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Title: J. J. Smyth, Castledamph, to J. A. Smyth, Ontario.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/96
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.505575
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 07:04:2005.
Word Count640
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr James A- Smyth
Essex County

10 PM
NO 18

(Written on Front)
Ans [Answered?]
Dec 5th

[Back of Envelope]

NO 18

NO 29

[Page 1]

Castledamph No.18th- 97

My Dear James,
A few more lines to let
you know we are all in good helth [health?]
Thank God for all his goodness to
us all. I said in my last one we
would send You Some more money
for a suit of cloathes [clothes?] well
now we will try and keep to our
word so I now send you five pounds
we want you to keep
yourself in order as well as you
can in a Strange land and Keep good
Company - But I think I need
not be giving you an [any?] advice
as to this as you Know much Better
than me how to get along in that
Contrey [country?]

[Page 2]
William and me were in Strabane on
tuesday the 16th - we sold the young Pigs
12 at 10s shillings each The prices is [sic]
not good but the man sold some of them again
at 14s he had nearly £1 out of them
But I wanted to get out [sic] of them
as the Potatoes is not to [too?] plenty
and we have another comming [coming?] in a
Month and one that we are going
to kill for tuesday But only about
one Cwt. So its not easy making
Money - Our Mare is not Dowing [doing?]
Well William had her in Strabane fair
and all he could get was £5-0-0
her hind legs is [sic] all Destroyed
So we will have to put some to
her price to get another as
soon as we can we will have her
in Dunamana [Dunnamanagh?].

[Page 3]
Barney Morris and Knox has [sic] left
Eden and went to Scotland servents [servants?]
is [sic] pretty high - Joseph McFarland
wife and all is [sic] left Drumnaspar
Asnow [As now?] James is going to the upper
house and young Joseph will live
at the Bridge So that is a change
So how they [those?] two will Do wanting
a wife or anybody is a mistery [mystery?]
They [The?] Miss Dunbars is leaving here.
on the end of this Month The [They?] are
getting a School down at Castlefin
The [There?] are Different accounts as
to who is comming [coming?] to this place
and no one is shure [sure?] as yet
We had them up on Monday evening last
We will think long as the [they?] were some
fun when the [they?] they came up John is a
very good player on the fiddle now
and I Bought a Melodium [melodeon?] and he
can play pretty well on it too

[Page 4]
So when they come up the were [it was?]
a good night...well my ear is nothing
Better as yet I have to keep a big
X Willen Mufelt [Woollen Muffler?]
around it even in Strabane
and I do not know when it will
get Better- I have not much News
to send you The [There?] are [sic]
nothing particular So we hope you are
getting along well The [They?] have
Bid me to tell you not to fall in
love with that Miss [Ballantyne?]
[Ballantine?] you will be able to
tell us all about hir [her?] when she
comes Do you get any word from W.
Ballantine [Ballantyne?] Now give all
the News- I hope Woodslee People is
all well- also Mr and Mrs Allenson
and family. We all send our love and
Best respects to all of them So Good
By [goodbye?] hopping [hoping?] that you
will get this letter and Money all wright
I remain your l--f--[loving father?]
John James Smyth

(Note inside Letter)

I am for sending you a tie
And handkerchief sometime
before Xmas I hope you will
have all new before Miss Ballantyne
sees you Mother got no letter yet
she has good health now since the pain
left her I hope you make out fathers writing
its not very plain B M Smyth [Bella Smyth?]