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Title: John J. Smyth, Castledamph to J. A. Smyth, Ontario.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/88
SenderSmyth, John James and Eliza C.
Sender Gendermale-female
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.505570
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 07:04:2005.
Word Count208
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Mr James -A- Smyth
Southwoodslee p o
Essex County

10 0
AU 13

Written at Top of Page:

97 ans [Answered?]

[Back of Envelope]:
AU 13

[ ?]

Letter 1
Page 1
Aug 13th 1897

My Dear James -
Once more I take
The pleasure of letting you know
that we are all in good helth [health?]
at present - and we hope and
trust That you are all well
in Canada - Well – Thomy [Tommy?]
Hay and his Sister Elisa has come
over - They come [sic] to Gortin on
friday 6th and William, Bella, and
John Gilky went over on Sunday
evening - to see them - William went
Back for Them - On Wensday [Wednesday?]
evening so They are stoping [stopping?]
here cince [since?] - The [They ?] look
very well he looks as well as ever you
saw him fat and read [red?] –

[Page 2]
he has The Military Suit on
and looks well Spurs and all
he has three Suits with him and
William and the others putts [put?]
them on and you would not know
them when on They have to the
27 of this month to stop in this
contry [country?] then home and
then off for india perhaps never
to return We were [tramping?]
our Hay yestaday [yesterday?]
and they were all helping us as
the day was pretty good we got
up 6 cocks - this day is wet
they are going to the road now
we have 10 cocks up and 4 to
put up unless the road there
is not much to do now - we did
not know of them coming [comming?]
to Uncle Chales [Charles?] sent
over word when the [they?] come
to Gortin - we were prepearing

[Page 3]
for the Shore But now we cannot
go to they leave and that will
be long - however as we have
neither flare nor [oven?] but our
own if the weather permits we
will go sometime even leat [late?]
This Miss Macklin is a Sons Daughter
of what we call Old Andrew
Macklin- N-Stuart [Newtownstewart?]
Miss Dunbars and hi [he?] is Cusions
[cousins?] -The [there?] were [sic]
another of them up cince [since?] –
your uncle Charles and Mrs will be
over on Sunday evening William is going
over for them in the morning they [the?]
Dunbars will be up - so you will miss it
all Willie J Duncan is going off again
on the 10th Sept - we got all the
examination papers I think the [they?]
are hard for them. J Huston [Houston?]
took them over and the [they?] are not Back
yet We got all the others papers
I am afraid they will not do many
of them.

[Page 4]
John would been smart if he had
continued at school - he is a good
player of the fiddle now he can
play any tune almost as well as
[Daniel?] without any learning
he can do anything - or pick up any
tune he hears - I see you had a
good Day on the 12 as well as we.
Mr Steen has stired [stirred] up
ill feeling among the Cong
[congregation?]-- he has asked
Sandy Duncan to sing again so he
leads it now Miss Dunbars sits
Behind us - so they will neither
lead it nor [rise?] it more - he
Mr Steen is preaching in the
greatest of wrath every Sunday
cinse [since?] - the Sunday that
he raised the singing himself it
was nearly impossibly [impossible?]
to listen to him - and he is not
much Better cince [since?] - nor
likely to be for some time to come

[No signature on Letter]
[End note in different script says]

You can correct any errors you see for
Father forgets

[Page 5]
The people was afraid he would
Dismiss Miss Dunbar But she is
not much afraid of him he dose [does]
not ask to control her after School
hours - neither has he any power to
Do So - She got a letter from you
And her mother was up in our house on
Sunday evening last - - you may tell
Uncle That often I was going to
write to him and has never got at yet
Tell him That old Margets [Margaret’s?]
money is never menchioned [mentioned?]
But perhaps if he is not took short
he might give it up yet - I now
conclude By sending our love and Bests
[best?] Respects to all.- and to Mr and
Mrs Allenson and family I remain yours
John J [John James?] Smyth