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Title: John J. Smyth, Casteldamph to James A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/31
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.604169
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count670
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr. James A. Smyth
Essex County


JAN 30 1909

[Back of envelope]

NO 28

NO 28

NO 29

[Written across top]
Ans [Answered?] Dec 1 98
J A Smyth

[Page 1]


No [Nov?] 20th 95

Dear James,
A few lines to let you
know we are all well at present Your
letter of S.S.[Parisian?] arived
[arrived?] No [Nov] 13th and give
[gave?] us all pleasure to know that
you were almost landed We had the retourn
[return?] on Monday 4th it was wired
from there on friday the 4th So that
we had the news early of your Saifty
[safety?] - your last letter arived
[arrived?] on the 16th so we are very
glad to know that yous [you?] are all
at home safe and I supose [suppose?]
sound it was a very quick passage I
think as any on record the time is
nothing only for the Danger on the Ocian

[Page 2]
[Our?] snow storm did not last to [too?]
long after I wrote we have very wett
[wet?] weather now - But the [there?]
[sic] are not much to do - the potatoes was
all got up - I have done nothing but a [few?]
days on the road my arm an [and?]
sholder [shoulder?] is not as well as it
was - But I am going about still doing
something - We got the material for
the road measured long ago he did not
measure the heep [heap?] at the Bridge
I think we had to [too?] manny [many?]
we have some of it scattered

Dear James I attended the county
meeting at Omagh on the 4th - William
and James Campbell - went with me - I
was nomore [no more?] nor able to go
But they said they could not do without
me - we putt [put?] out Jas [James?]
Duncan for life for the [evening?] he
[Seat?] yous [you?] in the Plum
[Plumbridge?] fair –

[Page 3]
they Sold the remender [remainder?]
of the sheep in Gortin fair that is
what they had to spear [spend?] they got
15s 6d per head But they had to take a
note for the money John Hugh Brine
[Brien?] got them they have all the others
with him but the lambs well I must tell you
that he Bought a trap in gortin fairday
at £11 0 0 and he is getting harness made
with Gream [Graham?] in Gortin at £6 - so that
will be £17 - 0 - 0 for all - it is made by
the Newtownstewart man so I think if
ever any of you Woodslee people comes
Back we will be able to Drive you
any place without having to Borrow
They [the?] Miss Dunbarrs [Dunbars?] was
up once cince [since?] you left. There
[their?] mother was up and brought up there
[their?] piano with hir [her?] the [they?]
invited your mother and me down

[Page 4]
So we went down on Monday night we had a
nice night May [Pane?] played played [sic]
and sang a good many songs She can play well
- So when the lads goes down now The [they?]
will have some music - hir [her?] and mother
was up in our [?] house last night and we had
a good night we your letters was read to them
I cannot tell you much how the arguements
[arguments?] go on Down below but I am sary
[sorry?] to say Andrew Ballantine has lost a
good horse worth £20 - So he will be out of
hart [heart?] for a little as for the tricks
about the school the [there?] are not any played
cince [since?] you left they have commenced a
practice class in the school every friday night
last friday was the first night

[Page 5]
I forgot they sold 5 sheep to James
McColgin at 15s each - So I think they
have made quite a [red?] up on them.
The [There?] have [sic] come a letter to Ja
[James?] Huston [Houston?] Charles McCullagh
- William Duncan
they are all well give
our love to all -
I remain yours
John J. [James?] Smyth

[Page 6]
I will write to your uncle next week
Mr John J. [John James?] Smyth
This one is short and not very well done
- the next might be better
J. J. [John James?] Smyth

Transcribed by Julie Simms