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Title: B M Smyth, Castledamph, to J A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/87
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.0507016
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 16:08:2005.
Word Count1028
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Mr James A. Smyth
Essex Box 234

MR [16?]
[Written over address?]
Ans [Answered?] 1st April

Postage and Inland Revenue
One Penny

[Back of Envelope]
MR 16

MR 28

MR 28

[Page 1]
March 16th 1900

Dear Brother
We rec. [received?] your
letter of Mar 4th today. So you
will soon make up for the loss
& you will easily know that
there has been something wrong
here for you will get them pretty
thick this last while I think
father was writing nearly every
day. Well we are all able to
be up again but not as well
as we should be yet, but we
must have patience & we are
content to be out of bed
& none of us more than Mary
As Dan used to say she

[Page 2]
had a heavy handling
[troublesome time?] & us
all in bed. she was glad to
see any of us coming down the
stairs. she had to attend two
sets of pigs, 25 all together
& milch [milk?] the cows with
Tom's help: keep the house in
order & attend us as well, she
knew what work was for once,
Tilda [Matilda?] Gilky [Gilkinson?]
came up & gave her a help
some times [sometimes?]
Im sure you were suprised to
hear of Uncle Wm [William’s?] death
& Willie Smyth's, the people around
here were a little terrified: by
the two going so quick [sic] so
very near each other. Matthew is
in very low spirits, he hardly
knows what to do: he wont be able
to do all the work himself & men
is [sic] hard to be got & the money
to pay them has to be looked for

[Page 3]
too, Its a great pity of them: as
they will hardly be able to hold
the land they were bad enough before
but they will be far worse now
Old Wm [William?] Hay and Bell
is [sic] both very bad now. Jamie
says they will hardly recover its
likely too [to?] set sore on them
as they are very old
Joe Duncan is improving but
he is allowed no meat, nothing
but brandy and sweet milk for
six weeks he was very low at one
time. They had no hopes of his
recovery. Its an awful time
of sickness in this country
I think I never remember
such a dull time. you would
hardly know whether anyone
was living but yourself or
not John came from Gortin one
night to see how we all were.
And at bedtime he said
he wouldn't stop here now

[Page 4]
for no money, it was so dull
We see by your letters that
you have good times over there
Any amount of parties & lots of
fun, but quite different from here
everything very stylish. [You?] could
not afford the money to fix everything
in so grand a style in this country.
But there is some pretty stylish ones
down by Newtown Stewart [Newtownstewart?]
they know they are living down there too
But about here you would only
be laughed at if you would
only imitate any style
I expect when you get home
you will be able to learn [sic]
some new dances but it will be
the Irish you would have to
learn [sic] & they wont be as
smart as those Yankees you are
so well used with

[Page 5]
It will be hard to take with
the rules of this country. you
are so long among the Yankees
And I see that you fool them
pretty well they never know
but you belong to some quality
so that you come in for all the
swell parties & if you were at
home you would remain where
you should be: So you see the
difference you come in for all
the swell affairs & we would never
get one, but it may be the learning
makes the difference if so its a
pity we missed it
Robert McFarland appealed his
case from Strabane it was tried
in Omagh on Wednesday and he
won this time so it was
lucky for him to appeal The
Catholics are [sic] badly
dissapointed [disappointed?]
when he won

[Page 6]
This is the Plum [Plumbridge?] fair
Tommy is in the fair & Wm [William?]
is at the forge since the [this?]
morning Father is at home doing little
things about the house and the rest of
us has [sic] to churn after tea time:
so we are all engaged for this day
It is snowing today & last
night and I think its a good
thing it may help to clear the
atmosphere & the people may get
stronger after it is over
Farm work is far back yet
there is a good deal of ploughing
to be done every place our people
& Willie Ballantine has about a
fortnights ploughing yet They were
kept back a little by the horse
getting hurt & then Wm [William?]
was not in good health for a few
days but he is at work again

[Page 7]
I see by your letter that you
have got no word from Tommy hay
yet either Its a wonder but he is
writing [sic] some place Uncle John
wrote to the War Office some time
ago but they just told him that
as his name had not appeared
among the killed that he must
be there some place
Do you get any word from
the McFarlands.
Tilda [Matilda?] Gilky [Gilkinson?]
got a letter from Maggie some
time ago & she knew of you
getting the school. I think
she said that that girl that
you used too [to?] write too
[to?] was married, Jane
McFarland, has some thought
of coming home this summer,
if so she will find a lively
person before her, in

[Page 8]
Old Roberts place I believe
she keeps them all going
The Rector has service
every Sunday evg [evening?]
in Castledamph school since lent
came in, he was ordered to do so
by the Bishop I believe they will
soon be as bad as the Catholics
They are not allowed to marry
during lent up at Omagh
I dont know what they will
make them do next I suppose they
are as bad there when they do not
attend the parties during that
time I think this will do today
hoping you are still in good health
So Good Bye [Goodbye?] for the Present
Your Sister Bella M [Margaret?] Smyth