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Title: Bella Smyth, Castledamph, to James A Smyth, Ontario,
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/60
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
Doc. No.0505028
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 25:05:2005.
Word Count838
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Mr James A Smyth
South Woodslee
Essex County

10 - 0
AU 14

[Back of Envelope]
AU 14


[Page 1]
August 13th 1896

Dear Brother
In answer to
your last letter which we
received on Friday we were
glad to hear that you are
all well We heard that
Uncle had got his ribs
broken by a fall and we
were astonished when you
did not mention it in your
letter but I suppose he
was alright when you wrote
You will have to wait another
while for the law news
there is nothing done this

[Page 2]
time either they all attended
on friday, the case got another
hearing Johnnie and Sarah
was sworn, but none of our
side, so when they were tired
listening to the case they
consulted what they would
do Laughlin was for finishing
it at Gortin another was
for sending it to Omagh
and Mr A Duncan would not
interfere so at last they agreed
to send it to the crown sessions
to be held in October Tommy
John and Uncle James is
under bail: £10 each we had
an attorney this time and Elkin
had none, it was a small case
at the start but it will turn
out the contrary

[Page 3]
if all Sarah swears was true
or if she was believed I’m afraid
they [the?] three would get prison
for a while Uncle James is returned
for trial for doing nothing
at all, only for what he said,
and there is more sworn against
John than Tommy and John
struck neither of them he
only held Sarah out of the road
There will be some money
spent anyway no matter how
it will end, There was no
talk about the twelfth of
August here Yesterday but
the Plum [Plumbridge?]
band remembered it we
heard them playing about
five O’clock in the
evening Its likely it was
a big day in derry [Londonderry?]

[Page 4]
We have got all the hay
up and we got the flax
pulled on Tuesday they are
putting it in the dams
to day [today?] pulling flax
is all the work that [sic]
being done this last
week there are six people
pulling today Matthew Smyth
is pulling and Tommy is with
Willie Ballantine and there are
four in the farside.
There are two of Robert McFarland’s
girls for America about
the last of this month
Maggie and Jane I suppose when
Robert married [sic] he will
scatter the house. “Well what
do you think” he used to say
that it was a fiddle scattered
a house but there was no fiddle

[Page 5]
near him I dont know what
he will blame for it,
one of the McBride’s sold
Glenrone [Glenroan?] started
on Monday week for Philadelphia
John Duffy was at home
for about three weeks, and
he started on Monday last
he is married and has four
children the wife will be
home next summer she is from
Barness [Barnes?] I suppose
the poaching commenced
yesterday you will hear a
shot now and then but
I dont think that there is
many birds to fire at
Laughlin the Magistrate
has Glenrone [Glenroan?]
and Castledamph and
has McConnell for

[Page 6]
keeper he gets two pounds
for doing the business, but
if he makes too free he might
get a shot of hail
some time [sometime?]
like what McFarland got
I think if you were shooting
rabbits now he would not
annoy you I believe he is lying
for death, speedy consumption
he took and is not expected
to get over it,
I suppose by this time
You know all about your
examination I think you
have done very well for
so far it takes one to idle
no time to learn all the
subjects and some pretty

[Page 7]
hard questions in them
Mary would learn some
yet before she would know
much about some of them it
would not be in Castledamph
she would learn them either
Miss Dunbar will be up
tomorrow evening so we
will see about the papers
that you want if she can
get them you will be sure
to not want them long
Teachers and scholars will
soon get their holidays now
Miss Dunne will close some
of those days there are a bad
attendance so she will give
them leave. Tillie [Matilda?]
has left Omagh and is at home
again there was no place

[Page 8]
like Andersons when Tillie
went, and now nobody would stay
in it for they are too much
confined but we went in to
see her when we were up and
Im afraid she was too short
in the temper to be in a shop
she was cross looking while
we were in Well I may tell
you that James Houston [Huston?]
is an Uncle at last Catherine
has got a young daughter on
Tuesday last Willie will stop
in Eden but he will not give up
the drink he will tell you “Im Will
Houston [Huston?] the best man of the
name” We have thirteen young
pigs three days old the sow is
not very well and we have to feed
the lot she never gave them a suck
No More Bella M [Mary?] Smyth

Transcribed by Elizabeth Prentice