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Title: M. Smyth, Castledamph, to J. A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/117
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.507005
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 15:07:2005.
Word Count642
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr James A. Smyth,
Essex Co.

SEP [21?]

[Written over Envelope]

Windsor box 626

Ans [Answered?]
Tom Hay left India 8th Oct

[Back of Envelope]
OC 2

OC 2

SE 21

[Page 1]
Sept 21st. 99

Dear Brother
I see by your
letter that you did not get
many letters during this
last while So I thought
I would scribble a bit
today We were busy every
day at the harvest &
there was not much time
to write. I suppose by this
time you are attending
Model school you had some
hard work this last few

[Page 2]
years & I suppose you
have it nearly all over
you now so you are alright
I am still working here yet
& cannot get to anthing
[anything?] I wonder how you
got away for they are not
willing to let any more [anymore?]
as they say it is better to all
stay at home & work together.
You wanted to know how
Joe Duncan's leg is I think
it is getting better not
not much talk about him.
Mathews leg is not right
better yet, he is able to
do no work yet he is

[Page 3]
herding the cows and he
always stays along the
road so he has a chat
with everyone goin [going?]
up & down the road he is always
uneasy to hear the news of
the country but he goes
down to Elkin’s some times
so he alway [always?] hears
something there We were thinking
that you did not see our
Photos before you left
S [South?] Woodslee I wonder
how you will like them some
of us are not very pleasant
looking but can't change it
I think I heard you say
some time ago that you
never were on Derry walls

[Page 4]
so I have the advantage
of you all the places you
have been and all you have
seen for I was on them 12th
August I saw a good deal
that day that I had never
seen before Newtownstewart
a –train- and many more
besides which I will not
mention. We got a letter
from Tommy Hay last week
he had been in Hospital
for two months before but
was better again he is for
leaving India 8th October
for Egypt so he will see
another kind of people there
he said he had wrote to
you some time [sometime?]
before but had got no answer

[Page 5]
I suppose I will tell you
of what kind of business
is going on our men are on
the road this while they had
George Noble yesterday drawing
stones and has Tomy Mc Farlane
[Tommy McFarland?] today napping
[knapping?–breaking stones]
There was very stormy & wet weather
this last week but this day
looks well some corn out yet
John Duncan & Alex has the
most out around here.
I suppose you will be sorry
to hear of Jamey Young’s
Death he departed this life
on Thursday morning 14th &
was buried on Saturday 4 o'clock
Old James started over when
they got the telegram & came

[Page 6]
back Tuesday he was speaking
to Father yesterday there are
three children one of them is
in Young’s We have heard that
Robert Keys is not in good
health now so Scotland is not
a very good place I think
he is coming to Plumbridge next
week Joe Gilkison [Gilkinson?]
has taken a [how?] room in Glasgow
so I think he is doing better
since he got married but I
think she is not doing anything
yet so he will have to keep her up
I suppose there is no fear of you
getting tied to one yet I think all
your girls in this courtry [country?]
are alive yet J. C. [John Charles?]
was speaking to one of yours some
time [sometime?] ago but I don’t
[sic] whether yet or not she was
Miss Gordon he is nearly over
the whole place but no settled one yet
I have no more to say this time
Your Sister M.[Mary?] Smyth

J Houston [Huston?] is sending
you the witness [The Witness?]