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Title: J J Smyth, Castledamph, to J A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/104A
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.506073
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 30:06:2005.
Word Count891
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Mr James A. Smyth
South Woodslee Box 23
Essex County

[Written over Envelope]
Sep 10 1891

SP 10

[Back of Envelope]

SP 8

[Envelope contains 3 Letters]

[Letter 1]

[Page 1]

Castledamph July 12th and 13th

My Dear James-
I am shure [sure?] you will
think it strange to here [hear?] that
we have not a meeting this twelth [twelfth?]
they [the?] Drums never come off the
pins nor the flag of [off?] the pole.
everything just remained where the [they?]
were when you left - the Plum [Plumbridge?]
went to N Stewart [Newtownstewart?] and some
of our meen [men?] - your mother did not care
for them comming [coming?] when you were not
amongst them – So they will think more of it
next twelth [twelfth?] William went up to
Straughroy on Saturday 11th and will not be
Down to tuesday 14th So its now 11 oclock when
I am writing the day is fine and the Plum
[Plumbridge?] Meen [men?] of [off?] – and we are
lonely enough at home - So I hope yous [you?]
in that country will have a good Day in every
way - you will see more there than at home
But one advice I give you go no place
without your Uncle and Aunt's advice
as people will be all Strangers to you
So ask their advice on all matters
and attend to it -

[Page 2]
Now I will give you something regarding Glen
Sass [Glensass?]– John McConnell was Dismissed
at Strabane with 10s 9d of costs to they [the?]
deffentents [defendants?] he then appailed
[appealed?] to the assises [assizes?] in Omagh
- the [they?] were in Omagh July 7 - James Hay
B McKelvey J [McKery?] John Niclos [Nicholas?]
John McFarland Archibald Duncan and myself were
all up - against McConnell after hearing all
the judge dismessed [dismissed?] McConnell
on the Merits - Now he has no claim either him
or McNamee above the old Ditches or fences – Still
he persisted and would Keep the cattle on it -
Friday the 10th we all went up and putt [put?]
of [off?] the cows But with some difficulty
Next day Saturday 11th we had to go up again
a worse encounter still ensued as we put them off
they put them on the most Difficult thing to put
of [off?] was a ewe and lams [lambs?] wich [which?]
they kept teathered [tethered?] they held and our
ones pulled to [until?] thy [they?] gave way so
we cleared the ground old Mary and Eliza struck
Bob McKelvey with sticks so this morning
the 12 of July the [they?] have not attempted
to put Them on again - But it has cost the
parteners [partners?] now about 69£
We intend to wire it all round as
soon as we can

[Page 3]
Dear James this month for so far is
weet [wet?] and cold up land [upland?]
hay is only joining [beginning?] to be
cutt [cut?] we have the upper land
cutt [cut?] Friday and Saturday 10th
and 11th - turff [turf?] is getting a stand
still a great many is gathering them on
the Banks - we can Do nothing with the old
ones to the weather Drays [dries?] up again –
crops looks well if Dray [dry?] weather would
let in our flax looks splendid I think
it will Do well - But to [too?] much rain
is against it - potato [sic] looks well

evening of the 13 one of the fines [finest?]
of the fine if all the orangemen in the
world were the makers of it it could not
be better I will send you a paper with
this note - Jamy [Jamesy?] Hay and [Mc?] is
[sic] now with William arr [are?] on the loft
your Friend William Duncan Eden is getting on
with the Building J Huston [Houston?]
James Gordon is [sic] the measons [masons?]
J Hay carpenter the [they?] have no others -
The funeral of George Barkely was
large - a great number of Cars –
Denial [Daniel?] Henery [Henry?]
has not Been in our house
cince [since?] you left.
- I think the match of
William Gilky [Gilkinson?]
is upside down we hear no
talk of it now

[Page 4]
Dear James I think I said I would write
every week But have forgot allredy
[already?]I hope yous [you?] are getting
on well with the work there I suppose you
think it strange Besides at home when you
write give us a long letter -
The [There?] are [sic] nothing particular
at present to write about The people around
is [sic] all well and doing well - like
folks in in [sic] America - [Noble?] give
up Smyth [sic] and the carroad [track through
fields?] is now open the [there?] have come
two or three letters Miss McKarnan [McKernan?]
she says where she is is very hot weather
Joseph Duncan is stoping [stopping?] the
most of his time in Newtown [Newtownstewart?]
I cannot tell how they are Dowing [doing?] –
Mr Steen give us a grand sermon yestardy
[yesterday?] he left nothing untold he is a
firm Deffender [Defender?] – the text was 28
chapter revelations 4 verse come out of her my
people that ye be not partakers of her sins
and that ye receive not of her plagues Your
mother and I are now alone and the and the
[sic] sun is going down in her splendure
[splendour?] giving the orangemen a splendid
evening to retourn [return?] to there [their?] homes
throughout the world hopping [hoping?] you are
all well when this reaches yous [you?]
J J [John James?] Smyth