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Title: John J, Smyth Castledamph to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/86
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.604161
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count522
Transcript[Front of envelope]
Mr James A Smyth
Essex Box 234

[Written at top]
Ans [Answered?] March

10 0

[Back of envelope]

MR 7

MR 19

[Page 1]

March 7th 1900

My dear James
We have Been
Weating [waiting?] this long time on a
letter We have got very uneasy Owing to
the times in this contery [country?] - we
hope nothing is the matter with you.
We have received no answer to any
of the moneys [sic] wich [which?] was sent
January 17th We sent you £3 bls [bills?]
February 9 -we sent 6
and has [sic] got no word cince [since?].
My dear James -Ever since
you left here was there such
a time of Sickness in Ireland
Willie [William?] Smyth [sic] funeral went
Past yesterday 2 and 3 and 5 corps [corpses?]
in the graveyard at one [once?] almost
every day

[page 2]
They are not a house in our town
But they are from 5 to
one down in each house Some
very bad-others not so bad
I must now tell you
about our own house your
Mother William Bella and Elisa
is all confined to bed Bella
was not cast down to last night
that is four of us some of them
may not be to [too?] long God only knows
I am Just staggering on my
feet if May [Mary?] and Tomy [Tommy?]
keeps up its [it’s?] not so bad -The Doctors
is done up day and night
Willie [William?] Smyth was only 8 days
after he took it and old William
Gilky [Gilkinson?] about to [two?] hours Bad
So times is hard in this contery [country?]
and the people is Badly put about.

[page 3]
perhaps we will have a letter
this week from you [we?] all
think you cannot be well.
If I get one this week I will
answer it if I can good news
or otherways - I trust I will
be able to give you good news
I trust in God that they
will all come out all right
in a few days - But just
think of four Down in one
house - and a Death below
us and one above us – [one?]
Chair’s nerer [never?] comming
[coming?] in but passing on up -it
seems a pleague [plague?] altogether
I hope and trust that the
Lord will stay his hand
and that people will be restored

[page 4]
to helth [health?] again.
You may let your uncle know
work is also at a stand still
in most houses your uncle C.
is improving a little John is
over those days he came home to
make W. [William?] Smyth [sic]
coffine [coffin?]
This is Gortin fair Day the [there?] will
be some [word?] to night – from him
we have got no letter from T [Thomas?] Hay
since the last one. I hope he is
all wright [right?] in Ladysmyth -
[Ladysmith?] I will give you all I can
of news how we are doing [every?] week
I was not going to let you know.
But I thought it better to let you
know how we were all-
I trust the next one will be Better than
this one - as I cannot say anymore we
are all well- But by the next time I trust
I will be able to say all well
-J J [John James?] Smyth