if he is beat out
as he has got land enough
They had the young pigs over
but sold none Im afraid
it will be a bad year for
pigs as the Potatoes are very
bad everyplace [every place?]
We lost a litter so I dont
think it makes much
difference when the sale is
bad, the sow took sick & the
young ones all died it would
be a loss if they were selling
well. I think Mother is
coming down here tomorrow
& stop till after Sunday
she will be a stranger now
I will close as I think
of nothing else at present
So Good Bye and I hope you
are feeling content again
Your sister Bella M

Transcribed by Jim Buchanan