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Title: B M Smyth, Co Tyrone to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/98
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.0506021
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 07:06:2005.
Word Count608
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr James A Smyth
Essex Essex Co

MR 9

[Written above address]
Ans [Answered?]

[Back of envelope]

MR 9

MR 20

[Page 1]

March 9th 99

Dear Brother
We rec [received?]
your letter of Feby 21st on
Monday so that leaves us to
write this week again. Liza
says we should write twice a
week and tire you answering
them. but we will hardly
manage that.
I cant say that we are
all well. for father is
confined to bed this last
day or two with a pain in
his leg. he has felt it

[Page 2]
for two months. but he
was able to work constant
and he thought it would
leave without. being any
worse. but he cant walk
now. so he may not get [rid?]
for a while
Mary wrote last week and
I cant say what she told
you as she let noone [no one?]
see the letter. She should have
told you about the races. that
were up the burn, Willie
Ballantine and James McNamee
were stilling on a moonlight night
and were afraid of danger And as
usual our Wm [William?] and
three others started up

[Page 3]
at bedtime. They met John
McAnulty on Roberts Hill and they
[the?] five stood talking for a
The stillers saw them and
thought it was police and
it was time for them to run
so away they went and left
all there only the worm
When the others got the length
it was a total wreck. They
gathered them up again and
began work a second time
and was sorry for loosing [losing?]
a charge. Then when they were
near finished two of them was
away hiding stuff. The one saw
the other and gave the alarm
of police. Then the [there?]
were [sic] a hurry to see who
would be first Wm [William?]
took the worm and

[Page 4]
started down the burn. Bob
McKernan Jamie Ballantine Bob
Warnock followed him and
you may guess how many
times they fell till they came
to our brae. and still thought
the police was after them I tell
you they were a frightened set
I wish you could hear the
fun since about the races.
and who was best and how
hard they ran and no one
after They may wait next
time till the police comes, and
the one wont chase the other
Willie Ballantine has a
ploughing today so he will
give them some of the grog that
they were frightened making
There was a rhyme
made on the party in Sams new

[Page 5]
house, so quality and all there
is some one against them And
I believe Dan got [Jallop?] while
he was there so there is not much
style with that You may be
sure that we are in the second
class for there is any amount
as good as us and were not
invited The police got six
in James Houston after hours
playing cards that night so
they were fined £2 6s costs each
and himself in £10 so it
was costly on him
There is a new school
to be erected at Gortin and
it will be done in good style
there is £400 for building it
so this country might improve

[Page 6]
in learning yet, the Gortin
Master has got the last chance
if he is found drunk again
he is done for. So that will
be a good place for some one
[someone?] unless he watches well
Master James spent a week
painting his gates and
when he was done some one [someone?]
tarred them for him. he
will have extra bother now
There are still tricks like
this going on down there
but its never found out
We have some snow
here to day [today?] but not heavy
Is this worth a penny

B M Smyth [Bella Smyth?]