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Title: Eliza Smyth, Castledamph to James A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Eliza Catherine/13
SenderSmyth, Eliza Catherine
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginCastledamph, Co, 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.0410013
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 26:10:2004.
Word Count935
TranscriptFront of envelope

Mr Jas A Smyth,
Essex Co.,

FE 05

James 306

Back of envelope

FE 05

FE 16

[Page 1]
Feby [February] 5th 1906

Dear Brother,
It is quite a while
since I wrote to you had a
letter half done in Sept and
as always happens things
will go wrong when there is
nobody around the cows got
into the corn so I had to
stop writing & go after them
& my letter lies unfinised
[unfinished?] from that to this.
Well I hardly know what
to say first & its not but I [sic]
enough to say; for something new
we had William two night (sic)

[Page 2]

in this past week so yest [yesterday?]
what ever we were talking about he
told me I had more to say
than all the women in all
the houses he goes in to [into] I forgot
to ask him about the Hamiltons
As Sandy Duncan & he goes (sic)
there to see Armour & I dont [don t]
believe they spend there [their?] night
with Armour so that the girls must
entertain them in some way & its more than
likely they do it by sitting
looking at each other. I know
the other houses he goes to &
the girls thinks (sic) it is only right
to say nothing you get a name
of being modest however

[Page 3]

I speak & will no matter who
wants me to keep still.
Well the Elections are over
& a big time it was. Mid Tyrone
had no trouble but North Tyrone
was fought out well still
Doods is in, it was thought
for a while that a new election
would take place but its settled
We had papers from you last
week you were better posted
with Irish news than we were
also quicker Chas [Charles?] McCullagh
has been reported to have tried
to commit suicide over the election
he is in a great way to know who
got up such a story some beleive [believe?]
it was the Catholics

[Page 4]

as he went to Priest Magees
the morning of the elections
to drive in Old Paddy as
he is called. The old Priest
supported [Henery?] & the young
one Doods the last had the
most followers as they made
it out that the old fellow was
not right in his mind & what
ever way the neice [niece?] doosed
[dosed?] him he was unable to go when
Charlie called some think she made
him drunk Master James pretended he
would vote for Doods one night he was here
Father & him argued all night Andy
Ballantine was in but for something new he
never spoke

[Page 5]

Well I suppose you are having
a busy time with School work &
the License Inspector bussiness [business?]
saw in the Essex Free Press from
time to time all the catches
you were making I think you
have fell quiet this last while
Father is always in a hurry
reading the Essex news to see
if your name appears in any
shape or form
Well I suppose Mary thanked
you for your present as at one
time she thought it was all
for herself I wish you heard
how she was going to spend
it but by good luck it was
not changed untill [until?] I
got your [sic]

[Page 6]

saying the half
was mine We changed it two weeks
ago I gave one pound to Mrs Nelson
as we got into debt at the time
Mary went away and we have
not got clear yet thats why
I could not get more [another?] dress
sometimes I have to wonder at
Mary as she knew as well as I
did that it was to pay & very
little way to do it the other
pound I am going to spend in
shoes & gloves & all on self
I could leave out any amount
of money but its not our own
to look at in one way so
perhaps some would be saying
the [they?] can buy such & such things

[Page 7]

now we have gave (sic) the folks
to understand that you are
sending us what we require
so that it does not belong to
the firm of Smyth & Sons
Wm [William?] would be harder by far
than Tom.
Bella is going to get Madge
& the babys [baby s] Photo taken shortly
Madge is growing. by the time
you get home she will be a
good size she can talk alright
now When I go down alone the
first question is "Mary not coming" (sic.)
she got used to us both going
together that she think (sic) it strange
for one to go alone. Madge has got
nice red cheeks the baby is not

[Page 8]

so strong looking as her. he is
learning to walk the [they?] call him Bertie
Madge stays up here for two or three
days at the time she is a great one
for the violin I think she will follow
the Smyths in that but in having
care its the Houstons side for it
she is about the carefullest [most careful?]
thing ever you saw I dont believe
she has put one shillings worth
to loss [lose?] yet if they could have
managed to get there [their?] Photos taken
at home you would saw (sic) her nursing
& reading at the same time
I was going to write a few more
sheets but as time is short I will write
next week again & tell you how all the
stock are thriving all well


Dont [don t] make your letters so heavy as we have to pay 4D

(Written across top of first page)

Had Master James here Sat [Saturday?] measuring
land for flax he said he had papers from you
that morning
[L.C.S?] [Liza Catherine Smyth?]