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Title: Bella M Smyth, Castledamph to James A Smyth
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/96
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.0604143
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count982
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Mr. J. A. Smyth,
Essex Box 234:
Essex Co.

10 0

[Postage Stamp]
[Postage?] and Inland Revenue

[Back of Envelope]


SE 13

[Page 1]

Sep. 13th 1900

Dear Brother
I think we have
delayed in writing to you this
last week: but perhaps you wont
mind it so much now when you
are at work again We rec" [received?]
a letter from you yesterday & we see
by it that your holidays are near
ended but I think you enjoyed yourself
pretty well. Belle is here now or
I may say most of her time: anyway
but she is kept busy running around.
She came here on Tuesday 4th"" & then
Aunt Beck sent an invitation to go there
on Wed" & stop till Sunday, but Belle
could not afford to stop so long so [her?]
& I went over & stopped till Friday
morning & then Wm [William?] took us on to
Strathroy we stopped there till
Sunday night

[Page 2]
we had a good time in both places
Wed" was Gortin fair so Belle & I went
through the fair she will be able to tell
you how they sell the sheep: she also
saw some drunk people in the evg"
[evening?]and she saw Joe Stewart there
on Thursday we went to [view?] The Dark
Loughs: above Gortin we could see
six at one time, Belle thought them very
nice. Friday morning we started
for Strathroy arrived there about
twelve o-clock then at night we drove
into town to an entertainment in.
The Ulster Hall: Aunt, Sara.& Willie John
went with us. I send you a paper
clipping so you can see what it was
like & Belle can tell you, Sat we
went into town again & Belle went
to see Joe Duncan: Beck & Alex was
there: she says he is pretty well & will
soon get home:. we also went through
the new Catholic Church it is very
grand. Sunday we went to Church
& home in the evg [evening?]: Willie
Sara Aunt left us at, Rest & be thankful
they were to come down here before Bell
[Belle?] would go away

[Page 3]
Monday we were home & Miss Graham
was here she is Mrs Nelson’s dressmaker
Tuesday Belle, Mary, Liza, John, Tom
& Martha Duncan went to the mote they
enjoyed it well, yesterday Belle, Mary,
Liza & Wm, [William?], drove to [Sperrin?]
& they stopped with Tilda till bedtime
And to-day Mary is away to work
Belle is away over to Aunt Matilda
this is only the second time for her
to go there & she does not intend to
stop as her & Martha & Willie John
is invited to Mr McClellands
[Oughdwee?] to-morrow & they intend
to go to the top of [Dart?] & [Sawell?]
so I believe she is missing no
place. There is some talk of
Alice Duncan & Sam Ballantine
getting married they were to be
married on Tuesday but was [sic] not
Belle wishes they would while
she is here, she will be around
here next week so I suppose
after that it will be farewell, as
they will sail on the 5th Oct
She says she will go down to the
Plum [Plumbridge?] fair on Monday
& stop with

[Page 4]
Mary, so she will be able to give
a full account of the fair
She had a letter from Cassie today
only a few lines to send the flax.
it frightened her when she opened
it & saw a white sheet of paper
we will try & send all you want
if possible
She crossed the burn to-day
& she said she would remember
it right enough for she crossed
that way often
Sara, Martha, Willie John & Belle
was here one evg [evening?] while they
were over there we had a [pretty?] good
time Sara is at home now I cant say
whether she will come up again
or not
We have the corn all cut
& six stacks in but we have'nt
a large quantity this year so we
will get over it easier Since Belle
came the weather was nearly always
cloudy but it has cleared since

[Page 5]
And its as nice since as anyone
would want it & warm enough too but I
believe its nothing too [to?] what it
would be over there
There was a pair dissapointed
[disappointed?] of running away on Sunday
I expect Belle may tell you of it anyway
It appears Willie [Hargan?] fell in love
with Annie McKernan and I suppose she thought
she would get no better on account of what
happened her before So on Sunday they
two started up the hill for Alex Hargans
near Gortin & then they intended
to go to Scotland Tuesday night

[Page 6]
But some how Willie Barker happened to
see them [&?] followed he overtook them
before they reached the top & ordered her
home, she would.nt come & Hargan wouldnt
let her but with some blows on both sides
she had to come home & Hargan had to come
without her it is the talk of the place
now and there.were some spyglasses used
to see the fun so she may have a hot time
now & she deserves far more for she is a
disgrace to all belonging to her
I expect if Alice & Sam
go together they will have

[Page 7]
a poor time too, as there is anger on
both sides but I suppose they will make
for Scotland too. Belle will be apt to
know to-day if its true
I forgot to tell you that Aunt
Beck got your Photo & letter while we
were there & was well pleased with you
for the trouble & Lizzie says she would
know you, she has got to be a fine girl
and a good singer

[Page 8]
[We?] got no word from T [Thomas?] Hay yet
something must have happened him I must
stop now as its post time
So Good Bye and by the time this
reaches you we will have said Good Bye to
'Your Sister
Bella M