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Title: Bella M Smyth, Co Tyrone to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/107
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.0508029
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 08:09:2005.
Word Count842
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Mr. James A. Smyth,
Essex Co,


[Back of Envelope]
MY 19

MY 29

May 29th 1899

[Figures on Envelope?]
£ 15 . $75
£ 10 . 50
£ 9 = 45

[Page 1]
May 19th 99

Dear Brother
I suppose
by this time you have our
last letter: so I think its
time to write again
We rec. [received?] your
last the day after Liza
wrote, so we have a chance
of getting another shortly
We are all pretty well at
present Father is able to work
again. but he feels it a little
sore yet he never had the
doctor: Miss Dunne is able
to be at work again also

[Page 2]
A Duncan is home again
but not very well yet. If you
ask them. they say he is improving.
But we heard that the doctor
told him to make his will
for it was dangersome [dangerous?].
He is missed badly from Sunday
School. Sandy is learning to
pray. but it will be a long
time before he does it as well
as him
The hiring fairs is pretty
near over for another season
Nearly everyone has new servants
now James Houston has
John Duncan's boy. Sam Henry [lundy?]
brother to Dan's wife. he would'nt
stop with John because he had
too many masters. Aunt, John
& Alice was [sic] all
giving orders

[Page 3]
Barney Morris & Sam Knox
Is [sic] away to Scotland again
Alex has one of Wilson's son’s
he is doing better since he
got married
Matthew Smyth had a narrow
escape the other evg. [evening?]
from being scalded
It appears he said something
about Alice & Sam Ballantine
going to Newtown [Newtownstewart?]
so she heard it. and when he
went over she was making
stirabout [porridge?]
or pigmeat [food for pigs?]
so she commenced [started on?] him
about telling stories. but he had to
run for his life or he would
have been scalded. & Mary had the
grape [graip? – dung fork] as well.
I wish you would [sic] hear him
telling the position he was in

[Page 4]
I believe he was as bad as
the day you had to leap the
gate. for throwing the water
on her. Matthew wont be in a
hurry back she gave him a
scare for once. Sam started
to America on Friday last
him and Andy could not agree
they were always quarrelling
but I believe it was Andys
Patrick Bradly [Bradley?]
came home on Saturday
Barney McGillians farm is
for him. Im sure he will
think it strange for a while
he says he could earn 21s per
day where he was so it was
a wonder he left.
Barney & Biddy is living at
Colvahullion [Culvacullion?]
they were sorry leaving here

[Page 5]
I see by your letter you
will have a big day on the
24th and I suppose you will
earn something by the snare
drum again, so that you wont
spend the day for nothing
The band did not start
practising yet nor no talk
about it. They [There?] are few
this year so they have no heart
to join. but they might gather
up about the twelfth
I suppose you will end
your studying about that
time everyone says you
should be tired now.
Mr Conroy Strabane always
asks about you and what
you are going to be

[Page 6]
This place is left wanting
a Doctor again. O'Sullivan
has got a place at home
and left here. so there will
be another election. but it
will be in Strabane this time
and a new set of men will
vote as well. Its the whole
talk now how the Councils
is doing and how they will do.
people think when the three
years is up they will all be
tired of the employment.
We have wet weather
here again. there was one dry
week which left the potatoes
all in and some turf cut.
but now its as wet as ever.
We have got no turf cut

[Page 7]
yet They were trying for a bank
in Glenrone [Glenroan?] but would
get none. we have only about
two days cutting on Uncle James
hill so we may try for one
in the Butterlope
I expect by this time
you have the 5 pounds as
the other was not much good
we have lots on hands now
Wm [William?] Sold one of the
horses in Strabane fair at £15
to Mr Steen They think one is
enough for the summer and then
the [they?] can buy a young
one again. We have sold eleven
pigs at £10 and a cow at £9
Tommy bought half a score
sheep in the Plum [Plumbridge?]
fair from 12s 6d each
to 14s so that took some

[Page 8]
We always have it all
in a lump and others times
we are nearly out I heard
Tom say today that he has
73 sheep bought so that is
a good share and he may
buy more yet.
Did you get the paper
with the primroses: all wild
flowers are in bloom now
and whins [gorse?] are lovely
everything is green now and
looking well. Friday eight
years you left first I expect
you remember it. and your
birth again Monday week
No more this time So
Good Bye [Goodbye?] Your Sister
Bella M [Mary?] Smyth