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Title: B M Smyth, Co Tyrone to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/89
SenderSmyth, Bella Maggie and John James
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationfarming household
Sender ReligionPresbyterian
OriginCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
RecipientSmyth, James Alexander
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipsiblings / father-son
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.0501007
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 11:01:2005.
Word Count835
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr James A Smyth
Essex Box 234

AP 25

[Handwritten under address]
Ans [Answered?] May 9 1900

[Back of envelope]
AP 25

MY 7

[Page 1]

Castledamph April 25th 00

Dear Brother
By this time you
have Liza [sic] letter & Im sure you
will be anxious to hear about
Willie Gilky & sorry as well At
that time we did not expect
he would last so long he is just
between life & death this last
week. some days you would have
some hopes of his recovery & others
you would think the end was near
he is living on sweet milk. brandy
lemon juice & stewed [biller?] since
Friday & not much of it either
He was terrible ill on Sat & Sunday
Mr James went for Dr Lyle on
Sunday evg. [evening?] and he &
Dr Campbell

[Page 2]
was [sic] there about eleven oclock
Lyle said as long as there is
life there is hope but its a
doubtful case They gave him
medicine & he is very sleepy
& heavy since. but he says
himself. he sleeps none
Its a dreadful disease to
take hold of Willie & no one can
look at him suffering without
being sorry He has an awful
sore mouth, his teeth are very
near covered & the gums are black
& rotten, he suffers it all very
patiently and is prepared
for death any time No one can
think that its for his sin that
God allows him to suffer so
much But we trust that he will
never allow us to see any one
with the same disease
Mother was down to day [today?]
& he does not care for talking
he said he did'nt know what

[Page 3]
way he was but he was very
tired & weary She says he is very
weak & looks like death
Some one has to sit after night
since Friday so its trouble
enough but strangers are willing
to sit with Willie he has very
little enemies Its a pity of
Tilda & Jamie she has got her
share of trouble & this is the
worst of them all He was
allmost [almost?] like a brother to us
for he was here both night &
day & no matter what was said
or done he was never offended
but allways [always?] for fun
Mother is very near as sorry
as if he were her own & she
thinks that it will trouble you
very much on account of being
so great comrades but Gods
will must be done and

[Page 4]
with him there is nothing
impossible About a week ago
Willie was sorry when he thought
of leaving this world but he does
not care so much now Its a hard
enough trial to see a young person
laid so low & waiting to be called
away in the spring of the year when
everything is in its bloom
But we should be content
when we know that they are
going to be happier
We are all in good health
at the present time which we
are thank full [thankful?] for.
and we need it very much at present
for we have to attend no matter who
is there It has been a terrible
season of trouble all through
James Houston is not very
well His health is failing
since Xmas he is able to
walk about but do no work

[Page 5]
But its not so bad when he
is able to be up He may be
restored to his usual health
now in the summer It would
be a pity of them if anything
would happen him
They are very uneasy about
Willie they have got no word
from him this long time And
they dont know whether he is
living or dead so everyone
has something to bother them
in this world
Uncle Charles's
case was tried on Saturday
he got off better than he
expected He was allowed
£150 so its not so bad he
would have been in a bad
state if he had been unsuccessful

[Page 6]
We have heard news today
and its very near as bad as
death and Im sorry to say
a friend of our own as well
It may not be true but it
would be all the better for
herself and other people but
Im afraid it is. Beck Duncan
should have had a young son
on Easter Sunday its too bad
for a girl like her if its true
But I suppose it must be
allowed they were allways [always?]
talking bad about every girl
& it has fell on themselves
We hear that Joe will never
come out of Omagh so they are
getting it sharp enough
I think I have said enough
of sorrowful news but not without
dropping tears

Your Sister

B M S [Bella M Smyth?]

[Page 7]
We forgot to let you know
that James Huston [Houston?] Eden
has not been in good helth [health?]
this long time he has done
no work of any kind

Nor do I think he will ever
do much as the helth [health?]
has failed Badly
he comes regularly to here [hear?]
how you are dowing [doing?]
J J Smyth [John James Smyth?]

Transcribed by Alan Houston