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Title: J. C. Smyth, Castledamph to James A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John Charles/87
SenderSmyth, John Charles and Bella M.
Sender Gendermale-female
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.410132
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 27:10:2004.
Word Count374
TranscriptFront of envelope

Mr James A. Smyth
Essex Co.

10 0
MY 5

Ans June 5th 98

Back of envelope


MY 16

May 16
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Letter 1

May 2nd 98

Dear Brother
I thought I would
write another letter to you as I
am unable to do anything else
I got my hand cut on Thursday
last with a chisel & it is not better yet
The cut is between my thumb
& forefinger, so it will be
a good while getting better.
Well as I was telling you about
Dan we got him married
on Thursday I think it was
the greatest day was at
[Glenelly?] Meeting House this
good while. Alex Duncan
& Mary was his best man & maid
& Joe Elkin & Tilda Ann was her's
seven couple (sic) altogether viz. :-
three of the Mickie s Davies (sic) Two
of the Lundies (her Brothers) &
Annie Wilson so you may
think they were a grand set
We cheered them down to church & cheered
them up & the [they?] all came back
at night & we had a bonefire [bonfire?]
it was'ned [wasn t?] dead to the next
night they were (sic) a crowd
carring [carrying?] [to?] the fire all night
we had a horn & kept blowing
at it all night Daniel came over
to us & lit his pipe The most of
us all turned our backs to him
"But he said he knew us all"
[He?] would been as well at Elkins
for he got it far worse when
he left. If you had heard
them speaking like Wilson
I think you heard them before
anyway. Elkins [Elkin s?] ones had
a cow sick two or three days
before the weeding [wedding?] They did
not bother themselves very much
So the [they?] had to send for steel &
Alexander Stewart and they took
the calve [calf?] from her I dont [don t?] know
whether it was dead but it died after
and Imedeately [immediately?] the cow expired
too. It turned out a shaby [shabby?] weddg [wedding?]
As I was telling you about
Jamie Gordan He went to derry on
Thursday. [He?] may have faced
a good deal of the lunaticks [lunatics?]
In [ready?] I was down in
Derry on Saturday with a man
the name of [Gilfillan?] & when
father & me got there he had
just got a fellow In one way
I was not sorry only for the loss
of the money. I got a sight of
that old Maiden City we had
not much time to spare
I saw two ships in at
the quay I never got a sight
of Derry walls at all.
Gilfillan told me when I was
leaving the shop for to take
a good look at the Bridge
for it was the best in the
three kingdoms its a little
longer than [Drumunaspar?} Bridge
I could go to Derry
tomorrow I would not be a
hair of my head afraid to go
through it all and get back
It is well your [you're?] not in that
Spanish-American War
If you had been in New York
or around it as long as you
ar [are?] in Canada you would been
been (sic) sailing round or about
the Havanna Harbour
The Spanish I believe will give
them enough to do.

no more at present
John Chs [Charles?] Smyth

To J A [James Alexander?] Smyth
South Woodslee