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Title: John J Smyth, Co Tyrone to ‘Dear James’
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/51
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.605069
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count580
Transcript[Page 1]

[no envelope]

March 26 1896

Castledamph, Thursday

Dear James,
You must excuse
us for not writting [writing?] sooner
The Judge did not leave early this time
so it kept us a week longer getting
the money- we got it all £43 [some?]shillings
But verry [very?] few got any atall [at all?].
There is no money got from the plumbridge
to Omagh [sic] the people is robbed
with this new county man I will
send you the two papers that
will give you his speach [speech?] before
the grand Juries you will see
the changes that he wants and must
have - so it will be hard to please
him this summer but we are all
wright [right?] [for so far?]

[page 2]
We have a good many stones
drew out in the winter and its
nearly all scattered now But
you will see the change he wants
in that part of it - Dear James-
I hope you are getting on well
I suppose you will be ready for
some money when this gets your length.
I enclose you an order for £7.0.0
perhaps it is not enough but [they want
to get some sheep Bought- and I had
some to pay in Strabane that is for manure
But this will do you for sometime
[to we?] get more ready send word allways
[always?] early So that you will not be
wanting I need not be giving any advice
for I think you know how and what
to do in every way hoping and trusting
that you will come out right again.

[page 3]
We had had a splendid [splendid?] winter up till
March almost every day is reaning [raining?] since
and very little is Being Done cince [since?]
we are weating [waiting?] and ready to [sow?].
We have the whins pretty cleared
of stones [and?] [then?] made a Ditch
along the upper side and I tell you
we had some hard word and some
[tight?] lifts at it, we have the
old road Dubble [double?] dug and we will
Drill Down through all - the ground
is very wett [wet?] and what time we will
join to sow I dont know
We are going to put down some
potatoes this week up in the Stock
garden. Well the police is giving
eaden [Eden?] some sarching [searching?] now
but got nothing I think the [they?] will
have to give it up, as the [they?] are
looking out sharp-this while

[page 4]
old tomy Tommy Nabs P’bridge [Plumbridge?]
is dead today I sold 7 of the young pigs
I got 22s each for two and 20s more to [two?]
more 16s 6d for 3 in Strabane on Tuesday we have
4 of her litter yet the young one is
Dowing [doing?] well She has 8 the [they?] are
2 weeks old now - you will see the price of
everything in those papers so I need not
cote [quote?] them But it is hard to make
money I have [Marked?] to [Barkae?]
trayel and Micky Davie [Maurise?][Glenrone?]
so you will see them in the paper
I am going to write to you [your?] uncle
now so that these two letters will get
off together we have got none this good
while I hope nothing is rong [wrong?] - Bella
wrote in answer to your last one
we are all well at present John and Mary
is still going to school- you friends is all well
I hope you will have no trouble in getting this money
I remain yours
J J [John James?] Smyth

Transcribed by Tony Flanagan

Words. 580