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Title: Bella M. Smyth, Castledamph to Mr. James. A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/49
SenderSmyth, Bella Maggie
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationfarming household
Sender ReligionPresbyterian
OriginCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
RecipientSmyth, James Alexander
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.0604207
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count795
Transcript[Page 1]

Oct 3rd 1901

Dear Brother
A few lines
to inform you that we are
all in good health since you
left & I hope by this time That
you all feel well again after
your voyage:: We rec [received?]
your letters on Tuesday morning
glad to get them though there were
some tears dropped all the same.
Mrs Nelson had one from Mary also
the Gortin

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people I suppose Mary got her
fill of the Ocean we were sorry that
she was so sick. Lots of people were
anxious to hear of your safe arrival
It seems lonely around home
since you two left and we miss Mary
especially on Sundays John says he
thinks it odd on Saturday nights
when she isn't here when he comes
But we must do as well as possible
now without her & I hope it will
be for her good
Mr. & Miss James came on
Monday, he was here last night,
inquiring about you of course he told
Mother that Mary

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would be foolish for coming back in a
hurry: he says she is far better away
He could have got a school up at home
this time, he says he had a notice
written for Mr Stein two or three
times & drew back as he was afraid of
the other Minister
You wanted to know what Mary
thought of the voyage & vessel. Well
she did not say much how she liked it
only she said the beds were dreadful
the food was lovely and she praised
the dining room

She gave a full account of the concerts
& she said They [the?] [people?] [&?]
all seemed very sociable & kind. The
only thing she disliked was the beds:
She said the rugs were very

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useful to her when on deck Good thing
that you got them in time
Liza wrote to Mary & told her about
Charles McCullagh losing Tillie &
Henderson’s work there is great rows
in all directions. The Miss Houston's
Plumbridge has the work now & their
tongues is all going . Mrs McCullagh
& Miss Dunne is very sorry for giving
it up after 47 years indeed its a pity
of them at the present time He is
getting work from Charles Bayer Derry
but it may not be constant& he may lose
the workers
We tried to send you the pictures but
they were too large & wouldn't go so we

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them with Liza Noble I will send you
her address so if you dont get them you
can write to her she will foward them if
possible We didn't like to cut them so
we thought best to send
them with her . one foot wide is what is
allowed from here but they may go from
there all right Sorry we hadn't them before
you started it would have saved trouble
We have hardly any thing but wet weather
since you left:: The hay is not in yet &
some corn out Through the country
Yesterday was Gortin fair Tom & Wm [William?]
was over . very bad fair
for every thing They had

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lambs over but sold none sheep is doing bad
this season for so far Father & Tom was in
Strabane on Tuesday with the pigs they sold
Nine & rec [received?] £11 10s sold the first
at £1 10s last at £1 5s very good price for
young pigs I wish we had some more
Did you start teaching when you got
there .I suppose you were in time for the
fair give all news like this when you write
we expect to have another letter from some
of you this week I hope Mary wont get
homesick Though we are sick enough

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without her I think there is hardly a
night but some of us dreams of her either
being home or not away
We are sending the song book to day & a
few Educational papers inside I hope you
get it safe::
We have addressed your letters to
Essex but forget the no [number?] of
the Box I suppose you will get them
without it

Have you gained any correspondents
by coming home if so you may get all news
you should write & they would surely
I know Mary will have enough anyway
Mrs Nelson said she would write to day
& miss cole will write also Miss Ashfield
& her own friends after that
Sam & Alice is quiet now
There is no more word about them they
have fought the battle who ever won
This may do to day as I cant think of
anything else your sister
Bella M Smyth

P.S. Posted on Thursday Mary's
on Tuesday who will have them first
B M. [Bella Maggie?] Smyth

Transcribed by Jim Buchanan