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Title: Bella Smyth, Castledamph, to J. A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/86
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.0505582
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 08:04:2005.
Word Count1242
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr. James A Smyth
Essex County


[Written on Front]
South Woodslee

Back of Envelope:-
JY 15

JY 26

[JY 27?]

[Page 1]
July 15th 1897
Dear Brother
We received your
last Letter on Friday 9th we had
written a few days before we got
it We are all in good health and
has got the Twelfth over in
good style another time. and I
suppose you have Twelfth and
your exam.. over too.. you
will be in need of a rest now for
a while There was a splendid
demonstration at Newtownstewart
on Monday the day was fine
and everything encouraging
We have heard there was
82 flags altogether but no one
here is sure how many was
but from the station bridge

[Page 2]
up through the town and on
till the field was crowded with
people These men assembled
about eight o’clock and started
half past,, and was in about
Eleven They [The?] rest was all there
except Derry men, there were
none absent this time except
John Orr I never saw more men
on the road both Orangemen
and others,, they [there?] were
few stopped at home, I will give
you the list of band boys before I
close and I believe it was as good
looking band as was there, only their
drums was [sic] scarce they had
three broken before they got to
the field the sun was so strong
the [they?] could’nt stand,, every band
had to cover them [themselves?] with
handkerchief [sic] and beat on the top
Most of all the girls went from

[Page 3]
here and I think they did not
mind the long walk for what they
saw,, Lizzie M Duncan and Bob
was there from Ballindrait and
Miss McIlwaine went from Corrick
[Corickmore?] but none of them
went from here only for their goods
and home again We left the field about
four and was [sic] home about eight
and had a good evenings fun
till eleven and they all started
for home and not a drunk man
among them but all in good humour

They held a meeting here on the
9th and they all agreed to go to
Church on Sunday to hear an
Anniversary Sermon preached by
Rev. C. M. Monteith They wore the
colors coming down but not
going up and were all pleased with
the sermon,, he chose for his
text. “What is truth”- and if the
[they?] attended to what he said
about bringing disgrace on the

[Page 4]
and everything else.. They had
no call to be warned on the 12th
morning but they always
do well when the day comes,,
We were astonished when you
did not mention about W J
[Willie John?]Duncan coming home
in your last letter he is home
a week today,, father
met him coming.. he is like yourself
when you come.. he is very thin
about half as heavy as when
he went away and he wears a
long tailed, coat which makes
him far worse looking,,
James Joe is heavier looking now than
him and a better looking boy into the
bargain...Anyone that wants to
get thin all they have to do is go to
America for a year or two: I think
he has got two months leave.--
Miss Dunbar has got her exams
over too she spent a week in
Strabane I cant say how she done
Them and Mr Steen is not

[Page 5]
in good terms now. and the
choir is upside down in the
Meeting house all about a seat
When Mr Steen got up the choir
he changed the Key’s [Kee’s?]
out of their seat, and now he
brought them back and we had
no room and Miss Dunbar asked him
what would be done so he told her to
send Miss Hamilton to her own seat
and take her sister beside her
and let the Keys [Kees?] sit in
ther [their?] seat so she told
him she could [sic] stop
in the house,, and so she did go
in again.. and was not out since
and the rest of us went to our seat
and when he gave out the psalm
he commenced and sung it himself
so I wish you had seen the
astonished congregation that day
he preached an awful sermon
and was so cross you could
hardly look at him.. So last
Sunday William went to Church
and Miss Dunbar was at home

[Page 6]
and he asked Sandy Duncan
to raise the singing.. she will
sing no more nor neither will
William so its likely Sandy will
do it.. He made Beck [Rebecca?] teach
the week that she was away wouldnt
let her close it. Beck [Rebecca?] and
Miss Annie Macklin was up here on
Sunday evening and she told us
there was some person telling
lots of stories about them to
Mr Steen he was told they come up
here on the Jubilee and went
with the band to the [mote?].. and
closed the school an hour early they
come this length but no farther and even
they had it was no harm
These people at the road speaks
as bad sometime [sic] as strangers it
is hard to keep them in humour
Tilda [Matilde?] is in an angry mood now
because they come here once or
twice and not there: and we
drove up to Barness [Barnes?] Gap
on Sunday and did not take her

[Page 7]
I think they should make less
talk do when they were in the
habit of coming there There are
plenty to tell lies without them
We have got summer weather
here this week it is awful
warm now but we had lots of
cold and wet so we must be content
with the heat the crops does not
look too well yet the corn is very
short and potatoes is not [closed?]
the drills yet Our People is all
on the hill to day gathering the
turf and Mother is away with the
tea. They have some gravel out
but it will take them two weeks
to finish yet William is not
in extra good health so that
keeps them back a little he is
working but not doing as
much as he should do Father
mother and him is going to the
shore shortly so that might help
him Uncle Charles is alright again
he was in Newtown S. [Newtownstewart?]
on Monday

[Page 8]
Tommy Hay did not write yet to say
whether he was coming or not
if he dont come.. we will get our
photo’’ copied and send you one
‘it is a military one, Daniel Henry
is living at the road now he attended
on Monday 12th but he has a
strong notion of resigning,,

Band Boys
first row
James McKelvey- J McKnight- G Young- D Houston [Huston?]
William A McClelland- J Hay-W Gilkison [Gilkinson?]
Bob McKernan- Tommy J Gilkison [Gilkinson?]-A J [Campbell?]
Small drummers
J Charles- J McKnight- J Reid- J Ballantine(Bob)
Symbols Bob Campbell
Big Drummers A McClelland- J Barker

And there was some others who helped
to beat the small drums they are
for learning some this winter We
are sending a paper today so you
will see the demonstrations it is
hardly correct but it is better than
none When the band was on the street
starting Mother must have been
thinking of you for I came in for something
and she was crying in the room No more
hoping you done well at your examination
Good Bye Bella M Smyth

(Written at top of Page 1)
I have written a lot
let it be good news or not
W Gilkison [Gilkinson?]
was for writing
to day if he had time

Transcribed by Elizabeth Prentice