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Title: Bella M. Smyth, Castledamph to James A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/115
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.0604186
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count871
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr. James A. Smyth
Southwoodslee [Crossed out]
Essex Co.

SP 9

AU 30

Ans [Answered?]
Sep 17.1899

[Written on left]

[Back of envelope]

SP 9

SP 9

AU 30


[Page 1]

August 29th 99
Dear Brother
We rec" [received?]
paper's [papers?] from you today: and
see that you have been successful
in your exam: which everyone
is glad to know: we were waiting
for the news this last week
so it’s pleasant when it
come [sic]. Im [I’m?] sure you will be
proud when you have the
trouble over and good results
for your labour. I suppose
you will attend Model School
to Xmas. and after that you
may get a trial of teaching

[Page 2]
Father & mother was [sic] at
Downhill last week, they
had a good time, James
Houston, James Campbell
and a few others was [sic] down
from here: They all went to
Portrush on Thursday there
was boat-racing & all kinds
of amusement there, well
worth the cost.. Then saw
Rev. Monteith there, he was
stopping [sic] at Castlerock
I suppose W Gilky [William Gilkinson?]
told you that we were all in Derry
on the 12th . There was a
terrible crowd:: from Belfast
Enniskillen & all places
we could not get away from
Newtown [Newtownstewart?] to
half past eleven

[Page 3]
trains was [sic] all crowded:
We were round the walls, & all
the principal places of the city
There was some disturbance
on Sunday but we got away
safe, Bogside looked bad
before we left; there was a
crowd of women and men
& hardly a stitch on them
shouting and waving green hands [sic]
We saw two men chased for
their life & John Charlie
was hard to keep quiet,
We got our photo’s taken
they are all pretty well.
except my own & it is spoiled
It was a very warm day
& we had on light clothes
they would looked better
had they been dark,
but they must do now
bad or good

[Page 4]
We will send Aunt a copy
this week & not say who
they are at the time: But I
expect she will guess who
they are bad as they look,
Did Willie tell you of Joe
Duncan breaking his leg in
the Plum [Plumbridge?] fair,
he went on to the Infirmary
& is there yet I believe he
was drunk at the time, he helped
Tommy to sell sheep early in the day
so he had taken some at that
time: Matthew is not able
to do anything yet except watch
the cows, he goes on a crutch
& stick & he is tired of that
too: he thinks it will never be
as strong as it was: he is always
lamenting of missing the fun
all summer & not able to run
yet: he cant get enough of news

[Page 5]
about the fields, if he had
a spy.glass he would do
better he likes to know
how Eden people gets along
Andy Ballantine has
nearly gave up [sic] running
now too. he has too much
work to do. & can get no one
to stop with him [sic] he is so
cross, he must work hard
or else he is behind.
Joseph is at home now
he was badly wounded
in the Belfast riots, so he
got home out of the hospital
some say he is not going
back any more.
Andy got some blame at
the time Old Robert McFarland

[Page 6]
till Barness people came
for him: you would miss
along the road too for
you could hardly go down
or up without seeing him
I wonder how the rabbits
will do without him & for
the cats they may be glad
that he has left Eden
He has a terrible spite at
John I think because he was
going to Dunbar’s & some one
told him he would be married
on [sic] Lizzie: John says only he
had his will made before
the outfall that he would
gave [sic] the farm to Robert
he has no more sense than
ever. nor its not likely he
will learn much now

[Page 7]
We had very warm
weather here this last while
but its raining today
The corn is all ripe a good
share cut & some in we are
about half done cutting
but none in yet: it ripened
very fast this year & there
is a very good crop, we have
the flax spread & the hay in
but they have a good deal
of work at the road yet
Old Gilky is in Strabane
today drawing the money
£16 this time there is new
regulations with these
Councils & they hardly
know how they are doing
the money wont be too

[Page 8]
plenty for a while any
way Father wants to
know when you will need
more, you need not be afraid
to ask it now when you
have done so well It’s a pity
that you are obliged to
earn some in your holidays
as they would be little enough
after so much studying
but I hope you will enjoy
yourself anyway, even you
should send for some to do
so, we all know that its not
lost. I was speaking to W
[William?] J Duncan on Saturday: he is
much the same as before, thin
enough, he was clipping hedges
at the shop & it was hard enough
work for him & he said so
Good Bye for the present
B M [Bella Maggie?] Smyth