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Title: Mary Smyth, Castledamph to J A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/123B
SenderSmyth, Bella Maggie
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationfarming household
Sender ReligionProtestant (Presbyterian)
OriginCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, Canada
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.506601
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 16:06:2005.
Word Count528
Transcript[Letter 2]

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Castledamph Nov 21st 99

Dear Brother
Mary wrote some
on Sat. but was late for the
post so it did not go. She has
told you all about the band
going to Newtown [Newtownstewart?]
They had a very good day. and they
are all pleased with the cars I
think they will walk no more. it
was very nice with the flag in
front & the men all wearing sashes.
The stone was laid by Mrs Millar
Newtownstewart Jerry Dubar & a few
others helped There were eleven
band's present Mr Morton Mr Moore
& another man were the speakers.
they talked

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a good deal about the
John says that Kruger got
some groan's but that wont do
him much harm. we will send
a paper with full account. as
soon as we get it. You are better
informed with war news than
we are. as we have to do with
one paper per week. unless when
we buy one in Strabane & sometimes
we get James [Houston's?]
We learn by your letters that
they are some loyal subjects
over there. They dont bother
scholars about the Queen here
its hard for them to know much
about her. & for learning
[teaching?] them to sing. that
is forgotten altogether.
William is away today with
a load of George's. Jamie [Jamey?]
flitting up to Omagh. he has ten

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today, & he had a lot more asked
that did not go, so there is a lot
of stuff left behind
We have pretty calm weather
here now not near so rough as it
was some time ago. There is not
much work to do outside now unless
to make improvements.
Servants have changed places
for another season. James Houston
has Barney [Mours?] again. Alex Duncan
has Bob Wilson & John has a fellow
named McConnell. "Davy Mat" is
hired with Sam McKimmon.
Uncle John has no one at all &
him & her is getting very old
looking We were talking about them
today & Mary said if they would give
her all the money she would go
& attend to them. but Im afraid
her & Aunt would never agree
Mary still keeps the notion of
going some place

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Mother is for Gortin again
Thursday They wanted her over
this last month. but she is hard
to force to go any place
We have got no word from Tommy
Hay yet but if he is well he will
be [apt?] to write soon
"Is Mrs Allison not in good
health now" we have heard that
she is ailing but I hope she is
better by this time. Willie John
Duncan gets letters from Mrs Bennett
Regular [sic]. we get none from any
of them. We have not got our
photos from Derry yet & we are
waiting on them every day
We will try & send you some
money this week if we dont write
again Willie Gilkison will write
one. we must get Willie John to write
again as we have got a new dog from
Master James called 'Sport' Shepherd is
still living but not too healthy
'All well' No more at this time
Your Sister

Bella M Smyth