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Title: M Dunbar, Grange to B Smyth, Co Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileDunbar, Mary/41
SenderDunbar, Mary
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, Bella
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.501012
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 13:01:2005.
Word Count957
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Miss B Smyth

10 0
JA 18

[Page 1]


My dear Bella
your very
kind & welcome letter
received, for which I
return you many thanks.
I was delighted to get
it you do always write so
nicely & give me so much
news of the doings of the
people around.
It was just too bad
being disappointed in
not seeing you at Xmas,
but next moon-light we
expect Minnie up again
so that wont be long.

[Page 2]
But as for the pleasure
you say you have in coming why,
you have only your share in that
for I can tell you we are always
delighted to have you one & all
& we will look forward to a good
day & night together soon.
Minnie's holidays came to a quick
end we never found the week pass
one thing & another & Xmas day
was so delightfully wet with us
you could scarcelly [scarcely?]
put your head out. We had Annie
up from town & 4 of the [Deerpark?]
ones & they stopped with us all
night. So we had a right jolly
time of it.

[Page 3]
I seen [sic] the account of the big
lecture in Glenelly [Gleneely or
Gleneeny?] in the Witness of last
wk [week?] What is coming over his
Reverence at last I am sure you would
have a good noise with some of them
when did Tom find his voice to sing
in public I believe it was T. [Tommy?]
Smyth instead of J.C. such a shame
giving the credit to an undeserving
man if I were John I would put it in
the paper myself next time. I am so glad
Mary is likeing [liking?] her business so

[Page 4]-
well tell her to try & beat the other
young lady I am sure she is a great
Swell, by the Campbells talk how is
it that James or the Sister never sings
nor recites in any of the meetings. Is
[T.?] M Cullogh [McCullagh?] [sparking?]
with the boys already My dear I will
imagine you & I are forgotten if we
dont hurry up. I am not afraid of Liza
as long as Andy McCleeland [McClelland?]
remains in single blessedness still they
tell me that I will be an old maid
I am so particular about things
(self praise) & if I remember right
Liza had the disease to [too?]. So we
must be careful & watch & you know the

[Page 5]
My dear I remember the time I had plastering
& whitewashing you [your?] old walls & hobs.
My heart was broken my if I was there now I
would be different I think you remember
Charlie Dunbar our Scotch friend we had his
photo framed in Eden Well that young fellow
we hear is dying & we are all so sorry I had
a letter from another friend of mine & she
wanted me to write to him but I could not
Mary always wrote & he had a fashion of saying
for [fun?] (my time is coming very soon soon
now) so I doubt it will come true this
time I hope God will fit & prepare him
for the change before he calls him Home
it is so sad dying so young dear Bella I
often think we are not half good enough &
we dont fully appreciate our blessings for
they are many. Poor Tilda I thought of her
at Xmas time & I never heard if she got my
letter you might ask her sometime it was
only two wee hankerchiefs I thought they
would be nicer than a silly Xmas card at
such a time for her Give Jamie & her my
kind regards. & remember me to all old
friends who may inquire. Now you will be
glad to hear we are building a manse for
our Minister we were paying house rent
all along so we thought wiser to build
a manse & we have got over 5 00£ from our

[Page 6]
own congregation besides what we will get
from outsiders isnt that good Indeed Mr
Morton deserves it he is so good and kind.
The Orange Hall is not completed yet
but I think soon will I think it will be
opened first on a Sunday then they will
have a big night. So I heard Jerry say but
it is not just settled how [&?] when yet
till next week or so. Indeed it looks
very nice inside & outside. Now I believe
I have given you a lot of news & I will
be counting the days till I get equally
as long an epistle from you with all the
latest plum [Plumbridge?] news. give Mothers
kind regards to your mother & father &
everybody's love to everybody & a double
share from me to you not

[Page 7]
forgetting Willie John You must bring
him down with you I long to see him at the
step dance I hear no word of our Mary getting
married but I think she could & [will?] if
she liked but she is better Single lest I
want her so. anyhow. Now I was nearly
forgetting to tell you that I was surprised
when Jerry was telling me he met Willie with
the flax why did he not come up such a mean
thing never mind him. Jerry sold his & got
6 2s & 6d per cwt. wasn't that good he got
the [ticket?] last night & will deliver D.V.
[God Willing?] on Tuesday & has splendid
weight over 8 cwt to the bag but we had better
last year if I mind right I will write no more
to you at present hoping to hear soon I am your
loving friend

M [Maggie?] Dunbar

excuse haste & mistakes Johnnie is waiting to post

Transcribed by Greg Floyd