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Title: William Smyth, Ontario to "Dear Brother"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, William/6
SenderSmyth, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginEssex, Co., Ontario, Canada
DestinationCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, John J.
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.605010
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count476
Transcript[no envelope]

Woodslee Febuary 9th 90

Dear brother
in answer to yours
of January 23 I am very
glad to hear from you
and from your family
i was verry [very?] much
pleased to read the boys
and girls letters, and will
be pleased when the [they?]
write again. We are
all well at this present
time. and I am glad
to hear that all my
friends is [sic] well and
dowing [doing?] well. i will
now give you a history
of how we dow [do?]
farming in this country
in the first place the
principle [principal?]
crops is [sic] wheat
oats and indian corn

[page 2]
and potatoes we have
fifty fruit trees of
differant [different?]
kinds of appels [apples?]
besides pears peaches and
cheries [cherries?] I
have 70 acres under crop
and I dow [do?] the work
with the help of a small
boy i pay him 8 dollars
per month. We dow [do?] all
the work with the horses
we have a seeder by which
we can sow in drills
or broadcast drawn by
two horses. and sowes [sows?]
a bout [about?] 10 acres per day.
and we cut our hay with the
mowing michine [machine?] and
rakes it up with what
we call a sulky rake
i have put 5 acres into
winrowes [winrows?]
in two hours we ride
on all the machines

[page 3]
we cut the wheat and
oats with the self binder
last harvest i [I?] cut
nine acres a day so the
harvest dont [doesn’t?]last long
if we could live here
like the [they?] dow [do?]
in ireland people would get rich
we keept [kept?] an account of
every cent that was
made and that was paid
out last yare [year?] in the house
and out of it the income
was ten hundred and fifty
dollars. and the outley [outlay?] was
nine hundred and forty
out of that i paid for
a monument on Johns [John’s?]
grave one hundred and seventy
170 dollars our canadian dollar is
worth four shillings sterling.

[page 4]
I had a letter from
Chares [Charles?] Ballantine about
a month ago he sayes [says?]
the [they?] are all well his
father is dead some
time. James hanna and
wife is also dead
I would like when
you write again to
give me a history of
all the young people
who is [sic] marrieg [married?] and who
the [they?] got. and what
William James is dowing [doing?]
in N Sewart [Newtownstewart?] and how
tilda [Tilda?] and family is
dowing [doing?]. we [We?] had a very
dry summer no rain
from the 10th of June until
the 15th of November and
everything was scorched
with the heat of the Sun
very strange f [for?] this
Country Sin [sincerely?]
Wm [William?] Smyth

[written up side of page 1]
the girls is [sic] going to write
and send you some pictures

[written up side of page 4]
and no frost or snow untill [until?]
last friday to day [today?] is quite

Transcribed by Greg Floyd