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Title: J C Smyth, Castledamph, to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John Charles/99
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.410030
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 26:10:2004.
Word Count464
TranscriptFront of envelope

Mr James A Smyth
Essex Co

Ans Jan 15th 1898

Back of envelope

DE [?]
[9 A?]

JA 10

Letter 1

December 28th 1897

Dear Brother
We received your
letter on Monday 20th we are
always glad to hear of you getting
along so well with your school
work. I would think it a very
easy thing running to school every
day I think if I had got as much
learning as you got I would
been (sic) a Q.C. by now.
Well I may tell you about the
Christmas that we had. Willie Houston
and James and me went away
on the morning to McKernans
land and we went away over
through the mountains and got
a shot at a hair [hare?] But missed
James nor me did not fire
at it because it was too far off
When we came back again to McKernans
Willie's dogs set a rabbit (sic) in the
quarry and willie [Willie?] dug to [till?] he got
it out so that was all we got the whole day.
The [There?] were (sic) only one fall of snow
yet but they [there?] were (sic) more
nor (sic) that on the mountains. Hairs [Hares?] are
very plenty this year But as the
America man says I guess they will not
be as plenty again the end of March.
Rabbits are very scarce this year
I have got only one this winter yet.
We had a letter from the Miss Dunbar
and also Christmas Cards Mary says
she likes the school far better than Eden
Beck is at home working away.
I am nearly killed this Winter
I have all the thrashing [threshing?] to do and
then go to the road to night [tonight?]
I don t [don t] know what they will do when
I leave them They always say I do nothing
But its [it s] an old addage [adage?] you will
never know the want of the water
till the well goes dry so it will be the
same now Tomy [Tommy] is ploughing nearly
every day alls [all s] well till the mare
joins to fling again If she joins some
day and nobody with him it will be
a total wreck. But I suppose its like
every thing [everything?] els [else?] he will
learn by degrees.
We have the big field nearly all
ploughed He was up ploughing in the
upper field to day [today?].
I suppose you got a good
deal of Christmas cards. I am sure
if I was to start to morrow [tomorrow?] morning
I would not be done at ten oclock [o clock]
So you may guess I got some
I have got no New Years cards
Joseph Gilkison was up for Christmas
you would hardly know him he
has got that thin He got a hurt
about three weeks ago and I think
he is hardly right better yet He has
had a sore back this long time
and very little renews it again.
William is mending every
day but he wont be able to do much
work this spring Between me going
away and William not able to do
nothing I'm thinking how will
the threshing go on it will be like
the ploughing it will come very
strange to him

No More At Present
John Chs [Charles?] Smyth


Good Bye [Goodbye?]