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Title: Liza C. Smyth, Castledamph to James A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Eliza Catherine/94
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.0410216
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 28:10:2004.
Word Count781
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr James A. Smyth
Essex County (London written in pencil)

10 0
JA 26

[Written on left]
Regd [Registered?]
Ans [Answered?]
Feb. 12 1899

[Back of envelope]

FE 7

JA 26

FE 7

[-- 7?]

[Page 1]

January th26 99

Dear Brother
We received your
last letter alright on Jan 19th
also that comical picture on Mon.
it looks funny enough some of
them looks better than others that
Mr Cooke has his hair long enough
anyway every one thinks it strange
from the way it's worn here the
Teacher looks steady also yourself
I see you have some fun in School
with the election hope you will
have success this time I see you
will loose [lose?] the girls votes I thought
you were far more in with they [the?]
girls you dont seem to be so
fond of the sex as when you used
to fix and comb for hours

[Page 2]
We never noticed about that training
college but you see more of that
than we do you will know
what sort it is when you write
We had a good time at the
Soiree but I think Bella told
you about it There was going
to be another one in Hughy the
Taylor's [Tailor's] Barn but the Big Priest
put a stop to it we got three of
the tickets but [will?] not have to
pay nothing now Paddy said
if they would go on with it he
would be there and I suppose
he would give them with the
whip (sic) Proceeds was in aid of
old Jim [Jo?] McCullagh of Minicran
[Meenacrane?]. He said some thing
[something?] about Micky

[Page 3]
Davies ones that he would put
them out of the church We hear
two of them went on Monday
night to the dipper but cant
certify if it is true I hear Lizzie
Dunbar is going to get dipped
so that be something new
if she goes into the water without
a curse or something of that sort
John McFarland and her is
courting in Style this Last year
so she may get Roberts wee John
Well we are going to get four
new Elders elected in our Church
Sandy Duncan Joe Duncan Willie
Houston (constable) Charlie Fullerton
was they [the?] one's chosen on Sunday
Last but I dont know whether
they will be opposed or not [yet?]

[Page 4]
Willie [William?] Gilkison is writing to
you today so likely he will
tell you all Tommy is going
to the plum [Plumbridge?] to send you
some more money perhaps you are in
need by this time five is what
he will send Tommy and Willie
Gilkie is [are?] doing great Business
in Dan McKernan Plumbridge
Willie is for Bella Tom Maggie
so they spend a night every week
there that (sic) the way the world goes
round Mary Houston was in
with a paper to send you so we
post it today James said you
would see the launching of that
large ship O man dear he says
it was something that not be
sure every day so dont miss
to read it

[Page 5]
Willie John will write to you soon
His examination is in three week (sic)
so you may think of the hard
times he has getting lesson's
hardly ever open's his book
from night to bed time he says
if you would come home now
we have three brave calves in
the far Byre Willie Gilkie was
telling him we would need to
have a fat calve [calf?] so this is
what he said We had a great
night in Mr Gilkison's before
Joe left for Scotland all this
town and some from Eden
Bradkeel and Plumbridge
so you see we dont always
be scolding and Boxing

[Page 6]
We have Willie noble once
a week plays on the fiddle
not bad at Laughing either
Some Joke's with him James
Houston was telling a Story
the other night so I will give
it to you It was a man was
put into the Asylum So the Doctor
wanted to see if his mind was
much affected so he left a two
shilling piece on the Window of
his cell to see what he would
do with it, first time he Just
looked at it Doctor then left
a shilling next morning he says
poor thing you are getting wee
next morning it was changed
to a sixpence so he say [said?] poor
thing you have the Decay

[Page 7]
Next Morning Doctor put
half a sovereign and took
the sixpence away so when
he came and looked at it
he say [said?] poor thing you have
the Jaundice and before you
take any more disease Ill [I'll?]
put you in my pockit [pocket?]

[Page 8]
I tell you James made every
one laugh [Thir?] [there?] will be a
meeting of the Orange Brethren
tomorrow night to give some
money to the Late Dr [thanes?]
No more at present
Your sister Liza C Smyth

Transcribed by Shaun P. Cheyne