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Title: William Gilkinson, Castledamph, to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileGilkinson, William/48
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, Castledamph, Plumbridge
Doc. No.604037
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count343
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
[Stamp torn off]

Mr James A Smyth
South Woodslee Lock box 4
Essex Co Ontario

[Back of envelope]

MR 11

MR 1

MR 1-

[Letter 1]

[Page 1]


March 1st 94

Dear Cousin
In answer to
your letter which I received
on Tuesday I was glad to
hear of you being well we
are all well here at present
you have fine times of it
this winter going to school
it seems you have more
lessons to get than we

[Page 2]
used to get for Miss Dunne
The books are dearer than
they are here unless they
are larger there is no school
fees to pay here now either
everyone that pays Poor Rate
Pays threepence in the Pound
for the teacher What do
you mean by Passing for
high school I was thinking
that you are going to be a
teacher I would like to
see your Master giving you
a good Whipping now

[Page 3]
have you as much fun at
it as we used to have here
when Beck Dunne and Minnie
Duncan was at school but
suppose there is [sic] no girls
in the school with the boys
It was William and Mary Duncan
that had some words but I
dont know what it was about
she said he was talking
about her and she was
going to hit him but did not
there is hot times here now
they have lost all [their?] boys

[Page 4]
with their bad tongue anyway
I dont think I will be talking
to Alice so I will not have
a chance of telling her what
you say I dont know where
they are going on the Twelfth
yet I would like to see your
Picture now I am sure you
will be quite changed now
I would like to see you at home
but it might be a long time
to the next Ball I cant know
what meaning to take out of the
last two sentences of your letter
when you write again tell me what
you mean by then No more at Present
But remain yours &c
W Gilkison [William Gilkinson?]

[Written at top of Pages 2 & 3]
This letter is not written very well
it is short too but you must excuse
I will write soon again.

[Written at bottom of Page 2]
Please write soon.