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Title: Thomas Hay, India to Bella M Smyth, Co-Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHay, Thomas/25
Sender Gender-
Sender Occupation-
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth.
Doc. No.604052
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count429
Transcript[Letter 2]

[Page 1]

Jan 1908

Dear Brother
Just a few lines
for the present, Saw in the
free Press yesterday an account
that you had met with an
accident hope it is not
Serious. We are anxiously
waiting for a letter thought
we would have got one
today but none likely
one tomorrow.
John C. [Charles?] has got home
got here Saturday night
before Xmas He is not very
much changed unless talking
and dresses better than formerly

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He is somewhat fatter than
he used to be. He was’nt very
well for more than a week after
he came had a headache all
the time. I suppose he would
have felt better had he come in
a slower boat I think he wont
go in one like her for a while
again. He has been hunting a few
days. He went to Gortin yesterday
& is to return today again. Lizzie
is home now, she came over Saturday
evg [evening?] & Maggie came Sunday
& both stopped until Yesterday morning
so John went over with them
Jamey Ballantine R.I.C. [Royal Irish
Constabulary?] is coming

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home today for a week only so that
is why John can’t stay in Gortin, they
expect to have a great [time?] hunting.
This is Jamey’s first time home. Today it
is raining, we had fine frosty [cold?] here
last week but it has thawed now it
is miserable damp weather.
In looking through the envelope I
got a letter addressed to you [in Nov?]
but had forgotten to post it. The
most particular news that was in it
was that Willie Houston’s wife (Constall)
is dead and left six of a family, died
of consumption. John Houston took
one of the children and Jane one and Mary Ann
one so that he has only the three eldest
at home. He has Davies girl hired this [term?]

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Archie McClelland has bought a farm at £400
near Fintona. He is going to live on it
in the Spring and his better half is coming
over from New York. She is a native
of Ireland, He is still in the Glenn
[Glen?] doesn’t be out very much does the
cooking and all for Andy. I think
he still drinks for a good deal.
Archie McCullagh is the only one
from here that attends the
Agricultural class, it would
take quite a bit of time from
the farmers every Monday &
Tuesdays John C [Charles?] went to
see Tillie before he left he says
she has got thin and old looking She
has got another young son two
days after john was there.

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