Main content

Title: B. M. Smyth, Co. Tyrone to J. A. Smyth, Canada
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/99(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, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.0401020
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 20:01:2004.
Word Count874
TranscriptFront of Envelope

Envelope addressed to
Mr. James. A. Smyth
Essex Box 234

DE 19

Back of Envelope

DE 31

DE 19

Dec 25 00

Dear Brother
By the date
of this letter you will
see that its Xmas day
and as I was not busy I
thought of writing. Its
very quiet around here
there has been a few shots at
Elkins and that is all you
can hear. It is raining
pretty heavy all day so no
fun is kept up, John C Tommy
and Bob Campbell Eden Mills went
to hunt in the morning with their
guns and a greyhound but they saw
nothing and came back at twelve o
clock They are away round our own
fields now, John got a breech loader
from Mr James for a good days hunting
but is badly dissapointed.
Mary has just came up from
Gilkys she went down to Tilda a few
minutes and she says she is very lonely.
There was no one in all day except
father and Willie John a few minutes
we all miss Willie today and tonight
as well.
When I talk of Xmas I may tell you our
presents, mother got a black shawl from
Mrs Nelson value 7s 3 lbs of tea from Miss
James. The Master was up with it last night
1 lb of tea and a fruit loaf from Aunt
Rebecca 2 pots of jam from Miss Mary Duncan
I think mother got the most Mary got a pair
of gloves from Mrs. Nelson and John got
a silk handkerchief but I cant say who its from
each of us got a card from the Miss Dunbars
and from Gortin: Mary Dunbar came home on Friday
and Beck says for us to be ready to go down some
day before she goes away. I must stop now as
dinner is ready I will finish tomorrow.
Today is dry not so unpleasant as
yesterday John is away hunting he and a few
others Charles McCullagh Joseph Ballantine
R.J.C and some others. Wm [William] is
learning a song to sing at a lecture on the
3rd inst. I think they told you of our last
in the Meeting house the subject this time
is on the war Wm [William] was down in Mr
Steens on Monday night: giving a £1 for the
century fund so Mrs Steen gave him music and
words for. "Hearts of oak" and told him to
learn it for that night, James Houston had
it but more of an orange nature. Mr Steen is
for giving a lecture once a month during the
winter. We rec [received?] your letter last
week after waiting for a good while but you
give us the reason for the delay so we must
be content, you will have three weeks of
waiting also, so you may wonder whats up
with us. We see by your letter that you are
getting enough partys in that place and
stylish ones too but Im afraid the [they]
are heavy on the cash, but its better
fretting away the time.
How do you like teaching now I suppose
by this time you are well used to it. Teachers
in this country will not get their money for
nothing now either: they have to learn drill
of all sorts drawing: singing and everything.
It is changed all together this year all
done in a new style, But will give the teachers
some trouble and cost as well. if they have to
pay for what they want.
Last day I was in Strabane Mr Conroy was asking
about you: he still enquires how you are getting
on: The Miss Gordons asks for you too: none of
their people was home for xmas neither Jamie nor
Willie. The two Miss McKelveys of this town is
away in Co Down with the school master and Jamie
RIC is home for a few days, so nearly everyone
moves some place about Xmas.
We have spent some more time making changes
in and out of the house. A few days ago father
removed the small bed and took down the partition,
so now we have it open it looks better and not so
dark up the stairs. The bed was not much use as two
could hardly sleep in it any time and we didnt use
it in the winter time as it was very cold.
We intend to get one made and keep it in the kitchen
And when we dont need it it will make a good seat:
a settle bed or whatever they call them.
Father and Tom is clearing behind the house and
burning the large stone that came in to the wall
we intend to get a churning machine shortly so it
must be rid. We want them to open a back door and
fix the front and build a good wall up the pad they,
may do it some time yet and we intend to cement the
kitchen floor, Father says we should have built
a new house and it might please us as we are all
ways [always] changing this one.
We are all in good health at present hoping you enjoy the
same So Good Bye for the present Wishing you a happy new
year and we hope to see you before next Xmas.
B. M. S. [Bella M Smyth?]

Transcribed by Greg Floyd