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Title: E C Smyth, Castledamph to J. A. Smyth, Canada
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Eliza Catherine/62
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.0501009
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 12:01:2005.
Word Count1187
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr James A Smyth
Essex Co
Ont Canada

10 PM
AU 22

[Back of Envelope]
AU 02

Stamp on back
SP 01 02

August 22nd 1902

Dear Brother
I suppose when you have read my other
letter you will feel a little angry with me
Well we rec [received?] one from Mary Tuesday
so she informs us she is for going to Essex
to attend school. That is what we all were
for but by your letters we thought you did'nt
want her. But I hope I have not offended you
in what I said it has often been said "money
is the root of all evil" & I think it was for
going far enough in this case They did'nt
know what I wrote but I was afraid I said to
[too?] much so in future I intend to give no
heed to what you write for perhaps in [sic]
gone in a few [moments?].

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Mary told us you were helping
uncle with the oats I think you done [sic] quite
right to give a help in time of need Father
happened to get himself hurt coming from the
meadow with [hay?] He was steping [stepping?]
over the wire & fell betwixt stones & I think
his ribs are broken as he can hardly move
himself without pain There are a deal of
accidents around here at the present time Old
Jane Reid was going into the garden & sliped
[slipped?] on the grass & broke her leg right
through I was over to see her yesterday evg
[evening?] she is bearing it well it will be
a long time before its quite strong again
Willie Houstons boy broke his leg about 10
days ago coming over the ditch into the
meadow He will likely claim compensation as
Willie had not insured him against accidents
it was a great loss to Willie to get other
men & only

[Page 3]
Elkins ones he would hardly got
one Catherine Houston has another young
daughter also Mrs J McKelvey Annie Barcly
[Barclay?] or McKelvey was telling McCrinor
[McCreanor?] the return of the ship that
Alice went it had arrived she was landed in
Canada I think hardly one knows where she is
gone to but I doubt its not to Canada the more
they tell she is away there noone beleives
[believes?] them If you would hear Andy
Ballantine about Sarah Elkin I beleive [believe?]
she gave him enough of the tongue anyway he says
he heard women in Scotland scolding but the like
of Sarah he had never heard Sarah & Joe Elkin are
either away to the shore or to Glasgow so she will
be better or worse if she is in Glasgow when
she arrives back
When Alice left Sam she done nothing only
walk with people from Archibals [Archibald?]
wood to Druminspar [Drumnaspar?] Bridge telling

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them all had happened.
Lillie McCullagh leaves 12 Sept going to
America to her uncles her & her mother were
out helping with the hay all the afternoon
yesterday she will be over here before she
goes. that will be the same day as yous [sic]
left last year see what changes a year
brings We tramped some hay yest [yesterday?]
but the rain came on so it was finished for
another while today is blowing & wet the
leaves are tumbling down with the wind The
Houstons [sic] women & Barney are doing very well
they have only the wood & the other two
little bits to cut & the most of the other
is up we have not so much help this year only
Wm [William?] & Tom & W. J [Willie John?]
last year the meadow was covered with people
Wm [William?] was down in Houston [sic] with
the horse 3 days cutting with the mower
I think we will get our corn cut this year
with one.

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Their [there?] is hardly any hay pulled this
year yet we have none nor their [there?] are
very [few?] has much this year. There is a
new school being built in Glenrone beside
McSwiggan & Micky Davies its going to be well
finished Bella & Davy were up in gilkies on
Sunday week John C [Charles?] was home so we
took a walk up that length & viewed it there
was 10 of us altogether Old Joseph McFarland
is in failing health this month for more some
say its heart disease & others say some other
thing what ever he has he is not expected to
recover I see no one stand it so well as Old
Joe he can walk about yet was up in Reids just to
see Jane Tom has got no sheep sold this year yet he
had 20 in Plumbridge fair but did'nt sell
George McCullagh had 20 lambs down Tom sold
them for him to Andy McClelland at

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£9 I think the money was required they sold
two heifers same day Mary told me to give all
news when I am writing so Sam just putting it
down as I can remember Mrs Ashfield & Miss
Darling will be here Sunday week I have asked
John so you will know too but you'll hardly
come so far.
Mother is getting the tea ready Wm [William?]
is away for a load of turf & I am afraid he
will get wet John came home Sunday morn
[morning?] but the evg [evening] came on so
wet he had to stay untill [until?] the morning
at 5 o'clock he can come in two hours on the
bicycle I was in Strabane on Tuesday week
took in the Violin to John I had a struggle
to let her go she never was so long out of
the house since she came I suppose 15 years

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I remember going down to Gilkies for you
When uncle John I think it was him came with
Father from Strabane. A boy the name of
Booth of Sion Mills is giving John lessons
I think he will come in the winter to teach
the band some new tunes & do away with the
old ones.
Maggie McKernan Plum B [Plumbridge?] is going
to America same day as Tillie, Lizzie sent
her ticket long ago but her Mother kept her
as long as possible thats all the girls away
except Kate Jamey gordon had his Holiday
since Aug 11 to 22nd he was over here twice
quite a swell by appearance he gave John a
little help with the cutting of the hay The
shooting time is in you can hear shots every

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& again Jane McKernan has just come in
so I will have to hurry up a [and?] get this
finished you see the news has spread about
Father so the folk [sic] are coming now & again
to see him but he is not so bad as the
report has got out
Mary said that you would resign the
principalship [as principal?] if she did'nt
go up but don t be in such a hurry doing
such a thing as you are doing very well beside
plenty of folk not half so well off I must bid you
good bye for the present hoping to hear
from you soon

Your sister

Liza C [Catherine?]

Transcribed by Greg Floyd