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Title: John C Smyth, Co Tyrone to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John Charles/84B
SenderSmyth, John Charles and Bella M.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationcarpenter
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCastledamph, Co. 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.502002
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count574
Transcript[Letter 2]

[Page 5]
Castledamph June 24th 1897

Dear Brother
We received
your last letter on the 22nd.
glad to know that you are
enjoying good health. and
we hope that you will take
courage when you are at those
two subjects that you are so
afraid of. perhaps you will
do well in those two and miss
some of the others that you
know better as its nearly
always the case;
John has been giving
you some news but he has
it a little mixed you might
hardly understand it
but you may excuse him for
he is always in a hurry

[Page 6]
They have got the Jubilee over
in pretty good style the band went
up to the mote and burned a
good bonfire after they came from
the Plum [Plumbridge?], they were
pretty tired but they had a good view
when they were up and it not matter so
much [sic] They disagreed a little
before they started to the Plum
[Plumbridge?] about going to the mote
but the majority was for it so they won
James Campbell carried all up and gave
the tar free and everything else when
they agreed to go on but he would not
give it for any place else so they have
to say that they burned a bonfire
on the mote on the Queen's Jubilee
there was a good many bonfires
at night but very few to leave
thier [their?] work in daytime Eden
people was all busy except the two
McClelland's and plenty others
as well

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There was a picnic at Gortin
on same day the band had some
notion of going there but they got
no invitation so they thought
they would not bother
There is another picnic at Baronscourt
to morrow [tomorrow?] but only for the
free.masons [freemasons?] Charles McCullagh's
ones is all going. they went to Gortin on
Then the [there?] will be another in
Rooskey [Roosky?] on 1st July James
McKnickle [McNichol?] sent us a notice but
I dont think we will go He was
here on the [18th?] viewing the land
and trying to get into business
about here so on that account
he gave us word about the picnic
Strabane sessions is
going on today and yesterday
Uncle John has John Ballantine
and Moses processed for money
that Bob got and they were Bail [bailed?]
Archibald : has Bobs land

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sunk so he will get nothing there
John (Hugh Brien) has got that many
processes that he will have to sell
the land, he has rid of all stock
before the decree comes Alex McKelvey
started to America out of the road
before he was [prossed?]
I think he is far down too
John told you something about
James McKelvey Bradkeel he was
for death but I think he will
recover again Duncans people
has their equal this time the
McKelveys was all over night and
day and bought [brought?] their
own meat and attended to James
and he made his will to please
them and left them all and from
what we hear they had some rows
Alice went over and defied one of
them to touch her she would go in
to see her sister in spite of them
If he recovers they will have [hot?]
living him and Annie I think he kept
her in bounds anyway

Good Bye [Goodbye?] at present
Bella M Smyth

when this letter reaches you your
exam will be going on and the
twelfth will be near