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Title: John J Smyth, Castledamph to, James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/27
SenderSmyth, John James
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
RecipientSmyth, James Alexander
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph,
ArchivePlumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com
Doc. No.604140
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count681
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr James -A- Smyth
Essex county

10 0
SE 3

[Written upside down at bottom of page]
Ans [Answered?] Nov 7th

SP 16

SE 3



[Back of Envelope]


[00?] [
SE 3


[Page 1]

September 3rd- 1896

[Page 1]

Dear James,
Once more I again
write to let you know that
we are all in good health as this
leaves [sic] at present - we received
your letter last week we were
looking out for it we are glad
to hear of you all being in good
helth [health?] - we have joined the
harvest on Monday 31st Augt. we are
cutting none today it is a very wet
time turff [turf?] is not all gathered
yet with plenty - Still we have the
Shade nearly full - we get the hay
up safe - But the [there?] are [sic]
plenty in the cops [copse?] yet and nearly
rotten and no sighns [signs?] of good

[Page 2]
Our corn is not verry [very?] ripe
yet and I think its as well – we had
a storm of wind about a week
ago and the corn is all Broken
and tosed [tossed?] every way
it will take a long time to cutt [cut?]
it – the machine can hardly Do anything

Elkin Case is going to its hight [height?]
I sent you the paper it will be trayed
[tried?] on the 26 october – it went
to a vote with the magistrates
Laughlin voted for it to finish
There Archibald would not interfere
So the [there?] were two for sending it
on But I tell you Johny [Johnny?] and Sarah –
played it up when the [they?] got the
Book – it will not be for the want of
Swearing if they are not
Sent [Jail?] [sic]

[Page 3]
Dear James I had awlys [always?]
Thought of writing to your uncle
time after time you can let him
Know that the money is [never?]
Menchioned [Mentioned?] nor I supose
[suppose?] never will The [there?]
are [sic] something new now Sarcel
[Cecil?] Morris Glenrone – is [now?]
[Dead?] 8 years [potter?] ag
Morris is also Dead - in looking
[over?] There [their?] Box – the
We [wee?] [pest?] got an account of
a large Sum wich [which?] [---?]
Should have of barrel. Money 250 –
The two priests went to him – and
afterwards sent him a writ
So if the news is [true?] he got
only a short time to pay the money
its the common talk of every one
So money dows [does?] more harm than
Drink Sometimes Dose [does?] and
[lowers?] a man [sic] name

[Page 4]
I had some newspapers from
[A?] - S - Ballantine you might send
me his address - Bella is writing
today to Mrs Allison we got the
pictures But the [they?] were a
little Broken the [they?] look
Splended [splendid?]. She says she
must write to Cassie or Bell [Belle?]
Shortly But she has to be out during
Harvest how is your new parlement
[parliament?] dowing [doing?] what
dows [does?] your uncle think of the
hymns - I am going to start them some
Day in our meeting house - to see how
it will go - we have sold all the
lambs this year at 9s 6d per head
The [they?] have not sold the old ones
yet they did not get to Gortin yesterday
Give our love to all - for the present
No mer [No More?] from your [sic]
John J [James?] Smyth

[Page 5]
[Loose page]
Dear James - - I just sent the road money
I though [thought?] it little anough [enough?]
- we. will. have to Do the. Best. we. can to
keep you going - the. cow was a loss – nixt
[next?] Elkin - and now a litter of pigs of
the old sow she would note [not?] give them
any Luck So she Done very well Till now the
[they?] are Dieing [doing?] all. we. can Do
the [they?] are 4 weeks old on Sunday comming
[coming?] so one thing [often?] takes money

[Page 6]
I think I would not charge your
uncle anything for anytime you have to
spare if you would not be well. at a
[time?] [or?] anything wrong its a home -
Besides washing and Dowing [doing?] other things
for you its Still a home. for you
hopping [hoping?] you come out well.-
yours J J [John James?] [Smyth?]

Transcribed by Mohamed Souissy