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Title: Thomas Hay India to Bella M. Smyth Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHay, Thomas/37A
SenderHay, Thomas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationsoldier
Sender Religionunknown
DestinationCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, Bella M.
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.604167
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count620
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Miss B M Sm [torn]
Castleda [torn]
Plumbr [torn]
Co Tyrone

From Pte T [Private Thomas?] Hay C Squadron [torn]
No 4112

H [Busby?] Gore
Officer Commanding 11th Hussars

[Back of envelope]

JY 12

Tuesday July
12th 1898

[Letter 1]

[Page 1]
Dear cousin
In answer to your kind
letter which I received this last mail
I am very glad to see you all
keeping well I am glad William has got
better. Dear Cousin I have received
a nice letter from cousin James he says
he is keeping in good health and
preparing for his examinations he
as [has?] got plenty of studying to do

[Page 2]
he says he would like to get home for a
few weeks this summer I suppose
he will be there for a few years
yet I would like to reach home
the same time as him. Dear
Cousin the last letter from home
says they are all well and I believe
Lizzie & Billy are about to
get married some time this year
so they are courting heavy I think
I shall start courting one of these
black lasses here soon for there
is no other sort but I think I
had best wait until I reach home

[Page 3]
again a [and?] get an Irish Lassie what
say you Dear Cousin I hope John
is liking his situation alright I
know the neighbourhood well but
I hope he never takes this job on
hand or anything like it I would
not like anymore [any more?] to come
out here belonging to me we have it
terrible hot Dear cousin I am sorry
to tell you we have buried two of our
draft this month with enterric [enteric?]
fever neither of them reached the
age of twenty two we buried them
at seven o'clock at night it is as

[Page 4]
hot then as mid day summer at home
I was one of the firing party we all
tun out in white clothing but by
the time we reach the cemetery you
would have thought we had been
out in the rain a couple of hours there
wet with sweat. Dear cousin
that young fellow on the photo his
name is Walter Brassey he wanted
to go to Ireland with me he as [has?]
had a lot of sickness since he
came out here he is going up
the hills this month to benefit

[Page 5]
his health I am sorry he is going
we are good chums I look after
him well when he is in hospital
he belongs to Liverpool he is
a nice chap Dear Cousin there
is no tho [sic] trouble here at present
I dont think the British
Government will have anything
to do with America and
Russia she has plenty to
do in egypt. Dear Cousin
I have stopped taking any kind
of Liquors at all now I am

[Page 6]
I [sic] a member of the I.C.G.T. of India this
last seven months I used to take beer before
but I used to go like a bloke that was puggled
[sic] the heat catches you but I am doing well
is [since?] I have been a tetotolar [teetotaller?]
Dear Cousin I think I have said all this time
hoping these few lines will find you and all my
relatives in good health as it
me [sic] in good health I remain you loving
How is Liza and Mary Cousin T [Thomas?] Hay
to B M [Bella Maggie?] Smyth

When are you going to send me your photo I
want to get taken standing alone [along?] side
of you I am going to send James one but I cannot
get on [sic] yet the photographer as [has?]] gone
up [sic] the hill for the summer we are going on
three months march soon (same address)
I remain your little Dashing

Walter Brassey No 3993
B squadron
XI Hussars Tealhot

how is Tilly and Tibby Gilkerson [Gilkinson?]
and that young Lady of McFarlands
and all the family give them
my best wishes when
you see them