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Title: John J Smyth, Castledamph, to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/60A
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.605032
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count533
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr James Alexander Smyth
Southwoodslee Lock Box 4
Essex County

[Stamp torn off]

[Back of envelope]

AP 20

MY 2


[Written on Right]
Ans [Answered?] May 12 93
James A Smyth

[Letter 1]

[Page 1]
April 16th
Castledamph 93

My Dear James
We are all well
at present – well with regard
to old Marget [Margaret’s?] money
– Archy says he invested the £927 in this
[Fox?] and Hamond company accordent
[according?] to hir [her?] directions never
to be drew [drawn?] in his own name so
we do not know whether its hir [her?] money
or not – the company has failed and the £927
is only worth £200 now and perhaps if sold
would not draw £100 David Beattie and me went and
had a solicittar [solicitor?] and counciller [councillor?]
advice on it – There [Their?] advice was
to enter Archy into the law for the
whole amount – But James Huston [Houston?]

(Page 2)
and William Huston [Houston?] would
not go into law against him Then Beattie and me
took out administrations – and we would sold the whole
if it should [would?] only paid the costs – But when we
were a sertent [certain] length we called a nother [another?]
meeting – then they all agreed to pay as [fair?] as we went
and not to putt [put?] it to loss – The costs was [£?] 7 7s 5d
was £1 10s on each house that is one to represent each family
Then we signed an agreement on a sixpence stamp each and
all of every family signing it with the exceptions of your Uncle
and William Huston [Houston?] who
could not sign But Archy said he would take chance of them

[Page 3]
this signing was for Archy to transfer the shares to the different
familys [families?] 16 shares comming [coming?] to every family
and [Batties] 16 shares or rather Aunt Elise Monteith was to be
sold Draw what she would – in that agreement we have to pay the
funeral expence [expenses?] they say now is £10 00 [£10?]
and the costs of the transfair [transfer?] which will be about £10 more
Archy says that the firm has paid know [no?] intrest [interest?] since
he invested it 2 years ago 5£ [£5?] I believe would cover [the?]
the expence [expenses?] of the weake [wake?] and funeral its our
opinion that its not old Margets [Margaret’s?] money atall [at all?]
– see how he lost £5 to Saly [Sally?] [Burtly] see how
[Alan?] Duncan lost 200 and had
to go to the asylum over it
and plenty other [others?] –

[Page 4]
So I think the whole affair
will be like everything els [else?] it
wont be with [worth?] the costs and trouble
this is the person to trust with
your money and he will tak [take?] goid [good?]
care of it – you may send this to
them if you like but dont [don’t?] [neglect?]
But tell uncle all about it
I will give your uncle his
[Archy?] Duncan caracter [character?] and reputation
some time that will let him know whither [whether?] he
is solid or onsolid [unsolid?] and which when
I will write I will not be afraid to let it be made knowen
[known?] as I know all about the Duncans as well as they
do about the Smyths The name of J – P [J.P.] to a man
[man’s?] name now is nothing thought of here cince [since?]
[he?] can be made J – P [J.P.] at any workhouse a fit place
to make lawgivers