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Title: Bella M [Smyth?], Castledamph, to “Dear Brother"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/95(2)
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.0604013
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count1024
Transcript[No Envelope]

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Friday Aug
24th 1900

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Dear Brother,
I promised
last week that some one would
write this one: so now its Friday
and its not done so I have to begin
again. Well for a start, Belle
and Sara arrived in Eden Back on
Monday evg [evening?] and remains
[sic] there yet. Belle came over here
on Tuesday and went back Wednesday
morning at the same time Sara was
visiting her old home and neighbours
in Aughalane. There is a yankee in
Duncans too so I believe they have company
enough. He is a son of John Haigneys

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from New York. he has been
round a good bit of the world
and came this length to see his old
Grandmother "Hattie" he was
in Paris, France and I believe
every place that's worth visiting.
Willie and he drove them all to
Barness [Barnes?] gap, Butterlope so
they will see places more than me.
They have not managed to the
mote yet but Belle says she must
go there before she leaves. They
visited the Giants Causeway
while at Portstewart so Belle
will see more than those that are
here all their life. The only thing
that may hinder them from visiting
places is the wet weather last
week was very nice but there
has been a good deal of rain
this week, though it has cleared
up very nice Today and I hope it will
remain so as everything

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and everyplace looks bad in wet
weather. Belle told us that she
might come over tomorrow and stop
on Sunday when John and Mary
would both be home but they
have to go up to Annie Marys so
she was not sure how they would
do: we expect to have her next
week anyway. I don't think
she intends to stay very long
with Aunt Tilda, nor she may
not be kept long in Straughroy
so that she will have most of
her time around here now. When
she gets back we may not trouble
writing very much to you as you
will get lots of news from her
about everything all you have to
do is ask questions and she will
Mr James was here with her on Tuesday
evening she thinks him a comic lad: but
he would

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not agree with her about temperance.
He says its no use that there is as
much drink as before it started. He
is a great fellow for arguing father
and he goes at it
By the time this letter reaches you
you will be at your work again and I
expect shortly after that you will be
looking for Belles arrival: it would be
lucky for you if they would arrive on a
Friday you would have got a Sunday for
news. Jane McFarland is away today she
was to come up here but did not but I
suppose she pleased herself and done us
no harm I believe Maggie will be married
next month to one of the [their?] cousins
over there: he has a farm out in the country
so she went far to get a husband.

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In my last I told you about the boys having
sheep in the fair the [they?] only sold half
a score lambs at 10s each no old ones at all
But there is a man come to McClellands today
looking about them he sent Andy Mc round all
the sheep men to tell them to gather them in
so Tom Wm [William?] and Willie John are all
up looking for them I cant say what the price
will be but its not so bad if they get rid as
people are afraid it will be a bad year for
selling sheep Tommy has took Matthew [green?]
beside our house for the other part of the lambs:
he got it for ten shillings till the first of Dec.
I think matthew intends to sell the farm this year
as he cant manage very well by himself and there
are no men to be got by

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the day and servants are very costly there is
no man willing to work for less than three
shillings and feed him: either that or want
and a good deal is doing the latter and
Matthew is one of them and John Duncan
another Jamie Gilkin has Tommy McFarland
for three months at £3
Matthew says he will try the half of the
farm first and if he cant do that he will
let it all go
He had some Flax sown this year and thought
he would have had as much of profit as would
paid a boy but it done very badly so he is
in bad humour at present everything seems
to be going against him so the last will be
to let the farm go. Our people have some
notion of trying for it but

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Father is not for it The other two thinks
it would be a good place for sheep and would
be very near our own But perhaps Matthew will
take some other notion yet
Our flax will be for spreading about Monday.
Belle wants to see it comming [coming?] out
of the damns but she does not like the smell
she saw a great union pulling as we call it
on monday. Charles McCullough had thirty two
men the field was full very near our two was
there she said she would liked to be near
there as she only saw them from eden
Peter McClelland was home seven days. I dont
suppose you remember him as he was only a
little fellow

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when you were here. He is on the navy now and
he has got to be a clever chap nice looking
as well. He was here one evening and Belle saw
him in Wm [William] Duncans he gave us lots of
news about the warships and naval manouvres
[manoeuvres?] which they had lately
We have got no word from T [Thomas?] Hay yet We
cant know what has become of him when he did not
write I must stop now as the post might be down
So Good Bye
Your sister
Bella M

Transcribed by Chris Devenney