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Title: John J Smyth, Castledamph to James A Smyth, Canada
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/20A
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.506076
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 07:07:2005.
Word Count720
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Mr James Alex-Smyth
SouthWoodslee Box 23
Essex County

SE 1

[Written on Envelope]
[Figures on Envelope]

[Back of Envelope]
SP 1
[Numbers and sums on Back of Envelope]

[letter 1]

[Page 1]

August 29th 1892
Dear James
Once more I take
the pleasure of letting yous [you?]
know that we are all in good
helth [health?] at present hoping the
arivel [arrival?] of this note will
find yous [you?] all well - we have
all our flax in the Dams - we had 25
pullers we were dun [done?] long before
night I dont know how it may
yeald [yield?] But the [there?] are [is?]
some trouble with it anyhow - some
of the corn is colouring and some
of it not much changed yet our
field at the Bridge is prety [pretty?]
well forit [forward?] - it will be ready
in about a week - Robert McFarland
Barness [Barnes?] had 47 they
pulled all in Barness [Barnes?] he had
4 acres and one in Castledamph
flax pulling is going on strong
But it will soon be over this
week will wind it all. up -

[Page 2]
Dear James - I supose [suppose?] By
this time yous [you] have all you [your?]
crop in it must ripen very quick [sic]in
that contey [country?] for I think we
putt [put?] ours in as early in-in spring
as yous [you?] Does [sic] - and yet we
are always Behind - this summer was
neither hot nor cold wet nor Dry
- one day fine and the next one wet
turff [turf?] was not got half
dray [dry?] we stacked none of
them on the hill Just picked
and Drew away we have about the
half of them at home we cannot
get at them now with other Buisness
Dear James - we intend taking
some of the sheep to gorting [Gortin?]
fair But to sell I am fraid [afraid?]
will be impossible as prices is [sic]
so very low and the sheep so very plenty
[sic] Some of the lambs is [sic] very
small Some pretty good 12 of them is
[sic] weathers [wethers - castrated
rams?] Robert McKelvey cutt [cut?] them
this year again

[Page 3]
Dear James - we have done nothing this
summer at the wireing [wiring?] in
glensass nor had we very many rows
either McConnell has caught some of the
sheep But he has not summond [summoned?]
yet - the girls has [sic] all left him
now and gone to Omagh to a factory
[factory?] although it has lasted 4 years
now - I think we will be able to come off
more than conquerors in the end in Spite
of McConnell Archibald and Fitzmaurice
all of them did and is [sic] dowing [doing?]
there [their?] very Best and more than
the [they?] could in Justices -- it was
not anough [enough?] to lock the Door
the day the police and us went to
the J-P [Justice of the Peace?] But
Tilda [Matilda?] Jane told William McFarland
[sic] daughter of Drumspare [Drumnaspar?]
that I sent a letter to your uncle to not let
Willie John in there - and that the [there?]
come [sic] a letter Back to Aughlane [Aghalane?]
and they sent it up to eden

[Page 4]
I went Down to Aughlane [Aghalane?] and
William and Elisa Jane said the [there?]
come [sic] no letter of the sort there So
I give [gave?] myself no more trouble about it
Butt [But?] Eden ones laves [leaves?] the blame
on Alexanders ones and I lave [leave?] it on
tilda [Matilda?] Jane - So the [they?] had a [sic]
most to be [must have been?] some talk over it
for she is never done Gebleling [gabbling
talking?] about hir [her?] neighbours - But you
would not here [hear?] much talk about old
Marget [Margaret’s?] money with any of them
they can keep that close anough [enough?]
But the J-P- [Justice of the Peace?] at a
mans name will be of very little use to
take a man through the Dark valley and the
shadow of Death Being a Sabeth [Sabbath?]
school teacher [schoolteacher?] or elder of
a meeting house or any other name will matter
very little when the summond [summons?] of
Death comes time will tell a good dale
[deal?] more then I can write If we have
Days to live to see it all - I will write
soon again I would like a letter from your
Uncle to here [hear?]
what he thinks of the times - I remain
yours J-J [John James?] Smyth