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Title: Thomas Hay India to Bella M. Smyth Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHay, Thomas/37B
SenderHay, Thomas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationsoldier
Sender Religionunknown
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
Doc. No.604167
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count474
Transcript[Letter 2]
Castledamph 2/2/98

Dear Cousin
In answer to your
loving letter which I was very
pleased to receive Dear cousin
In an [------?] yours
I am very sorry to hear of Uncle
I received the [----?] day
and cousin William being so
if [Gilfillan?]
ill but hope it is nothing serious
and hope they will [------?]
Castledamph Castledamph
time you [----------?] few lines
[Londonderry?] {--------?] James Smyth
Dear Cousin we have Castledamph
Derry [J Gilfillan?]
Castledamph [--?] Mr John Jame
May 13 Mr John James

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from Pindi back to Tialhot
which is a good job our two
squadrons as [sic] come down from
the frontier there were eighteen
of the two squadrons died. Dear
Aunt I suppose Bob and Jack
never got over to see you all at
Christmas as Bella says in her
last letter I as [sic] only wish I could
get over every year for too [sic] see
you I would be pleased but
I hope to see all my friends
again as we parted. Dear Aunt
I received a letter from little
Maggie in Gortin last week
also a nice little card also a
Bible and letter from Uncle
John and he gives me very good
advice to look after myself.
Dear Aunt this is a nice
station we are in now I hope they

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they keep us here but I fear they
wont there is a rumour about
us going back to Pashawar
two squadrons of the fourth
Dragoons have gone back again
next month I cannot say much
about what is going on
it [sic] up there I have not seen
any fellows coming down
from the frontier Dear
Aunt I wrote to Cousin James
a fortnight after I landed
in [Pindi?] but received no
answer as yet I was thinking
he must have been ill but
I think he must not have
got it I would like to hear
from him very much but I will
write to him next post and
I and my chum are getting
our Photos taken on Thursday

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So I will send him one as soon
as I get them & also one to Tilda
Gilki [Gilkinson?] Dear Aunt I had a
letter from home last week they
are all well. Dear Aunt
I think I have said [sic] all this
time hoping the next time
I hear from you William and
Uncle will be better give my best
love and wishes to all I have
answered Uncle Johns [John’s ] letter I
will send Uncle James a line
next post only I forget Aunts [Aunt’s?]
name I will now draw to
a close wishing you all good bye
also happy New Year
I remain your loving
Cousin T [Thomas?] Hay to his Dear
Aunt and Cousins

Pte T [Private Thomas?] Hay C Squadron
IX Hussars T [Thomas?] Hay Tialkot
Tialkot That is a nice piece of
India poetry of Bella’s