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Title: John J Smyth, Castledamph to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/42A
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.605051
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count563
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr. James A. [Alexander] Smyth
Southwoodslee Box 4
Essex County

[Postage Stamp]

JA 4

[Written across top]
Jan 16 1893

[Written sideways on bottom right]
Ans [Answered?] Jan 19

[Back of Envelope]

JA 16

JA 4

JA 16

[Letter 1]

[Page 1]

January 2nd 1894
My Dear James
Once more I
take the pleasure of writing
a few more lines we have just
received your letter of Dec.18th
and it was read with more
tears falling than any you sent
almost cince [since?] you left here
your Uncle William Hays son
come [sic] over and was present at
the reading of it after it was
read he had to go to Barness
to put in this Day and night in it
Uncle William would not get off
for 2 years so his son Thomas
came in his place he come [sic] by
Belfast and then to Omagh his
Uncle Charles met him in Omagh
on Saturday 23 he stopped in gortin
to Wednesday he come [sic] to J.
[James] Hays

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he stopped in Johns till friday
Friday morning he went to Bradkeel
and in the evening to Roberts [sic]
McFarlands Saturday he come [sic]
up to Gilkys [Gilkinsons] and to our
house in the evening
him and William Tomy [Tommy?]
J. Gilky [Joe Gilkinson]
W. Gilky [William Gilkinson] went
to old William Hays
he then stopped with us that night
went to meeting on Sunday then on
Monday he left. Being New Year morning
Down to the road our ones was all
down Jamey [James?] Hay and Kate W. Ballantyne
Andy [Andrew?] McClelland W. [William] Houston
[pucked?] Andy [Andrew?] Ballantyne and all
themselves So they had all sorts of amusement
to 12 o clock your Uncle James
was away Stilling somewhere
this day Tuesday he is away to young
K McFarlands Barness tomorrow
night they are all invited to W. [William?]
Ballantynes Moses and on Thursday night to
James Hays then on Friday morning he will have

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to go to Gortin and off to Omagh
Then Direct to Liverpool again
He says he stopped to [too?] long in Gortin
he is about the height of Tom he
looks pretty well he showed them
all sorts of new plays and I think
they are all pretty tired today.
William is in bed all day
he does not feel very well
Dear James this winter has been
stormy nothing has been done
on land. These days is fine now
Well I have not sold my flax yet
the half is only scutched yet
I have got another ticket yestardy [yesterday?]
at £3-15s-0d per hundred £3-10s-0d
was the first so I’ll not deliver
it yet I think I might get more.
We attended 3 auctions yestardy [yesterday?]
John Armstrong Master Campbells
and William lunney. Some of Campbells
went £5-5s-0d for corn, We got

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some of Lunneys he sold them two
fields into the road next A. [Andrew] Campbell
Andrw [Andrew?] Campbell got the one [-ct?] his
march [marsh?] at £6.10d.0d we got the other at £6.7s.6d
So land is dowing [doing?] well now. James Young
will have one again Saturday.
we expect Some more [---?] perhaps
nexy year might not do so well.
I have not been at the river yet
nor did I see a fish dead or alive
or on there [their?] jorney [Journey?] this winter
John McConnell and Whittagar [Whittaker?]
is [sic] pretty sharp so we do not lave [leave?]
ourselves in there [their?] power
I have not bought any cattle yet
nor sold any of they [the?] cornstacks.
William was in Ballyarton with
one load of corn 13/4d per stone was all
he got we have not commenced to plough
yet I will finish Bella and your mother
will finish of the remainder of this letter
so good by [goodbye?] wishing you all a
happy new year
J. [John] J. [James] Smyth