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Title: Bella M Smyth, Castledamph to James A Smyth, Ontario, Canada
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/64B
SenderSmyth, Bella Maggie
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationfarming household
Sender ReligionProtestant (Presbyterian)
OriginCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
RecipientSmyth, James Alexander
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge
Doc. No.604141
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count538
Transcript[Letter 2]

October 29th 1896

Dear Brother
I suppose you
will be anxious to hear how
the law went we were going
to write last week but there
was not much news so we
thought we would wait till
now It is all over and its
not very serious after all
there is no one sent to
jail anyway we had to
pay two pounds along with
[our?] own expenses, there is
a good deal of money spent
on both sides and not
much benefit I believe
they would went to Jail only
for Willie Gilkison he was
the only witness they had
and it was as lucky they

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had him he was steady and
could not be changed by any
one, but of course he will
suffer for swearing the truth
Sarah has not give up since,
everyone she sees she tell
[sic] them about the lies
Willie Gilky [Gilkinson?]
swore, only for him she says
they were down in Derry, and
I think that was all she wanted
it was not money she cared for
she would rather they had went
to Derry but I think the law
has made her a credit to all
belonging to her, she can sware
plenty and so can Johnnie
but I think Tommy will watch
himself from this on and so will
the rest there is no chance of
escaping when you have people like
them for plaintiff they will not
lose for swearing a word or two

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We will send you the Tyrone
constitution and you will see it
all we have got [sic] the Sentinel
but it does not give it correct
nor a full account,
Wet Weather continuing here
still with the exceptions of a
few days now and then, the corn
is all gathered in in some style
except Bradkeel and there is
some out there yet We are putting
in the hay today and I think
we are last with it but it is
nothing the worse yet We have
the potatoes dug over in Uncle
James land I suppose an acre
or so; we have a very good crop
of potatoes this year too and
there is a good deal of people
The surveyor was round
yesterday and measured the
stones for the road so now

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they have nothing to do but
scatter them
Halloweve is drawing near
again there is not much talk
about it here this year either
only we are asked to a party
down in Grange to-morrow eving
[evening?] so I suppose it will
be [Halloweve?] when we get back
there are four of us going and
two Gilkison [Gilkinson?] and
the two Miss Campbells Mrs Dunbar
and Mary was up here on Monday
and stopped till they come from
Omagh to hear the news Mary is
going down home for Halloweve
so then the [they?] thought to
have a night fun when she was
down We had a letter from you
the morning after we wrote last
we were very glad to hear that
you were promoted to II Form and
did not lose much by your mistake
and we hope you will do well next
year Eliza is giving you a history
about Willie John so I will finish