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Title: Eliza Smyth, Castledamph to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Eliza Catherine/48
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.0604096
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count646
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Mr J A Smyth

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[Postage Stamp]
Postage and Inland Revenue
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[Back of Envelope]

OC 9

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Thursday Sept 26 01

Dear Brother
Got the paper on Tue with the
return of the ship glad to know yous
[you?] has [sic] got landed all
well. Derry man did'nt send up the
return as he said he would do. We were
anxious about it on Tue morning.
How did Mary stand the Journey. I
suppose they [the?] boys
got alright We rec [received?]
them pictures on Sat morning all look
fairly well we will send on four today
you can give Annie Cassie & Bell [Belle?]
one each we gave Uncle Chas [Charles?]
folk's one & we will keep the other I
suppose it will

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belong to everyone while here perhaps
it will be valuable in after years
everyone says Wm [William?] & Mary
looks the best & Tom & Bella not so
good us other six not so much noticed
Did you get the tea made on the voyage
when you write give us all the news
how yous [you?] got along I had this
letter half wrote on Tue so commenced
in a new [it anew?] today
There is not much stir around here
since you left we have not extra many
folk's in since. McCreanor has
come quite often she can cheer up no
matter what is wrong.

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I was over in Andy Houstons yesterday
to tell them the vessel had landed
Liza & Mary were here since & told us
to send over word.
Mother was over in Moses Ballantines
yesterday evg [evening?] as young
Mosey [Moses?] is not well this last
two weeks he has caught the cold badly
& they were afraid of (consumption)
but I hope not She would went [sic]
down to see Liza Noble only they were
over in George's Miss Noble sails
tomorrow so every one has their own
day of Sorrow & Joy my what Joy will be
when you &

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Mary will be coming back, Lit [let?]
us know how Mary likes the place We
miss her & you Sunday especially them
few words (We shall meet but O we'll miss
him there will be one vacant chair) I
always remember Mary trying to learn that
song.) So we have a few vacant chairs this
last while. The Houston's says they dont
know how we could stood [stand?] it this
summer only we were rich I think we can
deceive a great many about riches if
they only knew how hard it is sometimes
perhaps that word would be poor poor.

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We have no argument since I thought one
time it was going to go to [too?] far for
[a?] the saying is a word spoken can never
be brought back which a great deal does
be sorry for saying I never liked to hear
these arguments as it get [sic] up ill
feeling which does not soon be forgot [forgotten?]
Andy Ballantine has never come back
since he will have his head clear for a
new argument now When Master James comes
Andy will be out then Mr James come [sic]
Sat or Monday so we will hear

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another laugh as usual We have got all
the corn in but I think Bella told Mary
about all this news she wrote twice to
Mary as we know she will think more long
than you Let us know if you got in Time
for the Essex fair. I had almost forgot
to tell you Willie Gordon is home & Jamey
is back again also. Willie came on the
bicycle from West Meath took him two days
but I suppose stooped [stopped?] by the
way he says he saw a great part of the
country pity he wasn't [sic] come
before Mary & you left.
I cant think of any more I think I have
said very little your sister Eliza

Dont forget to write often for a while
any way all in good health

Transcribed by Greg Floyd