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Title: J. J. Smyth, Castledamph to James Alex Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/13
SenderSmyth, John James and Bella M.
Sender Gendermale-female
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
RecipientSmyth, James Alexander
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipfather-son / siblings
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph,Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.305038
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count527
TranscriptEnvelope addressed to: -
Mr James Alex Smyth
South Woodslee Box 23
Essex County

Postmarked: - [- Ireland?] [-?] [-?] 1892
Postmarked on Back: - Hamilton Ont Canada
Ju 20 92
Plumbridge Ju 9 92
[South WCod---?]

June 9th 1892

Dear James
I supose [suppose?]
you think it long cince [since?]
we last wrote to you
So it is I wrote none
Since tillie and Willie John
left here nor we hae [have?]
get [got?] none since they left
here - we think you
have forgot to write or
the [they?] have not come this
length - I thought the [there?]
were [was?] no use in writing [writing?]
for some time as they
would be able to give
you all the news of
the country - Dear James
we had had a very Dry
Spring I never saw the ground
so dry - up to the 12th of May
the rain came on that evening
just as we were finishing
cutting the turf we were wett [wet?]
comming [coming?] home
cince [since?] that up till Monday
we had very wett [wet?] weather
some [heavy?] rain these Days
is terrible (sic) warm we are
hardly able to work we
have the limekill [limekiln?] Burning
to Day. We will have the turnips
up in the whins all above the
new road - its hard to
manufacture - the young
sow [is?] just going to pig
while I am writting [writing?]
I sold two cows this year
and bought one
tomy [Tommy?] is clipping the sheep
to Day he had down [done?] 16 of
them this morning some
of them will tell you
all about them in the
next letter - I cannot
take much time at
this one as I have to attend
the pig and the limekill [limekiln?]
we are all in good helth [health?]
at present your Aunt
has got cassie letter (sic) they
they are all well - Andrew Campbell's
daughter Maggie Eden Mill - is Dead
old Mary McKelvey is Dead
to day Dear Brother
I think father will not
get time to finish this letter
in time for the post so I will
have to do it The Band was
gathered for the first time on
Friday evening last I think
they were nearly all present
except one or two they will
practice once a week untill [until?]
the twelfth they do not
know where they will go this
year yet but I think that
they wont go so far as they
went every other year if
they can help it
We have very hot weather
here this last few days I think
that it is as warm here as it is
over with you the people in this
country is all at the turnips
and a good time it is for them
and turf also we have got none
of the turf spread yet nor hardly
anybody else it was so wet
since they were cut that you
could do nothing with them
until now. I suppose by
this time you have got the
quicks and all set that we sent
if they were all alive when they
reached you as I hope they were
the next time you write you
can tell us if they are growing
and please tell us how the shirts
pleases yous [you?]The pig has only
three yet
No more this time
Your loving Sister
Bella M Smyth

Transcribed by Jim Buchanan