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Title: John C. Smyth, Castledamph, to, James A. Smyth, Ontario.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John Charles/78
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.310012
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 16:10:2003.
Word Count504
TranscriptEnvelope Addressed to: -
Mr James A. Smyth
Essex County

Postmarked on Front: -

Postmarked on Back of Envelope: -

April 21st 97

Dear Brother
In answer to your
letter which we received a
few days ago. We are glad
to hear of you getting along
so well with your school
work I think if I had
got to school I would been able
to hold tag to you, you talk
about my few words been
high sounding they are some
of yours are as sonorous as
mine I thought to myself
when I heard your letters
reading that you had eat
the two thirds of the Dixenary
[dictionary?] they?] were enormous
multitude (sic) of them they were
like the sows pigs they were three
and four at a [clat?} I thought
when I looked at the letter that it
was some councilors [councillors?]
writing. You must know if you have
read any papers this while
that you (sic) writing is condemed
[condemned?] I am am (sic) a very bad
scholar anyway I hardly ever got more
than to read it between high sounding
words and good writing. You need never
apply for any situation In Ireland [to?]
you learn to write I m not to [too?] good
myself but It will have to do I ll never
be any better Well I think I have give
you enough now. James McKelvey
came in-today and he told us
Maggie Duncan was Dead.
She died this morning at three
o clock. They had a great [Distillery?]
Last week, And I think they
sold none to Sunday they [gathered?]
from all parts of the Globe.
Maggie has been in [Newtown?]
since she took bad and remains
there yet she will be buried again
Friday in Badoney Graveyard.
The annual anniversary of the
Battle of the Boyne will be
celebrated at Newtownstewart
again the coming twelfth a great
Demonstration is Expected. No
more at present

John C Smyth

Dear James
I hurried up John
with this note - he did not get time
he says to write enough - But he can
write again We are lending you £5 =
pounds Belle and Eliza is lending you 2 of
the £5 of their own earning to keep you
pocket (sic). N Gilky has given me one of
yours yesterday so that will make [3?] to
your pocket and two for Board -
we got the flax c[?] 3s 0p price 32s.
I sold 3 heifers in Plum [Plumbridge?]
I get 20 pounds for them William & Tom
Has now 52 sheep they have only 8 lambs yet.
The weather continues wett [wet?] we got the one
half of Jamys park sowed yesterday and the
other half I don t know when as no horse can
go on land the [there?]are no potatoes got in
yet with any one. We cannot get it cross
ploughed yet so it will be last this year.
Miss McKernan that was Brought up in [Karkas?]
had a young one a few weeks ago.
Sam Dunn is suposed [supposed?] to be the
father. We are all well at present hopping
[hoping?] you will come out well.
J. J. Smyth

Transcribed by Elizabeth Prentice

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