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Title: [JA Smyth?], Ontario to "Dear Parents Brothers & Sisters"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/76
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarm labourer
Sender ReligionProtestant (Methodist)
OriginEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
Recipient Gendermale-female
Relationshipwrites to his family
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.0405006
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 20:05:2004.
Word Count456
Transcript[Incomplete Letter]

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South Woodslee,
August 6th 92

Dear Parents Brothers & Sisters

I received your
last letter on the 22 July
and I am glad to hear that
your are [sic] all well and that
you had such a good Twelfth
and that they had good
Order I would liked to
have been there this year
you had such good times
with Elections and everything
I see in the Standard that
they [the?] two local Band [sic]
turned out when Lord T Hamilton
was returned I suppose you had

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another good night I see
that you have got a new
Drummer I suppose there is
no fighting about drums
now when I am away
I guess you have a very
peacable band now They would
be the better of me to have
an argument every Twelfth
I had not an extra good
day on the Twelfth here
went to Essex There is a good
deal of Orangemen here
but they dont go out on the
Twelfth The most of them
went to Lodge on the morning
and when it was over they
went home to there [their?] work
There was [sic] 7 or 8 Lodges at Essex
and only 200 orangemen in the
walk I count [sic] them passing me

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There was a large crowed of
Other people and a good deal
of good speeches and spoke
a lot against Home Rule
I did not think it as good a
day as would be at Home There
was none out of this house
went But me There was
a Union Pic Nic of Methodist
and Baptist at [Belle?] river on
Lake st Clair on the 3rd inst
We were all at it but Uncle and
Aunt I drove the team and
took them down we had a
grand day Boat riding and
everything if they would have
Sunday School pic nic at Home
like this I think it would
be very good I may say
we have all our Harvesting
done here we finished the oats
last night

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and we have all in
the Barn except them we did
not cut no wheat this until
the 18th of July we started
to cut hay about the 8th July
Harvesting dont take long here
We had one of our working
horses died about the first
July and we had to work
one of the colts since it
was hard on it drawing the
machines but it had to do it
It is well enough Broke now
I never have any trouble with
it and work it every day
Threshing is just started here
I will be at the first to morrow
all will we have all our
manure to put out before we
thresh and we have quite
a lot of it to do....

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Transcribed by Gordon Drummond