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Title: J. J. Smyth, Co. Tyrone to J. A. Smyth, Canada
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/77(2)
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.410130
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 27:10:2004.
Word Count750
TranscriptFront of envelope

Mr James A Smyth
Essex County

PM 10 0
JA 13

Rec Jan 24 98
Ans Feb 1st 98

Back of envelope

JA 13

JA 24

Castledamph January 13th 1898

My Dear James
A few more lines
to let you know how we are getting
along. I am glad to tell you that
William is getting strong again
he is abel [able?] to be up now and is
going out a little he went Down to
William [Gilks?] yestardy [yesterday?]
So that is a great improvement he has
done nothing yet nor likely will not for
a good while as the Doctor said
the pains might come again Mr Lyle
the Doctor is a very nice man he
is a son of the Rev Lyles once of
Strabane he come [came?] 4 times his
charge was only £2 two pounds and we
were very content with him he was in
no hurry when he come [came?] up and
give plain derections [directions?]
what till do (sic) as for myself I
am not much Better The noise Still
continues and the one side of my head
is not what it ought to be But I think
as the Days will get warm I will get
all right again - Thomas and me went
to Strabane fair on Thursday the 6th Jan -
and we sold the mare at £6-10s for life
- and we Bought another [Bay?] one at
£14-00 four year (sic) old I had him
in Strabane on tuesday with the vet
he passed him all wright [right?] we have
put him in all harness - and he is quiet
in all - only to [too?] young for the road
The Black one is a good one. now Tom is
Drawing on the road with him to Day [today?]
- So this I think is enough about horses -
we have a fine winter like summer
neither frost nor Snow nor very much
rain. Alexander Stewart has sold Big
Williams farm last week they [the?] men
that Bid was Michal [Michael?] Bradly Butcher
and Andrew Ballantine only they [the?] two it
was Started by Bradly at £350 and was sold
at £458. Andrew Balla [Ballantine?] being
decleared [declared?] the purcher [purchaser?]
- Stewart had Bought another at omagh at 750
some time before he sold So Stewart made some
money out of it he paid £333 for it.
Well our agent was Down as usual and
collected the rent - and as the 15 years
was up he had a time of it with every one
setteling [settling?] for the next 15
years he give [gave](sic) from 4s to 6s in the
pound - Mr Ballantine was £14 now he is £10
B M Gillion £14 now £10 - David Noble now
£4 10s and so on - I have not finished up yet
as I thought the [they?] Did not give me enough
I offered him £8 - and he would tak [take?] nothing
less than £8 10s so there it sands [stands?] as yet.
The [There?] are 5 or 6 that is [are?](sic) not
setteled [settled?] as yet -But perhaps will before
the [they?] go to law - he would take nothing of
[glensass?] - so that at his way would lave [leave?] me
at £9 10s. So that is a change with landlords
Willie Huston Houston?] Watterside [Watterside s?] sister
Bella is [has?] got married to a Samual Monteith the [there?]
were only a few at the wedding she had got the licence
for another about 3 weeks before and it droped [dropped?]
(sic) he was the name of Arthur from Duglas [Douglas?]
this one is some place this side of New Stewart
[Newtownstewart?] I never saw him that I would know him
the [they?] Say he is everything (sic)
But a nice man -
We have been looking at that cloth we think it
will look well and was not to [too?] Dear I think it
would cost as much in old Ireland I hope you
have got them [those?](sic) small things and that the [they?]
will be a good fit

J J S [John James Smyth?]

£ 3 pounds
Dear James
I now enclose 3 pounds we were
thinking you were nearly out we were going
to Send you the usual Some [sum?] But Elisa
went [over?] for some that they had to get from
Charly McCullagh and she could not
get So we thought this would do at present
Your mother never had Better helth [health?]
So I must Say we are all well hopping [hoping?] you are
all well there give our love to all
I remain your father

John. J. Smyth

Transcribed by Greg Floyd