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Title: Bella M Smyth, Castledamph, to James A. Smyth, Ontario.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/24A
SenderSmyth, Bella Maggie
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationfarming household
Sender ReligionProtestant (Presbyterian)
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.
Doc. No.604136
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count763
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Mr. James A Smyth
Lock Box 4
Essex County

NO 17

[Postage Stampe]
Postage & Revenue
32 ½

[Written above address]
Nov 29 1892

[Written upside down at bottom]
Ans [Answered?] Dec 8/92

NO 22

NO 17

[Letter 1]

[Page 1]

with writing in ink: 23 24
21 38
[1 45?]
[ =45?]

[Page 1
Nov” 17th 1892

Dear Brother
We received your
last letter on Monday 7th we
got the one from Annie the same
day, we see by yours that you
got the pictures all [wright?]
[alright?] I think father told
you how many we got in his last
letter but if you would want any
more we could get them any
time, we are for sending one
to Annie as soon possible she
said in the letter that she
would like one, she is for getting
the babys picture took [sic] and
will send it to us There was a
little disturbance along the
road last night comming [coming?]
out of the fair William Reid

[Page 2]
and Alex Duncan and [Knox?]
was near killing each other
Reid struck Alex coming along
at Mrs Dunne, and left some very
bad cuts in his head and he was
hardly able to get the length of
Elkins and when Reid came that
length he got some bad wounds too
he was carried up till James
Reid [sic] and is lying there yet and
Alex is lying up in Elkins, The
doctor and police was [sic] all sent
for last night the doctor dressed
the wounds but that was all
the police took knox to the
Barracks last night and kept
him there till 11 oclock to-day
The doctor came back this-
morning and the police also
Father is down since the
morning and he has not come

[Page 3]
up yet, so I think if the [they?]
had went all home quiet there would
have been less bother, but you
know the sort of William
Reid before now but I think
he has got enough this time
We were greatly astonished
at Archibald sending such
a letter over. for Tilda- Jane said
it to more than one- she told it
to James McKnight as well as
to McFarlands' girl, and she was
never done telling stories
It is these stories that has
put Joe Duncans ones from writing
too, they had it going that it was some
of them wrote the letter and signed dada
[name?] to it. and they dont like to write
when there is such talk going on

[Page 4]
I think there will hardly
ever be a letter wrote but there
will be a death in it. Old Margaret
Huston [Houston?] died on Friday
night last and was buried on Monday
it was not a very large funeral
on account of the day being so wet,
Joe glenns' Old mother Died on Sunday
night and was buried on Tuesday,

Dear brother. I am very sorry to
have to tell you that Mary Duncan is
unwell she is ailing a week past on
Monday with a stoppage of the bowels
the Newtown [Newtownstewart?] doctor
was up with her on Saturday and he
said if she would pass the tenth day
after he was up there would be a chance of
her recovery, so I think they had trouble
enough without Alex getting what he got
last night

[Page 5]
You wanted to know the ages
of grandfathers [sic] and grandmothers
) [sic] On mothers side, her mother was
62 and her father was 82 On Fathers
side his mother was 76 and his
father 91 I suppose you will be
for getting your life insured when
you want their ages,
Father was up in Cookstown
on Saturday with the Flax he
had seven hundred - weight
and he got seven shillings
a stone we had 3 hundred
over in Uncle James land and
we had the rest down in the
Blackland all the land we
had from Uncle James for
cropping. was not too [dear?]
after all it only comes too [to?]
£16.2s the whole of it and we have
eight stacks of corn along with the

[Page 6]
we have very good weather
this last day or two but it
is just a day or two good and
then as many bad there is hardly
anybody done digging the potatoes –
yet we have all the ridges up in
the gravel hole to dig yet it wont be far
off Christmas when we are done this year
I forgot to tell you about the Telegraph
Alphabet he went [into?] a Telegraph office in
Cookstown and he got one but he was afraid that
it was not the right kind we will send it to day
and if it does not be the right sort you can let
us know
I will make this do for this time I send my love
and best respects to you all
Bella M Smyth

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