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Title: William Smyth, Castledamph, to J A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, William John/77
SenderSmyth, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
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.506072
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 30:06:2005.
Word Count711
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Mr James A Smyth
South Woodslee lock Box 4
Essex County

Ans [Answered?] Dec 3 1893
Rec [Received?] Dec 2 1893

NO [?]

[Back of Envelope]
NO 9

NO 20

NO 21

[Page 1]
Novem [November?] 9th 1893

Dear brother
I now take the
pleasure of writing to
you to let you know that
we are all well at
present hoping the
arival [arrival?] of
this will find you in
the same you wanted to
know how many sheep we
had we have 28 old
ewes and thirty lambs

[Page 2]
and the ram we have
59 altogether I think
John has not above
ten yet we sold youngs
big black faced one
last year and we sold
all the lambs last
year and the lamb
the brown faced one had
the year was fattened
and sold at fourteen
Shillings and we bought
none to him in their
place its like when
you were here and sell
some sheep when father
gets a hold of the

[Page 3]
money its hard to get
it again and the lambs
we sold last year we
sold them a [sic] trust
we got more that way
nor [than?] we could get
the other way We did not
get the money for them
yet John says we
roged [rogued - robbed?]
him but we kept none of
them some of his sheep lost
their lambs this year one
of the lambs the brown
faced sheep had the year
you went away was lost
and we never got it
we sold 8 weathers
[wethers-castrated rams?]
in the september fair of
the plum [Plumbridge?]
8 of them at: 11s : 6d

[Page 4]
and the other 3 at 12s ahead
we did not let him get that
we bought 16 lambs that day
12 of them at 6s 3d and the
other four at 5s ahead we had
not much left of the price of
the eight weathers [wethers?]
John picked two of them in
place of his that was sold
We have not much trouble
with them yet we have
the lambs all at home
We have the turnips all
pittid [pitted?] up and we
never have to look about them
we have all the old
ewes up on uncle James
hill and they are staying
very quiet we have the
ram up with them

[Page 5]
We have to go up twice
a day to see them about the
half of them has took [sic]
the ram Moses ballantine
has the sixteen acres all
wired and glenroan men has from
to the burn [stream?] wired
so the [they?] cannot get up to
the glen again and the [they?] never
asked to com [come?] hom [home?] yet.
I think we will not send
any of them away this
winter they are far better
on it nor [than?] any place we
would send for they never
get any hunts I was not
up since the day they

[Page 6]
came down to [sic] yesterday
and they are well mended
Tomy might [sic] rouged [rogued?]
me this year if he had liked
for I never was in the
glen the [this?] year.
Willie ballantine
summoned James Reid
and James McConomy
to the binch [bench - court?]
for striking and James reid
sumons [summoned?] him and
Bob for striking him
And they [the?] three was [were?]
fined in ten shillings a piece.
Willie swore James Reid
struck first and Reid
swore willie struck first

[Page 7]
Willie had John McConnell
and johny warnock for
witnesses McConnell said
that he was not there
at the commencement
and he did not know
who struck first and
warnock said he did
not know who struck
first Bob he swore
Reid struck first
McConomy was asked
how he got into it
he swore that Johny [Johnny?]
Warnock was holding
James Reid when he
come [sic] to them
and willie ballantine
and Bob was laying
[lying?] on him

[Page 8]
with sticks and he said
was their [there?] nobody
to show Reid fairplay
[fair play?] and then he
said he struck McConnell
said that when McConomy
come [sic] up that him and
reid struck willie and he
fell and they struck him
when he was down but I think
that reid and McConomy
did not sware [swear?]
the truth or they would [sic]
not got of [off?] so well
willie I think got enough
without being fined McConnell
Summoned McConomy for striking
him when he went to lift willie
but he settled it McConomy gave
him £1 pound
I have no more at present
William Smyth

Transcribed by Kyle Smith