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Title: William Smyth, Ontario to "Dear Brother"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, William/59
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.604099
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count561
Transcript[No envelope]

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South Woodslee
September 1/91

Dear Brother
I once more write to you
to let you know that
we are all well an [and?] enjoying
good helth [health?] at this present
[present?] [sic] and we are glad to
hear that you are all well also.
Dear brother I am thankful for the
pants you sent me the [they?] are
verry [very?] nice and fits good i
was a little surprised when James
arived [arrived?] I did not
expect to see so big a boy. he is
getting along well and as [sic] being
lonesum [lonesome?] that is imposible
[impossible?] here we have to [too?]
much company for any one to get lonesome
he has held the plough one day he will
make a good ploughman when the ground
is in better order we had no rain to
speak of cince [since?] may

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and the ground is verry [very?] dry
we have 17 acres ploughed at
this date for wheat i had
20 acres of wheat this harvest
and i cut 15 of that with the
reaper and bound it by hand
i think when James goes
home again if he will go he
will show you how to bind
oats. He is doing well and has
good helth [health?]. I almost think
myself at home cince [since?]
james and Sarah came the [they?]
have told me so much about home
an [and?] the people there I think
you have a good deal of truble
[trouble?] with old [burgoin?] on the
mountain it is wonderfull [wonderful?]
the changes that has taken place both
in the people an [and?] in the
country i i [sic] never thought
that so many of my friends would
be into the whiskey buisness business.

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it is verry [very?] strange the
changes that has taken place
I was surprised to hear of James
nabbs getting maried [married?]
to old Jane Hennary [Henry?]
we are thrashing [threshing?]
in this neighbourhood now
I have thrashed [threshed?] my
wheat to get the barn empty for
the oats we had the oats in the
barn three weeks last monday i
will begin sowing wheat next
monday James will tell you all
about the way we thrash [thresh?]
when he goes back you must had
heavy rains to have such floods
and so dry here that you could feel
your foot down in the cracks in the
ground James and Sarah was was [sic]
greatly taken on with the seens
[scenes?] at falls. The [they?] were
well pleased [plased?] with the trip

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James will write in a
few days and give you
all the news. he has
seen menny [many?] strange
things since he left
Ireland and he has a lot to
see yet. i will send you a
paper that will give you
an account of the branches
cass was learning at colage
[college?] the three highest
is given she is quilified
qualified to go into a bank or
anny [any?]place of business
[business?] she is now keeping the
books for a factory in woodslee
i have [sic] stoped [stopped?]
writting writing for a few minutes
and went to the table with the
rest to have a fill of watter [water?]
mellon [melon?] the [they?] are
grand to eate [eat?] well I
cannot tell you how good the [they?]
are. James got the pictures
they are verry [very?] nice
no more at preasant [present?]
Wm [William?] Smyth

Transcribed by Chris Devenney