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Title: Eliza Smyth, Castledamph, to J. A. Smyth, Ontario.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Eliza Catherine/47
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.0505569
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 07:04:2005.
Word Count800
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Mr. James -A- Smyth
Essex County

[Stamped 2 times]
10 0
FE 4

Written on Envelope
Ans [Answer?] 25 Feb

[Stamped on Back]
FE 4

FE 17

[Page 1]
February 4th 96

Dear Brother
We received your letter
on Friday 22nd Jan, I suppose it
is time to answer now That
programme was from Miss Dunbar
is it the one you wanted Bella says
she told you who it was from They
never say much about the circulars
Miss Dunbar took some of them
down with her a long time ago.
Well John C [Charles?] will not get
into no [any?] trouble about the fish
Mr Scott will not go on with the
case when the fish was dead Dan
took out two dead ones since and
took them to Elkins I suppose he
ate part of them there so you will
not have to think of it anymore

[Page 2]
Well I think it was me marked
that story I always like to read
all the stories that comes [sic]
my way we have not got any books to
send to you yet but shortly will
You wanted to know if John plays
the fiddle well he is a far better and
sweeter player nor [than?] Mary he can
play any tune Mary has to watch
the fingers for two nights before she
can play the tune I think I will get
a Melodian [melodeon?] before long well
I think we have enough instruments
between fiddle flute Drums mouth
organs, when John goes over them all
you would think we had enough one
minute at this and another at something
else None of our ones was speaking
to that McFarland yet he was at
Matilda Janes funeral now he was
not at any Soiree.

[Page 3]
James Huston [Houston?] sent a letter
to you last week and one to Uncles [sic]
I don’t know what [sic] the matter with
two of your corrospondents [correspondents?]
that is Charles McCullagh and
Uncle John Uncl [Uncle?] Charley will
write soon I think if you would write
to James Campbell aye dear he says
he would give you some news.
Willie John has not his letter ready
yet his examination is this day
two weeks Bella is at a [quilting?]
in Jonnie [Johnnie?] Warnocks today William
Bella me and they [the?] Miss Dunbars
Was [sic?] over at the anniversary Temperance
Soiree in the Gortin Hall on Tuesday
night it was a very good one
we were home at twelve oclock pm
it did not last long Mr Porter from
Omagh and a Boy named Finely [Finlay?]

[Page 4]
Rev Marshall from Drumquin Rev
McFadden Droit and Mr James McMullin
[McMullan?] James Houston [Huston?] Eden
and Master George K Given gave too [two?]
pieces on the vilon [violin?] James
Houston [Huston?] told them
how Hammy Keagh [Kee?] stooped [stopped?] the
whiskey and he gave a song I
think he was just as good as any
Father Willie Tommy was in Gortin
fair yesterday they sold the old horse
the [they?] got seven pounds for him
Willie John [thinks?] he will soon
come back he was vexed when Father
came home and said he would
never be back more [sic] Joe Gilkison
[Gilkinson?] was up home on Sunday he
likes Strabane very well he went down
on Monday morning again
he says he had far more to do
in Gortin than what he has to do now

[Page 5]

Their [There?] was some snow here this
last week or more John Charley
[John Charles?] was out every day
hunting for Rabbits he killed four
Tommy two John takes a stick and a long
piece of wire with turn [sic] on it
so he can catch them in the
Rocks Lass is very good for
catching them she killed the
white one we had in the cage
one night it got out so now
we have only one yellow it is
running about with the hens
that [sic] some of what W
[Willie?] John was going to
tell you in his letter Their
[There?] is a great deal of
people complaing [complaining?]
around here with this cold Dr
Connar [Connor?] is improving
A Harkness is on Duty again
so I think they are all getting

[Page 6]
Their [There?] was a man killed in the
Butterlope on Monday he is Roddy
who works in the limestone quarry
he was quarrying out some stones
when some above fell on him
his leg was broken and [collarbone?]
and something else he only spoke
two or three words as he was not
able he died shortly afterwards
he leaves a wife and six Children
Mary read your letter two or three
times over before she could make
out some of them [sic] words they are
very hard to make out sometimes
We are sending you a paper today
you will see David Dunbar is
elected rate Collector I will send you
a [sic] Almanack [Almanac?] inside paper
as we have five of them No more at present
Eliza Catherine Smyth

Transcribed by Elizabeth Prentice