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Title: Eliza Smyth, Castledamph to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Eliza Catherine/68
SenderSmyth, Eliza C. and John J.
Sender Gendermale-female
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginCastledamph, Co, Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
RecipientSmyth, James Alexander
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipsiblings / father-son
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.604112
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count326
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr James A Smyth
Essex – County

[Written at left side]

10 0
DE 10

[Postage Stamp]
Postage & revenue
2 ½

[Back of envelope]

DE 22

DE 10


[Page 1]

December 8th 96

Dear Brother
You must excuse us
for not writing to you last week
but I hope we shall remember
every week again. Well I suppose
I need not tell you about the
weather and crops now as you hear
so much about them both Mary and
Willie John are gone to school now
John C [Charles?] did not go today
he has been writing a letter for
Uncle James to T [Tommy?] Hay
well I may tell you he has joined
the army about two months
ago he sent us his photo and a
letter and one to Uncle James

[Page 2]
He says what he sees of army
life he likes it well enough
he is in full uniform in photo
with spurs and all on he asked
about all his friends and about
you he is going to send Photos to
all but he did not know their
address so Bella sent them all
to him his address is No 4102
11th Hussars Cavalry Depot,
Canterbury Kent, well I think
this is enough about him now
We are sending you a paper so
you will see that the Campbells
are discharged after all
inquiries Well all catholic
people were saying O they let
them out that killed the man
and they [the?] poor innocent
Maguires will be hanged

[Page 3]
but I am afraid none of them
were innocent of the charge
against them you will see in
the paper that they [the?]
maguires were found not guilty
of murder but they are in now
for robbery. Well their [there?]
was great rejoicing every where
Bands out all night even at
Gortin it has went to party work,
there was twenty pounds collected
in Plumbridge Chapel on Sunday
for to pay expenses for Maguires
William was over in Gortin
Yesterday and Uncle Charles
was telling him about children
of William Warnocks being in
starvation I suppose you remember
him coming here he was an Orangeman
he has died a short while ago
leaving a wife and six children

[Page 4]
Revd [Reverend?] Willoughby collected
twenty seven shilling [sic] on Sunday
night at a preaching for them he is
going to get them on the Orphan
society but he has to wait four months
as he was not dead at the last meeting
so they are going to lift as much as
possible to keep them living as they
are all small ones They are going to
get up a soiree here in aid of them
they [the?] men will be gathered in
some night so we will tell you all
about it I think it is the first
time ever they had to give anything
for such a purpose better to do that
than spend it in drink and suchlike
they are not paying anything to the
Enniskillen Orange Orphan Society yet

[Page 5]
Tommy is blowing stones down in the
Field before the door William and
father is on the road so they are all
busy John does the threshing and goes
to school so he thinks he is busy enough
Willie John is well improved with his
lessons he can spell very well now he
has been writting [writing?] letters
to you every night but he has got none
of them finished yet but it wont be

They [the?] Miss Dunbars is going to
Chas [Charles?] McCullagh this evening
Miss Dunne was down one day and asked
them over today I think they will
be up here Thursday so we will see
about them papers Father has brought
up they [the?] papers you sent to us
they are all looking at them now so
I must stop till dinner is over
(12 o'clock noon)

[Page 6]
Father was in Strabane on Tuesday
with ten young pigs he got nine &
three pence each they are very cheap
now but it is always something
we only kept two so we have not very
much to do now, Their [there?] is some
word that Mary Jane Gordon is going
to be married to a boy from Cappagh
he has been in it three or four times
anyway James Campbell comes with him
he is the name of Lynch but I don’t
know if it true [sic] or not Their
[there?] is a cousin up in it now
from NStewart [Newtownstewart?]
Pinkerton Jamey and him was in
Gilkies [Gilkinsons?] last night Willie
Gilkison [Gilkinson?] received a letter
from you yesterday I suppose you be
looking for letters oftener than
you get them Jas [James?] Houston
was going to write to you long ago

[Page 7]
Excuse these blots for I am in a
hurry he is waiting for Catherine to write
for him he thinks he is not good
enough himself but I think any
kind would do if this passes
2 oclock December 10th 1896
Well I did not think when I wrote
this piece on Tuesday that the
Soiree would come off so quick the
tickets was [sic] printed
yesterday it will be on the 18
inst it was not long from spoken
about till it was agreed
William is out today giving
away some tickets to be sold
Tommy & Willie Gilkie [Gilkinson?]
is going to sell in this town and
Drumnaspar to night and some of
the others is going to sell down
by the Plum [Plumbridge?] Uncle
Charles kept 50 to sell about
Gortin, John is busy cleaning
up the barn their [there?] is
so little time I think
there will be a good night I
will send you a ticket next
week for I have none now as they
need them all it is not an Orange
Soiree so I think they will come
more on that account
I suppose if you had been here you
would have took Dans Place
(good bye) (Eliza)

[Page 8]

Dear James Elisa has wrote this note
and I am going to finish it as to
money matters its not to [too?] plenty
just now. The attorney [attorney?]
was £5 But he give [sic] one Back
about £ @@@@@@@@done all. To [too?] much to
throw away If we could helped it [sic]–
the agent will be Down on the Tuesday 15 –
Still we will send you [four?] pounds
Now as perhaps you would be needing
Some about cristhmas [Christmas?]
- if we can manage [so?] much I
hope we will have plenty – four now
will Do you for a little we have a
good stock of everything – and we have
got Kow [cow?] cropping land this year
Willie. Gilky [Gilkinson?] has never
given us the money will you ask it [as?]
will we William is well at present – we
are glad you are dowing [doing?] well
and that your marks is [sic] not the small
number we hope you will come out Bright
we are all well – I am now going to the plum
[Plumbridge to send off the order for this
£4 00 wich [which?] I hope you will [receive?]
all wright [right?]
Good By [Goodbye?] J J [John James?] Smyth