|Cassie Smyth, Canada to "My dear cousin"
|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, email@example.com
|Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge
|Document added by LT, 28:10:2004.
|South Woodslee Nov 12 1892
My dear cousin,
It is with pleasure I again
find time to answer your ever
welcome letter which I received
some time ago.
I have not much news I suppose James
has told you everything of interest.
We have had a most beautiful Autumn.
The weather was so fine and kept so
Almost until the end of October, this
month so far has been stormy I wish you
could see the Autumn dress of our Canadian
trees, it seemed to me they were much more
brilliant and beautiful this year than I
ever saw them before. About the first of
last month they were at the height of their
beauty, do you know the leaves here all change
their color before falling off. Some at the
time I mentioned had not yet turned and their
green mingled with the crimson and gold of the
others, some were orange some a very light
yellow, others again would be bright red, and
others dark crimson mixed with brown. I used
to feast my eyes on their beauty every day
and was sorry to see them fall now we
see only bare, leafless branches.
We had quite a snow storm about a week ago
and another this week, but as the ground is
not frozen it does not stay long. It is
early yet for snow but we are in hopes that
this is a forerunner of a hard winter.
I do hope we will have plenty of snow
I was just reading your letter again
you must not say you do not write well
for if you keep on you will be as good
as I am when you get to be as old.
We were all pleased to see auntie and
uncles pictures, and I think they are good,
mother thinks auntie has changed in looks a
good deal since she saw her. I suppose auntie
will think the same of her. I would like so
much to see the picture father and mother had
taken before they left the old country.
Saturday 19, Dear cousin if I keep on as I have
being doing it will be a long time before you get
your letter, I started this last Saturday
we were all except mother at an entertainment
last night given by our council [of?] Royal Templars
of Temperance, I think James has told you
of our council, we have meetings every Friday
evening and every six weeks we give an entertainment
generally consisting of readings, recitations, music
singing and dialogues, last night we had refreshments
besides. Our council is growing nicely we are getting
a number of the boys and young men in and that is what
we want, when they take a total abstinence pledge
in their youth they are not so likely to get
an appetite for liquor. To make our meetings
more interesting the council lately bought an organ.
The money taken in at these events goes to pay for it
and we have it about half paid for now.
Eliza did not write to me after all,
Tell her I want her to write when you write again.
Give my love to Auntie, Uncle and the rest. Mother
father [&?] Belle, wish to be remembered to you all
(Top Left hand side of 1st page)
Write soon again. C.S. [Cassie Smyth?]
Transcribed by Tony Flanagan