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Title: Bella M Smyth, Castledamph to James A Smyth, Ontario, Canada
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/64A
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, Castledamph, Plumbridge
Doc. No.604141
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count639
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr. James A Smyth
Essex County

10 0

[Written on left]

[Back of Envelope]

[--?] [28?]

[SE 17?]


[Letter 1]

[Page 1]

October 23rd 1896

Dear Brother
I now take the pleasure
of writing to you once more after
a long length of time hoping you
are well I suppose it is Just a year
ago today since you left here
perhaps you are thinking of it
yourself we were all gone to bed
long ago by this time it is pretty
near nine oclock now,.The weather
is not very good some good days
others raining we had snow on
sunday fortninght but it was
gone on Monday morning so [then?]
their [there?] was four good days
and all the corn was gathered in wet
or dry Willie John is giving some old
chat now at the fire he was trying to
write you a letter but I think it would
be french enough for you he remembers
you well enough yet and well He can

[Page 2]

Friday Night

tell all the argument [sic] you and
him had he saw your scarf the
other day and he said O that
James scarf that he left ahind
[behind?] he says it was on a chair and
father was going to [make?] John
follow. you all that does be said he
can remember it he can dance
and sing as well as ever he puts
on mothers cap and handkerchief
and an old shirt and the specks
so then you would see a dance
he is just looking at me writing
[writing?] this he can sing Molly
& Baby Daisy. Bell and a great deal
other he is learning the wearing
of the Green I will give you two
line [sic] or three which he will
sing out or in She saw the blue
eyed Irish lad who stole her heart
away. In Co Clare across the sea
upon St Patrick Day [)?]. Well you
need not care when you come back'
to [Lay?] with Tommy he went down

[Page 3]
one night after you left so he
never would go down again untill
[until?] last night and he is going
down to-night again he is telling me
I am writing [fool?] [capers?] Mary
has told him what I am writing about
well I think I have told you enough
about him I would not have told
you all he say [sic] in two hours
from now Gilkison [Gilkinson?]
had a drawing of turf today Bella
is down to-night if she had been
here I would not [got?] saying so
much nonsense she says you would
only scold but you may if you please
as I am far of your hearing. Well
Dan is on foot again he is watching
the burn now so he is going to be
pretty [watchfull?] but their [there?]
was a great deal of white trouts [sic]
took out on the Plumb [Plumbridge?]
fair day but I think he was told about
it It is wearing round to bedtime so
I shall stop tonight untill [until?]
some otherday

[Page 4]
you have got as much news
here about Willie John as will
do you a good while.
Willie Gilkison had a letter
from you last week and James Houston
and Uncle Charles got one some time
ago I suppose you did not get the,
[prize?],. for the address, but there
is nothing like buying, the Miss
McFarland is at work in New York Tilda
Gilkison had a letter from Maggie and
Im afraid she feels home sick, she was
with the Senator of New York at that
time but she has changed since, she
had sixteen dollars per month with
him but she was not content with the
work so she changed she said she was
not getting her money for doing nothing
We are all well at present hoping
you. are all enjoying the same
Yours Bella M Smyth

[Written upside down at bottom of Page 1]

There is a good deal of nonsense in this letter
but it [sic] better than [nothing?]