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Title: John J Smyth, Castledamph to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/62
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.605035
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count586
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr James A Smyth
Essex County

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[Postage Stamp]
Postage & revenue
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[Written above address]
Nov 7

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[Page 1]
Castledamph Sep 17th 96

to J.A.S.- [James Alexander Smyth?]

Dear James
We received
your letter to day we see by
reading it that you did not pass
But as you did not know in what
subject you failed perhaps
its not as bad as you think
time patience and perseverance
often comes out well in the end
Do not despair take good
courage and and [sic] go forward
never looking at the past
but for the future and ask
gods blessing in your labour
and you will be shure [sure?] of success

[Page 2]
and if you do not get one
situation you could get another
look at W [William?] J Duncan
how he is dowing [doing?] your
not so long at learning yet
I think the two subjects will
be hard for you and we think
Better do what the principal
would think Best and go on
The trying to go on with the two
subjects might do you harm
By studying so much perhaps
loose [lose?] your helth [health?]
and that would be worse so we
all advice you go on let it take you
long or not And while you
are traying [trying?] to do the Best
you can do not be afraid of the money
so long as we have [our?] helth [health?]

[Page 3]
We finished the cutting of the corn
on Saturday The 12 Sep we have in 4
stacks at home 2 in [E] Cambulls
[Campbell’s?] 4 in James Youngs
I was down thatching this morning
at 5 ocluck [o’clock?] and got a good
wetting comming [coming?] up this
day is stormy and wett [wet?] we had
49 [score?] of Stooks [shock of hay, flax
Or grain?] the harvest is not favourable for a
great handling we have the stones all broken
we have one days gravle [gravel?] to bring
out yet They [The?] Plumfair [Plumbridge
fair?] yesterdy [yesterday?] they sold 12 [calfs?]
at 18s per head they sold no weathers yet
they only intend keeping 20 at home
and the [there?] are [sic] no sale for weathers
as yet I am sorry to say that William is not to
[too?] well these days he did not mow much
this harvest he takes a sore head and
complains of his boddy [body?] being [sore]
But he is not to [too?] ill he is able to go about
some days not as well as others he is pretty
well to day [today?] he was in the fair yesterday

[Page 4]
Well Elkin [sic] law [lawsuit?] will take some
money but I think that will be all
But we hope to get over it all
lessings [lessons?] of this kind is [sic] useful if
not to [too?] dear [Bought?] we are out
about 5£ [£5?] now but if the [there?] be
no jail what about it all
The [There?] are [sic] nothing new to let you know
J Huston [James Houston?] got your letter an [and?]
newspapers he come ere [here?] with all he would like
till [to?] hear of you [your?] good tourn [turn?] out
So push on and do not fret keep
up your spirits and be of good chear [cheer?]
and we hope to keep you going on till
you complet [complete?] you [your?] corse
[course?] and may God bless you and keep
you in all your goings [goings on?]
is the prayer of your parents and brothers
and sisters Give our love and best respects
to all our friends anything particular
give a letter [Beac] I remain you [your?] father
J J [John James?] Smyth
James Huston [Houston?] going to write shortly

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