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Title: Mary Smyth, Castledamph, to J. A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/14(3)
SenderSmyth, Mary
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionProtestant (Presbyterian)
OriginCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, Canada
DestinationEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
RecipientSmyth, James A.
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.506035
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 09:06:2005.
Word Count849
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Mr. J. A. Smyth,

10 PM
NO 2

[Written above address]
Ans [Answered?]
Nov 12, 04

[Back of Envelope]

NO 2

NO 11

[Page 1]
Oct 28th 04

Dear Brother:-
This is Lodge
night and as they are
just gathering in, the
kitchen is somewhat
crowded so I thought
I would start a letter
but may not have very
much written until they
come down. W. Barker, Jamey
Dunne, John McKnight, John
Orr, Bob McKernan, George
McCullagh, Jamey Gilkinson
and a few others are in.
I have been expecting a
letter this last three weeks.
but failed to get any I don't
know what is the reason.
I would have written [sooner?]
but was waiting until I
would get one first

[Page 2]

Since I last wrote I dont
know what I've been doing
I think anything particular
during that time was that
Bella Liza & I & Wm [William?]
was [sic] in Omagh Saturday
And went out to Uncles and
as we were going out we
met Lizzie and Beck [Rebecca?]
Duncan and Annie going in to
the [town?] so Lizzie turned
with us again. Beck [Rebecca?]
Duncan looks as well as ever
they took a good look at me
Wednesday evening Liza, Tom,
and I went to a concert
at Gortin so Liza stayed
over expect her home Sunday.
Sunday evg. [evening?] As there
Are [sic] no one in but Father Mother
and myself [sic] thought I would
write a few more lines. This
is a lovely day you can

[Page 3]

imagine what everything
looks like at this time
of the year - potato digging -
the leaves are coming off
the trees pretty quickly. Was
at –Meeting- today. I was alone
going down I mean the only
girl so Bella & Davie was [sic]
out and I made Bella sit with
me, the first Sunday since she
was married to be in our own seat.
Tomorrow is Halloweve
[Halloween?], I suppose you
don't know when it is there.
I don't think it is as much
thought of here as it used to be.
Liza may not come home until
Wednesday and if not I shall
go down to Lisnacright
[Lisnacreaght?] tomorrow.
The men are digging
potatoes at Stewarts

[Page 4]

this last week and will
be for another I went over
two or three days and made
their dinner and tea. Mother
is able to walk over there
now I think it is taking
some of the beef off her.
We had a danse [dance?]
over in Stewarts one
night. about forty there
altogether, Lizzie McCullough
& George, Andy Ballantine,
then town people and Sandy
Duncan Andy, McClelland and
Bradkeel people I think
that was about them all
had a great night stayed
until three o'clock. We
didn't invite the master
and he seems to be

[Page 5]

very much offended. He
was here last night and
he certainly did do
some talking, he keeps
me playing tunes all
the time [nearly?] he has
always got a new one for
me I think he wants to
find out how much I
know. I can play all
he has given me so far.
He is pretty well up
in music himself but
still I think I know
as much as he does. He
was asking me one night
how I could get sharps
& flats on the violin he
said he used to think

[Page 6]

that you could only
play in “C”. He and
Andy Ballant [Ballantine?]
are very great [friendly?]
now Andy thinks he is alright
when he is with the Master
but he tries to make a fool
of Andy sometimes
Thursday afternoon :- I
am writing a little each
[sic] so I may soon get it
finished. Liza got home
yesterday she came as
far as Lisnacraig [Lisnacreaght?]
on Sunday so Bella & Madge
came with her yesterday
afternoon. Tommy Houston [Huston?]
John C. [Charles?] and Willie G.
Campbell where [were?] hunting
rabbits all day yesterday they had a

[Page 7]

ferret but only got
six. Davie came up at
night so they were all
here to bedtime. and Madge
is still here. Liza has
had a pain in her side for
sometime so she went to
Gortin to see the Dr.
[Doctor] about it so he
has allowed her to do no
work, so now I've got to
get at milking and everything
else. If she had let it
go much longer he said
it would have turned
to consumption and
nothing could save her.
She has always had to [too?]
much to do anyway and
they don't seem to care
here how much you work.

[Page 8]

She is over at Stewarts
making there [their?] dinner
it is not very much and
he told her to keep out
in the open air as
much as possible so the
walk won't do her any
harm. Mother has lots
to do too and I tell you
I don't like the work
Atall [at all?]. it is so
dirty can't have anything on
you decent ten minutes.
I'm in a hurry to get this
down in time so will close
will write more some other
Lizzie Hay wants the words
of the “Maple Leaf Forever” I
haven't got it quite correct
so send it soon
Good Bye [Goodbye?] Mary
Haven't got a letter yet.

Transcribed by Alan Houston