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Title: John J Smyth, Co Tyrone to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/56
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.410288
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 29:10:2004.
Word Count741
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr James A Smyth
Essex County,

2 1/2 d

ANS [Answered?] 96

[Back of Envelope]
JY 6

[--ton?] CANADA
JY 5
JU 25

[Page 1]

June 25 96

Dear James,

Once more I have the pleasure
of letting you know That we are all in good
helth [health?] hopping [hoping?] you are all well
we were expecting a letter this week But the [there?]
are (sic) none as yet. Willie gilky received his all
wright [right?]. Nothing More about the law cince [since?]
the [3rd?] July will be the Bench again they have not
interfered [interfered?] with the watter [water?] cince [since?]
They are out £6 10s I am only about 7s 6d as yet
how it will go I dont know.
turnips all in - at the [gravel?] those [these?]
Days and john and old Gilky [napping?] the stones.
We have not the turff [turf?] gathered as yet the
weather has changed and the moss I [is?] getting wet.
Crops looks (sic) well with the rain our flax
looks good its in the field before the [Door?]
I am going to cut the upland [hay?] this
evening its all cutt [cut?] mostly now we have
only [Shaws?] field.

[Page 2]
Well the Band has met every friday they will
be for the plumb [Plumbridge?] friday week.
The county Tyrone is all meeting at Omagh we
intend going to [too?], it is expected the [there?]
will be a great day if the weather permits.
I have got Joseph out for life for that plum
[Plumbridge?] fair evening - his name appears
in the last report - young Robert McFarland
Barness [Barnes?] is getting married some place
To Day on (sic) a Miss Fulton Duglas [Douglas?]
Burn the were [there was?] only himself Maggie
Bella and John So the party is not large -
William McKnickle [McNicholl?] Gortin Second
son who was a [trawler?] with a man in
Derry him and 4 others went out on a Boat in Derry
on Friday last the Boat capsized and he was
Drowned - Great Grief about gortin Joseph Duncan
is not well now some say through Drink others say
it's the typhoyd [typhoid?] fever Magy [Maggie?]
was ill some time ago But we hear she is Better
so the [they?] have there [their?] trouble

[Page 3]
I see you have some trouble over there with elections
as well as old Ireland the [there?] are some hot
speeches on all sides I think the [they?] are
as bitter against each other as they are in Ireland
if not [worse?] I saw some papers that William sent
to Archibald he sent them up - you may let your uncle
know that I intended writing to him every week and I
always [always?] put it of [off?] for another week
But I think I will have time shortly give our best
respects to them all - not forgetting Mr & Mrs Allison
and family I hope they are all well.
We have the sheep all clipped only one
that he cannot get as yet I sold it all in Strabane
on Tuesday last 1cwt-1[g?]-2 1/3lbs at 4 1/2d per pound
I will send you a witness with this letter to you see
how the general assembly handeled [handled?] the hymns
the [they?] are carried by a large majority hymns at last
the instrumental Music comes next - So I think orthodox
is left to [hunt?] the fox and tallyho the hound [See?]

[Page 4]
Nail [rd?] Morris [sic] daughter Sarah is got married to
James [McConvey?] Glenrone petter [Peter?] is crying
every day when our lads go up the cows is on milked [unmilked?]
and what not a great many at Strabane Sessions to day
Fitzmaurice [prossed?] the mall [Ellen?] Smyth got 9 [I?]
McNamess [McManus?] 2 Ballantines J. Gilky J [Ried?] and 3
to themselves its hard to make up rent now everything is so cheap
well the [there?] are [sic] no stilling this while.
I can [sic] think of anything more I saw some
Thing blotted in willies letter I suppose [suppose?] you talked
about the money likely you will be ready for some as soon
as we Draw it - we hope you will come out Bright at the examination
in July we will be thinking long to we hear [abtee?] it will be
[ord?] - and if you fail in some do not loose hart [heart?] But
try again is a good [maxim?] for old and young
we now wish you good succes [success?] - and may
God be with you in all you [your?] work
So good By - from a loving father
To James A Smyth John J Smyth