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Title: William Smyth, Castledamph to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, William John/30
SenderSmyth, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
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.604030
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count460
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr James A Smyth
South Woodslee
Lock Box 4
Essex County

JA 19

[Postage Stamp]
Postage revenue
2 ½

[Written in Pencil at top]
[Received?] February 2nd 1873

[Back of envelope]

JA 19

[South Woodslee]
FE 2

[Page 1]
Jan 19th 1893

Dear Brother
I now take the
pleasure of writing to you
again We are all well
at present the frost and
snow is all away now
we have nice green weather
at present We tried the
young mare in the
plough yesterday and
she ploughed rightly
Uncle James had an auction
on saturday it did not
do as well as last year
he got none of the land

[Page 2]
Set only six acres and
we got five and Jamie
hay one of the highest
is £3 10s per acre and the
lowest £2 10s so I think
we will have some work
to do this year John
huey Brine [Brien?] got his
part of Glensass at £1 17s 6d
he got none of the cattle
or sheep sold Willie
gilkison [Gilkinson?] did
not get into the asylum the boy
that was in before got in again
I think William Reid and
Alex Duncan will be for
this Binch [Bench?] they [the?]
police has [have?] not joined
to summon yet but I think it will
not be long. I think they [the?]
police is up seeing him today

James Reid never spoke to
any of us since the fight
I was up in Joe gilkys
one night about a week
after it and she said
that much I never was in
it since she said if William
had done right he would had
nine or ten of us in jaol [Jail?]
for the [there?] never was nothing
of about that budge end
but a set of blaggards
If I would write all she
said it would half fill a
news paper. I suppose we will
be all summoned they say
they [there?] are about twenty to
be summoned seven or eight
for striking and the rest for
witnesses Alex Duncan Knox
James Gordon Me and Tomy [Tommy?]
Joe Elkin for striking. We
were not there at the
beginning [beginning?] it was
nearly all over

[Page 4]
when we got there I think
We will not go to jaol [jail]
but I suppose it all depends on
what they will swear the
Band has joined to learn
this winter we have eight
new ones John Charles and
Willie Gordon is learning to
Drum John charles will be
very easy learned the drumers
[drummers?] is [sic] not as
plenty now as when you were
here The [There?] are [sic]
going to be a lecture in
the meeting house again the
30th of this month the [there?]
are about sixteen of us selling
tickets I have sold seventeen
James Huston [Houston?] Plumbridge
and David Dunbar has took out licence
for to be auctioners [auctioneers?]
[patched?] Campbell has made about
3 or 4 Hundred pounds since he commenced
I have no more to tell you at present
William Smyth

Transcribed by Chris Devenney