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Title: J J Smyth, Castledamph, to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/79
SenderSmyth, John James and John C. and Bella M.
Sender Gendermale-female
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
RecipientSmyth, James Alexander
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipfather-son / siblings
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.311003
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 03:11:2003.
Word Count413
Transcript(4 Letters in Envelope)

Envelope addressed to:-

Mr. James A Smyth
Essex Co

Postmarked on Front:-

Ja 17

(Written on Front)
Ans [Answered?] Jan 31st 1899

Postmarked on Back on Envelope:-

JA 17

JA [?]

Letter 1

December 23rd 1898

Dear James - We were going to write
last week. But W Gilkie sent you one
then we left off. I thought I would
send you two or three lines in this
paper. You will see Gortin petty
sessions in it. Mr. Monteith A
Duncan and the new Sergant [Sergeant?]
Spok [Spoke?] for him he has home (sic)
the wife and he neither got cow nor
calve [calf?] he Bought one cow and calve
[calf?] in the last plumfair plum fair
and what he has to pay we do not know.
The agent was down and is off again.
The rents is all settled But your
Uncle James the one offered £10 and
the other wanted £11. Willie Gordon
is at home now he was [over?] one night
a [clever?] young man. Your Mother,
William and John was in Newtownstewart
on Monday. John wanted a
Suit they went up to Dunbar s they were
not home to 10 o clock James Huston
[Houston?] William Tomy [Tommy?] Willie
Gilkie was over last night at a [soiree?]
in [Drambee?] new school. Our own will be
again Wendsday [Wednesday?] first [town?]
out as it may - this Day is verry [very?]
rough and high wind. I think we are going
to have a Dull Christmas. No talk about
it atall [at all?] you would not here
[hear?] it talked off.

Dear James
We had a letter from Tommy Hay he is well
as yet he is going to send us all a present
soon of some kind. Elisa answered your
last letter. Some one of them will give
you a long one after the Soiree. James
Barker is in Scotland. John Duncan has
not come home as yet. Well the road
sessions is [over?] nothing But cuting
[cutting?] we are cut 4 pounds.
But they [there?] are plenty worse.
James Huston [Houston?] Eden is cut £5
out £11 (sic) for the repair at the upper
[foot stick?] - This is the last time
the grand Jurie [Jury?] will sit.
The new home rule might do something.
You will see something of in (sic)
this paper will will (sic) send you
one constant so as you will see how
it will work. The [They?] are nothing
particular at present hopping [hoping?]
You will have had a good crismas [christmas?]
and a happy new year.
We are all in good helth [health?] at present.
Give us all the particulars of everything.

So Good By [Bye?] at present