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Title: J. J. Smyth, Castledamph, to, J. A. Smyth, Ontario.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/94
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.505571
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 07:04:2005.
Word Count718
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Mr James -A- Smyth
Essex -
Essex County

OC 28

[Written on Envelope]
Ans [Answered?] Nov 25th 1897

[Back of Envelope]
OC [28?]

NO 8

[Page 1]

£5.0.0 Castledamph Octb 28th -97

My Dear James-
A few more
lines to let you know that we
are all in good helth [health] only
myself I have took [sic] a pain in
my right ear on Sunday last - I never
new [knew?] what it was before. But
I still worked at the potatoes - We
have all the field before the door
pitted up and is [are] at up the
Burn We have 13 ridges from the Big
home [holm?] to the March ditch But they
are at two [Dugs?] - I never saw Better
weather for diging [digging?] potatoes –
the potatoes [sic] Crop is not as good
as those other years - about the half of
what was the year you left last - we have
some pigs to eat them We have a litter of
12=6 weeks old. We have one Comming [coming?]
shortly and one fatning [fattening?] So we
will consume some of them - the potatoes
would pay Better then [than?] the pigs now

[Page 2]
Dear James I suppose you are
getting along pretty well with the learning
how Did you do with the appeal I am
afraid it was lost money - But
nomatter [no matter?] it will Satisfy you—
I am now Sending you 5 pounds
wich [which?] will Keep you going a nother
[another?] five weeks -- if they were not
working hard and making some it would not
be so easy sending it But thank
God we never miss it - We have
never got any from Uncle James -
yet - Nor did I get it from W Gilky
[Gilkison?] he was talking about it the
other night - the road is keeping us going
now we have to keep a man on every Day
The [Stiff?] will be measured this week
at least we expect so - by the [county?]
himself - so we will get a right share
times is [sic] changed with contractors
Now no more money to be made easy

[Page 3]
Joseph McFarlands ones – is [sic] seperating
[separating?] now they have a fine house
putt [put] up on Petters [Peter’s?] farm –
[Armee?] James is going to it Joseph is
getting the one they are in Old Joseph [sic]
and Charly and the girls is [sic]- going to
the Plumbridge to live there They say the
[they?] are tired with [of?] farming
they will [Deride?] Shortly - So how
will the [they?] do without anyone old Joseph
was telling your mother comming [coming?]
from Meeting on Sunday that he has
two hundred pounds for each of the
girls - and that they would work no
longer - Tomy [Tommy?] and Willim [William?]
has [sic] sold all the sheep But [sic] what
the [they?] will keep at home -
The hight [height?] was 16s-6d to
12s-6d So prices is not to [too?]
high But We Bought some of them at
5s-6d -So that helped - I will tell
tom to give you an acount [account]
of all some time They had a great Day
dipping at McClellands They dipped 150
the [they?] Sold Some of them to Will
Huston [William Houston?]

[Page 4]
Dear James - when you write give
us all the news how you are Dowing [doing?]
and about everything I never wrote
to your uncle yet I suppose they will not
Be pleased for not writting [writing?] before
this tell them we are all well and give them
our best respects - and tell him that
old Margets [Margaret’s?] money is never
menchioned [mentioned?] Nor the funeral
expence [expense?] never paid yet.

Alexander and William Huston [Houston?]
never comes up now to see the old place I
think they thought a great long [at great
length?]at the time they left We are for
putting out Denial Henery [Daniel Henry?]
to-morrow night. I expect a big night
I think I will have to attend the comng
[coming?] Meeting this time against John
Farland I have nothing new to Send I am
writting [writing?] this letter in a hurry
at 8 aclock? AM [a.m.?] as William is going
down to Draw turff [turf?] to the post –
and I am Sending all Down with him as I am
so Muffeled [muffled?] that I can go no where
[nowhere?] for Some time –
So Good By [Goodbye?] from
your father J. J. S – [John James Smyth?]