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Title: [Thomas Hay?], England to [John J Smyth?], [Castledamph?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHay, Thomas/34
SenderHay, Thomas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationsoldier
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCanterbury, Kent, England
DestinationCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, John J.
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipnephew-aunt and uncle
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth.
Doc. No.604064
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count252
Transcript[No envelope]

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Cavalry Depot

Dear Uncle
Just a few lines to you and
my dear Aunt and all my
little cousins hoping you
are all quite will and
hearty as they leave me
quite well. Dear Uncle
I suppose you were surprised
to hear I have joined
the army but I always

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had it in my head if ever
I fell out of work I would
go for a soldier so I have
done it and I am quite
contented for what I see
army life I like it alright
Dear Uncle it is a long time
now since I have had the
pleasure of speaking to
you and all my friends
and I dont think it
will be long before we

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see another again but
it wont be at Christmas
as I will only be able to get
seven day [sic] fourteen at the
utmost. Dear Uncle I
had a letter from cousin
Bella Magy [Maggie?] today and
was very glad to see they
are all well and hearty
thanks be to God for that
and I also sent them a

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photo and I would
have sent you one the
same time only I did not
know your address so I
send you one now so
I hope you will excuse me
for not writing before
Dear Uncle I have no time
to write any more at
present as we have a lot
to do on saturday getting
ready for church parade
so I now conclude by bidding
you all good bye
For the present.

Transcribed by Chris Devenney