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Title: Eliza C Smyth, Castledamph, to J. A. Smyth, Ontario,
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Eliza Catherine/22
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.305046
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 27:06:03.
Word Count757
TranscriptEnvelope addressed to: - Mr J. A. Smyth
Essex, Box [313?],

Postmarked on Front: - [NEWTOWNSTEWART?] AP [April?] 24 [01?]
(with unreadable small print)

Postmarked on Back: - PLUMBRIDGE AP [April?] [01?]
- ESSEX MY [May?]6 01 ONT [Ontario?]

April 24 1907

Dear Brother
In answer to your
letter which we received yesterday
always glad to hear from
you even if it's long coming
We hope you feel alright
again you say you have
not much news & I think
we are much the same
I think Mary wrote to
you sometime ago I
dont know if she told
you her companion
& miss Louisa Campbell
has started Millinery.
You would laugh to see
Willie John whistle the
Time & then try it on the
flute on his bare feet
Mathew says he is deaved
[deafened?] with flutes about
every side of him perhaps this is
enough about this subject.
We have got all the corn in
& ready for potatoes Willie
Ballantine is sowing
his flax today & Father
is away down to sow
Jamey Gilkisons today
we have none this year.
The weather is very nice
this last week but very
wet all through this spring.
Over where A MC,,
Clelland lived there will
be some cheap bargains
at Plumbridge this summer.
Master & Miss James has
gone home this last week
on Easter holidays.
Joe McKelvey was home
at Easter for two weeks
he was here every night
for practice with the
band he is a very good
little drummer John C
wishes they [the?]others could
do as well he learned
the boys two new tunes
they [the?] young band has got
to the Protestant Boys
Plumbridge Fair was on
Tuesday week our Folks
sold to [two?] springing heifers
at £20 15 S three pigs at
£3 & six sheep at £4 & bought
two sheep we have sold
£60 worth of cattle £12 10 S
for pigs & I don't know
about sheep as they sell
& buy in every fair so one
cannot tell exactly.
We have got the stone
ditch removed leading
for [from?] the road to the
spout & has a ground
hedge in it [its?] place &
wired We are going to
get a threshing & churning
machine will cost £33 10 S
it will be put up after
16th may they are filling
up the back the height
of the barn floor. We
will have some changes
made when you come this
time ten years shortly
since you left first
time flies fast in one
way Mary was only eight
years old & on Sunday she
was 18 I suppose you think
you are getting old now
When you look back on
the past one thing there
has been a great deal of
deaths about this place.
We heard Sam Ballantine
& Alice was for taking up
house in [Big?] Williams
it appears Willie Sergeant Ballantine
would give Sam the farm
& pay the rent to him Sam
to work on both farms
same as usual some say
now that Alice & Sam will
have nothing to do with it
in that way I am afraid
Sam caught the bird before
he had the cage.
John Gilkison was down
on Sunday on his bicycle
he is partly grey in the
head so you need not
talk about getting old.
We had a letter from Bell
some time ago she informed
us of that addition that
reminds me of Kate
Mc,.(Anulty) [McAnulty?] McCormack
having got two little
girls at once The
cuckoo has come once more
although I have not heard
her yet. I was telling
W John [Willie John?] today he was like
some grannie about gosolings [goslings?]
him & mother is never
done speaking about this
goose or that one we
have twenty little yellow
things out & I suppose we
would have none only for WJMa
[Willie John & Ma?]
I suppose you remember
that little girl who was
in Gilkisons the year you
were here Kattie Ann.
Well she was asking if you
would come home this year
as she is in Gilkies ever since
only one year she is a funny
little bit plenty of old chat
as father calls it Willie
J [Willie John?] says you [wont?]
know him anyway but he is afraid
you wont get anyplace
to Sleep when you do come
Now this letter is neither well
wrote [written?] nor [indeed?]
sensiable [sensible?]
but it will pass for this time
Excuse all when you know
who it is that wrote it
[ever?] your Sister Eliza C Smyth

(Written at top of front page)

I have not much time to look over & W J
[Willie John?] is in a hurry to post it.

(Written upside across Page 6

I forgot we rec [received?] a
letter from T Hay from South Africa

Transcribed by Jim Buchanan

Verified by Mohamed Souissy