Main content

Title: Lisa Smyth, Castledamph, to J A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Eliza Catherine/25
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.0506077
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 07:07:2005.
Word Count793
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Mr Jas A Smyth
Essex Co

10 PM
JY 18
[Written on Envelope]
20 cts for [Laundry?]
Ans [Answered?] July 29 07

[Back of Envelope]
JY 18

JY 29

[Calculations on Back of Envelope]

[Page 1]
July 17th 07

Dear Brother
I suppose you are
wondering why we are not
writing lately.
Well we rec [received?] a
letter from you on 13 July I am
sure you saw in the paper where the
celebration was to be this twelfth
They left here shortly after
seven, o'clock all on cars
[horse drawn passenger vehicles?]
I think eleven cars belonging
to this Lodge played until [until?]
outside the plum [Plumbridge?].
Paddy took some snapshots a
lovely morning it was for that
Quite a lot of the young

[Page 2]
women from this place
went Mary & I both got
Bella stayed here with mother
We had a very nice drive
into Newtownstewart they [the]
Derry people arrived shortly
after & procession was formed
paraded the town & out to
Barnoscourt [Baronscourt?].
There was neither preaching
or speaking only a vote of
thanks before we left
Everyone got through the
grounds the field was up
to the left of the castle
but you could hardly have
told where it was only that
the flags & drums were in
heaps. One thing provision

[Page 3]
was very scarce. I think you
were right in being here last
year every one [everyone?]
say’s it was better. We had
no strangers this twelfth
only Jamey Gordon. I had
intended to tell you that
they took the heads of the
big Drum & on one of the
flesh hoops your name &
“May 24th 1894 first skin
on the drum”. time runs round.
They broke a few of the
small drums this year.
There was another big day
in Omagh both being so close
spoiled all. They started
from Newtown [Newtownstewart?]
about 6 o'clock for home but
the rain

[Page 4]
had arrived so that
marred the remained [remainder?]
of they [the?] day [sic] did'nt
play a tune untill [until?]
they were coming below the
gate. You know since the drink
quit the gatherings are not
so big around here none. so
mad as Jamey Dunne he said
in my hearing in Newtown
[Newtownstewart?] they were
Just as well when they
were taking a drop of good
clean whiskey I suppose he
will die with that idea in
his head I beleive [believe?]
they have suspended him in the
Lodge for non payment of dues.

[Page 5]
July 18
Did'nt get that letter finished
yest [yesterday?] as they were
all away We have got lovely
weather since Sunday & I tell
you there was a poor look out
for everything up till that. We
had to buy turf about 30
load £5 10s 0d we were out
completely & nearly everybody
They are putting in turnips
today so you can think what
it would [sic] been like to have
been here this Spring. They cut
the upland hay yest [yesterday?]
Tuesday was the Plum [Plumbridge?]
fair Tom sold 50 ewes at 25s cash
cattle is down to nothing & us
having so many to sell this year

[Page 6]
We did not get all the interest
paid so he thinks he will
pay 50s now.
You talked about a black
sash some time ago. I think
you would be better to see
for yourself as you could
get them at different prices
so that we could hardly
know to what price you
would care to go. I never
knew you left yours behind
untill [until?] a few days
before the twelfth
Did Mary tell you of
Mrs Robt [Robert?] McKelvey
having cancer not expected
to live very long Life at best

[Page 7]
is very brief I had a great talk
with Constable Willie going
into Newtown [Newtownstewart?]
on [sic] twelfth
He says is and [isn’t?] your
James a Christian. I said no, well
he says [sic] is and he [sic] as
good as is going. not what one
ought to be but as good as is going
I think these words suits alot
“one thing thou lackest”
We have got Miss Palmer
preaching in Dergbrough
Mary was to see Dr Rankin
on [sic] twelfth July she has
got a pain in her side this
last while & I suppose with
the bicycle it has got worse
although she does not ride

[Page 8]
very much I think from all
accounts she might be going
into consumption she has
failed considerable this last
while she is going back
tomorrow as the medicine is
done he told her not to ride
the bicycle very hard. We had
a letter from John about a week
ago he think [sic] he will come
home in Oct so if you think of
coming you will both be
together This Lodge & band
has [sic] got an invitation
from Ryland today to celebrate
the twelfth Aug. We are all
in good health for so far
will write as soon as possible
your sister
L. C. [Lisa Catherine?] Smyth

Transcribed by Greg Floyd