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Title: Bella M. Smyth, Co Tyrone to J. A. Smyth, Canada
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/109
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.0410138
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 27:10:2004.
Word Count861
TranscriptFront of envelope

Mr James A Smyth
Essex Co

Front of Envelope
JU 10

Back of envelope

JU 10

JU 23

Castledamph June 10th 99

Dear Brother
We rec [received?] your
letter of May 29th this morning
and one of May 22nd on Monday last,
after looking for a fortnight
Father & mother thought there was
something wrong & Willie John had
to run every morning to see if it
was come
I dont think any of us told you
of the Post boy going through the
country now, Jamie McKernan is in
for this place at 1s = 1d per day:
from Aughalane to far Glenrone, but
only does the half each day and any
letters for the other places lies
at the Plum [Plumbridge?] till the
next day. Andy brings ours same as
Matthew Smyth happened with an
accident yesterday week which might
have proved fatal but he got off with
a broken leg, a cut on the forehead &
his shoulder hurt. he was going with
the horse & cart below our gate and
the foal was playing in the field
& frightened the horse so he became
unmanagable [unmanageable?] He was
not able to turn him no way so he
went straight down Gilkys field and
out on the lower road in the worst
place he could go Matthew was thrown
out there and got the wounds: & the
horse went on to Joseph Mc Farlands
street. where he was caught without
being hurt nor the cart damaged in
the least.
They brought the doctor as quick
as possible and tied up the leg,
he came back on Sat and told him
to go to the infirmary So they got
Sam Dunn's spring cart [But?] a bed in
it. & our three Willie Gilky John Mc
Farland & Young Joseph helped to put
him on, on Sunday morning. Willie,
Ellen, Willie Gilky & Joe Elkin went
with him to Omagh So poor Matthew
happened worse this time than the
scare Alice gave him.
I suppose Father told you of A.
Duncan's death:
People are all busy now talking
how he left his money and no one
knows the truth yet. Some say he has
no money at all that he lost it same
as old Margarets and others that they
[the?] two brothers & two sisters get
it all & each alike but Eden people
deserve more than Straughroy folk as
they had more trouble with him
Aunt Liza was down with Aunt Tilda
for a week at that time her & Sarah Elkin
went to the wake but there was no welcome
for them. The [They?] were all at the
funeral Archie: James, Willie John & himself
but went away after dinner. So how the money
is left no one knows yet unless themselves
We have very warm weather here now the turf
is all cut and a good deal rickled [ricked?],
we cut a day in Clougherney as the [they?]
are very near done on Uncle James hill
and they thought better to go in [time?] Liza
& Mary is away spreading them today it is far
but there is no other remedy now.
The band starts practising tonight for the
first time The [They?] surely will agree this
year to the twelfth as the time is short.
They will practise Sat "evg" [evening?]
Instead of Friday to suit John Charlie.
But Im afraid the number will be small as
the [they?] are scattered badly and has lost
conceit in it John brought a new strap from
Gortin at £1 he is another like you: he must
have everything up to style or else he wont
wear it
There is no word where they are going
this year yet but I expect they wont stop
at home any more. I suppose History will be
more notion to you on that day than drumming
but its likely you will make mistakes
all the while
Mother says that if you had a certificate
for teaching that you should come home and
look for a situation in this country at
middling pay: & not be so greedy
& kill yourself for big pay:. Young Joe
Gilky says there is no one as happy as them
that has enough and none to spare, for he
says A Duncan had no peace he was always
afraid of loosing [losing?] a half penny.
and what good was it too [to?] him now.
Old John was the same and everyone that,
has money has no happiness
So watch you and not set your heart on
money like these.
Master James was up here three times:
he is a great fellow for fun but I dont
know what about money I think if he has
enough he is not uneasy I believe he was
round a good part of Ireland and look where
he is stopping now.
There is an excursion of Good Templars to
Warrenpoint on Thursday first for 2s.6d
and a Pic Nic [picnic?] in Church hill
Gortin same day 6d each we might attend
Gortin as it comes cheaper for three or four,
We are all in good health at present
and doing as well as possible
So good bye [goodbye?] for the present
Your Sister

Bella M Smyth

Saturday evg [evening?]
three oclock

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