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Title: Liza, [Smyth?] Castledamph, to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Eliza Catherine/56
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.0604134
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count1038
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Mr Jas A Smyth,
Essex Co


[D?] 20

DE 19

[Postage Stamp]
Postage [and?] Inland Revenue

[Note written on envelope]
Dec 20

[Written on lower left side]

[Back of Envelope]



DE 19

DE 20
[Page 1]

Dec” 19th 1901

Dear Brother

Rec. [received?] your
letter today glad to know you
are not so angry as in the last.
I was thinking you would [surely?]
have them papers before that
day I sent one to Mary telling
her the same as you They were just
married about that time you were
writing the letter Its all over
now, & I am sure you & Mary
was [sic] sorry but perhaps if
Bella had said No she never would
got as good again

[Page 2]
& she always had the notion of him
but was never sure As I told you I
heard some talk about it before Mary
& you went away so I asked Bella if
it was true she said he had never
asked her So what would have been
the use of us making a fuss & perhaps
it might not have come true for long
enough if the girl had pleased him
It appears David told a few, who would
be his better half but he didn't think
they would clatter it untill [until?]
he was sure himself I believe the one
was as much afraid

[Page 3]
as the other I think he was afraid
Bella would refuse him & Bella was just
as bad But I am glad as a great deal of
people would liked she had got one far
below her. Now there is great difference
in Marriage here & over there in this
place people dont like it to become
Public Property as long as they can,
Plenty get it over without one knowing
it & I see over there Mary says they know
[6?] months & 12 before it so there is
quite a difference betwixt here & there

[Page 4]
Mary says she is angry but she thinks one
scolding is enough we had a letter from
her Tuesday She would like us to give her an
[advice?] what to do she said that she doesnt
like the teaching she would rather go to
Bussiness [Business?] College Annie would
give her board & she would have nothing
to pay for but books & fees Money is scarce
here now but we will have to send her some
next week if possible she didn't say what
time she would be starting but its likely
not untill [until?] after New Year

[Page 5]
Well Jamey Hay is in now he & Kate is
not agreeing very well so they are for
dividing & Jamey is pretty angry thinks
Kate will leave him nothing them few lines
on (Where sisters dwell & [brothers)
would come in with Jamey & Kate We had
a letter from John C [Charles?] today
he told us he had a dream about Mary
being home & died after landing he say
[sic] he jumped out of bed & the tears
were running down his cheek from his
letter I believe he got a scar [scare?],
dreams frighten one terrible [terribly?]
especially when away from home Mary told
us she was dreaming of being home I am
sure you too had dreams enough this last

[Page 6]
John said he would write to you & Mary after
he went to Strabane but he had to change
Lodgings & its like you it bothered him
a while he is paying 10[d?] now we send in
the butter every Tuesday so that makes
it cheaper he has only 5s saved each week
& with one spree & another it takes nearly
all from him He says there was a great
welcome for him in Frendraught last Sunday
If John had money he would soon put you
through for a Dr he said one time if he
had it he would give you some you should
try & save as much as possible

[Page 7]
if you intend to go for a Dr as we wont
have much to spare now Father paid the rent
on Tuesday & we had 10[s?] left but we will
[soon?] make some more Mary gave us an account
of her visit to Essex also about Uncle & Aunt
being in Windsor I gave you an account of the
wedding I think it was stylish enough. Bella
& David was up Sunday. I was down one day last
week its a very nice place & nice people too
Wm [William?] went down yesterday with
some of her belongings & where do you think
they were asked

[Page 8]
but to Mrs Hamiltons its what we did not
expect I did not think they would bother
There is also an invitation to Chas [Charles?]
McCullagh John R Smyth [&?] Gortin so they will
be kept busy now [Likely?] but she will give
you all news about these partys [parties?]
Now you need not fear but I will let you
know long before I leave but I dont
expect to leave for years yet I will
not be like Bella I will know to tell
you to be here on that occasion but
whether he will be stylish or not I dont
know I will try & smarten him

[Page 9
from this forward I have time enough so
as to not complain again I think you should
get more letters nor that but I know we wrote
to Mary oftener as we had a great deal of
news about everyone around here to let her
know of Now the writing all fall [sic] on
me & I am not very good at it but I suppose
practice becomes master I am sure you are
tired teaching over there they have very
little to do here Master James can run
about from 3 oclock to 10 so he has not
much to do

[Page 10
We are all well here [at?] pres [present?]
only at night we miss Bella the house is
lonely now not like when you were here We
have some snow & frost here this last while
its cold very cold your letter was just 2
weeks coming it must be the storm keeps them
back John will be home for Xmas also Bella
& David so we will have a gathering in Peter
McClelland came home last night I am sure
he will miss his mother as he liked her more
than the little ones
Good bye today

Transcribed by Mohamed Souissy