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Title: J.C. Smyth, Strabane to J. A. Smyth, Canada
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John Charles/57
SenderSmyth, John Charles
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationcarpenter
Sender Religionunknown
OriginStrabane, 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.401018
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 20:01:2004.
Word Count704
TranscriptFront of envelope

Mr James A Smyth
Essex County


Back of envelope
JA 10

Irish St.,
Dec 29th 07

Dear Brother
I have just got
in to Strabane after
Xmas Holidays I was at home
since Tuesday it was a dull sort
of a (sic) xmas Davey & Bella
came up after Dinner time &
stayed to near eleven Bob
McKernan and Jammie [Jamie?]
Gilkison was in we played some
games we fired at a target
Father beat us all Wm. [William?]
was next best I suppose you
were vexed not been at the wedding
well I did not know nothing about
it to about 14 days before I think
she knew something about it long ago
but she was not sure and then she
did well to keep it dark we had a
grand time I tell you we [wee?]
Houston as we call him he played
himself he was no way backward at
all we made masons the country full
of them now everybody a mason now
we [wee?] Houston had been told
before hand & when we called him
down he let on he did not know it
but before very long he copped his
heels up. Lizzie McCullagh & Miss
Cole Andy McClelland & Myself we
done all the acting we made D Dunbar
& you might say we had some fun one
time he said [Dam-it what is it]
you would laugh to hear us all going
over the same thing Uncle James he
would make to loose his pants and the
girls would turn away he got off very
handy then we had the fish we had some
good laugh (sic) at it Houston started
it the [there] are a lot of party's
[parties?] now Bella & Davy was at one
in Mrs Hamilton's and the [there?] will
be another in D Dunbars again Friday night
Wm [William?] Tom & Liza is invited I would
been at it if I had been at home the
[there?] will be another in C. McC shortly
and another in Gilkisons you would not
believe our house was so lonely to you
would be in it from ever Mary left the fun
left to [too?} I always thought a lot of
Mary more so than any of them I think great
long some times when I [join?] to think the
times we had all together all gone now you
& Mary & Bella away. But its nothing in a
way besides Gilkisons house we can come home
& meet all together again they can not I said
to myself on the twelfth that we would not
go out the same way again & when I made the
remark openly everybody had the same thought
I dont know what you thought ask Mary &
she'll tell you the same thing.
Well Ill tell you something about Strabane.
I forgot to tell Mary what I was getting I
started with. 15s. the boss was telling me he
would give me a rise shortly so I expect to get
18 or 1£ now you can tell Mary the band went to
Derry on the 18 Dec they play parts they love
Drum music I be up with them every practicing
I am stopping with Mrs McFarland Joseph
McFarlands son John is in her farm.
They [There?] are 3 girls & 3 boys including
myself so we have some fun [while?] they [the?]
boys are (sic) Mr Bucannon Bicycle shop] Mr
Hugh's Clerk G N R and J C S next Miss Arbucle
Coffee stand Miss Kier Dressmaker Miss
Armstrong shop girl,
We are going to have a party tomorrow night
Mrs Mc is giving it we are going to sit up to
the new year comes in the bands will be out.
I will write & tell you all in the next I
would have written long agow [ago?] only for
fear you would criticise Eliza told me you
would not you know Im not to [too?] well up
in Grammar what could you expect fifth second
stage got no further. I must stop.
Good by J C Smyth

[note across top of last page]
Tell Mary I expect
to have a wheel
for the Summer
if she comes home
I could get her
one for a while.

c/o Mr Mc Farland
Irish St

[note across first page}
pass over all
mistakes for Im
sure thers [there's?] a lot

Transcribed by Greg Floyd