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Title: Willie Gilkison, Castledamph to J A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileGilkinson, William/87
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.410171
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 27:10:2004.
Word Count389
Transcript[envalope addressed to]
Mr James Alex Smyth
S Woodslee
Ontario Canada

10 0
JY 22

Ans Nov 7 97

Stamped on back
JY [2-?]

AU 2

AU [3?]

July 22nd 97

Dear Cousin
In answer to
your letter which I received
a few weeks ago was glad
to hear from you again
I suppose you have your
examination over you by this
time if so I hope you have
got through allright [alright?] Willie
John Duncan is at home now
he arrived a few days before
the twelfth he look [looks?] very thin
he is going to stop about a
couple of months James Joe
happend [happened?] with a dreadful
accident he was drowned on the
16 inst he was bathing with
another little boy and neither
of them could swim he did
not (sic) that the water was so deep
and went in too far when
he went down the other
little fellow ran for help
but it was fifteen minutes
before it came and that was
too late he had to be taken
out with a net and the place
where he was found was about
20 feet deep it was a very hard
trial on his mother and on them
all it will also spoil Willie John's
visit. Well we have got the
twelfth over once more and we
had a splendid day too There
was an immense crowd of people
I cannot say how many bands
was (sic) int [in it?] but there was quite
a lot We got home in good
time and without any trouble
as they all kept steady so
that was not so bad we had
only twelve fluters this year
as there was (sic) some of them
did not play but we done
very well without them
We are all well here at
Present and we have plenty
of work too the weather is
very warm here thise [these?] last
two weeks and it was very
much needed the turf is all
dry now and most of them stacked
The crops in general look very
bad this year there is no new
potatoes dug around here yet
we got all the road money ths [this?]
time we have quite a lot of
gravel to take out yet but
if the weather keeps good
we will get it all right [alright?] yet
I hope you have got along will [well?]
at your examination I have no more to say at
pres. [present?]
But remains your Cousin
Willie Gilkison
Please write
soon again

Transcribed by Greg Floyd