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Title: Bella M Smyth, Castledamph, to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/91
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, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.0311005
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 03:11:2003.
Word Count498
TranscriptEnvelope addressed to:-

Mr. James A Smyth
Essex County

Postmarked on Front:-

(Written on Front)

Ans [Answered?] September 24th 1897

Postmarked on Back of Envelope:-


Sp 13

Sp 11

September 9th 1897

Dear Brother

A few lines to
let you know we are all
well hoping you still enjoy
the same I suppose by this
time you are at school
business again for another
year. You will be apt to
think this year longer
than any of them when
it will be the last.
Father Mother and
William is at Bundoran
since Saturday. We had
a letter yesterday and
they are enjoying themselves
well Uncle Charles and Mrs.
Willie Orr is along with them.
Mother had a severe pain in
her right shoulder for a week
before she started but father
said she was alright there.
He sent you the Irish Times
from there yesterday.
We expect them home on Saturday
first. They took two rooms for
the week at eight shillings each
it will cost them something let
them have any benefit or not.
We had a letter yesterday
from Tommy Hay and he says
he is fairly broken hearted
since he left here he thought
more of leaving the people
here than he did Liverpool.
They will leave for India
on the 16th they are transferring
some of them to the 4th Hussars
and they will have to serve eight
years in India and he hopes to
get remaining in the 11th as four
years will do them. He said he
had a letter ready for you before he
would start so he will give you all
Tommy William and John went to Newtown
[Newtownstewart?] this night week to
see the fireworks. It was a grand
sight. We could see them from here
away up in the air and changing
different colours but that was
nothing besides to be near them.
There was a terrible crowd about
the railway. John said if you
would lose anyone you might not
try to find them. Aunt Eliza Sarah
and Willie John was down from Omagh
at that hour in the night. We had
awful wet weather here on till [until?]
Monday and since then it looks like
We have one field of corn cut above
the house the whins as its called
the others is not very ripe yet.
Tommy and John is with Andy Huston
[Houston?] ones to day putting in
the hay. We had Willie here last
night and he played the fiddle for
nearly an hour and not one of us
ever knew he could play before,
nearly all scotch tunes, (the highland
fling) and a good many others.

John [C?] has got to be a nice player
Everyone says he will beat Dan in a
short time he plays mostly every night
and I suppose practice becomes master.
Willie J Duncan I think is for starting
tomorrow we heard so anyway he would not
stop in Ireland now if he could get any
other place. We sent you money last
week and I hope you will get it alright.

No more this time news is scarce for a week

Your Sister

Bella M Smyth

(Enclosed Fireworks display inventory)