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Title: Liza [Smyth?], Castledamph to “Dear Brother”
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Eliza Catherine/10
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
Doc. No.0410226
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count1185

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Dear Brother

John Rec [received?] a letter
from you Friday but as he is
kept so busy this last while
he can’t get time to write so
I will give you all the news
I can. I think you should have
Rec. [received?] a letter from
me shortly after you wrote I
believe it was in June. I sent
it off but I see you dont intend
to come to New York this year.
I suppose

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money is the only difficulty
with us all we would do great
things if we had it but perhaps
we might be like some others hard
enough if we had plenty and again
health is before wealth now we had
a visitor here about two weeks ago
from England a John McAnuley who
sold his land to Moses Ballantine
twenty six years ago and he has a
daughter about the age of you who
has never set foot on green grass
nor has not had any clothes on the
last seven years his wife is failing
in health

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and he would like to get a house and
grass around here that he could keep a
couple of cows he is old now and cant
get any work but while he was young and
strong he left some money past I never
heard a man as he done you could listen
to him all day he said one Dr [doctor?]
asked how they kept her without any
bed [sores?] well he said we done our part
and god done the rest bad as she is he said
they had no trouble with her in that way
and can eat anything that comes her way
While we have health

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and strength we dont value it
as we should do.

Your letter did not reach here
in time for the twelfth but we
had James Campbell in Sunday before
coming from church and you may be
sure he asked enough about you and
Mary he said they heard you and her
had got a [sic] invitation to Tillies
wedding but I think not. We rec
[received?] a photo from Tillie
(Monday) of both they look splendid as
Master James said last night its
an excellent Photo he looks quite young

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well now I must give you some news
concerning the twelfth the usual
preparations were carried out but
I think the heaviest part fell on
John he had to ride to newtown
[Newtownstewart?] on the bike and
carry the new [drum?] on his back coming
home the bicycle broke down out side the
plumbridge [sic] and then he had to walk
and drive the bicycle he sent in with
Jamey McKnight how ever it was he would’nt
get her from the railway officials and
least she would be late John started off
for her on Friday she is a skeleton Brass
very nice

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The band practised every Friday night but
most of the old ones are not to the front,
the route was Fintona about 7 miles above
Omagh. They assembled here at 6.30 and left
at 7.30 we were all up from 4 oclock or
shortly after and as Mr [Hun?] says despite
the fact that we dind’nt want to waken Madge
John could not be kept from the drums. Bella
came up the evg [evening] before and had Madge
[with?] her I suppose it (sic) twenty years
since a little girl was running about on a
twelfth morning she seemed to enjoy the drums
well. There was 16 fluters 4 small drumers
[drummers?] large drumer [drummer?] and a
symbols [cymbals?] man 22 in number all the
rest were on our car and Jim Orr’s except
John Gilkison and George McCullagh
[McCullough?] who were carrying the side
polesJamey McKnight James McKelvey Davie [Davy?]
Houston and William second
Ady mccleand A.J. Campbell A Campbell J Ballintine
J. Hay Joe Jilkinson and [---]. Orr Big Drum Bob McKernan
small drum John McKnight Willie J Campbell and Willie J Hay symbol
Bole Campbell, they others were James Campbell, Jomy Jilkison
George McCullough Willie Boucher R.J Hay there were
a few more but I forget Alex McKelvey (Glasgow)
is not able to come and william Smyth had a very
sore foot. William Lunneys father died the night
and that left John Orr and lisa both absent
the morning was glorious and fine they had to
be in Newton at 10 oclockthe same tunes are still
played Mother Bella baby and I were all alone
it was a long day well about 4 oclock it changed
to rain and just as band was coming into the [---]
the thunder and lighting started the played till came to willie
Orrs and got in and continued for almost half an hour
and heavy rain [------] it spoiled the ivy lots of
them went home before the band got ready it was ten
oclock when they reached here. All the sashes were
wet also the flag, some girls were here they
spent the evening singing and dancing Lizze Mc Cullough
and rchie in [-----] on bicycles and as lizzie was
in while you may know how she was, but they got
all day and had a very good time Old Master Campbell
came up he has his passage paid to Canada and he
would like to mary if she comes before he leaves
he is going out to his brothers place he feels
the effects of a mispent time now. has nobody
nor I suppose not much money now he was talking
to father about the four sons he had and he said
he could married just as well only I suppose he
was to ill so please he was to ill so please
but he runs it badly now we rec your exam paper
also master james said he got your letter and
papers he thinks you have rather much work to
do your holidays are very long if everthing
was as we would wish yiu could spend them two
months about here. I dont think it was
against marys wish going to school as she always
said she liked it well. We re the two picture
and the map belonging to the family herald
the day before the twellh they are very nice
This day is raining all through we had another
thunder storm yesterday evening the lighting
was not so bad as on the twelfth but the thunder
was very heavy [---] and father were in clougherney
at the turf so he got a wetting coming home
John has been working in James Duncans and
joes this last fortnight and davy has got a [-----]
to put up in railing and he must be there today
as he dint come home last night we were expecting
mary home about the 3 Aug but according to
accounts she may not come as soon.
Uncle William inLiverpool has got married lately.
Mrs McCullough is very bad again the Dr was
with here three times yest. We didnt hear
how she is today but I am going over after
Goodbye now Liza

Transcribed by Tony Flanagan