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Title: Bella Smyth, Castledamph, to, J A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/95(3)
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
Doc. No.0505572
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 07:04:2005.
Word Count758
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr James A. Smyth,
Essex, Essex Co.,

10 0
FE 10

Ans [Answered?]

[Back of Envelope]
FE 10

Fe 20

Trial by Jury N.York
Weekly Post
Aug 24.98
[Imprilisn?] Aug 3 98

[Page 1]


Feby 9th 99

Dear Brother
I suppose you
are still thinking that the penny
postage is not much good to
us : as you receive no more
letters now than when 2 1/2 D each
I dont see where we would
get news for a letter every week
Willie John has wrote some
today: but you may need your
Latin to make it out, he is not
comming [getting?] much speed at
learning yet : he has told you what book
he is in and the fun he had sliding
and finding a still in Matthews

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dam:: and about, shepherd, fly
and a pup that we have: and
something about geese, you may
do your best to make it out
Did we tell you about wee Sam
Dunn building a new house
beside Dan McKernans: it is
finished now: and they had a
grand “swell” party in it last
night: all the quality for miles
around were invited: but common
people were left out:: except Dan
Henry and he was employed for
musician:: seven or eight of a
commitee [committee?] was appointed
and they are to bear the expense
Uncle & Aunt was over from Gortin
Dunbars from Grange were invited
Joe Duncan. John A., and Minnie
the Campbells. Hamiltons

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and a lot more: about one hundred
in all:: Dan will be able to tell
what kind of a night they had
I suppose Wm. Gilky
[William Gilkison?] told you about
Tom getting off safe he had
promised that if he would get
home safe that he would invite
a few and have some fun so on
Friday night there was above
forty there and we had a very
good time Bob McKernan & A J Campbell
got dressed and acted for a while
and at the finish got married
James Huston [Houston?] acting for
the Minister:: and he got enough to
do to put them together when the
[they?] left the room everyone was
tired laughing: James kept up the
fun pretty good himself singing
and telling stories, what he

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is real at::
They are all well pleased
with the long letter you sent
but they are afraid to answer
because you are such a scholar
Liza is not pleased with the
Methodists in the way the [they?]
acted with the voting: she says only
she was afraid she would gave [sic]
Uncle a lesson when he was here
about being one: and his father
and mother good Presby:

Between Sarah & James they may
answer we told them if you get the
news you dont care whether its
grammar or not as we dont
mind it much::
We had Old Joe Glenn
here last night about the
appointing of the elders: he is
not content because the Duncans

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has all the power He will
oppose the four that appointed
and he wants our Wm. [William] and his
own son to go in and Joseph
McFarland he says they are as
good as them they have in
He is near mad about them
he wanted in himself but an
old man wasnt wanted, so now
he thinks he will try Willie a
greater fool than himself:
There is some talk
that young Joseph McFarland has
bought a farm above Omagh
and for selling one of these here
but I cant say whether its true
or not, there will be a good many
for it if he sells and likely like
all others it will go high
James Campbell had one
very near bought at £400

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between Donemanagh & Derry
but Andy John objected and
wouldnt have it:: he intends to
leave the glen if he can get a
suitable place the people are all
getting tired of their [their?]
own place and must have a change
John Duncan has
returned from Scotland and
at work again, they appear to do
more business this year than
before Alex has one of Wilsons sons
hired and he looks like a farmer
himself now I suppose by this
time you have the money all right
[alright?] We are sending a paper
today We will expect a letter this
week let us get it or not
I will write no more for
fear of it being too heavy
its raining pretty heavy two oclock
Thursday evg [evening?]
B M Smyth [Bella Smyth?]

[Written at top of Page 1]

You will See by This peaper [newspaper?]
the trouble we have in ireland now with
the local gorvnment [government?] Bill.
The. romans is dowing [doing?] there
work well Both in towns and in the
contry [country?] ..
J.J.S [John James Smyth?]