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Title: [M?] Dunbar, Co. Donegal to "My Dear Bella"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileDunbar, Mary/69
SenderDunbar, Mary
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCo. Donegal, Ireland
Destinationprob. Co. 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.410189
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 28:10:2004.
Word Count227
TranscriptCarnone N.S.
Co. Donegal
20. 12. 97.

"My dear Bella,"
I am sure
you are wondering
why I have never
written to you
before this but
really I never
seem to have
a minute to spare
I like this place
very well indeed and
have a much better
school and much
better times every
I hope you have
all been well since
I left and that
everything is going
on prosperously
with you all. Be
sure and write me
a nice long letter
very soon and give
me all the news about
everyone and everything
Of course I have
no news worth writing
about yet I know so
few of the people yet
but I hope to be
able to write a good
long letter next time.
James never wrote
to me at least if he
did I never got it. I
do not think he
will be surprised
to hear of my having

How has your
Mother's shoulder been
this while?
Give my kind regards
to her and to your Father
and love to all the rest.
Willie, Tom, Liza, Mary
John & Willie John and
accept same yourself.
Wishing you all
a very merry Xmas,
and a happy and
prosperous New Year.
I remain,
your sincer friend
[N?] Dunbar.

(Written across first page.)
How is the singing going on
now? I suppose the new
man is highly appreciated,
Kind regards to all enquiring

(Written in pencil on first page.)
Carnone N.S.
Co Donegal
26 12 97

Transcribed by Gordon Drummond