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Title: William Gilkinson, Castledamph to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileGilkinson, William/21
SenderGilkinson, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationEssex, 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
Doc. No.605034
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count500
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr James Alexander Smyth
South Woodslee Box 23
Essex County

[Written above adress]

[Stamp torn off]

[Back of envelope]

SP 1

[Page 1]
September 1st 92
Dear Cousin
In answer
to your letter which I received
on Tuesday 30th August We
are all well here at present
and I see by your letter
that you are all well there
too. You surley [surely?]
wondered much
when you heard of Aunt
Eliza being dead. Your mother
and father is at the shore
now they went on tuesday last
We have very bad weather
here now it is raining
every day if it does not
soon clear up the haff [half?]
of the hay will be lost the
corn will soon be ripe

[Page 2]
here now I think we will
be cutting about the end
of next week if the weather
permits The harvest is a
good deal earlier there
than it is with us I
suppose you had some
warm weather this summer
we heard that the horses
was dying with perfect heat
It does not take such a
great lot of money to go
through college at all if
one could get through in
six months. I see you had
a letter from William Hayes
and one from John James
Think he is getting very
good pay unless the work
is very hard if the [they?] were
in Castledamph they would

[Page 3]
not have the half of it
I suppose Sarah Anne is
getting on well in College
she should be well through
now I am sure Willie John
will not be long getting
through anyway. Times is
very bad here at present
and they are getting worse
every day Cattle is very
low in price and for
sheep they can hardly be
got sold at all but there
is a good price for young
Pigs they are from 25s to
30/ [30s?] each Flax is a very
bad crop here this year
And there is a [union?]
nearly every day I think
your ones will be spreading
some of theirs on Saturday

[Page 4]
I am sure you have forgot [forgotten?]
about the girls you used
to be talking to here You
see so many nice ones
over there do you fall out
with them as often as you
did with Alice Duncan
There is great talk about
Uncle James going to get
married but I dont [don’t?] know
whether it is true or not
he has need enough for one
anyway George Noble and
the wife is away to America
on Friday last. The Band
got any amount of days this
year and good ones too but
They would not go to Barnscourt
[Barons Court?] they kept good
conduct on the 12th July
only a few that was a little drunk
I have no more to say at present
but remain
your cousin

William Gilkison [Gilkinson?]

[Note enclosed]

[Page 1]
There will be [sic] lot of young
Orange men for the next 12th
Alex Duncan Tommy McFarland
John McKnight Tommy Huston
[Houston?] Willie Knox and your William
has got the first ride on the [buck?]
on Friday night

[Page 2]
Please write soon
I thought you had forgot
to write the last time [altogether?]