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Title: Bella M. Smyth, Castledamph, to James A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/91(3)
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.0604109
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count905
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr James A. Smyth,
Essex Box 234 [Crossed out]

[Written at top of envelope]
S. Woodslee

10 0
J 19

[Postage stamp underneath]
[---?] and Inland Revenue
One Penny

[Back of envelope]

JY 19

[JY 31?]

JY 19

[Written in pencil]
20 [Crossed out]


[Remains of red wax on back of envelope]

[Page 1]

July 19th 00
Dear Brother
I see in your
letter of July 1st which we rec
[received?] yesterday that you
expected a celebration on July 12th
Mary & T [Thomas?] Hay wrote to
you on that day & I expect they
told you how we spent the day,
quiet enough anyway though
there were some of the members
had a good time about the Plum
[Plumbridge?] I believe it
was hard on them to stop at
home on that day We have not
missed the celebration very much
on account of visitors They kept
us from thinking about it
John was in Derry & had a good

[Page 2]
There were about sixty bands
present & all passed quietly
Well we had Belle here for
the first time on Sat, her & Sara
came up from Donegal on Friday
& Sandy brought them here on Sat
Sara Did not stop long as she
was for Donegal that evg” [evening?]
Belle stopped till night & I was in
Wm [William?] Duncans on Sunday evg”
Monday was the Plum [Plumbridge?] fair
so Willie John drove her through it
& on to the Butterlope & left her
back here at night. Then on Tuesday
we drove to Barness [Barnes?] gap,
Wm [William?] Tommy Hay, Belle and
I up one side & down the other, when
we came back, Joe Gilkison Mrs Gilky
& James Houston was here so we
had a good time, James told us
some stories & kept up the fun
Belle went back to Wm [William?]

[Page 3]
last night to go down to Donegal
today & attend Strabane shows
tomorrow & Ballindrait shows on
Monday so she is having a good
time for so far & she is well
pleased with the country & people
& all she went to see Aunt Tilda
on Monday morning & was in with
Alex, she has been round all
the burn & she had to see where
you used to fly the ducks
she says you allowed her to go
to a fair & to the orange walk
she has managed the fair but
not the other as there was no
one going from Donegal she
wishes you had been here
but I suppose you’re time is
comming [coming?], she sent a paper
to Cassie yesterday & a piece
of heather from Barness [Barnes?] gap
forget me not, out of our meadow
& some flower [sic] out of the blue
(clay buy?)] you will see the

[Page 4]
twelfth demonstration all in
it Joe Gilky & Mrs came on
Monday & they are going down
to her place tomorrow & for
Glasgow on Tuesday night
she is a pretty good looking
woman & she appears to be
nearly a boss) Tommy Hay I
think will be going away on
Wednesday, he is a little
sorry that his time is up again
he gave Belle some idea of
what the natives of India
are like he kept us laughing
on Tuesday night till we were
tired he acted them & spoke like
them & everything
We will feel lonely after
he goes away too on account
of being used with him so
long he is in Moses Ballantyne
[sic] yesterday & today

Page 5

There is some sport about the
Plum [Plumbridge?] now with Scotch
people there are lots of visitors, as
well as our own country people all
being home: James Barker is
home, Willie McKernan & Robert
the McKnickles [MacNicholls?] all
& Willie Knox is home or in Eden
rather, Belle got a sight of him
on Sunday she thinks he is a light
enough husband for anyone: I suppose
she wont see Bella when she isn’t
home now she may not see Bella
Maggie nor Lizzie Anne either
I don’t think they are home this
year she intends to go up
there next time she is back
here & get a sight of Gortin Glen
Matthew Smyth was very
anxious to know what sort
of a girl Belle was: he was
asking Tommy Hay was she
anyway nice looking

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There are lots of enquiries in
that line as well as him, but
beauty is not all, she would
know Tommy John on you &
she says Mary has a face shaped
like Cassie
Old Margets [Margaret’s case was
tried on Sat again, the Duncans
were all in Omagh & old Mary had
to go the Decree is granted this
time for all the money but there
is something to do before they get
it yet [&?] I cant say whether they
will do it or not : So if we get
the money at last it will be all
right. Master James is anxious
to know how it will go he says
if father gets it he must send
for a gallon & they will have
a good time
I will make this do today
as we may write often while
Belle is in this country
Yours B M S [Bella Mary Smyth?]

[Page 7]
P. S.
Mother says that if you
would want anything to let
us know & we would send
it with Belle shirts or
socks or any other thing
I suppose they will

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be leaving in September so we
would have time enough
Nice warm weather here now
people are all at the hay & some
drawing home turf we have not
tried the new potatoes but it
may not be long, Mary is home
yesterday & today
Good Bye
Your Sister

Transcribed by Mark Gallaher.