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Title: Bella Smyth, Castledamph, to J. A. Smyth, Ontario,
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/97
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.0505574
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 07:04:2005.
Word Count757
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr. James A. Smyth
Essex County

DE 2

[Written across top of Envelope]
Ans [Answered?] Dec 19 97

[Back of Envelope]
DE 2


[Page 1]

Dec 2n 97
Dear Brother
We have been
waiting for a letter this last
week but have got none but
its likely we will get it when
this one is away as is always
the case Willie Gilkison got
one lately he had wrote [written?]
too before he got it There is not
much particular news but it
will always be two pence half
penny away
We have got the new teachers
in Eden School they came on
Monday Mr. Jame's [James?] and
Miss Jame's [James?] a funny enough
Name We have not seen them yet

[Page 2]
but we have heard that he
wears glasse's [glasses?] they are
from Armagh and that is all I can
say about them
Joe Glenn brought their
luggage from the station
and they never saw turf till
Joe left them in a bag full:::::
Does’nt his Reverence always
introduce the teachers to a nice
looking man for the first Its
well the [they?] dont start home again
without waiting to see any more--
The Dunbars went away on
Friday even.. [evening?] at 5 o’clock
Mr Steen was there for the key at four
so they had to carry all outside
he would not wait a minute-
They left farewell here on
Sunday evening they were sorry
leaving the place bad in all
as it was.. not the place but
some of the people in it

[Page 3]
We will feel lonely this winter
for we had always a good
night’s fun when they came up---
I suppose by this time you
know something about the disturbance
among the Brethren of
this locality I think there was
never less love amongst them
than at present Its case against
case this last while There was
a meeting at Plumbridge yesterday
two men came from Omagh to
try and settle it all Mr C.
Mullin [Mullan?] and McCausland I
think it was like a Bench they threw
the one case against the other
and had a new election of officers
and done [did?] their best to make them
live in peace and give Dan..
his certificate when he pays
all dues Father and William
in [are?] not very content at what

[Page 4]
was done They both says [say]
today that they will get rid of [sic]
Lodge band and all for there
is no fair play among them
Them that can argue a lie is
more thought of than them that
holds to the truth I think the [they?]
never was [were?]in worse humour--
There is an evening
Sunday school in Castledamph
School now for Church and Meeting
people both Eliza John and
Mary attends there will be
service again Sunday after the
school Its a very good plan
for the young but its too late
in the year to start it. Mr A.
Duncan Miss Dunn [Dunne?] and Rev.
Monteith has each a class
John is in Monteith’s class
and he is pretty sharp with
them they have to read some

[Page 5]
to be able to answer.
We had a letter on Monday
from Tomny [Tommy?] from India Its
not a very pleasant place to be
but he is in good health yet
He is only two stations away
from the fighting but the
cavalry can do nothing with
them only foot soldiers
He says where he is stationed
the [they?] call it the White
mans [man’s?] grave full of fever
and all kinds of sickness and the
people is that thin you would [could?]
almost see through them He
says any that’s able would
follow them for miles if the [they?]
would throw them anything and
after all they suffer its them that
[sic] causing the disturbance
He enquires for all his

[Page 6]
friends and talks about
writing to you he was to write
before he left Canterbury but
I suppose he forgot I will
give you his address if you [would?]
like to write to him the envelope
was signed by the Capt..[Captain?]
and officer both Im afraid he can
write nothing but what they see
Father [sic] ear is not better
yet Mother had the cold last
week but she is alright again
and the rest of us is in good
health The [They?] have got the road
metal measured and the [they?] are
30 cubic yard’s short Willie Gilkison
went up to Omagh today to see about
it they think he measured the
stones the same as [the?] gravel he will
take 5s [shillings?] a yard off
No more this time hoping you have
received the money by this time
alright Good Bye B M S [Bella Smyth?]

Transcribed by Elizabeth Prentice