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Title: [?], Ontario to "Dear Father”
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/7(2)
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionProtestant (Methodist)
OriginEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, John James
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth.
Doc. No.604020
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count441
Transcript[Incomplete Letter]

[No envelope]

[Page 1]
South Woodside
Feb 10 1894

Dear Father
I received your
letter on Thursday 15 Inst
I am glad to know that you
are all in very good health
but I am a little sorry to [sic]
of so much quarrelling in
that Country and especially
among relations it looks
pretty bad I suppose they are
pretty good to call names I
would try and match them everyway

[Page 2]
but I would never return a
name I would let them know
I knowed [knew?] more than them
In that way I think this is the most
peaceable Country you would
never hear of people quarrelling and
calling names above all things calling
names is the worst Now I would never
answer them if the [they?] were calling
to me I hope Alex gets learned [taught?]
a lesson a [at?] Gortin on the 9th If
they send him to goal for a month of
[or?] two it will learn [teach?] him a
lesson You see thats the way you are
paid by keeping out of the way with
Williams [sic] Reids case If you people
had given evidence at that time he would
been in jaol [jail?] long ago.

[Page 3]
How is it that Williams [sic] Reids
case is not finished yet
How are you going to do about
the fence along the burn side
I suppose you will have some
law over that too And if you
would happen to loose it that
would be the worst For all
Eden people would put out
their fences. Are you and Andies
[sic?] Hustons [Houston?] people on
good terms now What does the people
think of Alex drawing a revolver
What did they [the?] police say about
it and who brought them up
How is [sic] you and Archibald
getting along now will he
take Alex side. How did he do
in Reid’s case I am afraid
this revolver case will go on to

[Page 4]
to [sic] the Quarter sessions and
I think I am happy went [when?] I
am not their [there?] though I tell
you folks what to do Its not likely
that I would do it myself. I am
in a better Country in every way
and I like it as well or better
except its not home I will not
think as much about been [being?]
at home now For I could not have
the same times now if it was there
then you will give me a long letter
and all the news of everything I
suppose Joseph Duncan is down in
Newton [Newtownstewart?]
which of the girls is down
with him does John stay there
yet what does he do or does he go
to school

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Transcribed by Chris Devenney