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Title: John J Smyth, Castledamph to Mr James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/3
SenderSmyth, John James
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
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.305042
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 13:05:03.
Word Count646
TranscriptEnvelope Addressed to:-
Mr James Alexander Smyth
Southwoodslee Box 23
Essex County

Postmarked on Front [Newtownstewart?] Jan 15
Postmarked on Back [Toronto?] [Ontario?] Ja [January?] [2-?] 92

Dear James
I have just Been Down
at the road this morning and has
got your letter of Date 28 Decemr
[December?]. We are happy to hear that you
are all well .- I suppose Anne and
Sarah Anne Thought as much long
as you Did. But they got home
sooner - But Be content when
your health is good and be -
careful of it - as helth [health?] is
before anything else in this world.
Young Said the Note Book was
not all in it But No more could
Be got.- I think you have all
the tunes thats in it except the 10th
Paddy would you now - anything els [else?]
you would require you might let us
know of and we would try our Best
Snow Storm
Dear James - my last letter was
Dated January 7th a very heavy fall
of Snow - friday the 8th tremendous Driving
wind very high umposibly [impossible?] to go
out any length - Saturday 9th Still Snowing
= William & tomy [Tommy?] goes to Glenrone.
Sheep all [wreathed] - all roads and Glens and
Ditches level - They pulled 20 of ours
out of one Glen - They only want one at this date
Sunday the 10th not so bad But a Sharp cutting
north wind tomy [Tommy?]and William went to
Meeting - I havent Saw Such a Storm I dont
know how long - Monday 11th went to look about
the Missing Sheep No trace of it could be found
Tuesday 12th appearengly [appearing?] to thaw
the agent has come today wensday [Wednesday?]
13th tomy [Tommy?] & the [Gilkys?] goes to Glenrone
takes shovels with them gets 3 dead Sheep one of
ours one of Gilkys one of Uncles [Uncle?] Charles
all together - we have all ours at home at
this date this is two we have los [lost?]
this year very little [thaw?] as yet the
agent went up through to all the snow
to day to the foot of McConnels land
in the comming [coming?] Down I had a sharp
word or two with him at the gate - none of
us was up with him - he told me we had know
[no?] wright [right?] to wire on the 12 acres
- and is going into Strabane to prove the same
so tomorrow Thursday the 14th will tell the
fate so the [there?] will be some foon [fun?]
yet as we Bought this portion and all that
Joseph McFarland held today the 14th Strabane
case heard Fitzmaurice Sworn Said he never give up
those 12 1/2 acres to those that he let it to
Joseph McFarland By its self and that said
McFarland paid him the last rent for it I swore
that I bought all that J McFarland held and that
McFarland and me went to A Duncan and that he
entered My Name in the Book for it he said he
never recognised me as a tenant [now?] that I never
paid him any rent the case was Dismissed - now
J Mcfarland and me and fitzmaurice for it
But at the present time the case is appealed
to Omagh Assizes to be heard in March- it has
took many a tourn [turn?] now McConnell and
[Mcaurice?] has nothing to do with it if I do
not Become tenant for it all I must get Back My
Money [or?] all the land he held You know all
about the Bargin [Bargain?] and if Joseph
McFarland sold me land and cannot give it to me
the law is not near Done -- as I will look about
my Bargin [Bargain?] after the Assizes I will
write next week again. We are all well at present
your Mother is quite well again - the snow
continues with hard frost no signs of a thaw
I remain Yours
John J Smyth

Transcribed by Jim Buchanan