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Title: J. J. Smyth, Castledamph, to J. A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/85
SenderSmyth, John James, John C. and Eliza C.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
RecipientSmyth, James Alexander
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipfather-son / siblings
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.507012
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 15:07:2005.
Word Count1000
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Mr James –A- Smyth
South Woodslee
Essex County

Ans [Answered?] July [27th?]-97
-see back-
[Stamp Torn off]

[Back of Envelope]
Hand written
Weights of the boys and girls
July 97

JY 8

JY 19

JY 20

[Written inside Envelope]
the twelfth is approaching
12th July again?]

[Page 1]
Castledamph thursday
8th July 1897

Dear James-
I am happy to
let you know we are all in good
helth [health?] at present thank
God for all his goodness- to us
all. - By the time this reaches
you your examination will be all
over and perhaps you will have
wrote [sic] home the result well
whither [whether?] you come
out successful or not be of good
courage and dont Despair- nor give
it up that is if you did not pass
try again and go on another year
if you have not passed as we intend
to Keep you going another year
thank god we have never missed all
we have Lent you nor I hope will
not although we meet with some
looses [losses?] that we cannot
help But when

[Page 2]
we are all in good health and all
able to work we cannot complain
we had one ewe and two lambs Died
and the young horse went to play
after the calves and putt [put?]
one of them over into the Burn and
was Killed the young horse is Dowing
[Doing?] well now the sheep are all
clipped But one that they cannot get
as yet they sold the wool on Tuesday
in Strabane they got 4d [pulls?] it
Drew £3 and they have some yet – our
turnips was [sic] late owing to the
wett [wet?] weather we finished them
on the last Day of June and had to mould
the potatoes after that crops only
looks parly [paltry?] the weather is so
wett [wet?] - they are at the gravel
these Days - not pleasant work either
we sent you papers last week - send you
one this day- some of the others will
finish this letter- I sent you 5 pounds
I hope you get it all right - do not ask
to work any as it would putt [put?] you
Back- and keep you longer that is if you
have not passed you done well in W Gilky
letter when you write give all the news
of all – and if you did not pass - go on
again is the wish of all –
So Good Bye J.J [John James?] Smyth

[Page 3]
July 8th 97
Dear Brother
Once more I take the pleasure
of writing to you again The weather
is very wet hardly any good days
Well Joe McConnell has got married
she was over in Glensass on Sunday
but did not stop long William Bella
and Mary was at a Pic-Nic [picnic?]
on Thursday last at Rooskey [Rousky?]
they had a very good day I am sure you
are busy at your examination now you
have no bother preparing for the
twelfth now like you would if you were
here Miss Dunbar is in Strabane this
week at her exam. She is trying for
first class Beck [Rebecca?] and Miss
Macklin is teaching in Eden so you may
be sure [there?] is some good teaching
I think Mary will not be up till
Tuesday she will take a holiday when

[Page 4]
Well they are expecting a great day
in NewtownStewart again Monday Bella
and me have some notion of going but
if the day bes [sic] wet that ends all.
We had James Huston [Houston?]
yesterday and today but he had to go
home as this day was wet we had some
smoke all winter but I think he has
took it away he has one of the chimneys
white-washed and was at the other but
like before the rain came on and washed
it off so he had to stop Willie John
has not wrote to you yet he always
waits and then never has time He got
a new suit and shoes on Tuesday so he
think [sic] he will do again the twelfth
Mother was asking him today what would
he do would he go to a shop or learn
and he said just what yous done effer
yous was wee [what you done whenever you
were young?] He is very merry
No more at present
Your Lov [loving?] Sister Eliza Catherine

[Page 5]
This is our Weight
st .. lbs
John Charles 12 and some lbs
Bella Maggie 9 .. 9
Eliza Cath 9 .. 12
Mary 9 .. 2
Willie John 4 .. 3

it may not be exact for Mary
had to take off her shoes to be
nine stone we did not get Tom
or Will this time
Eliza Cath [Catherine?] Smyth
[Note up side]
[Take care of this big [pin?]

William was 13 1/2 stones in
spring Tommy was 13 I dont know
what weight Father and Mother
is [sic] as they never bother John
is finishing up this letter now
so he took my pen I have kept an
account of Outlay and Income up
to now but I think I wont mind
any longer as it very hard to
watch everyone
Eliza Smyth

[Page 6]
July 8th 97

Dear Brother
I now take the
trouble of writing to you to
let you know about the twelfth
Well if it is a wet day we
cannot go out at all and if its
dry so much the Better The band
is practicing every friday night
The [There?] will be a lodge
meeting again friday night and
[sic] are all requested to attend
It will be a very early march
in the morning we will leave
about 8.30 The plum [Plumbridge?]
band will meet us about
Mrs Dunn’s [Dunnes?] land The Derry
men are coming up to Newtownstewart

[Page 7]
34 lodges was [sic] in Omagh
last twelfth and if the [there]
be [sic] 34 in Newtownstewart
this year it will not be bad
I think the band will be as
good this year as ever it was
it alway [always?] had a fine
appearance no matter where it
went Rev Charles M Monteith
is going to preach an
Orange sermon again
[11am?] I think the [sic] most
of the two lodges will go up
if you have good ears you
may hear the Drum about
seven o'clock again Monday
morning Good bye

John Chs [Charles?] Smyth
Thursday 8 July
Monday 12th 3 oclock pm