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Title: Bella M. Smyth, Castledamph to James A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/48
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.0410211
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 28:10:2004.
Word Count887

February 6th 1896

Dear Brother
In an[torn] letter
which we receive[torn]ing
we are glad to he[torn] are
getting along all [torn] [--pears?] you
will not have much time to lose when
your examination will be so soon
The Miss Dunbar's (sic) is getting along
very well in regards teaching she has the
inspector examining to-day so we will
shortly know how she done for the
quarter it was hard for her to have
them ready for an examination for
they knew very little when she came
They dont think as much long now
as they did at first but I dont think
they would stop here if she would
get a school in some town Well I
may tell you that our practise class
is closed Mr and Mrs Steen came
Friday night last and he made us sing
over all [torn]s that would be sung
till Ma[torn]n he said we could
have an[torn] if we liked, and
to close [torn]ent, a good many
would rather he had stopped at home
I dont know what is the matter with
Charles McCullagh in not answering
your letter I suppose carelessness, he got
the address often enough, them and Miss
Dunne is not agreeing too well now she
could not get George too (sic) learn any at
school he would do as he pleased and strike
her often too So she told his father and
mother but that was all she had for
it. The blame all left on her So then the [they?]
sent him to Barness school so you may
guess how Miss Dunne got along then she
was treated like a servant and scolding
her from she went in tell [till?] she came out
after paying for her board and giving
them all the money tha[torn]d that
was her thanks, she [torn]ing in
Uncle James at one time [torn]ple
advised her to stop as[torn] could
and now she has got some more money
and George is back at school and they
are in pretty good terms with her again
The examination will be on the 19th
I told you in the last about the
wedding at Plumbridge but not all
that happened Muldoon was driving
tumbled the car at Gortin and nearly
killed the newly married couple he was
badly hurt but she was not so bad, they
did not drive as far as they would done,
so then he tumbled again at James Orr
and gave them another bruise his own
car was broken at Gortin and he got
James M. Hamilton (sic) car to drive home,
the doctor was brought to Shearing and such
a day [torn] Alex Duncan was
down a[torn] went in to the wedding
house [torn]d stopped till morning
Shearing [torn]n a few days and
started to Scotland on Saturday last
so, on account of so much fun there was
a song made and A [Alex?] Duncan was not
missed either, it is blamed on the Dunbars
Letterbratt, and a great deal of anger about it,
Then there was another wedding on
Sunday and cars broken, John Nicholas Kerney
and a daughter of Thomas Kirke's [Kirk?] Drumnaspar
Kirke [Kirk?] borrowed Charles McCullagh (sic)
car and was leaving it home about 9 oclock
Sunday night put in a young mare of Kerneys
and she was not quiet and so he tumbled
horse and car and all[torn] could
not get her loosed so they took a sledge
and broke the car, cut harness and destroyed
all Old Thomas left the car and harness
down at plumbridge yesterday to try
and get it fixed, father saw him and he says
its a clean wreck, We dont know whether
Charley will take it back or not, so then
at weddings the fashion is to break the cars
Uncle James is not getting all the
stilling to himself now Alex Duncan has
done a fair share at it this last while he
done one about a week ago and did not care
who seen him, over in t[torn]se they
commenced at night a[torn]e till
dinnertime the next [torn]y saw
the smoke, and Tommy[torn] lifting
the barrel, Sarah Elkin [torn] C McCullagh
that it was the fifth brewing for them to run
and they were afraid of nobody the people
say the police drinks their fill of it
some of them go to court and they are apt to get
a glass
I dont [torn] [know?] [torn]hether [whether?]
[W?] Houston will stop at home or not, he is a
good help to do away with some of the potion over
in Eden There is a concert over in Gortin to night
Mary was asked over but she did not go
Robert Scott second wife is dead, and
buried on Monday last there is more grief
with the children now, than when their own
mother died, Jane McKernan has been
very ill for the last fortnight the doctor
was up four times with her, Mother was over
twice and on Saturday she did not expect
that she would recover, but she is improving
[torn?]day, We have thirteen
young [torn]ks old again Sunday
the are [torn]y well now
The good [torn] continuing still the
others is that [torn] the [they?] have no time to
write, if you understand this writing
I think you will have all the news
Bella M Smyth

Transcribed by Shaun P. Cheyne