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Title: E. C. Smyth, Co Tyrone to J. A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Eliza Catherine/106
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.0502013
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 16:02:2005.
Word Count606
Transcript[No Envelope]

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May 5th 99

Dear Brother
Once more I take the pleasure
of writing to you again Willie John rec
[received] your letter on 25th April
very proud he is to get a letter
addressed to himself I think their [there]
was hardly one came in but seen
his letter or heard it read he is going
to write you a long letter next week
about cuckoos lambs gosling and birds
nests The cuckoo has come this week
nothing but cuckoos calling Black birds
singing since Monday We had very wet
weather up till [until?] that but now you
would think there was not a drop [sic]
rain this month people thought they would
not get the potatoes in ground was so wet
we had nothing but a few ridges set till
yesterday and today we are pretty near
done Willie Ballantine and Mosey was over
all day and Joseph Gilkison and son Willie
Jamey Tilda

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all came after tea time so we
had the field covered with people and five
horses William gave days to Willie
Ballantine last week so then he came
yesterday Father William and Tommy was in
Gortin fair they Sold a cow at £9.
Tom had some sheep over but sold none
bought one at £12.6d. well Tillie Ballantine
Lenamore has got married to a Roman C.
[catholic] on Friday morning at the chapel
John C [Charles?] says he is fifty years old
and grey in the head both started to Glasgow
after they were married Archibald Duncan JP
is in the infirmary since Monday week they would
not tell where he was said he was visiting
he has not been well this long time he is not
much better yet the gravel is what his
complaint is they say his father died with
the same and I suppose Uncle Alex.

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There was a Presbtery [Presbyterian?]
meeting in our church on Wednesday so you may
be sure archibald is bad when he could not come
down Sandy opened the Sabbath School on Sunday
morning for the first time but perhaps not
the last. Mother received a shawls [sic] from
Tommy Hay and a Brooch from Mary same day as
your letter he knit the shawl himself.
We will send you £5 today Mary is going to
the Plum [Plumbridge?] to get a new dress
fitted on so she will send these few pounds to
you Maggie McKernan is dressmaker her and Annie
McKelvey has their trade learned now Annie had
sore eyes so she is in Derry this last fortnight
goes in every day to the hospital she will
come home tomorrow I think alright.

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Joseph McFarlands ones has flitted up from
the Plum [Plumbridge?] back again to
Drumnasparke set [let?] the Plum [Plumbridge?]
house to Miss McCann at £12 or £15
for the year. Mrs Nelson has come to her new
house she gave a dance to some of the quality
on Friday evg [evening] Dan was down with the
Violin she will need to sell cheap there is
so many at Plum Plumbridge?] one [sic] will
try to beat the other [sic] Sam Ballantine
is at home yet but not doing anything he
wont leave until he get [sic] his share we
hear Tommy McFarland will go with him whatever
time that will be Joe Glenn is sorry he
stooped [stopped?] so long in Ireland likes
his place so well he is driving a team the
return has come back a week ago of the ship
Lizzie [Mon?] and L M Dunn went in this is very
bad writing but it will do as the others is
busy No more Eliza C Smyth