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Title: Bella M Smyth, Castledamph to James A Smyth, Ontario.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/83
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.0605072
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count817
TranscriptMr James A. Smyth
Box 234

[Printed at top]
This letter must be given to an Officer of
the Post Office to be registered, and a
receipt obtained for it

10 0
FE [?]

FE 8

[Printed at left side


[Back of envelope]


Subject to the Conditions
Published in the Post Office
Guide as to Registration,
compensation for loss or
damage is given in respect of
Inland registered Packets of
all kinds according to the
following table: -

Fee Limit of Compensation
2d £5
3d £10
4d £20
5d £30
6d £40
7d £50
8d £60
9d £70
10d £80
11d £90
1s 0d £100
1s 1d £110
1s 2d £120

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£ s d
£6-0- 0

This is all we can give
at the present time we
are tendering on [no?]
[more?] roads
J J S [John James Smyth?]
Castledamph pk


Dear Brother
We have always
a notion of writing once a
week but some how we never manage
it I believe its over two this time,
but there isn’t very much to write
We have a storm of frost & snow
this last week or so & no appearance
of leaving yet the wild birds are
very tame and hungry looking so its
not a good sign. It always looks like
a storm when you see them at the door
& especially black birds.
Ploughing will be kept

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back badly if it continues now Wm
[William?]is complaining all ready that
he didn’t begin sooner.
There has been a few sudden deaths
since father wrote & some of these
deeply lamented. Miss Sarah Campbell
trained nurse in Omagh Asylum was laid
to rest on Wednesday last, she died on
Monday of Typhoid fever. They did not
bring her home at all the funeral left
Porter’s Hotel at 8o’clock and was in
Donagheady burying ground about two, a
little over 40 ml. John Gilkison
[Gilkinson?] & another boy put a wreath
on costing one pound. They are very sorry
after her.
Old James Houston

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Lisnascreigh [Lisnacreaght?] was buried
on Friday he was not in good health this
last while but they did not expect him to
go so sudden as there was no change on him.
Old Paddy Toner Glenrone [Glenroan?] has
been laid to rest also [bonys?]. A son of
Micky McAnneny’s [MacAneany?] Glenrone died
of heart disease in Gortin, he was a well
educated boy & was getting on well, he died
at his work. John Charlie [Charles?] was
acquainted with him. This is all the deaths
& for marriages there is none about here &
for births there is still a few, Mrs McKelvey
Bradkeel has another young daughter & Mrs Wm
[William?] Orr [P B?] a daughter, everything
is kept going on except marriages but they
may be some before lent. Uncle Charles has
got some tools again & is

[Page 4]
commencing work he did not take
it so bad as was expected but he came to a
terrible loss if he gets nothing for it. John
went back on Monday after a weeks hunting with
dog & gun, he was never in the house a minute
but got very little. He & Matthew Smyth are
comrades now they go together to Gordon’s &
sometimes to D Dunbar’s. Matthew got a great
taunting at Houston wake & John was scolding.
Tom next day he said they were all ways
[always?] at him & that they should let him
be some time. Matthew is still the same he
wont hold his peace & then he gets in such a
rage when any one speaks & he thinks Gordons
girls would rather have him as any one else
but its only his notion.

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Mr James gives Matthew no peace either, every
time they meet he is taunting him. Its hard
for him to hold his own with every body.
How do you like teaching I’m sure you
know what it is by this time, you had better
take care & not anger the parents or you might
lose the scholars like Mr James & Joe Glenn.
Joe has sent his up to Miss Dunne because the
Master did not attend the Soiree. It’s a great
loss to Mr James now because the exam comes
off in a week and Miss Dunne would rather want
them, but I hope you have no one to deal with
like Joe Glenn. Wm [William?] delivered the
flax on Tuesday last it done very well they
had £17 between the two of them but then the
scutching came

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Out of that we are sending you six pounds to day
thats all we can spare now, but you can let us
know how much you would need after that & we will
try & send it. The last £3 was made payable at
Woodslee I hope you got it all right.
James Houston PB is collecting for the twentieth
century fund & we gave one pound & ten shillings
[sustentation?] so there is all ways some place for
money. I see they are doing something for this fund
over there too. Uncle James attended the land courts
on Tuesday trying for a reduction he does not know
how he will come off yet but he expects to be a good
bit lower.
James Houston is sending you papers to day he thanks
you for ones he rec [received?] we got ones about the
same time.
We are all in good health at present hoping you enjoy
the same. So Good Bye for the present as any more might
cost a [penny?] extra

B. M. S. [Bella Maggie Smyth?]

Transcribed by Liam Boyd