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Title: B. M. Smyth, Co Tyrone to J. A. Smyth, Canada
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/80B
SenderSmyth, Bella Maggie
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationfarming household
Sender ReligionProtestant (Presbyterian)
OriginCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
RecipientSmyth, James Alexander
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.501019
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 14:01:2005.
Word Count805
Transcript[Letter 2]

[Page 3]
Mary took a notion of writing today but I
think she does not mean all that she has
said only to fill up the space. This place
seems a little annoyed another time:
you can't be sure where you are safe
especially after a fair. John was surface
man on Tuesday and he went up the road and
when he came to Micky Davies Alex Duncan
Jamie Hay and Willie Elkin came out to him.
Alex took the shovel from him but nothing
serious happened only John got his coat all
torn, they went in again and John was coming
home when he saw them coming again with two
sticks he run and they run till Neil Roes
John went up on the ditch and the shovel in
his hand but Alex and Jamie

[Page 4]
took each side: then John leaped down
and away up the road again and the post
was coming down which was lucky for John:
he told them he would swear against them
so they stopped Jamie passed Andy and
swore what he would do when he would get
at Smyth so Andy run as well as them,
only for him John would got it sharp
he was well frightened but nothing else
Tomy [Tommy?] McFarland and Moses Warnock
was in the house too: they went all to it
the fair night and did not get home till
last night drinking all the time you, could
not get a worse house than Micky Davies
at the present time, A Duncan and J Hay
lay yesterday all day in Alexs meadow
by appearance sleeping They never was right
bad [sic] till they fell in with the Micky
Davies. [sic]

[Page 5]
Their own sort hates them and its a shame for
protestants to go on in such a style: Elkins
ones and them are great friends Micky had a
cow died and Alex Duncan said he was the man
that blinked her in her eye and that it was
"Paddy David so he is in danger of getting a
They are a disgrace to all belonging to them
the way they are carrying on them thats far
away may think themselves happy and I suppose
there will be some law again as it cant be
helped, they may go to Derry for a month this
time everybody says the [they] wont get off,
unless the [they] are punished it will be hard
to live with them. They have one of the Lundys

[Page 6]
hired this term which is no gains either he
will do anything they bid him.
John Gilky has sent an application to Dr [Barre?]
to try and get in for painter and glazier in
Omagh Asylum as there is one wanted it would
be a a good paying job for him £24 per week but he
would have to board out he expects he will get
it as one of his own friends is tailor and he
will do his best for him.
Miss Dunn will get stopping in the school as he
has withdrew the notice but not till a petition
was drew up [sic] and signed by Castledamph men and
Uncle James M Ballantine and Jamie McKelvey
went up with it to him he was not hard to force
he said he

[Page 7]
would do as they wished so she has got
her mind settled now for she was pretty
anxious to see what would happen.
Tomy [Tommy?] bought 18 sheep in the plum
[Plumbridge?] fair he has 80 now altogether
I think he will buy no more for a while he
intends to take some ewes and lambs to
Gortin as they are selling well Willie Gilky
sold his in the plum [Plumbridge?] at £22:6d
each so Tom thinks he will make something out
of the ones he bought early.
The band has not started to practice yet I think
they will be in no hurry this year because if they
are at it too long the [they] would have a disagreement
before the twelfth there will be a meeting of

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the last friday of this month. The plum [Plumbridge?]
ones is [sic] collecting money for a banner so they
will have the lead again but there is a good deal of
their men in Scotland.
They dont know where they are for this year yet
We had a letter from Tomy [Tommy?] Hay a few days ago he
wonders that you did not write he is pretty well but one
day seems like a week its so hot they are out for exercise
at four in the morning and then stop inside the rest
of the day.
We are paying £15 6d for seven stone of flour on account
of the war we will send money with the next letter.
Your sister B M S [Bella M Smyth?]