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Title: J & M Smyth, Castledamph, to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/93A
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, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.410028
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count553
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr James A Smyth
Essex Co

[Stamp Torn Off]

[Back of envelope]

SE 10

SP 23

[Letter 1]
[Page 1]

Castledamph Monday Sept 5 1898

My Dear James
We received your welcom [welcome?] letter on
friday the 2 Sep - William Gilky got his the same
morning and all the papers - with the result of the
exam. I was on the road and we towned (sic) with
him to see the result the paper was first
opened (sic) and saw your name there the first said
thats all wright [right?] he is passed - we all feel
satisfied with the result its [it?] seems that
you did not idle your time - you cannot
immagine [imagine?] how glad we are and content
to know that you were not among the
onsuccessful [unsuccessful?] - now it will give you
more courage to goon [go on?] for a nother [another?]
year in form 4 - wich [which?] we hope and
trust you will again that time come out bright
and closer in all subjects - and be a credit to
yourself and others - I think by the time we had

[Page 2]

this letter you ought to have the one with the money
in it and telling you to go on for another year -
and you need not be afraid of us keeping you
going if we be speared [spared?] health and strenth
[strength?] and God Blessing us all - in all our
labours - thy [they?] all wish you to go through and
each one is dowing [doing?] there [their?] best
to make as much as posibly [possible?] to keep you going
I give you an account of how we stand in the last
[one?]. Stock and all - we have got none of the money we
give to your Uncle James - nor no interest either
I think instead of paying off any he is taking more
on - the sheep we sold to your Uncle A Duncan Straughroy
he has not given on [one?] penny as yet they intend to soon
[press?] him - So its hard to get money Back when
you lend it - especially to your friend’s [friends?]-
we have no trouble with over the Burn since John fined
them we commenced the corn on Saturday 3 Sept harvisting
[harvesting?] is going on now everywhere so it wont last
long - up the Burn will not be ripe for some time

[Page 3]

Your Mother and myself were at Downhill the weather was
very warm for a few Days But the last tow [two?] or three days
was not so good. I sent you the weekly I [Irish?] Times from it
we come [came?] home on Wednesday the 31 August we feel quit
[quite?] well cince [since?] but the noise still continues in
my ear they say they never missed us - all went all wright
[right?] in our Absence - James Huston [Houston?] received
your letter he come [came?] over to hear how you did and was
glad to know that you passed your letter has been read to a
good maney [many?] who wish to here [hear?] it
we are nearly done with the breaking of the stones but the [they?]
have to be all filled up in the carts and left at regular
Distance on the lenth [length?] of the road in Cubit yards
So its a regular hunbig [humbug?] and trouble to us to fill them
all up inside this month