|Cassie [Smyth?], [Ontario?] to Bella Smyth, [Castledamph?]
|Irish Emigration Database
|Essex Co., Ontario, Canada
|Castledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
|Smyth, Bella Maggie
|Copyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com
|Mr & Mrs J Smyth.
South Woodslee, May 17/92.
Dear cousin Bella,
We received your welcome
letter the next morning I think after
our cousins arrived. The [They?] got
here about the same time in the evening
that James did, and like him they had no
one to meet him at the station, Jim met
them about half way between it and our
place, We did not look for them before
Wednesday and they came Tuesday evening.
Let me thank you for your nice presents,
and I will thank you for Belle and mother
too as they may
not write this time; Annie will write to
you and thank you for herself when she hears
about it or when she gets it, which may not
be for some time. We think them very nice
indeed and like them so much better because
you made them yourself. I would not want to
compare any of my work in that line with yours
for I am afraid it would make me ashamed as I
have never done much
I do not think Jim will be so lonely now since
Willie & Tillie came.
We have had very wet weather during the last
two weeks; before that time it was very dry and
quite cold, but since
the First of May it has rained nearly every day.
They have planted out all the roots and also the
thorns they were all as fresh as could be not a
bit withered I hope they will grow well.
The two school books were alright; we have no
fifth and sixth readers in our schools here; the
highest is the Fourth which is about the same as
your sixth If ever we get a chance will send some
of our school books to you so that you will see
what they are like.
It is almost time for me to leave the office now
so I will have to quit; my hand is tired too as I
have more writing than usual to day. Am
going to have father write some to put in with
this. He writes so seldom that is hard to get him
at it. James may send some too. I want you all to
write to me, tell Auntie I would like a letter from
her too; she is like mother I think she does not write
very often. We all send our love to you all and I hope
I may some day be able to show you that I appreciate
your kindness. Write soon again & every one of you put in
a piece that is the kind of letter I like to get.
[Written at the top of the last page]
Miss Bella Smyth
Transcribed by Gordon Drummond