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Title: Bella M Smyth, Casteldamph to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/94
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.0604067
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count1131
Transcript[Front of envelope]
10 -
AU --

[Postage Stamp underneath]
[Postage?] and Inland Revenue

Mr J. A. Smyth
Essex Box 234 [Crossed Out]
Essex Co,

[Written above address to be inserted?]
s-Woodslee [South Woodslee?]

[Back of envelope]

AU 27

AU 17

New York
AUG 25
19 00

South Woodslee
AU 23


[Page 1]
August 16th 1900

Dear Brother
Your letter for
Mary to hand to day and I may
say we are getting them pretty
regular now. Mary wrote to you
last week again but she may
answer those questions pretty
soon. She is getting along very
well she has nothing to do with
dressmaking but I expect she
will do something in the millinery
line though she done [sic] nothing
yet she attends to the sales
as well as possible
She can stop at home any
day she likes Mrs Nelson is
no way stiff on that line.

[Page 2]
She knows what it is to be
home sick and she pitys [pities?]
any one that way. We pulled the flax
on Friday so Mary came up and
stopped till Monday
Her and John are both talking
about getting bicicles [bicycles?]
but Im afraid they will earn the money
first So I believe there is nothing
like leaving home they have all
ways the best times and others working
for them, Willie John calls them the
gentleman & lady

This is the fair day our men are all
down & Willie John also, they have about
thirty ewes and thirty lambs down. This
is usually a good fair for selling so
they thought best to take them down
I suppose you would not call [sic] to run the
hills looking for them now Tommy and
William had to go yesterday evg [evening?]
after working hard all day at the hay

[Page 3]
We have very warm weather
here since Sunday but it was very
wet up till then Everyone is busy
at the hay and the corn is commencing
to colour.
Belle has not come back here yet nor
I cant say where she is but we heard that
they went to the seaside two weeks
ago Im afraid if she doesnt hurry
up she will have very little time
to stop in this locality
She would liked to have been
here when we were pulling the
flax but she missed that part
but she may see the spreading
which will be the best Im sure
she will like the smell
We have twelve young pigs
she did not happen to be here
when they were young either
and we were just as glad.
Your letter for her arrived here

[Page 4]
& two papers we may keep them
till she comes there was one from
Cassie but we sent it to Donegal
but we are not sure where she is
now She has not been up to Omagh
yet but she said she would go there
when she would come back here If she
goes up there I hope Aunt will stop
in the house and keep steady as she
has still a bad habit.
Bella and Lizzie was to be home
about the twelfth but I cant say
whether they came or not
She has seen all the others
except Annie Lizzie and Joe
Joe is twelve months in the
Infirmary today This fair he
got his leg broke it is a great
pity of him up there all this
time and I believe no hopes of
him getting right better
Aunt told Belle that he would
soon be home but no word of him

[Page 5]
Monday was the celebration
of the relief of Derry there was
a great day in Derry and the
Douglas band came to Plumbridge
in a waggonette it was rumoured
that newtown [Newtownstewart?]
men were all comming [coming?]
but the one band only came The Plum
[Plumbridge?] band was out that was
all John Charlie [John Charles?]
stopped at home & went down he and
Mary was all was present the rest
of us was busy at hay
This band has got very lazy
and they have got a bad name
as well. Sarah Elkin has reported
that Father Tom and Wm [William?]
is put out of the Lodge and that
the [sic] reason they cant go out, John
Hugh Brien went behind in the rent and
was going to be ejected and a few men
got papers

[Page 6]
printed to collect money and
five or six names signed
Father happened to sign his so
Sarah says he is expelled for
that and she is keeping it no
secret either. The Catholics knows
it as well as Protestants.
I had a letter
from Miss B Dunbar yesterday
they are all well down there
she wants us down when Mary
gets her holidays which will
be soon now but I intend
to write and tell her that we wont
go down till they come up here
I think we are in their debt a
little now so we will try and pay
back first. Mary likes the place
she is in very well Im sure she
has more peace than she had
with Mr Stein But I tell you
he is something wiser now he
gives very little heed to

[Page 7]
no matter who tells them
Tommy Hay is three weeks
away yesterday and we have got no
word from him yet I cant say
what is the matter with him
for he said he would write sure
Some are obliged to say that
he has deserted and gone to
America but I dont think he
would do that when he has only
three years to put up. He never
talked about doing so to any
of us though he had a great
dislike for the army but I
hope we hear from him shortly
Miss Jane McFarland
is going back to America on the
25 inst she did not stop very
long she was in the boat with
Sara and Belle comming [coming?]
over but they never knew each other
till they came to Derry.
I believe the girls and Johns

[Page 8]
Wife dont agree very well so that
is a help to hurry her away
She said she hardly knew
how she would spend the
time If that was the case with
you, you would not fret so much
about comming [coming?] to the old
country. But I suppose new
"Kings makes new laws"
Mother says you ought to get
a wheel it doesnt cost so much
there we must try and get Mary
and John one each so that when you
come home next year there will
be good times, three "iron horses"
about the door would look well
and the rest of us may learn to ride
and go out now and then.
John Gilkison was down on
Sunday on his and John C [Charles?]
was practising a little
This may do at this time
someone may write next week
again so Good bye
Your sister
B M S [Bella Maggie Smyth?]

We will try and
send those things that
you want as near
the style as
B M S [Bella Maggie Smyth?]

Transcribed by Chris Devenney