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Title: Eliza Smyth Castledamph to James A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Eliza Catherine/125
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.0604062
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count1077
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr. J. A. Smyth
Box 626

10 PM
NOV 23

10 PM
NOV 23

NO 28

[Printed at top]
This letter must be given to an Officer of the Post
Office to be registered, and a receipt obtained [fo--?]

[Written at top]

[Printed and written at bottom]
FEE 2 PAID. 162

[Postage Stamp]
Postage and Inland Revenue
One Penny

[Back of envelope]





Subject to the Conditions
Published in the Post Office Guide
as to Registration, compensation for
loss or damage is given in respect of
Inland registered Packets of all kinds
According to the following table:-

Fee Limit of Compensation
2d £5
3d £10
4d £20
5d £30
6d £40
7d £50
8d £60
9d £70
10d £80
11d £90
1s 0d £100
1s 1d £110
1s 2d £120

[Page 1]

Nov 27th 99

Dear Brother
We rec [received] your letter of
Nov 14th yesterday we are sorry you did
not get the money as I am sure you were
in need of it we will send you more today
I hope you will have it before you leave
Windsor I see your exam commences pretty
soon now you will have hard enough times
I suppose but if you be successful, what
about all the bother well we just rec
[received] our photos this morning so we
will forward you one [sic] by the first

[Page 2]
We were thinking he had forgot to send
them but they came at last Wm [William?]
& Bella is in Strabane today I am thinking
its cold along the road although there is no
rain there was not as nice a day since nor
before as the 18th so you see Providence
has favoured them all along you wanted
to know about Uncle John & Aunt Sarah
Aunt has got very old & I may say nothing
larger though I think she is awful cross
& uncle is in the downward jouney also
they have neither boy nor girl this term
I think he does not work much at the trade
now John was down one Sunday evg [evening]
with something from Gortin and he says
its the same old place

[Page 3]
I was in it one day about two years ago
with Tillie McCullaugh [McCullagh?] collecting
money for that new infirmary & she told us she
would never be in it nor would she give us
anything so as the saying goes if you
give nothing you need not [thar?] our bag
Old Andy Dunn is for death he was going
up one day to uncle John's & fell about
the spout & lay there until uncle was
coming home he was badly cut about the
head Beck Dunn's mother died sometime
ago I think their [there?] must be a
wedding today such shooting since I
coming [came?] to write it resembles
one anyway I hardly know what to tell
you now & when I am finishing what
a lot of news comes into my head.

[Page 4]
James Mc Kelvey Bradkeel has got a new
car was at Church last Sunday & as we
hear broke the footboard & lost his whip
in the chase comming [coming?] home
nothing but cars & traps going to Church
& Chaple [Chapel?] but us presbyterians
has nothing but one car & trap As I was
writing up came a little robin to the window
so I stooped & gave it some bread its
picking it up pretty quick some say
its a sign of a sore winter when the robin
is so tame.
Wm [William?] & Willie Ballantine (or as
I should say uncle) got a horse at Alex
McKelveys auction Glenroan at £5 10 also
a field for cropping they will work him in
means [sic] & I think feed him week about.

[Page 5]
The next letter you rec [receive?] will be
from mother & Willie John she was for writing
today but it would be to [too?] late before
she would finish Mary has applied for an
apprentice to Andersons office in Omagh
I dont know if she will get it or not yet
away she must get no matter who stays
at home but remember [rice?] & time [thyme?]
never grows in one garden mother & father was
over in Gortin on Thursday thats the first
time for mother since John went over they
are all well in Gortin Lizzie is a very
good singer of [for?] her size & age I
think you could hardly get one so clever
& active about here Matthew has got out
on his Kelly again managed to get the length
of Gordons so you may be sure he will do now
one night he went two or three happened to
go also & Matthew says they followed him
he says if he was not going none of them
would go I think their [there?] is a little
jealousy working him so they are for
tempting him if possible this winter.

[Page 6]
We rec [received] papers from Jas [James?]
Gordon most of all the news is about the war
perhaps we will send them to you later on we
sent you some last week you will see the picture
of the new infirmary & laying of the Foundation
Stone If you remember the Shepherds son Peter
McClelland he is away now on ship as a marine
man he is at Gibraltar at present he says
they have fine fun learning to swim he has got
to be a first class boy & a rise of sixpence
per week as pocket money he sent
home his Photo with Sailor clothes & looks
splendid Jorgies [Georgies?] Jamie & wife
& family are all gone to their new home Miss
Dunn will miss the children from school five
of them were attending & one at home Joe Duncan
is not very well yet we hear their is bones
comming [coming?] out of it so I am afraid it
was a bad break they are all removed to the
new hospital & I suppose Joe among the rest.

[Page 7]
Old Robert was not down this last while I
think he cannot break the signment it holds
good & so much the better of [for?] John &
Lizzie young Robert has got a process from
that [girl?] for £50 so perhaps they will have
trouble enough the [they] call the child Patrick
McFarland so its a good start for to have some
of the name Old Robert does not care much about
Rabbits now all the cats and Dogs he killed
(what do you think) it was no use if he could
set a trap for Lizzie

[Page 8]
as handy as he done for the poor cats he
would not have so much trouble calling I
suppose if you get a school you will teach
for a while its seems as hard to catch one
over there as it would be here if you can
come home in summer you will see & know
more yourself than we can but I believe
you are better learned than what they are
in Ireland master James said your paper
were [sic] hard I hope you won't need to wear
glasses like him he has them tracked in
his nose & round his ears no more so
good bye Eliza C Smyth