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Title: J J Smyth, Castledamph to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/118A
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.410017
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 26:10:2004.
Word Count920
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr James A Smyth
Windsor Box 626

10 0
SEP 30

[Written on front]
Ans Oct 24 1899

[Back of envelope]

SEP [?]

OC 9

[Letter 1]
[Page 1]

Castledamph Sept 29-99

Dear James -
We have just received your letter
of Sept 16 - to Day [today?] Friday 29
it went to belfast some how wich [which?]
kept it a little longer we dont [don t] know
whither [whether?] you are getting them all or
not we thought we were writting [writing?]
often But the time must have passed
sooner than we thought we have
sent three after each other now
Besides one with the money and one
with the pictures some of them
was Directed to Woodslee and
some to Essex. The money was
sent to Essex as usual - Besides
some peopers [papers?] - we would have
sent you more papers But we
thought you would not have time
to read them

[Page 2]
I was talking to Willie J [John?] Dunn
he says he knows Windsor well
he is for going Back some time
he is (sic) visiting his friends some
time ago and is now at the seeaside [seaside?]
- at a place called
[Bellhalt?] - he looks thin
not the man he was when he
left Ireland first
We are glad you have got
yourself settled for another
while - It appears you will
have a good hard time of it
there - with so many over you
But keep steady and be obedient
in all ways - and take everything
camely [calmly?] - and do the Best you
can now when you got along
so well before so that you
may come out well at last

[Page 3]
As a great many has been
enquireing [enquiring?] how you have done
and asking what time your [you're?]
going to stop learning we tell them
that you will be finished up about
Christmas - then that you will be
fit for anything that will pay you
Best - a good many wonders
how we can keep you going
we tell them that we can make
money like sclate [slate?] stones -
We have sent you 5 pounds -
some time ago wich [which?] I hope you
[have?] long ago - will we send
the money as usual to essex
or would you lik [like?] to have
it sent to Windsor - you
need not be afraid we
will send you all you will
need We know you are often
on the stint anything one has
not themselves it allways
[always] comes short

[Page 4]
I think they told you we got all
our corn and hay in all wright [alright?]
The [There?] are (sic) plenty of corn out yet
elkin and the two Duncans has (sic) a
lot out yet in a miserable state
none out in Eden But them and
McClellands - there [their?] hay is all out and
a great many others - this last three
weeks (sic) is continually reaning [raining?]
and no appearance of changing
wet as it is our ones had to go
on with the road work they had
to Brake [break?] through all. and
they have 13 men Breaking to day [today]
so we have to have them finished up to morrow
[tomorrow?] Saturday the 30 - we have them
loaded from the one end to the other only what
they are Breaking to Day [today?] and the [they?]
will be loded [loaded?] tomorrow So the [there?]
are (sic) plenty (sic) hard cold work in this
contrey [country?] now - we will be paid 4 times in
the year now every 3 months we have had 9 assistent
[assistants?] [lawyers?] cince [since?]
we have got the road

[Page 5]
I supose [suppose?] you wondered
at Gilkys [Gilky s?] ones getting James McKelveys
[McKelvey s?] farm - If they can manage it
will do them no harm - getting the money
is the worst of it - Thomy [Tommy?] has
sold the most of the sheep -
he sold some of them at [18?] per head
and some at 17s and 15s - each - I don t [don t?]
know how many is to sell now
I think he will take them to Gortin
one of John Elkins [Elkin s] Daughters is
not well this long time and now they
say she is light in the mind
So I think wone [one?] way and another
they are suffering for there [their?]
fawls [false?] swearing - we here [hear?]
nothing about Jo [Joe's?] leg - the [there?]
are (is?] a rumour going around that the
[there?] are [is?] a girl in the
family way to young Robert McFarland
[Barness?] - so that is Dipping -
Bella Elish formly [formerly?] [Bartly?]
Bradkeel is dead your uncle and aunt
new [knew?] hir [her?] well -

[Page 6]
I amfraid [am afraid?] the [they?] will go
Little from this contry [country?] over to
paris they are not very found [fond?] of trips
of thad [that?] king [kind?] - the [there?]
are (sic) no talk now about A Duncan no more
nor the poor man Some say all his money was
lost - no talk of any kind. and our meeting
house is wanting elders not one appointed yet
James Huston [Houston?] lifts the coppers
on Sunday - so how the [they?] will do
again November I no [know?] not -
I think I must ask your uncle
James for your interest now
its 4 years past in June and he
has never said he would give one
penny either of stock or interest
We will write oftence [often?] and give
you all the news we can - all well
Let us know you like there [the?]
Good By [Goodbye?]

John J Smyth