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Title: John J Smyth, Castledamph, to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/60B
SenderSmyth, John James
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCastledamph, Co. 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
Doc. No.605032
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count666
Transcript[Letter 2]

[Page 1]

Castledamph April 20 93

Well we give [gave?] home rule
a querenockdown [queer knockdown?] on Thursday
last at Plum [Plumbridge?] – our band tourned [turned?]
out in good style the Plum [Plumbridge?] band
never appeared – well they [the?] spakers [speakers?]
was – A Duncan J.P. Chairman Mr
Herdsman [Herdman?] Sion Mills Strabane R C
Monteith R-J Steen and James Huston [Houston?]
Mr Herdsman [Herdman?] made a good speech
about the evils that the Bill would bring apon [upon?]
us [RC?] Monteith followed commencing with Mr
Chairman and Brother Orangemen – showing what they
did do and what they would have to do if this helish
[hellish?] Bill would pass R – J [Steen?] discribed
[described?] the Bill as runious [ruinous?] to Ireland in
all its forms But to hear the Chairman and Huston
[Houston?] who was Gladstonians [Gladstonian?] up
hart [heart?] and sole [soul?] and who left the orange
band long ago

[Page 2]
But wherever There is a Big man James
Huston [Houston?] is shure [sure?] to be there with his
Bluster were [where?] they [the?] boys [and?] shout out
knowsurrender [no surrender?] – does he not mind
when he threw of [off?] the [Straps?] forsook
the The [sic] lodge band and all and joined in with old
Gladstone just to please others – the Chairman who
instead of having Queen Victoria or King William pictures
in his room had that old man Gladstone [Gladstone’s?] picture
in it But I think now he has kicked it out or tourned [turned?]
with his face to the wall for I have not seen it for some time
These are the meen [men?] to listen to in such times – But I
may use the expression that was used at the seige [siege?] of
Derry needs must when the devil drives – we dont [don’t?] think
them now

[Page 3]
Ireland is in a most disturbed state at the present time erery
[every?] loyal man be him orangeman or not is enrolled
from 16 years up to be ready for any emergency That may arise
should this Bill pass – the other side is fitting themselves up in
evry [every?] way – so I am afraid the [there?] will be troublesometimes
[troublesome times?] in Ireland unless god has it ordered otherways
[otherwise?] nothing but homerule [home rule?] go where you
may – But if erery [every?] man gets his leg broken and his head
well cut like [to kied?] for shouting homerule [home rule?] and made
nothing of it I think they would settle down - £40 he was expecting
for his broken leg But let times go as the [they?] may we are going
to get a new sett [set?] of Drums and a new flag – for the comming
[coming?] twelth [twelfth?] – I think you will have to send us over
a subscription

[Page 4]
I hope you have got the letter with the two rings in it first and
second W – Gilky [William Gilkinson?] is for sending you the third
So if the [they?] go all right [alright?] you need not want – William
Tomy [Tommy?] & gordon gordon [sic] went down near Newtown
[Newtownstewart?] William and Tomy [Tommy?] went over to Joseph
Eden and stoped [stopped?] inside. I think the [they?] had
[prison?] at home they went away on Sunday night and did not come back
till Wensday [Wednesday?] night. So the [there?] were no men at our
hous [house?] as I was in Omagh – But all came of [off?] well
The [There?] were nothing particular in this part of the contry [country?]
more than usual on Patrick [St. Patrick’s?] day – But in other places I think the
[there?] were some Disturbances I supose [suppose?] you have heard of James
Duncans [Duncan’s] daughters getting married – to a Mr Rob [Robb?]
Sandy is come home I cannot tell how he is – Thursday 20 – we are done
with the drills – we are [setting?] the bit nixt [next?] Reids [Reid’s?] March
Now I [never?] saw a nicer time Swallow is come I have not spoken to Joseph
about giving back any of the money yet
Joh [John?] J Smyth