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Title: Elizabeth Hay, Liverpool, to J J Smyth, Castledamph.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHay, Lizzie/32
SenderHay, Elizabeth (Lizzie)
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginLiverpool, England
DestinationCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, John James
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.508017
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 23:08:2005.
Word Count540
Transcript[Letter 2]
[Page 1]
September 1, 1897
51 Bute St

Dear aunt uncles and cousins I
now take the pleasure of writing
to you a few lines hoping you are
all well as it leaves us at present.
Dear aunt we arrived alright safe
and sound in Liverpool at half
past six on Tuesday morning I
was nearly mad with the tooth
ache and the jogging of the train
gave me the head ache so I was
nicely fixed and then I had the
boat to face then I thought I was
bad enough coming but going home
I thought I was alone for good. I
thought the boat was going down it
was terrible rough we were thrown
off the seats on to the floor.

[Page 2]
and them that got on the floor
stopped there they thought it was the
best place to stop till we landed
I was sick in the train and in
the boat I thought I would never
got [get?] back. they were surprised
to see us so early in the morning
they thought it would be dinner time
when we would land everybody tell [sic]
us we look well with our Irish faces
on us. father would not believe us
as we had no butter for him this
time he said aunt Mary would not
let us come away without any he
said we must have give [gave?] it
away I asked him did he think you
had nothing else to do only send
butter to him. Dear aunt I was
in bed all day yesterday with
my head and reaching [retching?]
so I stayed there for the day.

[Page 3]
Dear aunt tommy is getting
downhearted about going away they
were dancing and singing and me
in bed missing it all there was [sic]
three or four upstairs to me but I
could not lift my head so I stopped
there till this morning I could not
eat anything since I left your place
the look of the food sickened me
but I will be over on Christmas
with my sister. if william or
tommy does not come over for a
while we will have a letter to the
next time we come, but we would
like some of the young men to come
for a change we have plenty of girls
here as well as in this country
so if any of you will come let us
know and we will make ready for
them we dont mind two or three
of them the more the merrier.

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We have splendid weather here we are
roasted to death very nearly but I
would rather be here. Dear Aunt I was
telling my father I was on a mind for
staying altogether and he said I was
a fool for coming back he said if
I get here at Christmas I can remain
here as he can easily do 3 or 4 months
till he will finish his time.
Dear Aunt I hope your back is all
right again I was telling my father
about it and he said to get some
Sulphur and Salt Peter [sic]
for it as it cured him of it
No more at present from
Lizzie to her dear Aunt Mary
With best love to all.
Dont forget to write soon.