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Title: E. Smyth, Co. Tyrone to J. A. Smyth, Canada
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Eliza Catherine/1
SenderSmyth, Eliza Catherine
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginCastledamph, Co, 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, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.0502004
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 03:02:2005.
Word Count1440
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Mr James A Smyth
Essex co

10 15
JA 3

10 0
JA 7

[Back of Envelope]
JAN 20

JA 21

JA 7

[Written upside down in pen]

[Page 1]

January 7th 1904

Dear Brother

We have rec [received?] a good
many letters from you this last
month and have not answered any
of them yet we rec [received?]
one Christmas morning and one
new years morning so they arrived
in good time for all to hear them
read its so long since I wrote that
I forget what all I have to tell you
as I intend giving you all kinds of
news in future as you made a complaint
in one letter that I did not give you
enough Well I know I keep a lot

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from you that I think you would'nt
bother reading so I'll change my way
of writing. John had a letter from
Willie McKelvey at Xmas and he said
he was glad to hear from John as he
gave him news his own folks would'nt
bother about so If you had some
stranger writing I am sure they would
give you more than we do The day before
Xmas Willie Houston arrived home from
Glasgow, Liza. Mary and him spent Xmas
in Constables as he usually gets [there?]
is so many Willie Houston you have to
distinguish them as Constable Willie
and thos [Thomas?] Willie and Scotch

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on Sunday Father and Mother went over
to see him and on Monday he called in here
going to Chas [Charles?] McCullaghs and was
back twice he had to get your Photo that
you sent mother but he said he would take
great care of it he wants to let the wife
see some of his friends and he is going to
write you as soon as he gets back & be sure
and answer as he has a great conceit in
you because you write to the girls he said
he was'nt very good but that he was sure you
would not criticise on bad writing or spelling
he stand [sic] the times well, he was wishing
you had called to see him when you were over
at the Exhibition he would

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like to see you his wife had three children
before he married her the youngest is 13 he
said he would bring them all over next year.
He was sorry about James he thinks the women
are doing very well but he says nobody will
ever get his Old Fathers farm as long as he
lives. He was down to see Bella last Thursday
he said he was proud when he heard who Bella
got Just I suppose because he was Houston he
was nursing the baby and he was telling Mother
it was the nicest and quietest baby ever he saw
never said a word while he had her he left Eden
on Tuesday and I suppose is back at work again.

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Now I must tell you how we spent Xmas we were
all astir about 6 o'clock everyone had something
to get done. Tom he had to march over and feed
his stock at Stewarts (it consists of 14 head
of cattle mostly young & a bull the young horse
30 hens and about 10 ducks) when he had all fed
Bella and Tommy Houston were driving up so he got
the ride home. John Chas. [Charles?] was out
hunting all day with Bob Dunne and Charlie Watson
and a few more about 12 o'clock all the boys
started to play a football match in Andy
Ballantines holme [home] & was at it until near
dark Father went over like a young fellow but
did'nt play I think they

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put him in when he went all the way over. Davie
remained at home till [to?] do the feeding of
cows but was up for dinner almost night after
night they played checkers and some other fun.
Bella mother and myself were alone most of the
day. all the fun was with the players we had
a good view from here and for noise we heard
it plain enough the baby would not go near
Father all day I think its the beard make [sic]
her afraid of him. I suppose you spent your Xmas
in Woodslee I am sure it was lonely there this
year I notice Miss Arnold has got married
although I dont tell you what I read their

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is not much in either Free Press or Family
Hearld [Herald?] misses me. I usually sit up
if I have not time during the day and reads all
I see you got beaten in the debate between the
churches. Master James was saying that it would go
in the other side the night Andy Ballantine and
Master James meets everything is talked over
Andy thinks you will be in Parliment [Parliament?]
Well I hope you did'nt send that letter of condolence
to Back [back to?] Eden. as it hardly be read I
think Aunt Tilda was in Newtown [Newtownstewart?]
since came up [sic] Sunday last and I think Mary
and John was running up & down no one in Eden but
a boy and girl We

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heard Lizzie was unwell & thats what kept Aunt
down some say she had a young son for certaint
[certain?] I can't say only what we hear Willie
Elkin was around by James Duncan with the funeral
cards and I suppose he got rather much drink
leaving Newtown [Newtownstewart?] for after
he left James Duncan's he fell in the road side
and lay there till Archie got him and carried
him back to the house and old Elkin had to go
for him with the car was and that nice conduct
for a young boy serving cards for his Uncles
funeral I heard master James say that he told
in some house that he was Joe's uncle he
did'nt know

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what he was doing.
I see you have got a raise in Salary we had
noticed it in the Free Press I think you are
giving Mary enough money it surely does'nt take
it all to do her. She should soon make a start for
herself as it is near time she was doing something
its hard for her to know what to do and we hardly
know what to advise her to do.
I suppose you can hardly come home this summer if
you pay Uncle and gets clear and perhaps it would
be better your expences is heavy enough their
[there?] is quite a difference in your outlay and
Master James unless what he pays to the church and
his clothes and keeps

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his sister and I tell you neither of them wears
much but what they do get is always nice and good.
And they are not out one penny entertaining folk.
No one goes in unless Constable Henery [Henry?]
he is engaged to Miss James this long time so that
she never goes out unless to a concert or some thing
of that sort during their Holidays they buy all their
clothing I think in Belfast never deals in any
drapery shop here they buy their groceries in Joe
Duncan [sic] pays every three months they dont go
home for Xmas he was up here the night before had
a map to [sic] Father and tea and a tin of
apricots to Mother.

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last year he gave each of them a book. Mother gives him
some milk now and again. You are mistaken if you think
Marys name and yours are never mentioned because they
are always brough [brought?] in no matter who comes
in before they go out in some way you are both talked
over I think you and Bell should not be always scolding
about Mary having this or that you should not mind what
she says and then she would stop it I used to think
they were well off but now I am commencing to see
different. Has uncle got the money yet most likely
it is [has] landed before

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this. I think father gave you an account of our outlay
but we do not take everything down at present we have £3
so that is not much but the flax will soon be sold I am
afraid our debt is heavier accordingly than yours I have
made up our income on eggs and butter for the year the former
come to £20 7s 0d and Butter £31.16s 0d as the eggs did
not come up till last years.
We are all well hoping that you are still in good health
that was a very nice bit you cut out of the paper and
quite true "Dont forget the Old folks so always keep
it in memory and dont forget to write, your sister