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Title: Minnie [?], Co. Donegal to Bella Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileDunbar, Mary/14
SenderDunbar, Mary
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCo. Donegal, Ireland
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, Bella
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.410176
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 27:10:2004.
Word Count642
Transcript[envelope addressed to]
Miss B Smyth
N.T. Stewart
Co. Tyrone

Carone [Carnowen?] N S
Co. Donegal

Stamped on back
3 10
MR 1

Arrived March
2nd 1898

March 2nd 1898

Miss B Dunb [Dunbar?]

Carnone [Carnowen?] N S
Co. Donegal

My dear Bella
You will say
"my promises are like
pie crusts made to be
broken. and no wonder
it is a shame for me
never to have written to
thank you for your
nice card.
I was very sorry
to hear of Willie s illness
but I am sure by this
time he is as hearty
as ever. and able to
knock about at his
work as usual.
I am sure Andy Ballantine
will think himself no end
of a man to have given
such a price for his farm.
but I suppose his brothers
paid it for him.
Did you go to the concert
In Wee Sams [Sam s?] barn? I
suppose you did though be
sure & tell me how you
all got on.
When did you hear
anything from James I
am sure he is studying
very hard for his exam
in July.
The time does go round
quickly Just fancy it
three months since I left
it seems like yesterday.
I am sure the people have
settled down now to the old
routine and have forgotten
all about us.
Are Mary & John Charles
still at home. It is a shame
to keep them specially Mary
I hope John does not go too
often to see Lillie he might
begin to take the work out
of your hands if he got
too many lessons.
Tell Willie to take care
going across the burn for
fear (sic) Andy would not be
there to save him and he
might get drowned.
No more marriages since
Bella Houstons? I wonder
she did not put you all
in a way of working.
I never heard how they
got on at the exam. but
I am sure it was only
very middling they forget
so fast if they are not
kept well at their
work. Is Miss Dunn's over
yet? Remember me to them
all when you see them.
I have not heard of
Any of you being down
in Grange yet. There
are so many of you that
one or two would not
be missed from church
on Sunday. But if one or
two of our folks were
away there would be no
one to represent the family.
It wont [won t?] be very long
to Easter now. I do not
know whether I will give
long holidays or not
I will see what sort of
weather there will be at
that time. If it were
like this it would
not be very inviting
How is Liza keeping,
Do her chilblains bother
her this winter. I hope she
did not hurt her toe at
Moses Ballantine's like
she did at the quilting.
Is Tom still fond of
Fair haired girls or has
he got over his liking
for that style.
I used to have
great fun going up to
your house then your
mother & father were
so good to us. I often
wonder they did not
throw us out we kicked
up such a row many
a time. How is
Willie John, Has he
gone over to his father's
yet. Do you ever go
still hunting now. Such
an escapade. if we
had been caught what
would have happened.
We caused a nine days
wonder anyhow.
I must finish up now
with best love to your
mother father Willie Tom
Liza John Mary & Willie
John & last but not
least your own sweet
Remember me to all
enquiring friends and
write me all the news very
soon. Your loving friend Minnie

[written across page]
Were you ever in Omagh since, Hadn't
we a real day. I forgot to ask if Liza s
flower lived. What about your
Cousin in India, do you hear regularly
from him. Remember me to your
uncle James & Charlie also Mrs Charlie
but you neednt [needn t?] mind the other lady she
is not my style.

Transcribed by Greg Floyd