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Title: James Barker, Scotland, to John J Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBarker, James/48
SenderBarker, James
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCoatbridge, Scotland
DestinationCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, John J.
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.410190
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 28:10:2004.
Word Count363
Transcript[Page 1]

15 King St
Blair hill

August 17th 1900

To Brother John J Smith
Worshipfull Master
of Castledamph L O L [Loyal Orange Lodge?]
No 1333

"Dear Sir & Brother"
I take the pleasure of
writing you these few lines
to inform you that I have
instructed Bro [Brother?]
James McCallam Secty
[Secretary?] of morning star LOL
[Loyal Orange Lodge?] No 161
Coatbridge to write for my
lines perhaps you will

[Page 2]
have Bro [Brother?] J McCallam's
letter before this time relly
[really?] I did not think he
wood [would?] write so soon
So I hope you will excuse me for
not writing to you before
this time as I promised to
do so the last time you & I
was [sic] talking I may say I never
had time this Lodge which
Intend [sic] Joining as far
as I here [hear?] the [they?]
are very strick [strict?] the
[they?] have got the Rev Mr Winters
for Chapplin [Chaplin?] So you may
guess the [they?] are pretty
strick [strict?] So I thought I
wood [would?] prefere [prefer?]
Joining this Lodge in preference
to any other one

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So you might try and send
them the first opportunity
[opportunity?] I wood [would?]
like you to write to me and let
me know what is against them as
I think surely I must be in dept
[department?] for these last two
years so I shall be very Glad to
clear all up give my best respects
to all my Bro [Brother?] Orange men
hopping [hoping?] the [they?] will
Stick to one another and keep
the Lodge working it is the
principle point of our cause
[is?] So I think I must draw
to a close in the Meantime
yours Fraternally
James Barker

excuse write soon
this scribble I will be much
as I an in a obliged

[Page 4]
hoping you are still
keeping well yourself

Please give my best
respects to Mrs Smyth
hopping [hoping?] she is keeping in
good helth [health?] wishing the
famly [family?] the same not
forgetting Willie John Hay
hopping [hoping?] he is
a good boy [&?] tell James Campbell
I was asking for him very
Kindly how is he getting
Along please tell him
I will send him a letter as long
as the boyne water before long.
Good By for the present
Yours truly
JB [James Barker?]

Transcribed by Gordon Drummond