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Title: Liza Smyth, Castledamph, to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Eliza Catherine/52(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
Doc. No.0508026
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 24:08:2005.
Word Count1285
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Mr James A Smyth,
Essex- Co

AU 6

AU 7

[hexagonal shape with numbers and letters]

[Back of Envelope]

AU 6
AU 15

[Page 1]
Aug 6th 1903

Dear Brother,
We have rec. [received?] three
letters from you & a number of
papers since I last wrote so I
think it is time to send one
now We are all glad to see
how well your pupils done
but I suppose you had hard
work to get them through they
are so young. Master James
was up yest [yesterday?]
evg [evening?] he was looking
over the paper he thinks you
done good work he noticed the
mark [remark?] about the woman
being in goal [gaol?] belonging
to Belfast

[Page 2]
& he says she has escaped from
Sandwich goal [gaol?] I did'nt
notice it in our paper yet
I am afraid Willie John would
make a poor hand at the
papers & he is 14 years old 3rd
Aug. he is not near so smart as
I thought he would [sic] been.
I did not send you a letter
about the twelfth as I thought
from what you had seen
you did not want to hear
about it as you used to do
but any way we had a very
nice day all through & then
there was so many girls home
from America that it made the
evg [evening] splendid we had a

[Page 3]
dance in the barn until about
1’ oclock Wednesday after there was
a party in Jas [James?] McKelveys
of the burn on account of Willie
& Catherine being home together
their [there] was about 40 people
there altogether & I think we enjoyed
ourselves well untill [until?] 4 oclock.
Eliza Noble is home this year
again & lots more around
this place I think they are
going back about 5 Sept.
George Noble sold his farm
Monday we hear they are
going along with the others
I think he will never settle
while on this earth

[Page 4]
Jas Houston [James Huston?]
is putting up a dwelling
house at Jas [James?] Nobles
the door face's his other one
I suppose you know he bought
Felix McCullous [McCullagh’s?]
house & garden a few year [sic] ago
so he will give some work to
the carpenters & masons John
Chas [Charles?] will be employed
so he will have a busy time now.
Today he is making another
cart for ourselves he works
in the barn & gives some help
at other work to We have got
the meadow below the house
lapped [hay rolled in loose
bundles?] & the one at the
burn [stream?] cut we had
intended to

[Page 5]
get a reaper this year but
as Davie will lend his we
thought better to wait to
next year Its very showery
weather this last three weeks
not good enough for hay.
We have about 3 acres of flax
over at Stewarts but its not
ripe yet I wonder how that man
will ever get so much handled
as he has got it will cost
plenty before its sold
Yest [Yesterday?] was Gortin
fair or as it is usually called
the Lammas fair these [the?] men
were all over unless [sic] John C
[Charles?] they took 7 head of heifers
& sold again at £48 10s they had £7

[Page 6]
last Gortin fair & bought three
of them in last Plum [Plumbridge?]
fair their [there] is some money
to be made in dealing when you
have the grass.
I must not forget to tell you
-Old Marget's- [Margaret's] money
is to be divided some day soon
Jas Houston [James Huston?] got
Uncle Wms [William's] address
yest [yesterday?] so it will
arrive at last. Father is in
good tune since he heard it he
was for writing to you today
but I told him I would give
you all the news so he had to
go over to Stewarts to work at
turnips with Wm [William?]&
Tom I

[Page 7]
think the [they] are digging them
Mary Roe & Sally Barclay got
theirs yesterday Mary had
£50 home with her last night
I think she lodged £70 so there
was some loss I dont know
how much these claimers gets
but anything is better than
nothing. You wanted to know
what Mary is going to do well
I can hardly say but I think
if she had money she would
go to the bussiness business
College in St Thomas Father
said he would give Mary as much
as would do her if he would get
Old Margets [Margaret's] so now

[Page 8]
its on the way you should
know what would be best for
her to do as you are more
acquaint [acquainted?] with
everything over there their
[there] is one thing if she
would like to come home let
her not stay for money as we
could send her it any time
their [there] is work enough
here at present but she would
not care to do it now I suppose,
so if she thinks of going into
some bussiness [business?] you
can see to that
She said she had got to like
Essex so well that she hated
to have to leave & go to the
Wilderness you know wher [where?]
that Is, I am sure but she would

[Page 9]
put up for a while you wondered
how she could stay but only
she has no other place like
yourself & to board would
only be spending money out
of your pocket so she has got
to make the best she can of it
We had our Picnic to Barnes
[Barons?] Court on Tuesday it
came unawares as we did not know
much about it to [until] last week;
it was closed this last while on
account of the Kings visit; there
was [sic] some of the strangers
entertained there so everything
was in grand style but you
would think it has [sic] stood
still since we were there before

[Page 10]
the flowers & trees were Just
as you seen them all in bloom
there was quite a number of
games engaged in running etc
John Chas [Charles?] win [sic]
in walking & running got a brooch
& set of [links?] Albert Hamilton
came in second in one & Tom third
the boys played a game or two
of foot-ball Glenelly against
Newtownstewart each side got
two goals we left Plumbridge
about 10 o-clock 22 cars quite
a turn out for the -wee Plum-
& left there again at 6-oclock
got home at 9 we had a nice
drive down & up but the

[Page 11]
rain had to show itself as
usual. it was raining most
of the way home so it was
rather unpleasant there was
about 114 people from here five
or six Bicycles went all the way
Beck [Rebecca?] Dunbar came to
me & asked me if you were home
her & Miss Macklin took John
for you but they were mistaken
I think you saw Miss Macklin
there last time when John is
dressed he looks like you: At
present we have just got them
picture [pictures?] in now & as
I have Just said John looks
like you but I am afraid you are
getting changed a little in some

[Page 12]
way but perhaps its the shave
[beard?] off John thinks you
would look nicer with it on but
all the same he took off his
own this summer. they are four
nice girls but any one could pick
the oldest Mother went down to
Lisnacreigh [Lisnacreaght?] yesterday
evg [evening] so we have not many
here at present the baby is not
christened yet but it has got
a name Marget [Margaret?] Jane
(Madge) I dont know if you
will like it or not but it has
got it rather soon or it would
[sic] been another I must close
now as John wants his tea so good
bye for the present
Your sister Liza C. [Catherine?]

Transcribed by Alan Houston