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Title: John J. Smyth, Castledamph to James A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/47
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, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.604111
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count529
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr J: A: Smyth
Essex Box 313
Essex. Co.

JU [?]

[Postage stamp]
Postage and Inland Revenue
One Penny

[Back of envelope]

JU 7

JUN [17?]

JU [1-?]

[Page 1]

Castledamph June. 7th

My Dear James
Your letter of May
27th arrived on Friday this day 7 June
we are all pleased to know that
you are comming [coming?] home to see
us all:- once again what joy
and pleasure to meet [once?] again
all I trust in good helth [health?]
But There are many whom
you would like to have saw [sic]
who is now mouldering in the
Dust and there [their?] names will
soon be forgotten as though
They had never been in existance
[existence?] But Thank God we all have
Been speared [spared?] in helth [health?]
up to the present wich [which?] is a great

[Page 2]
Well I suppose Bella and May [Mary?]
and Elisa [Eliza?] have given you all
the news of everything our churning
machine is dowing [doing?] well. But we had
no [cases?] by hir [her?] untill [until?]
harvest [We?] had plenty of hard work
this Spring - William is Gribbing
[grubbing?] the potatoes today Tom is on the
mountain gathering the sheep to
clip he clipped 22 yestardy [yesterday?] I do
not know how many the [they?] have untill [until?]
I would ask them The [they?] were verry [very?]
Dear in Gortin fair on wensday [Wednesday?]
Cattle is also very Dear from
£10 – to - £16 for any kind of a good
one. So the [there?] never was a Better
time for farmers - young pigs
is up to 28s - each

[Page 3]
when you come home you
will see all the new changes
But everything takes money and time
it will cost you a good amount
to come home and go back again
But what about it if people
has There [their?] health look at old
John and Marget [Margaret?] Better the
[they?] had Spent some of it in There
[their?] day as the way it went look at
Archy how he lived awlys [always?] at his
Books and Died £300 in Debt at leist
[least?] it So Said we have got none
of it yet But our colicitor [solicitor?]
has sold some of his property
in Glencoppagh knowen [known?] as
Rose, fidden it went £60 -
they thought they never would
have to pay it

[Page 4]
Well they are all for portrush
on wensday [Wednesday?] the 12 inst W. J -
M - E- and Bella The 5 so it will take a
pound for the trip the [they?] are getting from
N Stewart [Newtownstewart?]
for 2s each [shillings?] So The [they?] will
See Some things new your Mother and me was
at it the time we were at Downhill they will
have be in Newtown [Newtownstewart?] at 7
a. m. –So that will be early -
I suppose [suppose?] another time writting
[writing?] will nearly do as the [they?] are
[sic] not much use in Sending when you will not
be there You may Give our Love and best
respects to all woodslee people
I have nothing new to tell you so I will
mak [make?] this short note Do at this time
trusting it will find yous [you?] all well
as it leaves us at present
So goodby [goodbye?] from your
father J. J. [John James?] Smyth

J. A. S [James Alexander Smyth?]

Transcribed by Mark Gallaher.