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Title: J J Smyth, Castledamph to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/95(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.410033
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 26:10:2004.
Word Count585
TranscriptFront of envelope

Mr James A Smyth
Essex Essex Co

SE 30

Ans Oct 10 1898

Back of envelope

SE 30

OC 10

Castledamph Sep 30 1898

My Dear James
We were looking
this [these?] few days [for?] a letter
and it arived [arrived?] this morning
Friday the 30 Sep - we see by it that
you have not been well for a few days
But we hope you are all right
now - it appears you have had a
good time of it But I would
advise you take propher [proper?] care
of yourself as stone throwing and
such like is not very [good?]
the [there?] are some exercise (sic) very good
but the [there?] are some dangerious [dangerous?] -
and such ought to be avoyed [avoided?]
if posibly [possible?] for health is before
wealth especially in a Strange land

they [the?] boys would rather get sitting
down some times to rest themselves
then [than?] anything els [else?] - we had all the
stones to put up in Cubit Yards
from the one end of the road to the
other the [they?] are finishing them this
day - so they had some shoveling [shovelling?]
there [their?] knees was (sic) sweled [swelled?]
like a loaf especialy [especially?] J.C - we have
all our corn in a week to day [today?] friday
we have 8 stacks up the Barn
14 in number one of them off J. Youngs (sic)
We were ready to put in our hay
on Tuesday But the weather has
changed - it was a grand harvest
we have 17 cocks of hay this year
we have 5 of them under the road
down to the Burn we are going
to Keep it now. This is the first
year for it - we have not got
our turff [turf?] home yet
But the horses will have nothing till [to]
do now but draw - them -
I think we will loose [lose?] some of
our help - as John intends going
to his Uncle Charles to learn the
carpentertread [carpentry trade?] he dose
[does?] not care for farming and its not
easy to know what best for him to goto
[go to?] - we are all tired with the road
as they are so terbil [terribly?] ill to
please - John Gilky was home on the Plum
[Plumbridge?] fair day he looks well
comming [coming?] [I?] called to see J [Gordon?]
he looks like a Gentleman
and got one hour (sic) and we had
a treat together he like it well (sic)
we had a very good time at the
show - and we are all in good
health every one dowing [doing?] what
they can to keep everything going
the [there?] were [was?] a marriage yestarday
[yesterday?]in our meeting house Miss Jane Huston
[Houston?] Lisnascreaght to Sam McLaughlin
Glencoppagh [Glencoppagagh?] post Boy - Brother
of Tildia [Tilda?] Duncans Mans (sic) so the
Hustons and the Duncans is dowing [doing?] well.
We hear that A Duncan is going
to auction Robert Ballantines
farm on the 16 October he has
William McFarland [passed?] for
60 pounds - Barney McGillion is
going to sell his shortly or have
to do it - we hope by the time
This arrives with you that you will
be at your school again - we had
Miss Mary Dunbar up seeing us on
thursday 22 - she looks thin but likes
the place well - some of the others
will write again This is Bad
writting [writing?] and a Bad pen - Miss Dunn
thanks you for you [your?] papers she is glad
you done (sic) so well - No more at present

John J Smyth