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Title: [?] [?], Plumbridge, to ‘My dear Cousin James’
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileDuncan, Bella M/56
Senderprob. Bella M. Duncan
Sender Genderunknown
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPlumbridge, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
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.511057
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count603
Transcript[No envelope]

[Letter Incomplete]

Eden [Back?]
15th Oct 1903

My dear cousin James
I received your
very welcome letter of Sept
9th and we were very
glad to hear from you
I am sure you feel lonely
some times [sometimes?] and
that the sight of some of the
old familiar faces of
Castledamph or Eden
would be very welcome
We were very much pleased
indeed to know that you
have been getting on so well

[page 2]
and that you have
reached the highest mark
in your profession. The
responsibility of such
a large school must
weigh on your mind
more than people think
The idea that people have
in this country that
teachers have nothing
to do You have a very
fine salary but the
cost of living out there
is greater than in this
Country I am sorry

[page 3]
Mary is so far from
you but I suppose she
has made new friends but
no matter how kind they
are they can never replace
the old ones at home. Your
Uncle and Aunt I am sure
are very glad to see you
every month but I think
you might stay longer
than a night Now, James
you must save money
and if you would like
to turn to something else
more profitable

[page 4]
it would be a great help
to you getting on. But
on no account give up
your present situation
until you are sure of
something better. If you
would like to become a
farmer you would be
your own master. We
have still our old
servant Barney and
can get along wonderfully
well, we have some corn
out yet the weather is
something awful I suppose
you have heard that old
Margaret’s money has come
to the front

[page 5]
at last It was scattered
North South East & West
They were all very agreeable
but Willie Houston Waterside
he got very fiery and bois-
terous over James' share
and the [sixth?] part of
James' money was only
£4.5 so it was scarcely
worth his while as we
say in this country
He said a great deal
more than I could
tell you But he had
no right to James' share
No one had any right
but my self [myself?] as
I administered

[page 6]
after James' death
We left him at Plumbridge
"Gathering his brows like a
gathering storm
Nursing his wrath to keep
it warm"
Alexander Houston is in poor
health so that James Houston's
family is on the eve of
another legacy but it
will not get spread field
like Margarets for no
one [no-one?] has any title to it
but the one family
[L?] Houston Plumbridge
is building a splendid
house We are expecting

[page 7]
he will be getting married
when it is completed
No doubt to some one
[someone?] of importance
as he is able Now to live
private I suppose he will
retire from business John C
is a fine young man we
had him at our place
putting a roof on a turf
shed he is very good and
wise Tommy is just as usual
he made a good deal of money
this year Mr [Minneice?]
stopped part of a day at

[page 8]
your fathers place Tommy
sold him a great many
sheep Bella has a very fine
baby Davy and she come
often to see your Mother
We are all in good health
Mary will never forget how
you helped with the hay
the last time you were
at home Your Photo is
splendid The lady teachers
are lovely I wonder you
did not fall in love with
some of them I sent a
Cutting out of a news
paper [newspaper?] to you
Concerning the ancestry of the

[letter incomplete]

Transcribed by Kyle Smith