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Title: J C Smyth, Co Tyrone to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John Charles/56
SenderSmyth, John Charles
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationcarpenter
Sender Religionunknown
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.410053
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count557
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr James A Smyth
Essex County

JU [3?]

[Back of envelope]

JU 13

[Page 1]
Irish Street
June 1st 02

Dear Bro
Just a line or
two to let you know how
I am getting along I am
out at Sion Mills this
4 weeks 6/- a week extra
what they call country money
thats 23/0 I have now 17/ & 6/
those laboures [labourers'?]
cottages we are working at they have
some in Clady Ill be going
there this week they [there?] are
seven carpenters out at them
they have got a big contract
outside Derry
they are going in heavy

[Page 2]
in this year The [There?] are more
tenders out for some more
houses in the same place
the'll [they'll?] apt to have some of
I sent Mary a letter
a few days ago I only got
one from her since she
went out there I had a
letter from home & I
was surprised when I read
it to hear of Joe Youngs [Young's?]
death He will be buried today
sunday if it had been a good
day for riding I would (sic)
went up to the funeral Joe
was always ready when
wanted. That [That's?] a we [wee?]
drammer [drummer?] gone the band
started to practice last Friday

[Page 3]
night The [I O G T?] met on
Wednesday eve [evening?] 7:30 It was
musical night I gave them
a song the most of them all
gave a song or Recitation
or something we have one
very funny man some thing [something?]
like James Houston he
gave us a piece on marriage
I can assure you he
made us laugh May 28
was grumblers night you
will see by the program
they all or most of them
grumbled less or more
I wish I could get good
funny books If you
were in my place you
could keep them all going
with what you have read

[Page 4]
That man I refer to you
will see his name in the
program "John Brown
With regards that money
dont [don’t] send any I dind [did] not
mean I only [made?] the joke
I have 3£ paid now I
think its dear enough £10 10s
I might sell it about October
I might get 6 or 7£ for
it you soon get out of
concert of them The Good
Templars has (sic) started a
cyclcing [cycling?] club I have been
out 5 times with them
they number 18[n?] 12 males 6 females
That name you see [W?] Graham
is the cashier in S Donnells [Donnell's?]
I was telling you about

[Page 5]
You will see my name
on back of program
as sentinal [sentinel?] you know
what that is Its a very
good society too you
can spend a nice eve [evening?]
every week [First?] Wednesday
is auction night I bought
a mouth organ at 1/
those things are auctioned
& goes the benefit (sic) of the
Fund I hope we will
get a good day on our
Excursion to
Warran point [Warrenpoint?]

[Page 6]
the last train leaves
Strabane at 7 a m
two others before that
for the Plum [Plumbridge?] people
& else where [elsewhere?] Strabane
goes in the 7 Im [I'm?] sure
when the day come [comes?] Mary
will be thinking on it unless
she is very bussy [busy?]

Have you any books
on Carpentry with lines
you could let me [know?]
no more

J C [John?] C Smyth

its just after striking 12 oclock

not at church [today?]

Transcribed by Alan Houston