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Title: Mary Smyth, Co Tyrone to J. A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/56(2)
SenderSmyth, Mary and John J.
Sender Gendermale-female
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionProtestant (Presbyterian)
OriginCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, Canada
DestinationEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
RecipientSmyth, James A.
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipsiblings / father-son
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.505591
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 13:04:2005.
Word Count1211
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr James – A - Smyth,
Southwooslee [South Woodslee?], Box 4,
Essex County,


[Written over Envelope]
Rec [Received?] June 20 94
Ans [Answered?] June 20 94

[Back of Envelope]
JU 7

JU 18

JU 19

[Page 1]
June 6th 1894

Dear Brother
Once more I take the
Pleasure [pleasure?] of writting [writing?]
to you again we are all well here at present
hoping that you are all the same
We received your letter on Saturday
last we were sorry to hear that
you left Uncles but I suppose
you stayed as long in it as you
could I suppose you are going on to
school yet our school was not very
large for the last month but
they [there?] are a brave lot at it now
they [there?] were thirty one at it today
You mist [missed?] it that was not home
for Uncle James' wedding. I did not go over
till [until?] nigh [night?] John nor me;
we had to keep house Bella, Eliza,
Tommy, William, courted their fill
anyhow. They danced plenty to [too?]

[Page 2]

You have not to work much now
you will have more time to larn [learn?]
your lessons I suppose you have more
lessons to get there nor you would
have to get here. They [the?] fifth books
is [sic] all changed here now I got one
of them they are not they [the?] same
atall [at all?] We never minded [sic]
to ask you if you have got a watch
but I suppose you have one by
this time surely you are not
wanting one. I do not play much
on the fiddle now the nights
is that short that there is
no time unless in the day time
this is bad writing but it
will have to do for this time

No more for this time
To J A Smyth Mary Smyth

[Page 3]
Castledamph June 7th 1894

My Dear James,
On.ce. more I take
The pleasure of writing to you again
to let you know that we [are?] in
good helth [health?] Thank God for all
His Goodness to us all I see. by your
letter That you have left your Uncles –
We are sorry for it But we Supose
[suppose?] you stayed as long as
you could - If they [the?] Duncans
never had went. [sic] There I supose
[suppose?] you would have Been Better
-But it Appears she was writting
[writing?] for them the same as
Uncle was writting [writing?] for
you I supose [suppose?] if you had
Thought it would [sic] tourned [turned?]
out this way you never would have left
Castledamph - had yous [you?] many words
on what was the cause of it - what
Did your Uncle say or did he say
anything atall [at all?] What Dose [does?]
he think of the letters he wrote
before you left here - perhaps its all
for your good - and you will have to Do
the Best you can under the onexpected
[unexpected?] change

[Page 6]
Well. I supose [suppose?] Dancing and
playing the fiddle is a sin now But 35 or
on to 40 years ago I am afraid Dancing
and fiddling would be the leist [least?]
of all sin [sic] at that time I new [knew?]
all the family and how the [they?]
conducted themselves wright [right?] well
they need not Bost [boast?] of what the
[they?] are come of [off?] for I know the
whole posterity - and will give you a
histery [history?] of them. If you like
with your concent [consent?] Bella
will give Cassie there [their?] pettigree
[pedigree?] in full They were the top of the
Branch I am Shure [sure?] Well I supose
[suppose?] home and abroad they [the?]
Duncans will do there [their?] Best to keep
us under – But take good care of yourself
in every way and keep good company - and
good conduct then you will putt [put?]
hir [her?] and others to silence - they
may think a credit of themselves Sending
for you and treating you in the way. (sic)
the [they?] have Done - its what I did not
expect of them or you never would [sic]
went to that contery [country?] But you must
Bear with it now and do the Best you can to
come out victorious in the end

[Page 7]
Dear James your mother and I has [sic] Been
consulting together about what you will
Do Would It Be for a lawyer or what do
you intend going to - you cannot have much
money past you yet - and I am sory [sorry?]
to say though we are trying all we can to
make money its not to [too?] plenty with
one thing and another - But consider well
what you are going to do and what you would
like till Do - and give us all in your nixt
[next?] letter whither [whether?] would you
like till learn there or here as we think
you are going to try in some way or other
I hope you will be successful in your examination
and success might follow the courageous
together with the Blessing of God I pray often
for you to keep and guide you in all your ways
and preserve you in helth [health?] and strenth
[strength?] in a Distant land This is Sunday the
more I am writting [writing?] it and dating
it for Thursday we think you will have lonely
Sunday evenings now If you never go near your
Uncles = But you will have more time for learning
and studding [studying?] and commiting [committing?]
it to memory perhaps you will be as well and Better
you will have nothing to do But Mind your learning
If you like I will send your uncle a smart letter
what ever [whatever?] you would like

[Page 8]
Dear James the crops looks ill at this time of the
year our potatoes is almost in 2 months and only
appearing above the groung [ground?] - flax is
looking ill about 3 or 4 inches long corn poor
enough looking the weather is weet [wet?]and
very cold Glensass was covered with nsow [snow?]
the Day of those weddings I meen [mean?] McKelveys
- James wedding day was fine - William and Tomy
[Tommy?] and Bella is [sic] up to day [today?]
finishing the cutting of the turff [turf?]- then
we are ready for the turnips we will have them all
over in James land. Tomy [Tommy?] has clipped
a few of the sheep - he is for clipping to morrow
[tomorrow?] the wool is only 4 1/2 d per lb - what
dose [does?] your Board Cost – did Willie and Sarah
pay for there [their?] learning or is all schools
free teaching - what would you like to Do yourself
as to home or there you know Both places now
William Denied that ever that letter come [came?]
But its not all over with them. yet - we did not
wire the Big home yet But we have all ready - nor
we never putt [put?] anything into it cince [since?]
January - we never had time - we will have a meeting
of Orangemen to morrow [tomorrow?] night to Tray [try?]
[No4?] and [T?] Duncan the Orangemeen [Orangemen?]
is all for Strabane Derry is comming [coming?]
up I do not know whether we will go or not - when
you write let us know all - and everything - had you
to give evidence in that case yet
No more at present from your loving Father
J J [John James?] Smyth

Transcribed by Alan Houston