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Title: B M Smyth, Co Tyrone to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/103
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.0410029
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 26:10:2004.
Word Count769
TranscriptFront of envelope

Mr James A Smyth
Essex Co

DE 31 98

Back of envelope

DE 31 98

JA 16 99

Castledamph Dec 30th 98

Dear Brother
This letter will
finish up another year and
I suppose there will be less
cost for the next year let us
write more or not
We rec [received?] your last
letter on Monday 26th. glad to
know that you are still in good health
We are all in good health
at present and has [have?] got the
soiree over another time
and had a very good night
but not as good a gathering
as the one you were here for
Dan was the musician
and charged ten shillings
and only played his part
Uncle Charlie was there
and helped him well, along
with a lot of others
The tickets [ticket?] sellere were Jamie
McKnight,W Gilky, W. McKelvey
and Tommy, tea was served
by our three, two Gilkys. J McKnight
Willie Ballantine W. McKelvey
and W Barker helped to
make it, all passed off quietly
as usual about here. and dancing
was kept up till six in the morning
They settled up all last night
and has four pounds savings
but would have more only they
got too much bread and tea
The Rector gave Old Moses
Ballantine all the handling
and he has got the money
and will see it expended on the
Xmas passed off quietly
no idle days neither before or after
The Soiree served for it this
year Alex Duncan, Alice
and Beck and all the Elkins
was there but gave no annoyance
the [they?] were as quiet as anyone
and Alex was saying that he
was married and intended to
settle down, so it may come true
Joe Gilky is home for a
week,, but John could not get
down and he was sorry for he
would like to (sic) attended the soiree
Willie Gordon has got a
month holidays he is two years and
a half away and got no holidays
till now so he was in luck
for the spree We got a paper
from Jamie this morning and
we see W. A Ballantine marriage
in it Sergeant R.I.C. so we
believe its. Willie. Landahussy
but Andy will soon tell it
if its him
We rec [received?] a grand present
from Tommy Hay on Tuesday
the Parcel was valued at
£1 8s and its worth more to buy
it here. there were ten pure silk
handkerchiefs in it, different
colours. two of them for [T?] Gilky,
two white shawls with [cruel?]
work on one corner 4 set of studs
real good ones, and a brooch, he
says he is knitting a black
shawl for mother so then every
one will get something.
All the friends we have we
never got as much from any of
them as we have got from him
So you see he is worth all the
trouble we had with him as he
intends to pay back all he got
We have had hardly any
snow here this winter yet it has
been pretty good for so far
Our men is busy planting
a hedge up the [pad?] as it was
talked about long ago it may be
done this winter. they are rooting
the one across the head of the garden
and taking it down. it will look
a bit better comming [coming?] up once
it is all finished.
Georges Jamie as they call
him will have an auction
on his farm to morrow if he
gets rid. he will go to live
someplace near Omagh His
father in law [father-in-law] has a
farm ready for him. The 'dippers' has
made a great change on him and family
as they have gave up dealing
in horses. since they were dipped
They have done some damage
to the church about Gortin and
they are preaching in James McFarlane
now Mr McFadden has
got up a preaching at the Plum [Plumbridge?]
against them and he is
proving that there is no immersion
in the Bible. but after all there
is a good many goes to hear
them and too many gets dipped
Mr Steen has been in a
terrible rage this last few
Sundays on account of the
damage they are doing to the
Church and what they
believe in. Old Robert says that
Mr Steen preaches nothing but
damnation, its a wonder they
dont dip him for he would have
need of it there is no change
on him yet nor I think wont
They threw pigs pudding in the
dipping hole at Gortin the first
went in had them round their
neck No more this time So Good Bye [Goodbye?]
for this year wishing you a happy new

B M S [Bella Mary Smyth?]