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Title: B. M. Smyth, Castledamph to James A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/91(2)
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.0410305
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 09:11:2004.
Word Count571
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Ans [Answered?]
Aug 2, '98

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[Back of envelope]

JUL 30
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JY 1

[Page 1] Castledamph
July 21st 1898
Dear Brother
Your last letter
was too late for the twelfth as
it did not arrive till Saturday
and we rec" [received?] the other one on Friday
8th so one was late and the other
early The 12th passed off quietly
around here no trouble of any
description the brethren
assembled at half past ten and
started at twelve both lodges
went down the far side through the
Plum [Plumbridge?] and home again
these men spent the evening
singing and dancing and when
night came they went home content
enough with the days proceedings
The only thing that

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annoyed them was a Catholic
Policeman coming to enjoy himself
for the evg" [evening?] Johnston brought
him with him but he was told
to take him away as soon as possible
for it would be a hard case to
keep them from saying something
Alex McKelvey said he would
sing him the "Old flute" if he
would stop long, but the hurry was
not great all the time. they were
going long before they went:
There was some annoyance
in Donegal but not serious as
the opposite party was kept back
by police: Joe Gilkison was there
and had a hard enough time
him and a few others went to get
some meat but when they got s[torn]
back without meat they were all right
[alright?] the police took the sash
off Joe and told him not too [to?]
put it on again till he would reach
the field

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but he put it on and did not heed
them We will send papers and
you will see all about it
There is some talk that the
Orangemen will oppose them in
Derry on the 15th August as that
town belongs to the Orangemen
as much as Donegall [Donegal?]
does to the Catholic's
By this time I suppose
you have got rest from studying
for a while let you be successful
or not we will be anxious to
know the result but we will have
to wait till the time comes Im sure
we are not in a greater hurry than
you are you will be like people
going to law if you win you will
be in good spirits and if not in
very bad but I hope you are in
good by now
Well" we were very
near having another Cousin

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wearing the Soldiers uniform
John Duncan and Alex went
to Omagh on the 12th [12th July?]
and John listed on the Enniskillen
Fusiliers we have heard two
or three ways on the subject and
we dont know the exact way
we heard he was drunk when
he listed and next that Joe and
Alex fought in Newtown
[Newtownstewart?] and John listed
because of Alex [sic] bad conduct:
but Joe bought him off for £2
before he was examined They
were sorry when the [they] heard the
news in Eden for we heard them
crying over here Aunt is
getting some trouble this last
while, Andys ones says she
has got very old looking and
its not much wonder
Plumbridge is crowded
with Scotch people since the
16th [16th July?] all over because
of the

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Glascow [Glasgow?] fair there will be
some drink consumed so long
as they stop as they can all
drink pretty well
We are going to Rouskey [Rousky?] to
a Picnic to day at Mc James McNickle s
we were there last year
too and had a very good day
its an annual one in connection
with The young girls Friendly
Association and he always
sends us a notice since he was
here viewing the land
We had a letter from Tommy
Hay on the 12th morning he is in
good health but is nearly
roasted with heat he does not
like the situation at all.
If he was at home now he never
would be a soldier
Some of the others may finish
as I have no more time B M [Bella?] Smyth