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Title: Bella Smyth, Castledamph, to James A Smyth, Ontario.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/44
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.308016
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 19:08:03.
Word Count621
TranscriptEnvelope addressed to: -
Mr James Alex Smyth
Essex County
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SOUTHWOODSLEE JA [Jan?] 20 96 ONT. [Ontario?]
ESSEX JA [Jan?] 21 96 ONT. [Ontario?]

January 9th 1896

Dear Brother
In answer to your
Letter of Dec" 20th. which we received
on Saturday 4th we were glad to hear
from you we were expecting one before
Xmas but I suppose you think you
send as many as us We have very
nice weather here now it would
almost pass for spring and everybody
is busy ploughing they will surely
have the crops early enough this year
William will finish the big leafield
to-day and Tommy is working at drains
they will have the old road in crop this
spring Father is surface man to-day he
is just away after dinner There is a new
county surveyor and he is very sharp
so they will have to keep it in good
repair He was up twice at the New bridge
up the water and I believe he nearly
pulled it all down it did not please
him at all nor any fence that was built
doesn't please him he has made wrecks
every place he went and has stopped
a lot of peoples money he was twice on
our road but it was dark both times
John C and Mary and Willie
John is at school every day it is coming close to
their examination so they will have to
attend John was at home all last week
with a sore leg and he was afraid that
it would keep him from putting up his day
he had only 86 but he was able to go on Monday
he got a thorn above his ankle going to
school on Friday week and Willie Gilky
took it out for him it was more than an inch
long as it left him a bad leg he had to lie
in bed most of the time The waterkeepers
is very busy this year they are never at
home we only got one fish yet and not our
own either Joseph Gilky was at home three
or four days at Xmas and he killed a
few in spite of them and gave us one
David caught James Young that time and
reported him but Scott told him he had
no case he only saw him at the water and
was not sure what he was doing and they
have Steel boy and Mickyann Falls but Im
afraid they wont make much of them either
David is always up the road before clear
and not home till bed time he deserves
eight pounds instead of four playing
the violin is no notion till him now
Mary and John plays a good deal
now John will soon be good as Mary
and has nobody to learn him he
takes it all out of his own head
I have no news this time I dont know
what to finish with We had the Miss
Dunbars up on Sunday evening and
Tilda Gilky, and then they were up in
Gilkisons on Tuesday night They mostly
visit both houses once a week but the
[they?] dont be much fun the remainder of
this letter will be copied of father writing
he wants to know if your teacher is a [protestant?]
he says you forgot to write to the lodge but there
was only one meeting since and he gives you
an advice for to take care who you make for
comrades and go no place that is not pleasing
and we hope that you will come out
[bright?] and show some people what
you spent your time doing when you get
back again, we have no trouble with
anybody since you left, all quiet only
vexed to see the Miss Dunbars coming here
No more at present. Bella M Smyth
We are sending the Irish Times once a

Transcribed by Jim Buchanan

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