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Title: Liza Smyth, Castledamph to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Eliza Catherine/55
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
Doc. No.0604125
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count906
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr James A. Smyth
Essex Co.

10 0
[Postage Stamp]
Postage & Revenue

One Penny

[Back of Envelope]


OC 13

[Page 1]

October 12th 1903

Dear Brother
After some delay I
will try & write a few more lines
to you today when Mary is so far
from you I must do more writing
to you in future if possible.
We had a letter from Mary
Friday so she complains of our
notepaper being to [too?] heavy
that she has to pay for some
letters. I see she is getting
along alright & likes the place
well. You have forgot [sic] to
write this last while I suppose
you are to [too?] busy.

[Page 2]
I suppose you will wonder to hear
that Robert McKernan is dead he
died last night took bad on Thursday
while doing some work its only five
weeks since Alexander died & he was
alright by appearance but I think his
legs were very badly swelled [swollen?]
this long time he is 80 years of age
so he has the appointed time run up.
Death has removed a good many people
around this locality this last 12
years that is since you left their
[there?] is not a house in this town
only Warnock Reids & our own but
has lost one or two persons since
then I think. Providence has been
very kind to us as regards that line

[Page 3]
all other changes is bad enough but
death is worst.
Since I wrote last we have got the
bad weather back again & we had five
acres of corn to cut has [sic] just
got it finished on Saturday betwixt
showers but how it will be got in
I don’t know unless it clears up
We are receiving the Free Press
& Family Herald weekly & I suppose
at your expense at first we could
not know as the address was done
in writing on the Herald but this
last one is Just the same as the
Essex Free Press. I like the Family
Herald as it contains a good

[Page 4]
deal of information on all kinds
of business. Andy Ballantine & Master
James read it all over the Master
says it is one of the best papers
he see [sic] come from there.
They have got back from their
holidays Sat week; was away about
5 weeks not so long as you give
over there he rec. [received?]
papers from you they came to
Plumbridge but was forwarded to
Tanderagee I don’t know if he
got a letter I forget just what
he said; Joe Glen & he were here
yest [yesterday?] evg [evening?]
he can take some fun out of Joe.
Most of all the visitors are
gone that came home from America
& some are coming.

[Page 5]
Mrs Moore & husband that is M. J.
Noble are expected every day this
last week he is travelling for some
company round by England & so gets
his way paid also hers. A letter
has come from their daughter to
Nobles but they have not turned
up after all. I suppose you
remember the little girl that
used to go to the shop when you
were working on the road eight
years ago.
John has gave up though [thought?]
of going to Glasgow as Joe Gilkies
[Gilkinson’s?] wife & son have scarlet
fever but I think they are over they
[the?] worst of it any way he

[Page 6]
has got a ferret from Dublin at
5s 6d & is for having some sport;
at present he is roofing a shed
for the Houston’s women in Eden &
I am sure he is in a bad way to get
through quick as he only got it
Friday so he not [sic] seen it work
yet. Uncle John had the work of the
shed but he was tarring the barn &
the ladder gave way & he fell some
distance & the bucket of tar after
him & he can’t lift any weight with
one arm so he sent for John, he was
there on Sat but I suppose only to
see how it could be done, he is for

[Page 7]
out side work altogether
as he is getting quite stiff:
Dr Evans has got back to Plumbridge
but is going on two crutches I hear he
is for London to get an operation on
one foot as it is not quite better.
There was a circus at Plumbridge
last week they were to show of [off?]
Tue evg [evening?] but it rained so
heavy they had to give up & I suppose
spent most of their time in Public
Houses as Jas [James?] Houston had
a leather bag stolen that he kept
decrees & I.O.U. in, they suspected
it was money & when they were
dissappointed [disappointed?] they
hid the bag under stones at the Dr’s
old place

[Page 8]
& was discovered on Friday in safe
We have Just rec. [received?] the
Free Press & Father is reading that
murder case of Richardsons &c here
is a little incident [I?] may tell
you at that time I was reading your
letter about it & when I said colored
man Mother asked what kind of man was
he so before anyone spoke Willie John
said he is just nearly like Andy
Ballantine he knew more than Mother
did although he was not quite right.
I think he should been hung & it
would [sic] learned others a lesson
it was a sad case done I suppose in
a heat of passion.
I must close now so good morn

[Written along right side of page]
Your sister Liza

Transcribed by Liam Boyd