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Title: Eliza C. Smyth, Castledamph to J. A. Smyth, Ontario.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Eliza Catherine/59
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.0506032
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 09:06:2005.
Word Count1013
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr James A. Smyth
Essex Co,

NO 11

[Written above address]
W J Hays [Hay?]
Ans [Answered?]

[Back of Envelope]
NO 11

NO 20

NO 21

[Page 1]
Nov 11th 1903
Dear Brother
We have been waiting
for a letter from you this last month
but has [sic] not got one yet I think
your pen must surely be lead or
something serious is the matter
I see by Marys last letter you
have been to St Thomas well
I suppose it will be a bit of [sic]
outings for you going to see her
I see an account of the convention
in the paper’s & your name.
We rec [received?] the Essex Free Press
Monday & I see that Aunt is seriously ill

[Page 2]
I hope she gets over it again.
Since I last wrote Willie John
has gone home. According to accounts
he was telling all passed since
we got Stewarts farm. that letter Father
wrote [sic] you telling who we got
the money from. he told Tilda Gilkison
[Matilda Gilkinson?] he read it while
Father was at his tea & lots more.
but I think his Father was
to blame because he thought
we had him doing to [too?] much work
& told him when he would get clear
with us he would go home at least
Willie J [John?] told Tilda [Matilda?]
they had this agreed to do last Plum
[Plumbridge?] fair but it broke out with
him a little to [too?] soon & I went over
with him

[Page 3]
the day before the fair & told them
what he had done I knew by Uncle
James there was some talk but
little said is easily mended
He told Tilda [Matilda?] his father
was angry because we had'nt him at school
this last while forgetting that he
had not schooled the two he had
half so well at [sic] he is
He would [sic] been here 12 years by
December & I think we surely had as
much loss as profit, until the [this?]
last few years he was not worth
his clothes & meat but its a lesson
to us what to do again Uncle James
was always a man when he would
think he could live would forget
all ever was done for him

[Page 4]
I think its a true saying “where ignorance
is bliss its a folly to be wise” if
Willie J [John?] had only known what
was best for him I think he would [sic?]
remained here one thing I know he
wont have his meat as good as
he had here I had always hopes of
Willie J [John?] coming out bright but
its scattered now he will just remain
as he is I kept his bag & books
& told him to come for them when
he was for school but he has never
come yet before ten years I hope
to see him repent of what he has
done, he was very useful to Mother & me
this last year but I suppose we will
do with out [without?] him Wm [William?]
bought a turnip cutter yesterday in
Strabane that was his work to cut the

[Page 5]
after he came from school.
We have got all the corn saved
with hard work so much rain this year
it will be a heavy loss to farmers all
over the world I suppose & we have most
of the potatoes dug finisehed [finished?]
at home today this has been a very
late year all through.
We did'nt get the Family Herald
last week & John is wondering why
it did'nt come he likes it so well
I dont think he would do [sic] wanting
it now Master James was asking for
it twice since Friday perhaps we
will get it yet John likes the ones
that have some plans in everyone
to their trade I see its a good
paper all through so we must all
thank you for sending them

[Page 6]
I see Mary is getting lesson [lessons?]
on the violin & likes it well
Willie J [John?] had learned eight
or nine tunes in the old way he
will miss somethings after a
while & the voilin most of all
last winter he would play most
of the night if no one was in
I hear Tillie McCullagh is in
Philadelphia now I suppose you
dont hear from her I dont know
what work she is at but she starts
at 7.30 & quits at 7. Lizzie is still
attending school also Archie I think
Archie worked rather much at drawing
& reading as his eyes failed & he had
to get a pair of glasses George has
got a little touch of the Orange
Order was over last meeting

[Page 7]
& got in I think its the first McCullagh
ever was in this Lodge.
Their [There?] is great Stir [interest?]
among the tenents [tenants?] now all
thinking of buying out their land this
town has done nothing yet but a good deal
around is very busy writing etc
its the topic all night when Andy
Ballantine & Master James & Father
meets Andy & Chas [Charles?] McCullagh
has their [theirs] nearly complete but
I forget the terms
John Chas [Charles?] was working
in Gordons this last week making a
cart etc he is kept busy for so far
I dont know if he will stay longer
than January he has some talk of
going but like all else it will

[Page 8]
soon wear off again he just had
the ferret 2 weeks when it died
& he was badly disappointed in
his winter sport
Father was down yest evg
[yesterday evening?] with Alexander
Houston [Huston?] [sic] paid £22 10s
intrest [interest?]& £50 of the Capital
& has all the others paid their intrest
[interest?] now we have the rent of both
farm [farms?] to get up Stewarts is £22
& our own £9 10s & £8 for the grass of
Annies hill we got an assignment on
Stewarts farm & the Solicitor charged
£11 10s for doing it I think we have went
through of enough of money this year if it
was all counted up.
I must close now hoping you
are in good health as this leaves
us all enjoying it. Your sister
Eliza Catherine

Transcribed by Greg Floyd