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Title: [?], Grange, [Co Tyrone?] to, B. M. Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginGrange, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationPlumbridge, 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.410279
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 29:10:2004.
Word Count365
TranscriptEnvelope addressed to
Miss B. M. Smyth

Sunday Evg. [evening?]

My dear Bella,
Can what I have been hearing really [sic] true that
Willie Gilkinson is dead. Now I said you would
surely have written and tell me. I cant realize
it at all poor Tilda I am so sorry for her.
I had a letter from M Duncan on I think Friday
and she seemed to think I had heard all she
[just?] said he had died in a short illness poor
thing he seemed to be so strong & lifelike last
time I seen him be sure now and write me so soon
and tell me all as mother and each of us feel heart
felt sympathy for all of you.
Annie has written to poor Tilda she feels it
terribly I am sure. and to see the old man living
still it is wonderful.
Dear Bella is the weather not just beautiful it
seems hard that our loved ones should be called
away altogether from us. And buried beneath the sod.
But we know we have all to die and which one of
us but has some loved one gone before.
We would not live always away them and the father,
I often repeat that verse in the beautiful old
Hymn "A few more years shall toll" etc, the words
are so beautiful.
Now dear Bella I am writing this on my knee out in
the field I am watching the cows for 1/2 an hour
as we have not put them on the grass yet. So you
must excuse the scrawl.
Mother is down with Mary she went on Saturday a
wee holiday, for her, I dont know when she will
return. Mary was up at Easter and is looking
right well if she had; had, her bicycle with
her she would probably have given you all a
surprise but she had not.
How is your mother and father feeling, these
times I wish they would come to see us.
We had the Rev Steen down at the presbytery
meeting in our church last week.
They are trying to amalgamate first and
second N.T. Stewart [Newtownstewart?] I dont know if he
will succeed the Rev. Moore has asked leave to resign