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Title: John J. Smyth Castledamph to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/22
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.604113
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count803
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr James – Alexander Smyth
Southwoodslee Box 23
Essex County

SP [2-?]

[Written above address]

[Back of envelope]

OC 10

[Oc 29?]

OC 11

[Page 1]
19th September 1892
James A Smyth

My dear James
once more we are all Spared in helth [health?]
and in strength in the land of the living
and in the place of hope -while others
naturally as good is taken away
It was a good thing for you to see all
your friends before you left – but
you had little thoughts of never seeing
them at some time – God only knows who
shall be called off next- But let us be
preparing to meet our god for we know not
the hour nor the moment. So if we do not
meet in this world we may all meet in
heaven where parting is unknown - we received
your letter Dated sept 4th on thursday 15th
and we are all glad to here of yous [you?] all.
Being in good helth [health?] we see by it that
Annie and baby has come home
We are glad to know that both are well

[Page 2]
I wrote a letter to Annie a long time ago -
but I supose [suppose?] she had other troubles
which kept her from writing I also see that your
Uncle has all his crops in long ago - We cannot
say so in this contery [country?] - Harvesting
is only commenced and we have very rough weather
Both wind and rain plenty we joined to cutt [cut?]
The Bridgefield on Thursday the eight [eighth?]
of Sept But the [there?] are [sic] some of it
hardly ripe yet. But as soon as we are ready
it will be ready for us The most of the people
has commenced we have our flax all lifted and
up in windrows [hay ready to be gathered into
cocks?] I think we will Drive it to the mill
this week if the weather permits Now about the
times Gortin fair was everything But good we
sold 16 lambs for 5s and 9d each - the two
twins [twin?] lambs off you we Kept at home
for 13s we sold to [two?] rams at 14s so this
is very low prices Besides what what [sic] the
[they?] were other years

[Page 3]
I bought a white ram the time I was up at
omagh assizes at 24s for to putt [put?] along
with the ewe this season. I bought some good
year olds in Spring att [at?] 10s and I thought
I was getting them handy 7s is the price I would
get now you could buy the Best 23 and 4 year old
ewes from 9s to 12s in the plum fair. I will
send a paper with this letter Now I may tell you
that Mother and me went to the Shore to Downhill
It was the first time for her to be in a train
and she was tired in it at Derry. We left Derry
at 3 o' clock and was at Downhill in a short time
She was muched [much?] troubled when she saw
some of the large vessels going round the point.
Starting for America - She was thinking then about
you and others going through that great acion
[action?] the weather being rough and one day
especialy [especially?] the waves was [sic]
mountains high made hir [her?] worse

[Page 4]
We got our poto [photo?] taken in Derry going Down
and we got it taken again in the upcomming
[coming back?] I took hir [her?] through all the
ships and Boats and through a great many places as
we had time enough before we come [came?] up to Strabane
William was weating [waiting?] in Strabane for us we
only stoped [stopped?] one week the [there?] were [sic]
no company and she would not stay behind me I only
Beathed [bathed?] once the whole time It agreed well
with your Mother if she had stopped long enough.
We got our weight taken at Derry going down
your Mother is 14st and 4 lbs I was 11st 7 lbs I am
half stone and more failed = September 29
I had this letter almost ready a week ago
but time did not permit to finish We would be down
with the cuting [cutting?] of the corn to day But
the weather is very wet and Stormy we have the Bridge
field in there are very little in yet and plenty to
cut. we are all in good helth [health?] at present.
Write soon - we all join in sending our love and best
respects to you all. A McClelland would like a letter
he wonders much - you did not write to him we are sending
you two of our pictures = one of the going down and one
of the up coming [coming back?]
the dark one is the upcomming [coming back?]
yours John J [James?] Smyth

[Written upside down at top of Page 1]
If you want another poto [photo?]
We can send it. I will write next week