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Title: M Smyth, Castledamph to J. A. Smyth, Canada
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/24(2)
SenderSmyth, Mary
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionProtestant (Presbyterian)
OriginCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, Canada
DestinationEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
RecipientSmyth, James A.
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.501013
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 13:01:2005.
Word Count598
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr J. A. Smyth

10 PM
JU 21

[Back of Envelope]

JY 6

JU 21

[Page 1]

June 20th 07

Dear Brother:-
Another few lines to let you know
how we are doing over here. We have had
very little nice weather here yet almost
rain Every day, no turf has been dried yet
and [lo b?] haven t them cut yet.
We had our I.O.G.T.E. reunion to Bundoran
Last Wednesday. There was a pretty good
Crowd and we got a splendid day. There
was a brass band from Castlederg there
a good one too.

There was an excursion to Dublin yesterday for
4/4 Bob Duncan & Joe Houston & others went but
I would think that one day wouldn t be of much

Arch [Archibald?] McClelland & two Yankees
are about landing today so that

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how will they like to stay up in McClelland s
I don t know whether Archibald will be going back
or not as I think I told you about Andy
Ballantines sister being dead & has left her
Shop in Letterkenny to [Willie?] [he?] I think
would keep it if Archibald would carry on the
We have got a letter that the Demonstration
This 12th July will be held in Baronscourt this
year so that we will all likely get out this
year I think there will be agood [a good?] many
there Coming from Derry, The band is practising
Every Friday night but as usual the [they?]
don t all attend.
We had a letter from John and he is not
coming home until October. He seems to like
the place where he is now.
I got a letter from H.B. Phillips for £1-5-0
for the piano Stool. I was thinking that you
had it paid so let us know.
Miss Cassie McKelvey is very low at the present
time The Dr has only given her a few days to live
I was over to see her one day was intending to go
over today only that it is raining.
This is our lodge meeting tonight So we will get
wet by all appearance [sic].
[Mary?] & the [Mrs?] are for Portadown about the
1st July. I dont know what the Master is going
to do I suppose he will stay alone. We see him
sometimes as usual. Andy B [Ballantine?] is very
busy these times as Sam is in Letterkenny since
Bella Jane died so that Andy has to carry on
the work.
Gilky s & Elkins one [sic] are all going to the
Creamery now day about. Dunnes (Sam) Campbells
Orr & [Lunney?] & McKnight are also going so that
they will all be going around here. No talk of
one going up here now there is too much party work,
the Priest [----fessed?] too much of it. The
railroad has also died not [all?] of it either.

Father is alright again he can hear as much as ever.

Good Bye

Mary S [Smyth?]

[Note attached]

As regards arguing on religion I have my mind
settled to argue no more. I find the words of this
hymn often true
Earthly friends may fail & leave us.
One day soothe The next day greive [grieve?] us
But this Friend will [neer?] deceive us

The friend that sticketh closer than
a brother. When we came back
From leaving you off I was thinking
of the Piano there it was and what
use was it if we had only it
to comfort us as the sound of
it brought back the same scenes
as when I first heard it you
see you were gone but it is still there
a reminder of you I ll bet for all time to

Transcribed by Greg Floyd