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Title: John J. Smyth, Castledamph to "My dear James"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/84
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.605047
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count653
Transcript[No envelope]

Castledamph February 25th

My Dear James
Once more a few lines to let
you know That we are all in good helth [health?]
at present. Thank God for all his
Goodness to us all yet there is
plenty of people ailing from influenza.
Willie Smyth is Down, the Doctor is coming
to him toDay Sunday evening from NStewart [Newtownstewart]
James Ballantine Bob is also Down sick
and any amount up the Watter [Watterside?] a good
many have passed away this last while
old May McConnell you will see her
name in this paper that I am sending
people takes ill in a short time
the winter was everything but pleasant and
very little ploughing as yet and not much
of anything is down this Day Sunday
is fine and warm if it continues

[Page 2]
We had just sent of a letter the
day before we got your last one
so we expected another this last week
and that kept us from writing
Well we are pretty near been out of the
roads a week or so will do us if
we had £32 out of it fair well [farewell?] to it
John Warnock and Bob Ballantine has it
this time at very little more than we had it
They also have the one up past our house
But the 5 years is not up with them yet
The assistants is often on the roads now
and always complaining about something
So I think we will be well out if it
as the help is not to [too?] good now
and turff [turf?] ill to get in the [summer?]
Dear James we have sent you three
pounds in one letter and five in
another wich [which?] we hope you have
Got by this time all right
When one looks back since you
first joined to prepare for Canada
up to the present it took some money

[Page 3]
Sometimes we wonder how it come [came?]
to be shure [sure?]. There was a good lot
of hard work in and out to have it
ready for you and we never had
to borrow one shilling Thank God
for helth [health?] and strenth [strength?] and a Blessing
and a blessing shurly [surely?] we all got
when you came out so well at all
examinations and was so fortunate
to get a school just as you finished
I think both you and us ought
to be thankful and be wise and
take good care of your helth [health?]
and be shure [sure?] to attend to your
house of worship and show
a good example in a strange land
I hope you are getting along well
with your new work Shuarly [surely] its
not as hard to teach as to have
to pass in all the examinations
that you have gone through
Master James says they were very hard

[Page 4]
We had another meeting about old
Marget [Margaret?] money. They will pay none of it
till the law takes it of [off?] them. So we had
to take out Administrations they
wanted me in to do it But I refused
Willie [William?] Houston Watteside [Watterside?] has taken
them out then we had to fight
for the costs I refused to sign
for any but myself So at last I
went in for William Canada
it will come off in April at the
quarter sessions how it will go
its [it is?] hard to tell in the first place
it will cost something
A. Duncan has got a young son
William Houston [Watterside] also has
got a young son he is well pleased
because it’s a son we are waiting
every day on a letter this is Tuesday and
we have got none as yet this day is very
rough and heavy rain. I hope you are all
in good helth [health?] Disease is very rife in this
country now well now and down tomorrow
give my love to all - Yours John J. [James?] Smyth

Transcribed by Alan Houston