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Title: Liza Smyth , Castledamph to James Smyth Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Eliza Catherine/48(2)
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.0410233
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 28:10:2004.
Word Count1016
January 5th 1903

Dear Brother,
In answer to your
last letter which we rec [received?]
some time ago. In the first place we
are all well. I see by your letter
you are all likewise We are all
glad to know that Mary is getting on
so well with her lessons Master James
thinks she done (sic) grand work in
Latin and French and so do we all for
so short a time. I must tell you how
the news turns to lies around here.
A few heard that peise [piece?] of
[your?] letter [Read?] in which you
told us of the operation you helped
with somehow Annie Barklay or McKelvey
heard it and now she is telling it was
out of Mary the rib was took (sic)
owing to the time the cart went over her.
See how every thing is believed but the
[there?] will be [wiser?] folk that will hear
any more of your letters good or bad.
I forgot to tell Mary in my last letter
that old Nickey Bradly [Bradley?] is dead,
he died Saturday before xmas he got a
thorn in his finger and it didn t get
right better untill he got a cold and it
ended in death he was not much over a
month off work altogether he is badly
missed for killing pigs since he died
all his old stories are gone with him he
was always so merry one will think it odd
with another butcher We rec [received?]
them pictures Friday before Christmas
we are very thankful to you for sending
them I intend to get them framed sometime
when the cash is plenty not now. Well young
Robert McFarland has sold Barness farm
and bought one down near Douglass or there
abouts he leaves Barness in this Month
their [there?] is nothing but changing
places here at present. Barness has went
(sic) to a catholic and I suppose it [just?]
as well as I belive [believe?] Robert was not
so well liked as he used to be. Uncle John,
John McFarland and Jamey McKnight all got
pictures from Tommy Hay last week. Father
Wm [William?] and Tom are over in Stewarts
they have started to plough and it takes
one cutting rushes before him and Tom is
[trenching?] so we will have plenty of
work for all hands in future We had
John Charlie home since Tuesday before Xmas
he is for joining the navy as a ship
carpenter if he passes he went up to Omagh
last Saturday to see a Headsman there but
he was away on Holidays and didnt get any
more word since he went into Strabane
yesterday evening and is going up to
Omagh on Sat again he intends to go
no matter what happens I wanted him to
write to see what you and Mary would say
but he wants to get away at once he thought
that would keep him to [too?] long but
perhaps he may not be away for a few weeks
yet. Rev C M Monteith is for having a
Soiree or some kind of an entertainment in Castledamph school
on Tuesday January 20th the tickets are
only 6 pence no tea so they wont be much
[bother?] I think the money is for helping
to buy a Harmonium for the School there
will soon be singer (sic) around here.
I think I never told you that Alex
McClelland left where he was at [Nov?].
he is down now at Hilltown [7?] miles from
Warrenpoint and 4 from Rostrevor he has a
house to himself Andy - Andy and John Campbell
was down four days at Christmas likely but
Alex thought some long in a strange place and
knew no one he had a good deal of bother in
the other place during the winter attending
so many sheep. We have had snow here since
last Sunday its all gone now only up on the
tops of the Hills it was very heavy while it
lasted John Chas [Charles?] spent his holidays
hunting he got 4 Rabbits and 2 Hares Chas
[Charles?] McCullagh and he were together a
few days I think John was the best shot for he
got most anyway He could get up long before
day and be out well if it was any other [work?]
he would take long calling but to hunt he could
rise at any hour
John got a Xmas card from [Buchanan?] and his Photo
on it Just about the size of a stamp I dont know
what John was doing didnt get his [done?]
and sent each one of you a card I thought it
very nice, Mr and Mrs McCluskey Plumbridge
had a quarrel on Thursday and she got put
out & remained out all night untill someone
was passing through Sam Dunns [Dunnes?]
field and got her lying unconsciousness so
she was carried in and the doctor wrought for
three hours before she gave signs of coming
round & Friday she gave birth to twins both dead
born so she is lying between death and life yet
the officer was up yesterday to take down her
depositions but she never spoke yet the police
are Just waiting outside the door to arrest him
if she dies Mary know (sic) her as she was at the
Marriage in the Chaple [Chapel?] drink lies at the
bottom of all these crimes and it was not
a wanting in this one as every one [says?]
Another bad tale to tell you is Mary Scott
is away with that Catholic Policeman last
Monday she left Omagh I think Protestants are
going to the bad altogether about here this last
while John Chas [Charles?] was over in Chas
[Charles?] McCullagh Friday night and he says
they are all in a rage such a fine girl
like her everyone had the thought she would go
so it has happened at last I must hurry and close now
as Mother has tea ready and it is near [post?] time
so good bye wishing you a Prosperous New Year
your Sister

Liza C

Transcribed by Tony Flanagan