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Title: William Smyth, Castledamph, to “Dear Brother”
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, William/14
SenderSmyth, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginEssex, Co., Ontario, Canada
DestinationCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, John J.
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.605014
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count820
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr James Alex Smyth
South Woodslee Box 23
Essex County


[Postage Stamp]
Postage & Revenue
2 ½

[Written at top]
July 1892

[Back of envelope]



[2 00?]
JY 6

JY [--?]

[Page 1]

6 /7 /1892

Dear Brother
Once more I
take the pleasure of writing
to you. We are all well
at present. We
received your letter
on the 4th and we
got the papers about a
week ago. We have
very wet weather here
now I think it will
be hard to get the turf
dry this year. We have
none of them rickled [stacked?]
yet but we have them all
fitted. We have they [the?]
potatoes all moulded [buried?].
We are not doing
very much now.

[Page 2]
Father and Tomy [Tommy?]
is in Gortin fair today.
They have two of the
heifers in it. The [there?] are
[sic] great word about the
election here now. The [There?]
are three men to speak
in Gortin to day [today?].
Dr. Thompson, Kenny
and plunket these three
are standing for our
part this time. plunket
is a parnellite, they [the?]
other two is the same
as before. We expect
to be fit to put
in Thompson. friday
is the day of the
voting for this part
Hamilton Will be speaking
in the plum [Plumbridge]
tomorrow They [the?] band is
going down to meet him.

[Page 3]
We are out every
Friday night. We went
over eden hill one night
till we went to the
butterlop and then
down to the mill. last
friday night we went
up round by Charles
McCullaghs [McCulloughs?]
and went on down and crossed
the foot stick and up this
side. We were going
to go round Glenroan
this friday coming
but I think we will
wait to see how the
voting will go. We
are going to Newtown
this Twelfth. I see
by your letter you
are for taking this
Twelfth. When you
were here they were

[Page 4 ]
arguing about druming.
[drumming?] Joe Keys is
over in america and we had
to learn a new one.
Alex McKelvey glenroan
is learning but he is
not very good yet
We had sixteen players
on last friday. Alex
McClelland Will not com
to beat the big drum
Alex duncan is beating
her so that is another
player off. We have got
a new pair of symbols.
[cymbals?] They are talking
about getting a new flag
but I am not sure
whether they will get
her or not. Willie
Knox is beating the
symballs [cymbals?]
The cost is 11 shillings
The [they?] are the same as the
plum [Plumbridge]

[Page 5]
You wanted to know
if we had all the
sheep clipped. we have
them all clipped only
3 year olds that was lost
one of them is the
Twin ram you gave
to John the other
two is [sic] ones we bought
they stayed up above
McConnell till about
a month ago and we
cannot get any word
of them since. We
are feared someone
put them out of the
way because we pounded
once and left in some
of glenroan sheep we
left in fifty and we
never can get any since
they are hirding [herding?] them
out of the glen

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We have twenty two
lambs this year 14 [ups?]
and 8 ewes the [there?] were
five of them had no lambs
and two of them that let them
die. We lost five in
winter and spring 4 year olds
and one old ewe
James Campbell has pound
some this year
Johny [Johnny?] Elkin had to
send his down to
douglas and Joe Duncan
has sold all his except
about twenty he has
down at [hileter?]
McConnell had to
send his all away
David Noble has stoped
[stopped?] the pass cross the
plough. Biddy gillen
prossed [brought a legal
action against?] him to the

[Page 7]
last sessions for
five pound [sic] damages
for stoping [stopping?] the pass
Noble was decreed
in ten shillings and
costs David Noble
has appailed [appealed?] it to
the assixes [assizes?] so the
the [sic] [there?] will be a lot
up at the assixes [assizes?].
this time I think
the [they?] will commence
on the sixteenth
John Nicholas ones and
Micky an [and?] Miles had
a great row one day
about a fortnight ago.
It was about the
lonen [loan?] that goes up
past John Nicholas
and one of miles sons
[bond?] first and then

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old miles came they
gave James Nicholas
a brave black arm
with a stone and then
he lifted one and [he?]
gave miles a brave cut
on the head. James
Nicholas was arrested
that night and kept
in the barracks until
ten o clock the next day
and then he got out
on bale [bail]. He is summoned
to the binch [bench?] and he has
sumoned summoned miles so we dont
know how it will go to
after that he is feared [afraid?]
he will go to jail.
patrick Nicholas is in scotland
he struck John McConnell
one time in spring and he
was feared [afraid?] he would
summons him and then he started
William Smyth

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