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Title: Bella Smyth, Castledamph, to, Mr. J. A. Smyth, Ontario.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/81
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.0505565
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 07:04:2005.
Word Count870
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr. James A.. Smyth
Essex County

MY 20

[Written on front of envelope]
Ans [Answered?]
June 6th 1897

[Back of envelope]
MY 20

JU [1?]

[Page 1]

May 20th 1897

Dear Brother
In answer
to your letter which we
received May 7th we are glad
to know that you are in
good health:: We are all
well at present Mother
has pretty good health
this year for so far I
dont think she was any
better this last six or seven
years. We have got rid
of the wet weather at last
nice warm weather now
since Sunday potatoes all
in: plants set, and every body
[everybody?] cutting turf
This is

[Page 2]
the second day for us and
the Gilkys: There is no fun
cutting now for there are not
enough people together
they are nearly all away
to Lisban hill::
William Houston and
Alexander has [sic] left Eden
so you will be astonished
at that after all their
hard work William left
on Tuesday 11th and Alex
the next night,, and a boy
and girl in their place now
William left farewell in
Gilkys a few nights before
that he said it was no fault
of Willie nor the wife either
but he said they were not
able to work any longer

[Page 3]
and they could’nt sit there
and see the work to do and
another thing there was no
room for them and two servants
so they started [sic] to Johnnie
Robert Smyth and is [sic] there
since.. so you may guess
how lonely the fields look
without William and its
likely he thinks long away
from them
We had a letter from
Tommy Hay on Monday he
says he likes army life for
so far he was home eight
days at Easter and his
father has been drinking
a good deal since he left
but he thinks he will be
content now when he has
seen him alright Lizzie
told us that her father

[Page 4]
was sorry for Tommy [listing?]
but I’m afraid the drink
was no good to him Tommy
expects to be over here in
July as he has to start
for India in September
he can write a nice letter
and appears to be content
he always asks about all
his friends every time
[everytime?] he writes
Joe Gilkison [Gilkinson?]
was home Sunday and Monday
he is doing very well he
has joined the [I.O.G.T?] but
I dont think he cares to be
in it the rules are pretty
sharp and exact and saluting
Gentlemen going in and coming
out Joe does not care for it
I suppose its easy enough
for a swell like John A
Duncan that you would

[Page 5]
think he did'nt belong to
the country: he has got a
bicicle [bicycle?] now so he
can come home pretty easy but he
doesnt talk much about here
unless till his own people
Joe is for Joining the Strabane
Orange Lodge he wont be
up here this twelfth at all
so that is one man less The
band isnt commenced to practice
yet nor no notion till then
about a week before the
twelfth will do them and
the [they?] will not have much
time to argue They are
all for Newtown [Newtownstewart?]
this year it is expected to be
another big day Willie
Gilkison [Gilkinson?] is expecting
a letter from you Old

[Page 6]
Joe is not able to be up yet
but I think he will recover
James McKernan is no better
yet he fainted on Friday last
and they had to send for Bob
Ballantine Mary was over
today and he was sitting at
the fire and what she compared
him till [sic] was the skeleton
in your book she says he
is very thin and weak
I dont know whether Willie
told you about Miss Loughlin
been [being?] married about six
weeks ago to a brother of John Orr’s
wife Willie Fleming: Maggie
Ann”, they call her and the
other Girls is [sic] away to Belfast
or Derry so now the father
or the son must marry
We did not get Willie
John to write this week

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but we will be sure the
next time, he told Miss
[Dunne?] one day that he would
be a Rector so they made
fun of him since about the
Preacher he would make
and he took it angry [sic] and
he says now he will be
a fellow like the rest and
he"ll never be a rector
so you couldnt anger him
worse than to talk about
him being a rector he is
learning well now and
attends every day
Uncle William attended
the road sessions on Monday
they are cut one pound
this time they are sorry
they have any thing to do
with roads such a time

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for no one can please them
with good roads now,, and
the assistant is very short
he wouldnt talk to no contractor
along the road so its
hard to please him
Tillie McCullagh and
Eliza was out collecting for
the New County Hospital Friday
and yesterday they collected
£4-10s they went down as far as
Andy [Dunns?] in the far side and
Mrs Dunn's this side and up
to Glenrone [Glenroan?] they got from
6D up to 3S and a good deal would
give nothing Miss Dunbar
got a letter from you same
day as us they were up here
No More Good Bye
Bella M Smyth

Transcribed by Elizabeth Prentice