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Title: John J Smyth, Castledamph to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/103A
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.605048
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count481
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Care) William Smyth esq.
South Woodslee
Essex County

[Written below]
for James Alexander Smyth
Box 23

[Written at top]
July 1 1891

[Postage Stamp]

JY 1

[Back of Envelope]


[Letter 1]

[Page 1]

My Dear James
While I write this
we are much affected with the sad news
of George Barkelys [Barkley’s?] death – thank God we
are all in very good health now But how long
we cannot tell – for Sunday 21 he was as
well as any one of us and is now numbered
with the dead God only knows how long
we have to remain in this world of tears
his death will be much lamented.

Dear James – we have neither sold nor
Bought any sheep yet they have them all
clipped but two year olds they have not got
yet – David Noble gave up Matthew [Nomare?]
corn John McConnell pressed James Hay, Bob
McKelvey John Niclas [Nicholas] James McKelvey
to Strabane it was Dismissed McConnell has appealed
to Omagh asises [assizes?]
I was in Strabane yestardy [yesterday?] Butter 1½ meal
s d s s
14-6 per bag Young pigs from 8 to 16 – crops looks
[sic] well now with the rain we have some rain
every day and some thunder the ground is getting
weet [wet?] again. Our corn up the Burn looks well
the upland grass is good and potatoes all looks
Splended and the flax is the Best I have
seen during my way to Strabane you can tell
Uncle William where all is [going?].

[Page 2]

this is gortin fair Day but none of us
is going to it – the [there?] are [sic] no grass cut in
this contery [country?] yet – we are finishing up
heads and foots of field and will be ready
to cutt [cut?] the grass as soon as the weather
fits – I supose [suppose?] By the time this reaches
yous [you?] Casie [Cassie?] will be home – I hope the
country is not to [too?] hot for you and Sarah Ann
I am shure [sure?] yous [you?] will think it strange
Besides at home one week hot and the next
raining – Dear James – the Band never was
asked to come yet nor will not this year
the [there?] were [sic] trouble in getting them up las
[last?] year and not much pleasure with them. Newtown
[Newtownstewart] men is [sic] going to meet the Plumb
[Plumbridge] men and go to a field at the end of the road
on Straw hill and go through Newtown [Newtownstewart]
- we will not meet at all this year – So the drums will remain
uncleaned this year – every man may go where
he likes = - when yous [you?] write give us all the
news of the contery [country?] and how you and Sarah Ann likes
to Be there and if you ar [are?] able to work with
the machines yet I supose [suppose?] its Different work
from this contery [country?] – I now conclude By sending
our love to you and to all of yous [you?] – So good By
and may god Be with yous [you?] all – John Jas. [James] Smyth