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Title: John J Smyth, Castledamph to James A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/58A
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.604179
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count569
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Mr. James A Smyth,
Essex County

10 0
JY 17

[Postage stamp]
Postage & Revenue
2 ½

[Scored out at top]
Contains also letter of Feb 6th

[Back of envelope]

JY 17



[Envelope contains 2 letters]

[Letter 1]

[Page 1]

Castledamph July 15th - 96 [--?]
July 17 -

My dear James -
A few lines to let you
know we are all well at present
The lodge met on friday [Friday?] evening
the 10th to arrange for the twelth [twelfth?]
I sent a note some time before [that?]
Mr Steen to give us what is called
an orange Sermon on that Day
so he announced it the Sunday
before and give the text
that he would preach from
it was - the 13 Chap of exodus
Verse 21 - The morning was very wett [wet?]
so sashes could not be putt [put?] on
till we all gathered, the [they?] were putt
[put?] on in the shade I went in first all
Followed The [there?] were a good number on
Inside I supose [suppose?] what never was before
the day cleared and we all kept them
on leaving and going home

[page 2]
the twelth [twelfth?] the drum got the first
strook [stroke?] about five, at a half
past six They were all here, after
they all come [sic] your letter was read
By W Barker and listened to with
great respect by all J. Campbell
gave a few words of comment on it
warning one and all to comply with
the instructions contained in it -
at Seven we marched off in [grand?]
order every man nearly with a sash
on - I am shure [sure?] you thought you
[saw?] them going off - I think I
never saw more leaving here in better
order - joined the others at 8 oclock
on we went to Newtown [Newtownstewart?]
a strong place left Newtown [Newtownstewart?]
at half past eleven omagh Breathren
[Brethren?] was weating [waiting?] for us
we then had to weat [wait?] on the Down train
which caried [carried?] the others then as

[page 3]
as marshalled in the following order the [they?]
started for the field at the end of Campsie
1 - officers and members of the county g
[grand?] lodge
2 - Sixmilecross District No 7
3 – fintona [Fintona?] District No - 8
4 - Ardstraw District No - 9
5 – omagh District No 11
6 - Strabane District No 14
7 – plumbridge District No 15

as soon as each lodge got into there [their?]
place the [they?] moved of [off?] for the field
a tremendous gathering
I will send you some papers
that will give you the account
of the field; left omagh
at five oclock a [strong?] train
arived [arrived?] at newtown [Newtownstewart?]
[fired?] up for the plumb [plumbridge?] home
in good time Band looked well all having sashes But
three - not one shoing [showing?] the least sign
of Discord nor the apperance [appearance?]
of Drink on any after the [they?]
arived [arrived?] and got something to
refresh them James Huston [Houston?]
give [sic] them a short address as to there
[their?] good conduct good marching and good
playing also a few words as to what was stated
in your letter to them it was preposed [proposed?]
and caried [carried?] that a committee of 3 to answer
your letter on behalf of the lodge and Band this will
be as soon as posibly possibly - at a [lent?] hour
they all seperated [separated?] highly pleased
with the Day’s outing from early morning to night The
Day was fine sun shining all Day the day before reaning
[raining?] and the Day after teaming [teeming?] so that
providence favoured us --
J J [John James?] Smyth