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Title: John J Smyth, Castledamph to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/66
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, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.604058
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count559
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr James Alex Smyth
South Woodslee Box 4
Essex County

JY 6

[Handwritten on Top]
Ans [Answered?] August 13 93

[Back of Envelope]

JY 6

JY 15 93

[South Woodslee?]
[JY?] [?]

[Handwritten on top]
Received July 22 93

Castledamph July 6 93

Dear James
We are all in good helth
[health?] at present trust the arivel
[arrival?] of this note will find you
in good helth [health?] we are preparing
hard for the twelfth our flag has come
today its a splendid orange with grand
paintings and blue fringe. She looks
splendid The cost is £4 s10 0d - Big Drum
£4.4s 0d one Side Drum £2 5s 0d Dum
[Drum?] sticks 6s side Drum Sticks 2s I
have sent for another side Drum wich
[which?] will be £2 7s 0d more in all
£13. 14s 0d So we have not done ill I
have got all from Belfast and London

[Page 2]
I may tell you we will go out this
year if well splendid They are 17
young members all strong young meen
[men?] – [Gloud?] Hemming two sons has
[sic] come the last friday night so
we have a florishing [flourishing?]
lodge at present I got 6 grand sashes
from Belfast Willie Knox is the highest
price 16s others 7s to 10s grand sashes
on William Knox the two Mc Knights J [&?]
young Aeck [Alex?] Duncan - the others got
some in Newtown [Newtownstewart?] The one
trying to Beat the other with trimming
ornament and Beauty so the [there?] will
be a splendid tourn [turn?] out if the Day
will be fine
Newtownstewart is all comming [coming?]up
to the field of Mrs Dunn Aughlane that
Big field at the head of J. Youngs Lanen

[Page 3]
I went to Mr Steen yestady [yesterday?]
to ask him to spake [speak?] So Mr Steen
Mr Monteith and Mr Cristy will be in
So we expect to have a grand day - we
hope you will have a good day some where
[somewhere?] but alone amongst strangers
Dear James may I send you the fiddle
strings I am afraid you have not much
time for play now know [no?] sighns
[signs?] of J Duncan getting married yet
the [there?] are [sic] nothing particular
at present to send Crops will be very
early the corn is well shoot [shot?]
and flax is begining [beginning?] to
colour ours looks well cattle is no
better but [worse?] hay and corn
is expected to be very dear Sheep is still
low in price John Says he will have to
write to you to tell you all about the

[Page 4]
Mr Fitzmaurice has cut of [off?] his 12
acres and 35 perches so we are Done with
that case McConnell and McNamee has it
from I got into it is £8 2s 0d on us all
and will pay by the sums so its not to
[too?] heavy we have come to worse loss
The old pig took ill on thursday 29 June
and died on Sunday night leaving a 11
[sic] young ones 3 weeks old - young ones
is very high now But we cannot help those
things So long as we have our helth [health?]
we ought not to complain John C [Charles?]
can play all the tunes and beats the
Drum J Huston [Houston?] John McKnight
Beats the Side Drum Alex Duncan the Big
one But the [they?] take them tourn [turn?]
about - you would get [get?] Beating plenty
now Joseph young is in cotland [Scotland?] so
that is a loss - So good by [goodbye?] for the
John J [James?] Smyth

Transcribed by Greg Floyd