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Title: Eliza C. Smyth, Castledamph, to J. A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Eliza Catherine/57A
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.508008
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 19:08:2005.
Word Count584
Transcript[Front of envelope]
Mr James. A. Smyth
Essex. Co.

[Postage stamped]
JU 27

[Back of envelope]
JU 27

JY 7

[Letter 1]

[Page 1]

Castledamph, June 26th 02

Dear Brother
I suppose you
will be wondering how little
we are writing. This should
have been coronation Day but
everything has gone wrong.
What dissappointments are
everywhere. The King seems
to be in a bad enough state
according to the papers
We had word on Tuesday eve of
the coronation being postponed,
Master James was here, well he
wouldn't beleive [believe?] it
he said it was only a hoax
But yesterday the news was

[Page 2]
everywhere to [too?] true indeed.
Mr Steen preached a sermon Sunday
on the coronation He had been asked to
[join?] McFadden & White & all those
with the picnic which was to take place
today I don't know if he was afraid of
the money or what but he said his
[opinion?] was that this should be a
week of prayer.

Conscientiously, he said he could not
go in for pleasure & rejoicing
Well now you see he has been right.
He will need to pray more than he
expected or rather on another account.

[Page 3]

Their [There?] is quite a bit of news
around this place at present. Women
leaving their Husbands is the rule
of the day Alice & Sam have parted
another time on Tuesday.
Yesterday Alice & Sarah
Elkin went for the police. Well if
you had seen Sarah & Alice & the policeman
going over to get her belongings. Elkin's
cart went and brought what she could
claim her own I hear Sarah's tongue
went quick all day. I doubt Alice was to
blame this time again. Anyway they give
the country plenty of sport watching
& listening to them

[Page 4]
yesterday. John Butt & his wife have
separated last week. And another couple
at Plumbridge gave each other a cracking
all through drink. Matthew has been awarded
£10 for his little house I will send some
papers so you can see, Tyrone Constitution
has a great bit about the MacCullaghs
[MacCullochs?] so don't fail to see it as
Chas. [Charles?] Mc said to send it to you
We went to the excursion to Warrenpoint
one thing I saw was Ireland is well
represented in in [sic] more so than any
place ever I was in yet I sent a few cards
from there I am sending you some
work to do on behalf

[Page 5]
of Dr Barnardo's Homes. I got two
letters one from Miss James and the other
from Miss McKnight so I have to make six
copies & I dont find enough folk
around here so I'll just put you
to the trouble.
John Chas [Charles?] was coming home last
night but he was like all others.
dissappointed badly, they had three
Union Jacks [Jack] flags ready but they
may come in useful again.
The Orangemen are for Douglas this
year. Plumbridge will surely get a
visit next year We have lovely
weather here since Sunday its near

[Page 6]

time to improve as we have had more
rain than was wanted Wm [William?]
& Tom are at the turf today we are
pretty near done for fireing,
if wet weather had continued much
longer we would have a famine for
turf I suppose Mary's exam is near
at hand now, if she fails I expect
she will come home not much use
in her staying there any longer.
unless she starts anew. We are all
enjoying good health at present hoping
you are all enjoying the same Mother
was unwell for a few days but is
better again, No more

I remain Your Sister Liza