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Title: J. J. Smyth, Castledamph, Co Tyrone to J. A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/82
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.410156
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 27:10:2004.
Word Count1132
Transcript[No envelope]

January 25 1900

My Dear James We have received your letter
of [blank] and we are all glad to know
that you have obtained a school so near
and in your old place where you spent so
many years shurly [surely?] it was plesent
[pleasant?] news to us all. - we were all hartly
[heartily?] glad to know that the warey [worry?]
of study and fatigue of learning was almost over
with you now - shurly [surely?] you must feel
satisfied when you got through all so well. -
and just getting a school so close to your finish up -
the pay is not so Bad and you might been [sic] idle
longer than you would expect so its good to be earning
something and you are awlys [always?] in for a chance
of getting up -
Now I would advise you be ceasful [ceaseless?]
and watchful in all your Busness [business?] of
teaching so as to win the affections of
Both pearent [parent?] and children and
all whom you com [come?] in contact with.
so that you may be long without any
complaints By on [one?] and all of your
townspeople - had you not been in good
respect by them gentlemen you might have
been Knocking about for a while - it is
something to be in respect Both at home
and abroad well just the day before we
received your letter we had sent you
three pounds - as we new [knew?] you would
not have enough but as we never Borrowed
any cinse [since?] you left we would have
sent you more - we have not got our flax
yet - and when James Young money was due
William had to pay the most of it Tomy [Tommy?]
has £14.00 to get for the sheep from McGurk -
he will have to want it untill [until?] he
begins to Buy again in the Spring wich
[which?] will be late for us to begin
stackin [stacking?] again
However as soon as we get the flax
we will send you some more hopping [hoping?] you will
get the three all wright [right?] -
we have to get £16 of the road money yet -
I do not know what time we will get it but
it must come in March early - we will not
have anything to Do with it more as we are
tired of it - we hav [have?] had 10 -
assistants [assistant?] surveyors cince [since?]
we got it so you could not please them all -
their qualifications is very sharp
and their pay light only £80 per year
and lodge in Gortin. -
I cannot tell you how they get into those
places but I supose [suppose?] its through favour
like everything els [else?] -

Thursday January 25 - 1900 –

I am now going to finish this letter - we
all lodged for old Margrets money But there
is not a word as yet about it - they are
gathering in all the [they?] can and how it will
go its hard to tell - But if they give it
without law so much the better - Time will
tell of it all - we have streached [stretched?] the
plough to Day [today?] - the ground is very soft as it
is continualy [continually?] raining well I
have got two pounds - on your note as interest
that will Keep it all right for
another few years - he would have about 8
pounds to give of interest now if we could
get it from him, our sheep is 36 this winter
and we keep them all on our own land
never one of them off it at any time
Our stock now is 6 cows - and 5 young ones -
Two [Pigs?] with young - one of them comes in
two weeks from now the other two weeks
latter [later?] - So they will have
something till [to?] do when the [they?] will.
Big Willie Ballantine and William has a
house Between them and feeds him week about-
Robert McFarland [Dipper?] Barness -
was Decreed in £20 at Strabane Sessions
for a child to Biddy the Binder - he has it
appaled [appealed?]:- Joseph Duncan we hear
is nothing Better he is still in the
infirmary we have no trouble with them now -
the eden [Eden?] house is scarce of people now -
Elisa [Eliza?] Hamilton McClelland is got married
again to a son of James Ballantine [Lenaman?]
a daughter of J McConnells Elisa [Eliza?] was left
up in [Badoney?] yesterday
I have not got a letter
from William Ballantine as though he seemed
anxious to have on [one?] from me we have
got no second letter from Tommy Hay perhaps
he is gon [gone?] to rest with many others -
perhaps we might soon have one from him -
Dear James I have said a good lot in this
letter But the last part of it is not very
plesent [pleasant?] your Uncle Charles place is all
Destroyed By fire on Monday night - the
work shop cow house were all Burned nothing
was left - all his tools and two cows - the
cows was Burned into a sinder [cinder?] -
nothing was left - any amount of timber stuff
made and unmade its terbal [terrible?] to look at
the wreck - a stack of straw and a [Ball?] of
[oil?] - only the people gortin [Gortin?] would all
[sic] Been Burned
when word came your mother tom and myself
started and we took John Hay with us -
Charles was in Omagh and we did not leave
till 10 o'clock he applayed [applied?]
for 200 pounds and two others in [sic] one in each
side of him £10 and £20 to be trayed [tried?] in
april at the sessions - as malicious injury
Not one in gortin saw it you [your?] aunt was the
first just 10 minutes past five morning and
all was bourned [burned?] at 7 o'clock he has not
two pence worth of all - the [they?] got out
two cows - safe John and your aunt the hearevest
[harvest?] Stress will be left on them as John was in it
last and she saw the flams [flames?] first -
your uncle I am fraid [afraid?] it will trouble him very
much - and John will be out of his place as
Charles says he will never [join?] it again if
he Dose [does?] not get it on its a verry [very?] heavy
loss to Bear with - I hope you are enjoying
your new turn in life and that you will be long
speared [spared?] to enjoy the comfort of learning

J J Smyth

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ar [are?] you bararding [boarding?]
in your old house and who Dose [does?] your washing

Transcribed by Greg Floyd