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Title: Thomas Hay, England to Bella Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHay, Thomas/60
SenderHay, Thomas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationsoldier
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCanterbury, Kent, England
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.604015
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count323
Transcript[Front of envelope]
10 PM
OC 1

Miss B. M Smyth

[Handwritten at bottom in pencil]
Oct 6th 1900

[Back of envelope]
5 [0--?]
OC 3

[Written in pencil]
Arrive A
October 3rd

E C Smyth
Oct 11th [1900?]
[windy Day?]

[Page 1]
Cavalry depot

My Dear Cousin
I now answer your kind
and welcome letter which
I received a few days ago
I am very sorry that I kept
you waiting so long for my
first letter but really Dear
Cousin I was thinking that
you would know I was
alright when I had not
wrote. Dear Cousin I did

[Page 2]
I think the same as you were [sic]
how could I ever forget such
good and kind people as
you and my dear Aunt
and all my Cousins I could
never forget you I should be
a very poor minded chap
if I let myself go like
that. [Written in pencil]
I let myself gt [get?] like that.
Dear Cousin I am surprised
about that chap getting
married there was no talk
about him going off when I
was at home with you

[Page 3]
I suppose that will liven we [wee?]
Andy up a little to look for
a young Lady it is very near
time he had got his better
half dont you think so Dear
Well Dear Cousin I suppose
you all have go [got?] best part
of your hard work over for
this year we are getting plenty
of work here at present
there are one thousand men
leaving here for different
places abroad this month and
I wish I was going out abroad
again I cannot content myself

[Page 4]
here at all I wish I was over
with you again [Written in pencil
I was over with you again.
Dear Cousin I cannot
say any more at present
hoping these few lines will
find you and all my friends
in the best of health I quite
forgot about playing that
joke with the letter but if
I knew where that young Lady
had gone too [to?] I should play
a joke with her.
I now conclude this
letter with Love and best
wishes for you and all I
remain your Loving Cousin T Hay

Transcribed by Christopher Devenney