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Title: M Smyth, Castledamph to J A Smyth, Canada
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/43(2)
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.506036
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 09:06:2005.
Word Count875
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Mr Jas. A. Smyth

10 PM
AU 25

[Stamped on Back]
AU 25

SP 4

[Page 1]
Aug. 17th, 05

Dear Brother:-
We have been expecting
a letter from you for some time
but I suppose you will have more
to do in holidays now than you
had before. John was telling us
in his last letter that you were
going to New York to spend your
holidays but you have been for
going there so often that
I won't believe it until you
are right there. I suppose as
far as money is concerned you
would not be stopped for that
now, but I think if you are
intending to come next
summer that you should save
up your money and bring
enough to give us all a good
time. If you don’t send it before
be sure and bring a little extra
to buy me that long deserved bicycle

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as I cannot rest until I get
We saw by the Essex Free Press
some weeks ago where you had
made a successful visit to the
hotels in Amherstburg. You seem
to be doing your duty pretty well
for a commencement. Somebody
like you would be required at the
Plum [Plumbridge?] at the present
time as the public houses are
open at all hours. The sergeant that
they have got here is very
popular all for having a good
time and so neglects his
business or rather doesn't care
to enforce the law.
There was a great day in Derry
on the 12th August they were from
Belfast and all round, great riots
as the Catholics tried to put them
off the walls. Too much work on
hands or we would have been

[Page 3]
Mother and Father may go to
the seaside for a week in about
a month or so. Great hurry now
with the hay and flax. We pulled
the flax two weeks ago had
39 men such a crowd of men.
We will spread some of it
tomorrow I think. Today is
wet but we had lovely weather
before this, no water any nearer
than the well down the road
wish we had some handy man
to drain it down from Mathew's
they are always talking about it
but can't find time to do it.
How are all the Essex people I
suppose they are camping these times.
What happened [sic] you with
the entrance pupils this year.
You did not go near the number
you passed every other year
you must be neglecting it when
you got the other position

[Page 4]
August 24th 1905
As you may see by the date
that a week has passed since I
began this letter. We had two
post cards from you Tuesday
so I suppose you are still
in Essex. We also had a letter
from John same day I think
he is doing very well for a
start at least he is earning
some money anyway as he
is going to send home some
next month.
This day last year I was
on my way to Montreal. You
would hardly think it was
a year since.
This is a lovely day our men
are busy at the hay as there
is so much of it this year
Oats are ripe but our people
won't get cutting until Monday
Mathew and the girls are in
Newtown [Newtownstewart?] living
now. Charlie

[Page 5]
Ballantine and wife are
in the house now he is working
for us every day and then
we have another little fellow
beside and lots of work
for them all. Father is nearly
ready to give up has got
a pain in his back these last
few days. They [will?] be ready
to go to the seaside
about saturday week so that
may do both of them some good.
Liza is still about the
same. she was down with the
Plum [Plumbridge?] Dr. [Doctor?]
Monday and he still says she
will be alright in time but
there is no improvement
whatever yet.

[Page 6]
Andy Mc Knickle, [McNicholl?],
Letterbratt [Letterbrat?] is dead
also Mrs Fullerton, Glengaw [Glenga?],
and a daughter of Willie Dunne's
Fore Eden [Eden Fore?], three
funerals in the one week.
I think I told you
before that Lizzie Hay has
got a piano. I was over to
see it one day. Lizzie is a
fine player for her age. She was
over here for [two or ten?] weeks
they thought she was studying
to [too?] hard.
Schools here are all closing
this week, but I think they
are only giving a month.
I believe Miss James is
going to get married during
holidays to [Harry?], the

[Page 7]
policeman, as his seven years
are up now.
Tillie [Matilda?] McCullagh
or Mrs Fitzpatrick has got a
young son [ten or two?] weeks
ago or so. Lizzie is still at
home yet. Don't think that
she will get to Dublin this
year either. George is a
great little farmer. working
every day and he is not
a bit bigger than ever he
Have you got James Houston's
[Hustons?] stick. John never
mentioned in any of his letters
whether he got [is?] safe
over or not I suppose it would
be something new over there.
It is dinner time now
so I must hurry up as [sic]

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have to go to Stewarts
afterwards and I will
post this on the way.
Good Bye [Goodbye?]
Mary Smyth

Transcribed by Greg Floyd