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Title: Bella M. Smyth, Castledamph to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/112
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.0410019
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 26:10:2004.
Word Count922
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr James A Smyth
Essex Co.

10 0
JY 15

[Back of envelope]

JY 15

AU 2

[Page 1]

July 14th 99

Dear Brother
We rec [received?] your
letter of June 23rd on July 6th
but did not mind writing till
the 12th would go by
It is over for another year
but not without leaving a
good share of tired people
They are going staggering
about and doesnt [doesn t?]
(sic) like to work
much since They left here
at 8 o clock a.m and got
back about a half past 8
The morning was wet and
high wind and not pleasant

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looking for a long journey
but it cleared up at eleven
They had a very good day
but very fatiguing. after
walking to Newtown
[Newtownstewart?] they had
to walk through Strabane and
out to meet Donemana men and
then to the field in Lifford
The band was very good
but very few Orangemen only
what in the band I will try
and give their names
First row Jamie McKelvey George Young
David Houston our Wm [William?] 2nd Jamie
McKnight A McClelland Bob McKernan
A J Campbell 3rd Jamie Gilkison
Bob Campbell Jamie Hay our Tom.
Drummers Joe Young John McKnight
John Charles. Alex McClelland
large drum & Willie George Campbell
John had to beat constant

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all the way and had sore
fingers when he reached home
I dont [don t?] think any of them
will be in a hurry for a
journey for a while
They are invited to Derry on
the 12th August but they may
not go
Jamie Gordon was home for
that day. John Gilkison
was down but did not come
home. John has just
brought in your letter of
July 2nd it was late for the
twelfth but its [it s?] all the same
to day [today?] I see you want to know
who was present I have told
you the band boys so I may
tell you the others. James Houston
Jm [James?] Campbell. Wm [William?]
Barker John Orr Jamie Dunn

[Page 4]
Thomas McFarland Alex McKelvey [Glenn?]
Johnnie Cochrane Wm [William?] Smyth
[Glenrone?] Tommy Houston Robert Keys
Jamie Gordon & a few others along
the road such as Joseph Stack
Archie McKelvey James McKnight
James Ballantine there was a
great crowd coming back but
not so many starting. This band
is praised for having a good
appearance but John says they
want a few good drummers. he is
very good if he had any help
The band all wore sashes except
three. John Charles got a rub
(sic) on Sat night so that he could
wear one They were talking
about getting their picture taken
but could not manage it that day
Im [I m?] sure it was hard enough
on you to write that day thinking
on what was going on

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Its [it s?] always the same still
we were all up about half
past four and a great hurry
to get all done before they come
John had out the big drum
about six & gave her a few claps
which made a good many
wake from their slumber
The flag was put on the
bush on Tuesday evg. [evening?] & took
down yesterday dinnertime
Im sure you remember all
that's to be done for you had to
do it often. We will send a
paper with all the speeches
in different places
We have the upland hay
nearly all up Father & Mary
was working at it to day [today?] &
they saw Willie Knox & wife
in Eden they came to Knox's

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Trinamaden [Trinamadan?] on Monday & then
over to Alex today. They were
there a good while before they
got over to the other house. I
think Aunt was not going
to let them in. but they managed
in (sic) at last. Im [I m?] sure she is not
content to have her lodging in
such a place
Joe Gilkison is up at home
yesterday & today he will be
married on Thursday first
in Strabane & then start to
Scotland. she is a servant
in Dr Brittons the name of
"Colhoun" Willie is not very
well pleased at the way he is
carrying on Im [I m?] afraid
Strabane spoiled him. he has gave up
the Temperance society & he
has his certificate for being

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finished in all the degrees of
Orangeism & can wear all the
colours. but by appearance
its not much good to him
The McKernans Plumbridge
are home from Scotland. Willie
& Robert was (sic) up here yesterday
evg [evening?] Willie is into the Black
order & Robert is a free mason [freemason?]
but they are not so foolish looking
as Joe Gilky
I suppose you will be
in Woodslee by the time this
letter reaches you, we will send
it there anyway you have some
of the hard work over now. let
it be right or wrong Its [it s?]
worse than going to Lifford
for its not over in one day
but we hope you will be

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successful and you will
be paid for your labour
I suppose you have the
money all right now. Though
you had not got it when you
wrote We are all in good
health at present & nearly
all busy enough as well
Matthew Smyth is nearly
all right [alright?] again but
he did not walk much yet
I think this is all at this
time and I hope I will not
have to give you an account
of the twelfth next year
This is very bad writing
as the pen got too much to do
on Wednesday

So Good Bye
Your Sister

B M S [Bella Maggie Smyth?]