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Title: Mary Smyth, Castledamph, to James A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/37(3)
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
Doc. No.505052
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 25:05:2005.
Word Count958
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr. Jas. A Smyth,

10 PM
MY [4]

10 5
MY 5

[Back of Envelope]
MY 5

MY 4

MY 15

[Page 1]
May 4th 05.

Dear Brother,
Just received
a letter from John C. [Charles?]
this morning we expected
one before this but it
must have been delayed
Somehow as it was posted
tomorrow fortnight. He did
not give as full an account
of his trip as I expected
never said any thing about
the ship seems to have been
surprised at the crowd on
I suppose by this time
you have had all talked
over. I suppose John has seen
all the people around there

[Page 2]

Expect he would get quite a
few shakehands. They were
not very sick going over I
don't think they were as bad
as I was. I think they sang
hymns most of the way
he didn’t mention any dancing
I suppose they had a good
many of the Welsh Revivalists
on board. He says he didn't
think much of some of there
concert with such a crowd I
should think they would
have some talent among them
By this time they will be
separated as I don't expect
Jamey will go to Essex nor I
don't expect you would want
him either when you see him,
however he will be smartened up
a little before he sees Ireland
again. Tell us what you thought
of them when you met them
also what the people around

[Page 3]
Essex & Woodslee thinks of John.
I am going to write to some of them
soon. I haven’t written but a few
letters since Liza took sick. By the
way, she is going up to Omagh Saturday
to see Dr. Thompson as the side still
pains her and is somewhat worse this
last week. Everyone thinks that she
will have to have the operation before
she ever get’s right better. Liza & I
are alone here [Friday?] the others are
all over in Stewarts finishing the
potatoes This is a lovely weather [sic]
was going to the shop on the morning and
heard the cuckoo calling for the first time.
Annie Mary was coming out of the shop when
I was going in, and neither of us knew each
other until, Mary told us, I wouldn’t know her
atall [at all?]. She is down for a few
days was asking about you.
Your name has been well published
around here lately on account of getting that

[Page 4]
new position. Everyone thinks you are getting
along well. It was going at the Plum [Plumbridge?]
that it was £600 you had instead of $600 I suppose
whoever started it didn't know the difference.
I think you ought to have enough money now
but if you don't know what to do with it all
send it this way. The Good Templars Excursion
is to Belfast this year in June sometime think
I will go if I can get to NewTown [Newtownstewart?]
and I think there are others here that should go
as very few have ever been there before Liza
& and some of the boys will go.
Well I was almost forgetting to tell
you that Wm. [William?], Joe Duncan and Sandy
are ordained as elders on Friday 28th April
It was a great day at Eden. Four ministers
were there. and there was some good speaking.

[Page 5]
Mathew Smith is still here
and is in now as a weekly
tenant. He doesn't know
yet whether he will go to
Canada or Australia he
thinks he would like to spend
a couple of years in Canada
before he would go to his
friends in Australia so as he
would be something smarter
He was asking me a lot of
questions one day about Canada
There are rumours of Ellen
going to get married to John
McFarlane [McFarland?], Drumnaspar,
Mathew’s [--?] relations in Australia
are pretty well off I believe so
Mathew thinks that he might go out
there and be a shepherd for them
as they have great possessions
We have got quite a few papers
from you this last while we are
sending some to you with an
account of the ordination

[Page 6]
There was a sergeant from Newtown [Newtownstewart?]
going for a few days to his father and mother
in Antrim and started to cycle by Cranag
[Cranagh?] as the nearest way it seems he was
not very much experienced riding and going down
the bray [brae?] at Oughdoorish [Oughtdoorish?]
bridge lost control of the bicycle and he and
bicycle went over the bridge and died in a couple
of hours afterwards. It is in the Constitution
and Andy Ballantine is going to send it to
you. There are a lot of accidents with bicycles
here. Bob Dunne one Sunday might have
got killed in the same way coming down
that bray [brae?] at Micky Davies. Still
it doesn't learn them a lesson, Tommy he
has John’s now so if I had one I would
be satisfied. Lizzie McCullagh is going
flying around on Tillie’s. She was trying
her Examination in Omagh last week. This
is the third time for her so if she dont
pass this time I think she is not worth
Andy Duffy's son Lawrence, was trying
for a priest and failed and next tried
for the Civil Service and failed so he
is gone to America on Monday. Andy
was in here one day and he said no one
knew how much money he spent on him

[Page 7]
and could make nothing of him.
I suppose Grace Green will be
married next month. Is he young whom
she is getting? Is Nell still at home?
In another month or so you will
have your holidays but I suppose
you will not get home this year
on account of your new position
Must Close now
Good Bye
All well,

[Note on Page 1]

Will write to John soon M. S. [Mary Smyth?]

Transcribed by Gordon Drummond