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Title: B.M. Smyth, Co. Tyrone, to J.A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/50
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.0501018
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 14:01:2005.
Word Count795
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr James Alex Smyth
South Woodslee Lock Box 4
Essex County


[Back of envelope]
MR 29

AP 11

AP 12

[Page 1]

Castledamph, March 29th 1894

Dear Brother,
In answer to
your letter which we received
yesterday we are glad to know
that you are all well as this
leaves us at present, I suppose
it will fall on me to answer
them now for a while, father
would not take time to write
to-day, they are busy sowing the
corn, so he will get no time to
spare, we sowed the field at the
bridge on monday morning that
was the first, Gilkys ones had
a ploughing after dinner time
and they had to go there, and
father went to Strabane on Tuesday
and then the [they?] got sowing some
yesterday and to-day

[Page 2]
There are some done sowing
and others not right begun
but we have very nice weather
for it this last while. The
rector had a great ploughing
yesterday there was a great deal
went up from this Uncle James
will have one again on Saturday
he is for ploughing and sowing
all in the one afternoon so he
will take to have good help you
wanted to know in some of your
letters how many sheep we had
altogether I could not tell you,
but William will some time, but
we have three lambs the first
one lambed on Easter Sunday We
have got Smyths hill for a year
at eight pounds and Auction fees
it is dear enough but it will be
useful now
There is an American lady coming
till Eden some of these days till
Charles Gordon's she is a daughter
of James Gordons

[Page 3]
that went over with Uncle and Aunt
(but he is dead now) they are expecting
her shortly now she was to come in the
Winter but she went first to England and
she has stopped a while there, We have
heard that Sandy Stewart was going to be
married to a Miss McKnickle [McNicholl?]
out of this country is it true or not or
do you know Miss Dunne will give you all
the information she can about the teachers
in this country we will try and find out
what pay some others get as well as her,
she is well pleased with the scholars after
the examination the [this?] year, the
[they?] all passed but three and she had
four or five passed in bookkeeping I think
all she had learning it, Mary passed in
book keeping

[Page 4]
so that what you nor any of the rest of
us never learned, she is in the second
Stage of the fifth book now along with
John but he did not bother with bookkeeping,
he has just come in for his tea and he says
to tell you that the old white faced sheep
has lambed and has a ewe lamb and I suppose
he is glad at that, he has to thresh all the
fodder this last while and he is kept busy
he is threshing hard to-day the way that he
will get over till Uncle James's again Saturday
We have seven cows now and three heifers
and two calves we bought a cow in the
Plum [Plumbridge?] fair at £8 she calved
on Friday last a heifer calf we will either
buy another cow or else two heifers for we
have a good deal of lea grass

[Page 5]
Father says to tell you that they
will be done sowing at home tomorrow
at dinner time and then they have only
two acres and a half to sow after that
but they have a good deal of flax to
sow and it will take more time he says
that we have about three hundred
unscutched yet.

I may tell you that Uncle John ones
was cutting turf yesterday so that is
early work but they want them to burn
a kiln of lime so that is the reason
Uncle James is very busy this last
while making a drop of the mountain
dew but he is working at it far away he
is getting a good deal sold for these
ploughings [sic] at home

[Page 6]
I think I am nearly done out of news
now I will hardly get it finished I
suppose yous [sic] were all at Uncle at
Easter I suppose you have nearly forgot
about the Easter house over the burn I
think the [they?] did not boil too many
eggs on Sunday. [Artar?] [Art?] went by
here and he was telling us that they had
great accomadations [accommodations?]
over in our friends and that they wanted
him to stop but he did not There was a
great many there last year our Tommy and
John Gilkison James Barker and David Houston
but there was none of them went to it on

I think this may do now for it is post time
Your Sister
Bella M Smyth