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Title: John J Smyth, Castledamph to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/29A
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.605063
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count538
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr. James = A = Smyth
South Woodslee
Lock Box 4
Essex County

[Postage Stamp]
Postage & Revenue

DE 29

[Written at top]
Rec. [Received?] January 10th 1893
10th January

[Back of Envelope]

DE 29
JA [12?]

[Letter 1]

[Page 1]
No 1 29th December 1892

Dear James

Once more
I take the pleasure of writing
again to you we are all
in good helth [health?] at present
and we hope this note
will find yous [you?] all the same
We have now some very hard
frost I have measured it this
day 3 inches for two nights
and appears to continue for
some time
Christmas is over
and very little talk about
it not a shot was fired
not a targate [target?] set up in
any place that is on Monday
all they [the?] young fellows
gathered in Elkins field
and played [Cammon?]
the whole day they were prety
[pretty?] tired next day.

[Page 2]
As far as shooting there is
very little of that unless
Alex Duncan he keeps his
gun licensed still him
and William took one day
through Drumnaspar and on
to Barness with the heist
they got 4 rabbits for their
day as for fishing
we don’t go till [to?] it at all.
Joseph Gilky [Gilkinson] and
tomy [Tommy?] McFarland
killed 6 before they joined
to play Common with the others
McConnell is keeper and
you may be shure [sure?] if he would
Get any of us he would not
miss the Swearing
and what he would not
See. there is some good
Body to tell him and
people you would not
think nor suspect
to do it

[Page 3]
With regard to the [rest?]
they were [sic] not much drink
on either Reid shouted for
home ruleand that was the
cause of the Battle which ended
in a Broken leg and cut heads
[D connon?] [sic] oath was that
A.[Alex Duncans cuts was the
Deepest Reid is not up yet I don’t
know whither it will be tried at
this Bench or not. The [there?] are
no [sic] summons issued yet
The [There?] are a lot of names
mentioned to be summoned
William and tomy [Tommy?] had
nothing to do with it although
they are blamed for
striking it has raised
some animosity through
Eden and Castledamph
and I am afraid [sic ] is not
all over yet as the McKelveys
has took an active part

[Page 4]
I had one acre of flax in James Hays
and the Blackland and the other side
of the pad one rent day will be on
the 19th January we have got good time
this year James Young home has auctioned
all the land for croping [cropping?] some of
it went £6.0.0 Stock crop and everything went
up to it’s highest I got nothing. Elisa Campbell
auctioned her land for croping [cropping?] same
day I am sad to tell you Joseph Young is going
to Cotland [Scotland?] so we will miss a good
player of the drum. Uncle James is going to
auction the land for croping [cropping?] and
grazing this year too I don’t know the time
yet Robert Ballantine [Ballantyne?] I hear
this day is going to auction out his farm and
The McKelveys in Glenrone [Glenroan?] is going to
let there [their?] farm for croping [cropping?] so you
see there is no want of auctions
Tatchel Campbell is making a
fortune at it I heard him say
he made £40.0.0 in one day at one
shilling to every pound J.J.S. [John James Smyth]