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Title: Eliza Smyth, Castledamph to J A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Eliza Catherine/45
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.0410150
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 27:10:2004.
Word Count611
Transcript[no envelope]

Dear Brother May 17th 1901
I think it is
near time to write to you
again you will excuse us
once more for we are in
a terrible hurry this last
month nothing but work
outside & in as I told
you in my last scribble
about the machine or
threshing mill well it
arrived here yesterday
evg [evening?] about 2 oclock [o clock?]
Wm [William?] Willie Ballantine
& Jamey Gilkison went
to Newtownstewart
with the carts & Mr
Russell was in waiting
for to load them
They stooped [stopped?] in Plumbridge
he said it would be as good
as an advertisement for
the firm Mr Russell
came on his bycycle [bicycle?]
they had a fine time
getting the loads of [off?]
(Young) Joe Gilkison was here
& he said he would lift
as much a [as?] any two
the rigg [rig?] was hardly ready
& I tell you they have a busy
time getting stones John C
is home this week one good
thing is the weather is splendid
very warm the Sycamore trees
are looking their best
its lovely to be out now
if you had nothing to do
cuckoo & Blackbird &
thrush are all doing their
part also the corncreak [corncrake?]
at night
John Gilkison was home
last week he got his holidays
early this year he invited old
& young band down to
Plumbridge on Sat evg [evening?]
at five oclock [o clock?] some of the
old one [ones?] did not attend & it
caused some anger they
were cutting turf & I suppose
did not like to stoop [stop?] well
Jenny Hay was here she
told the young band they
should cut John James [James ] turf
as the old ones done it &
played down the hill
I suppose you remember it as Wm
[William?] does so the [they?] agreed
to come & cut the turf on Wed 14th &
three of the old band was present
we had five spades all but
one man how would you
like to cut turf now I am
afraid you would rather
teach your exam will not
be long now see & hurry
up & let us know if you
are for comming [coming?] home
we are all thinking about
it any way [anyway?] butt [but?]
perhaps you will dissapoint [disappoint?]
us I think you ought to
come this year as you
dont [don t?] know what might
happen before next year
any way [anyway?] I suppose you
can please your self [yourself?]
the tea is coming to the
table now so I will have
to shift to some other
corner Bella was at PB [Plumbridge?]
today getting her dress fitted
& she says Mary would
liked (sic) to have got up home
last night how do you
feel so far away when
Mary is only two miles
I would like to come
home when anything
particular is taking place
I was down with Tilda
yesterday evg [evening?] a few moments
& I tell you it is a changed
place Willie is missed
badly every time I go
in I imagine I can see
him do some turn
It seem (sic) like a dream
that he is away atall [at all?]
everyone of us missed
him but its no use
of me saying so much
I am sure you feel it
just as we do I intend
to write to Bell [Belle?] you
can tell her Mary & I
will write soon I dont [don t?]
think you will be satisfied
when you have this read
as I could not get a pen
so I thought something
better nor nothing (sic)
no more
with all kind thoughts

Eliza C Smyth

Transcribed by Greg Floyd