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Title: Eliza Smyth, Co Tyrone to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Eliza Catherine/60
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.0501005
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 10:01:2005.
Word Count803
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr Jas A Smyth

AU 7 02

AU 8

[Handwritten in pencil over the address]
Alfred the Great H 247
Stories from [Em--?] [Hish?]


Stories from [Hesh?] Strickland


[Back of envelope]

AU 7

AU 16


[Page 1]
Castledamph August 7th 1902

Dear Brother
I rec. [received?] your letter yest [yesterday?]
morning as I was going down
to Lisnacreigh [Lisnacreaght?] so I took it with me
Bella & Davy were for Gortin to get
their Pictures taken but the day
came on wet & dark so they put it
off for another while I see by your
letter & papers you are getting on
splendid with your work as
principal you will soon have
money enough if you go on like
what you are at, you earn
pretty near as much in one day
as John can do in a week
when he sees this letter of yours

[Page 2]
he will think he is like what the
baby calls him in his lodgings
no man it cant name him so
he says it call him no man
Now I am just done writing
to Mary & John I have told
Mary she should go up to
Essex I think you & her should
surely agree. when you have the
books to suit her & everything
else besides the money If we
had to send her money like we
had when you were learning I doubt
it would run scarce I suppose
she is afraid of making mistakes
with they [the?] big folk but if she
never commences she will
never know what it is to fail

[Page 3]
Try & get her to go up perhaps
she is thinking you dont want her
their [there?] may be a mistake betwixts
[sic] you both its a pity to let strangers
see how little the one cares for the
other. I suppose Mary doesnt like
to spend much money when its not
her own I would advise her to
not spend it either to [too?] freely or
carlessly [carelessly?] as we have an example
in this place at present they
neither cared nor asked to know
how money came or was made
thats Chas [Charles?] McCullaghs ones
He came here himself Sat [Saturday?] week
for £20 or whatever we could
give him we had not the half
in the house & besides we had

[Page 4]
some to pay ourselves so Father
told him we could not spare it
Chas [Charles?] said he didnt know what he
was doing he said his head was
astray its a pity of him but they [the?]
others needs no pitying atall [at all?] for
surely they knew they never could
stand at such a rate as they
were carrying on Tillie is for
America or at least they say so
I heard Mary Houston say when we
were sending the money to you
Mrs McCullagh said we would
have little thanks for all we were
sending you Now I think we have
as much as she had for keeping
Tillie four years in Omagh & now
has not her passage to take her

[Page 5]
I suppose the King will be crowned
on Saturday this band is for Gortin
Alice Duncan or Ballantine is away
somewhere on Tue [Tuesday?] morning at 2 oclock
She told some folk she was [for?]
Uncles in Canada I think she is
gone to America some place Sam
sent her a letter to come back
but she has left his way.
Master James come [came?] here twice a
week. he went over all the papers
you sent everyone thinks you have
good pay being so short a time [learning?]
That paper I intended to send
you was not our own Jas [James?] Gilkison
gets it. I told Tilda to keep it so
I thought I had nothing to do
but go down & post it to yous [sic]

[Page 6]
but she had gave it to somebody
to cover work. I think I might
get it yet as Willie Houston
get the same paper but if I
dont you will have to want it
I was sure of sending it at the time
I wrote We have most of the turf
home. I see every one [everyone?] has started
to cut the hay our men will start
Monday they [the?] weather is not favourable
for the hay crop Potatoes looks well
they are in full blossom & corn is
all [shot?] everything is looking its
best Orange lilies are doing all
the [they?] can to cover the green Father
is at the Forge Wm [William?] is moulding
turnips Tom is in Oughdorish [Oughtdoorish?]
looking for sheep & Willie J [John?] is at
School Mother & Dan also so that complets
[completes?] the family all well
Good bye [Goodbye?] Eliza

[Written across top of p 5]
I will try & write a little oftener
& I wont have so much to tell
at once

[Written across top of Page 6]
We rec [received?] a letter from you
two weeks ago I think you must have been
a little enraged when you wrote it so
I wont say anything about it
L C S [Liza Catherine Smyth?]

Transcribed by Alan Houston