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Title: William Gilkinson, Castledamph to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileGilkinson, William/78
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.605036
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count381
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr James A Smyth
Southwoodslee Lock Box 4
Essex Co Ontario

[Written above address]
Rec [Received?] Dec 2 1893

[Written below address]
Ans [Answered?] Dec [7?]

[Back of envelope]

NO 9

NO 20

NO 21

[Written upside down at bottom]
Ans [Answered?] Dec 7 1893

[Page 1]
November 9th 1893

Dear Cousin
In answer to
your letter which I received
a few weeks ago I was glad
to hear of you being well and
getting back safe from the worlds
fair [World’s Fair] I suppose
you saw a great
deal while you were there it must
have taken a great lot of money
to put up such large buildings
I think they will not have
much profit when all is done
you are apt to have heard about

[Page 2]

Willie [William?] Ballantine and James
Reid boxing on the Plum [Plumbridge?]
fair night they were at the Bench
and were fined in 10/0 [10s} each
We have very nice weather
here at present there is some
frost but no snow as yet it
is a good time for the sheep
we have them all on Uncle
James’s hill now your ones has
all the old sheep on it and
the lambs at home there is [sic]
a good many of them [tipped?]
now I think we will keep them
on it all winter if the snow
does not be too heavy

(Page 3)

Bella Maggie and Tilda
is at a quilting to doday [today?]
in Micky Daveys [Davey’s] and
me and William will be for
it at night so it will be
the first spree for us this
winter I am keeping house
to day [today?] we have a litter of
young pigs so I can hardly
get writing two lines at once
I hope you had a good halloweve
[Halloween?] it was a very poor one
here no fun at all There is going
to be a [Soiree?] in John McFarlands
letterbratt [Letterbrat?] on the 24th [of?]

[Page 4]
how is Willie John and Sarah Anne
getting along what kind of
a situation has Sarah Anne
got into I have not got the
addresses you wanted yet I asked
one of the boys about them and
he said he would sent [send?] them
over to me but they did not come
yet it is a shame for me to
not have written sooner but
you must excuse me for my
carelessness we are all well here
at present hoping you are in good
health too I have no more to say at Present
But remains your loving cousin
Willie Gilkison [William Gilkinson?]

write soon again

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