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Title: M. Dunne, Plumbridge to "My Dear James".
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileDunne, M/17
SenderDunne, M.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationschoolmaster
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPlumbridge, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationOntario, 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.410187
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 28:10:2004.
Word Count461
TranscriptLandahussey [Landahussy?]
30 9 04

My dear James
I had your very
kind letter a long time
since I should have replied
before now, but procrastination
nation was always my
besetting sin Your programme
is far in advance of ours as
far as my judgment - goes
there is no similarity
between them We have had
another revision of the
programme this year We
are to teach History Drawing
Vocal music Geography Composition
oral and written from Third
Standard and upward Deportment
and Physical Drill and two
Additional Standards have been added
7th and 8th Lizzie went in for
the last Easter examination
and passed which I think was
a very good stroke for a beginning
Her mother has been very ill with
Hernia and Strangulation she was
in the hospital in Omagh for
four weeks she is now at home
and is recovering rapidly as
she is gifted with a fine
constitution I went over to your
place in Castledamph to see
Mary but Mary was at the new
farm in Landahussey [Landahussy?] a
few days later she and Bella
came up from Lisnacraig
[Lisnacreaght?] and spent an
evening with us Mary is looking
well and has got a fine polish
out there She has grown very tall
What a pity her eyes were not strong
I hope the good Irish air will
have a benificial effect and
that she will be able to go
with (sic) her studies in this
country About yourself I think you
have done wonders Principal of
such a fine school Castledamph
has a right to be proud of
you We had a letter from Tillie
to - day I suppose you heard
she got married. Her husband
is Superintendent of a railway
I think she made a good
match She says so herself They
have just returned from Atlantic
City a watering place out there
Shocked us decent folks in
Landahussey [Landahussy?] by telling
us gentlemen and ladies all bathe
together Saidie [Sadie?] Scott is going
out there to-morrow 1st Oct Lillie will be
glad to see her she met all these
country folk on the 12th July
her husband is an Orangeman
of the Black type among the
rest she met Archie McClelland
and the Stewarts formerly?] of
Landahussey [Landahussy?]
We have had splendid harvest
weather All is now secure
nothing now on the minds of
the farmers but the potatoes
I have had holidays for a
month I take up my work
again on the 1st Oct.
I think you would like to
take a run round old friends
I hope you will spend your
holidays in Castledamph next
summer and just take a run
over to see us all whenever
you have a mind.
With kind love from all our
people Your sincere friend
M Dunne

Transcribed by Gordon Drummond