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Title: M [Whalar?] Grange to Bella Smyth, Castledamph, Co Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWhelar, M/16
SenderWhelar, M.
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginGrange, Co. Sligo?
DestinationCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, Bella M.
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.410079
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 26:10:2004.
Word Count690
TranscriptFront of envelope:-

Miss Bella Smyth



Back of envelope:-


21. 3. 1900

My dear Bella, My dear
Bella [sic] I suppose
you are thinking that
I have forgotten you
altogether. No such
thing scarcely a day
passes I do not think
of you & say well I
will write to.day [today?]. Then
something turns up & so.
time goes I have neglected
all my friends this while
I do trust that you
have all escaped this
very bad cold that
has been going round
[We?) all had a little attack
at the Christmas time &
I think now if the good
weather would come in all
the illness would soone
(soon?) be abated.
I was so sorry to hear
of William [Gilkinson?] being
dead I could scarcely believe
it. I have never heard the
partaculars [particulars?]of
his death fully only through Wm
[William?] Anderson. I must drop
a line to poor Tilda. I well know
very often the loss of not having a
Father then no Mother it
is hard enough for her
poor thing.
There has been such a
lot of deaths this season
about here. Solemn warnings
for us all telling us to be
ready for the Master's call
we know not when. God grant
that each one of us may be
found watching.
I suppose you heard of
John Anderson s death
it came suddenly in the
end. Ive wondered Mr
Hayes did not come down.
Then mother thought perhaps

he had heard that Annie Wilson
was attending him & he did not
come he never cared much
for her. Such a [rum?] wake
Annie & I never went down
near it. We went to see him
before he died but not after
mother did what she could on
account of the ones who were
gone & she felt it hard to
bear up. William Anderson went
to town on the Monday of the wake
in the morning.& never arrived home till
night drunk & Wilson was
drunk & another good woman
& they commenced to sing Orange
songs. It was very sad to hear of it
dont mention this to any one for fear it
would come to Newtown & then I would get it
they say wm. [William?] has [got?] [John s?]
[fields?] but we dont know.

Love to everyone of your
people & kind regards
to friends hoping to hear
from you soon ever
your old chum
M Whelar xxx

X Willie John

(Part of letter) 2

Sometime when I see you I will
be able to tell you more.
We are expecting Mary home
this Friday she was coming
last Friday only the snow.
So I hope she wont disappoint
it wont be long till the Easter
vacation then she thinks that
perhaps she will be going on a
cycling tour through Donegal.
Don t you wish you had a bicycle
I dont think I could have the courage
to ride one I would be too nervous.
The Orange Hall is looking very
nice I think there will be a
good night when it is finished
perhaps the Orange Sermon will
be preched [preached?] in it at least.
Willie McKinlay [McKinley?] was
telling me they hoped to have it ready &
a good choir to sound well I said to not
count his chickens before they were
hatched or something to that effect.
I often think on your Mother
& Father how he would sit &
play the Fiddle & the good times
we had Oh I would wish them
back sometimes. Would you & the
good bread & tea from your mother
give them both my love & our united
love & I do trust we may have them
down with us soon.
Isnt it sad about the war do you
get any news from your Cousins
thank goodness for men such
as Roberts & Kitchener I do trust
Mafeking. wont fall they are in
terrible distress for food. We may
be glad at any rate that the flag of
the Free wont be fated to drop in
African dust. Now dear Bella look over
my seeming neglect this time & my mistakes
& do write soon & a lots of news about everyone
like a good dear