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Title: John J Smyth, Castledamph to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/70
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.605030
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count653
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr James A Smyth,
Essex County,



[Written on bottom left]
Try 713
St Thomas

[Written at top]
Sept 2 1893
Ans [Answered?] Sep [---?]

[Back of Envelope]

AU [2-?]

AU 10

AU 21
[Notes on envelope]
Willie John [------]
Shoes to go to World’s Fair

[Page 1]

Castledamph Aug 10th 93

My Dear James
Once more I take
the liberty of writting [writing?] you
a few lines We are all in very good helth
[health?] – and I hope the arivel [arrival?] of
this note will find you all in the same.
We had a terrible thunder Storm and lighting
[lightning?] yesterday it commenced at 8 o’clock
pm and stoped [stopped?] at 2 midnight I never
saw such lightning the thunder was tremendious
[tremendous?] and never stoped [stopped?]
The [There?] were two Brattels [loud noise
resembling thunder?] that all the Doors and
windows one would think was going to fall out
of there [their] places I beleive [believe?] know
[no?] one went to bed This day is a good harvest
day we joined the corn Tuesday 8 But
the [they?] were pulling over the burn flax
yesterday – So we will Be through
with Shaws field to night [tonight?] they are
Down now while I am writting [writing?]

[Page 2}
The [There?] are a great manny [many?] at the corn
its early this year we have all the
hay up we had it all cutt [cut?] in
July – we will have [no man?] upe [up?] to
next week then it will be all the [they?] gather
our flax some if it is in the Dam since the last of July
so we will be taking it out those day now [sic]
we pulled it on 28 July we had 30 meen [men?]
we pulled it on the afternoon
at that time watter [water?] was very scarce
and we had to draw some of it home
But the weather changed and the [there?]
are know [no?] want of watter [water?] now
I was in Strabane with the young
pigs on Tuesday 1 of August I sold
9 and Kept two to ourselves
I got £3 7s 6d a copple [couple?] The [They?]
were 7 weeks old – and had know [no?] mothers
milk – I think we told you that she
died when she were 3 weeks old
So they done well after all -

[Page 3]
cattle and sheep is almost for
nothing as yet But the [they?] may take
a change yet I will send you
a paper to day [today?] that will let you
see Strabane Market the day I was
out with the pigs – one new flag
and drumms [drums?] looked well on the
12 [12th?] – and nearly all the Band Boys
had on the very Best of sashes
at a cost from 10s 6d to 18s 6d [the?]
The [They?] looked splended [splendid?] and
kept perfectly sober. £14 10s is the cost
of flag big drum 2 side Drums Drum
sticks [drumsticks?] and all. She have [has?] some
thoughts of going to the Plumb [Plumbridge?] on
the 12 inst But I am not shure [sure?] as we
might be Spreading the lint [flax?]
I have nothing particular to
let you know of as the [there?] are [sic]
nothing new Will Gilky [William Gilkinson?]
wrote some time ago I supose [suppose?] you have
it now

[Page 4]
We have not got the pin cussion [cushion?]
yet But the [they?] are expecting it [any?] day
Dear James take great care of your
self [yourself?] and be wise in all ways as
well. As you can see we are glad to
hear awlys [always?] of you Being well
and you need not write unless
[you?] your time affords it
You have some news of the contery [country?]
By going here and there I havent [haven’t] been
speaking to Thomas Campbell yet
about that man But I will
perhaps you could find out where
he lives at sometime The [There?] are no
more word about old Margets [Margaret’s?] money
How are you off now for everything
and how do you do for washing and
mending I am afraid the fiddle is
like the one at home Give our love
and best respects to all. I remain
you [your?] loving fathe [father?]

John J Smyth

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