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Title: Bella M Smyth, Castledamph, to, Mr. James A Smyth, Ontario.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/79
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.0505564
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 07:04:2005.
Word Count732
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr. James -A- Smyth
Essex -
Essex County


MY 6
[Written across top]

Ans [Answered?] May 24

[Back of Envelope]

MY 6


[Page 1]

May 6th 1897
Dear Brother
I again take
the pleasure of writing to you
to let you know that we are all
well hoping you are enjoying
the same. We were expecting
a letter this week but we have
got none yet nor no paper's
we would liked to have seen
the debate,': I suppose by
this time you have our last
letter and the money:: We have
awful wet weather here this spring
and no change yet there was
one dry week: that finished up
the corn and some people got
in the potatoes we have no
drills in yet about half an acre
set in the upper field and that
[sic] all

[Page 2]
we have the field before the
door to put in but it’s so wet
you could hardly walk on it
hailstone and heavy rain
every day and as cold as
March..- They are all on the
road to-day pairing [paring?] and
scraping and its not pleasant
work either the [they?] have lost
the £10 altogether there is no
hopes of getting it now, nearly
everybody got it only them
and their name is not on
the books atall [at all?]:.
yesterday was Gortin fair
[three] of them [was] over
Tommy bought some sheep three
year old" 12s [shillings?].6d
[pence?] each and two ewes and
lambs at 18s [Shillings?] each
they have fifty seven now
and I think he bought about
thirty of them there was one
died on Tuesday last" with
inflammation in the udder the
lamb was two weeks old but its

[Page 3]
taking milk and doing well
that was all died yet but there
was two or three lost their lambs
but that was nothing to what
some people has lost:: it has been
a severe spring on sheep for so
far Dogs has [sic] all to be
[muzzled?] here now the police are
on the look out for any dog that’s
un-muzzled Alexander Houston
[Huston?] is summoned for his and a
good many others there is great
talk about mad dogs. there was
one went down the road and
worried. Andy Campbell’s and
he had to shoot the greyhound
and the other one the ninth
day after that, they had narrow
escapes with the greyhound
he had to be shot in the kitchen
so everyone is afraid now
and has no call for the police
to warn them

[Page 4]
John Ballantine has a
son dead to-day I suppose
you remember him the young
of the four: ‘Joseph’ he is
only complaining since July
some say he had consumption
and others that he killed
himself playing ball at Willie
Orr’s but he did not last long
anyway. McCormack the surveyor that
was broke some time ago' was
buried this day week it’s likely
he died from drink:: and Joe
Sproule the same day its likely
you knew him We will try and
get Willie John to write next
week, we sent him to Charles
McCullagh’s one evening and
Joseph McFarland asked him
who owned him and he said
he was Uncle James’s so he
says he wont ask him again
I don’t know of anything
else to-day Good Bye
Bella M S [Bella Smyth?]

[Page 5]
I thought I had told
you all news but perhaps
I will get this filled and
it will be all one cost Did
Miss Dunbar answer your
letter yet I hope she wont
be like Mr McCullagh she
was at home for a week at
Easter and its Annie that
[sic] up now They have'nt
been up here yet They don’t
visit as much now as when they
come [came?] first She is for
trying an examination in July
so I suppose she will study
some Rev Willoughby is trying
to get the Warnock family on
the Orange [Orphans'?]
he sent the paper over here
for the Lodge to sign and seal

[Page 6]
he is doing all he can for
them to keep them out
of starvation Joe Gilkison
is doing well in Strabane
his pay is risen 3 shillings
since he went there
Old Joe is lying constant
this last month or more
some think he will not
[mend?] and he is the greatest
lecturer you would listen
too [to?] you would think he
was the best man ever lived
Tilda gets letters regular
[regularly] from the [McFarland’s?]
the [they?] appear to be doing
well out there now and is content
B M Smyth [Bella Smyth?]

Transcribed by Elizabeth Prentice