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Title: John J Smyth, Castledamph to James Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/12
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
Doc. No.604059
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count877
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

James A Smyth Esq
Essex C

10 PM
SE 19

[Postage Stamp underneath]
One Penny

[Back of envelope]

SE 19

[Page 1]
Sunday 1 septem [September?]

My dear James
Its so long cince [since?]
I wrote to you you must
think it strang strange that I
did not Write oftener - Elisa
[Eliza?] I think Give you all
the news that I could Give –
I supose [suppose?] she told you
something about the money I was
going to write before Mary come
But I had not time - we are
sorry we could not send you it
as we had none of our own
and - we could not know where
to go - for any - without it
being published - for the people
is watching to see how we are
dowing [doing?] and to know who we
have any from = we have a good
stock of cattle and we expect

[Page 2]
to make some money on them
but they are down in price and
they will not pay so well.
I think I told you that last
year we paid off [£?]50 to A Huston
leaving [£?]400 - A McClelland [£?]50
William Ballantine [£]40 your uncle
[L?] [Hay?] [£?]41 this year if
posibly [possibly?] we intend
[to?] give Bella her [£?]50 then 5 per
cent on all - rent and everything
Besides will I am afraid [will?]
keep us all our time. its like
yourself we mak [make?] some But it
takes some to keep ous [us?] going
Well [mary?] has arived [arrived?]
safe and she look [sic] well She has
Improved a good Bit and it must have
cost some money to keep her going as
Bella [&?] Elis [Eliza?] Says She has
more clothing than they Both and of a
better quality

[Page 3]
She is like you she says the [they?] are
many changes to be made as could
be. made we till [tell?] her we must
wait to the Debt is cleared first
wich [which?] I am afraid will not be
for some time - we had to laugh
Thursday we had a pig to come in
for a few nights and she said
o my Jim many a times had to
Denay [deny?] that pigs would be in
the house - so she made off to
Houstons we will be puting [putting?]
them out tomorrow Monday So
She will get Back again - She
can play good now but
I think she would not like to
Dig potatoes the way she did
She is visiting some and she has
been over in Stewarts I did
not ask hir [her?] what she thought
of it Elise [Eliza?] will Give you
all. Better then [than?] me - as she
has more time to talk together

[Page 4]
I dont know how she learned
such a nice tung [tongue?] in such a
short time everyone asked hir [her?]
it was a wonder that James did
not come with you she tells
your comming [coming?] next summer
Well I hope you will take good
care of your money and spend as
little as possibly [possible?] so
that I hope we will be all living
and well until that time - to meet
each other in a family circle and
to enjoy the pleasure of being
together once more with father and
Mother Sisters and Brothers - them
papers comes regular the Big one is a
Good paper Master James comes
and reads them he says its an
excelent [excellent?] paper its all
the one we get now we thank you for such
a lot of everything that you sent the
[they?] fit John and tomy [Tommy?] But
not William

[Page 5]
this Sumer [summer?] has been very
week [wet?] It was imposibly [impossible?]
to get hay up we have more rain this year
than I have saw for some time we have some
hay to [cook?] yet we finished the cutting
of the corn yestargy [yesterday?] those
days is [Drag?] and if it keeps up we will
have all in this Saturday comming [coming?]
we got Davies Mower and we went to him and
got quicker Done - we Cut 3 acres
of Stewarts from [9 acres?] one day
So I think that was good we cut the field
below the meddow [meadow?] in a start of a day
I think we will have to get one next year if
Everything would go well - as its usefull
[useful?] for the cutting [cutting?] of the
meddow [meadow?]

[Page 6]
I See in the paper that your school
is commenced again you have a
Good lot of hard work But the pay is good
if you go on with the rise now and again you
might get up to 150 so what farming would
come up to that if all of us would mak [make?]
[£]50 we would think we were dowing [doing?] well
I know if we had no intrest [interest?] to
pay we would do = But that takes away the money
and has nothing for it last year it took [£]27-10
of interest so that to do something with would
make more - But let us not complain as long
as we have good helth [health?] that is the Best
Blessing of all - I think this cribble [scribble?]
and Bad spelling will do for this time we are all
in good helth [health?] at present
So good By
your loving Father
John J [James?] Smyth

Transcribed by Chris Devenney