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Title: Eliza Smyth, Castledamph, to J. A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Eliza Catherine/75
SenderSmyth, Eliza C., Mary and John C.
Sender Gendermale-female
Sender Occupationunknown
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.505584
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 08:04:2005.
Word Count904
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr. James A. Smyth
Essex County

[torn ]

(Written on Front)
Ans [Answered?]
April 24th

[Back of Envelope]


MR 13

[Page 1]
Feby 25th 1897
Dear Brother
We received
two letters from you last
Week. We were greatly
astonished when we got
the second as we had only the
other one read You need not mind
answering our letters so soon
if you send one every month
it will do very well. We will
send you a Shamrock Next Week
Its a wonder You will [sic] wear a
shamrock and you an Orange
Man but I suppose its no harm.
Father sent you last Co Report
yesterday hope you will receive
them allright [alright?].

[Page 2]
The daffodils are not in Bloom
yet but they are knotted Willie
Gilkie [Gilkiinson?] has one
or two of them in the Garden
so we will get them
from him I think Mary ought
to be able to give You all news
about it James Moore Hamilton
is dead he died on Monday
Night after a short illness was
buried yesterday in Corrick
[Corickmore?] that is the end
of drink with him I think he was
hardly ever sober he leaves Lizzie
and one child behind. The weather
is very stormy these few days
I suppose you have received W John’s
[Willie John’s?] letter, he passed
into the first Book at his examination.
Mary did not get [sic] since but she
says that she will go back but I
am afraid not I think for all
she would be going [sic] for she has
enough of learning but she is going
to write now So Good Bye
Eliza C [Catherine?] Smyth

[Page 3]
Feby 25th 1897
Dear Brother

As they are all
writing to day I think
I will write a few lines too
We have got our examination
over us for another year
we all passed except three
or four I passed out of
the second stage of the Sixth
He asked me a great many
questions but I was able to
answer them all. I was not at
school since the examination
as I would not be let

[Page 4]
but I think I will go a
few days when the papers
will come. We had the two
Miss Dunbar’s up visiting us
on Monday night they were not
up for three weeks before. We
sent you a first string some
time ago and Father will
have one out from Strabane on
Tuesday to send to you. I
think John has wrote you
a long letter and gave
you all the news. he has
been reading a book of
Irish wit & humour so I
think he has got a good deal
of old chat out of it
I am, Your Loving Sister
M [Mary?] Smyth
To J A [James Alexander?] Smyth

[Page 5]
Castledamph Feb 25th 97
Dear Brother
I had that many mistakes
in the last letter I don’t
know whether I will be able
to finish this one or not. Well
as Danil [Daniel?] Henry says in the
first place The weather has been
very unfavourable this [sic] four
days and no appearance of
a mendment [amendment?] either. The
ploughing will be retarded
for a while. We are morrowing
[cooperative farming?] with Gilkison’s
[Gilkinsons?] since we sold the horse
we only plough the young one odd times
We are not very far ahead of the

[Page 6]
people in the vicinity Joes ones is [sic]
done ploughing all to the potato
ground but we will not be
as long this year as we were
every other year
The [They?]] were thrashing [threshing?]
at Youngs corn this four days
The last two stacks that we thrashed
[threshed?] The [There?] were 143 stone
[sic] of corn And we have not the other
two equally divided yet and for straw I
dont know how much was on them
The [They?] will miss me badly this
year as I dont Intend stoping [stopping?]
with them as wages was a
little low and they say it’s
Dear bought to feed me. I would [sic]
been away long ago only I
never could get away.
You’ll find they will miss
a good man

[Page 7]
The [There?] are three of us writing
to day [today?] so I think you ought
to get as much news as
would do you for “eleventeen”
months Well I forgot to tell
you about Danil [Daniel?] he has set
out with the [bas ect?] again.
But I think its more for his belly
than any thing [anything?] els [else?]
He will happen with something
That he would not get with Wilson
in Glengaw [Glenga?] But
its one thing he’ll never come
near us any way [anyway?]
Joseph Gilkison [Gilkinson?] was
up in Uncle Charles on Sunday
and come [sic] on over the hill
But he did not stop long

[Page 8]
William and James Gilkison [Gilkinson?] Left
him at Legfadrum [Ligfordrum?] School [house?]
I think He likes Strabane very
well. He and other Carpenters was [sic] out
in Country for a week The [There?] were [sic]
a car drove them out and in Again.
The Debates has [sic] stoped [stopped?] in
Gilkison [Gilkinsons?]
I think Mathew [Matthew?] is beginning to learn
wit if Mathew [Matthew?] joins [sic] to argue
any time [anytime?] the whole house turns
again [against?] him I dont think I was telling
you about the night he was going to fight
Joseph McConnel [McConnell?]
and me He had the door opened
to go out to the street But we
would not be let go out
But I think he would [sic] had
black eyes next day Excuse
this Writing.
John Charles Smyth
(I am in School [by?] [now?]
Don’t be interrupting again)

Transcribed by Elizabeth Prentice