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Title: James A Smyth, Ontario to "Dear Brother"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/47
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionProtestant (Methodist)
OriginEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, John Charles
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.507017
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 16:08:2005.
Word Count415
Transcript[No Envelope]

[page 1]

South Woodslee Dec 3 1893

Dear Brother
In answer to
your letter which I
received Friday Nov [Dec 1?]
I am glad to say we
are all well. I got
left off work on Nov.
25th so I stopped at
Annie's in St Thomas
untill [until?] Friday and then
I came up here Miss
Amelia Allison one of
Charleys sisters is down
with Annie so I had a

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good time while I was there
I did not expect to get
left off so soon but I
would have to quit for a
while anyway as I have
a sore arm I had a
boil on my hand or wrist
about Three weeks ago it
Broke once and it started
again so I put a bottle
with hot water in it to
draw it and I drawed [sic]
it to [too?] much burned it all
so there is about an inch
round of raw flesh I got
a box of ointment for it

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from a Doctor in St Thomas
on Monday last and it [sic]
not much better yet it is
to [too?] sore to work any I did
work the last week before
we was [were?] left off but I
think it would [sic] been better
I had not I used it but as
little as possible it is my
right arm it is [sic] all I can do
now is right [write?] with it I
can play the fiddle too
with it There was a
Murder in St Thomas on
Wedsnday [Wednesday?] night an old
man of the name of Robt [Robert?]
Allin [Allen?] his throat was cut
from the windpipe round
to the left ear

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He was a horrible sight to
look at It was the first
murdered in that way that
or any other way that ever
I seen I seen him
just as he lay before ever
he was lifted He was
lying quite a long way
from where he was killed
and there was no trace of
blood between places
some men think he commited
[committed?] suicide but he
would not (sic) got to where
he was if he had my opinion
is he was killed and dragged
in front of Mr Burrage [sic]
house for some purpose the
place he was killed the grass
was deeply staind [stained?]

[These lines are written in the
space at the top of page 2]

I suppose I write often enough now
I have sent toone [to one?] and another
pretty near a letter every week Write
soon again

Jas [James?] A Smyth

[Written at top of letter and in different ink
Arrived here 18th 1893
December Arrived 18 1893]

Transcribed by Alan Houston