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Title: [James A Smyth?], Ontario to "Dear Parents"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/27
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmanual labourer
Sender ReligionProtestant (Methodist)
OriginEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, John J. and wife
Recipient Gendermale-female
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.0511049
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count451
Transcript[no envelope]

[incomplete letter]

[Page 1]

South Woodslee
July 16 1893

Dear Parents
In reply to your
letters which I received to day
I am glad to know that
you are all well Your letter
of 15 got here about the 26
and Bella Maggie and one
from Eden on July 11 It is a
month to day since I was up
here before so the letters was [were?]
all here for me when I came
You wanted to know if I
came to Uncles every night
If I would get up every
Saturday night I would
do well I do get up
every Saturday except when I am

[page 2]
working West of St Thomas
But I am working East
now and I cannot get up
as Often There is no danger
in the work I am at not
the least I like the job
well for I get seeing a lot
of the Country I was at
Niagara Falls this day three
weeks so I got another sight
of them I saw a man one
day on my travels [travels?] by the
name of Mc Illwaine (I
forget his other name)
When he heard where I was
Frome [from?] he said that was
where he came from he
lived in that house in
Derbrough [Dergbrough?] of Master Campbell
Thos Campbell I think he
said was an Uncle of his
he is 49 years in this Country

[page 3]
Thos Campbell brother Joseph
came out with him he told
me the last work he done [did?] there
was help John Stark to carry
in a stack of Oats That
is the only man I have met
yet that is anyway near home
I was thinking that this Joseph
Campbell was the man that
Thomas was going to send the
Sticks to
The weather is very hot
here now there is a thunder
storm this evening it will
cool it down a little
You need not be uneasy if
you do not get letters
regular It is a month
now since I wrote before
I am glad to know that
you have got drums
and flag

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I suppose you looked
grand on the Twelth
I would liked to have been
there when they were all
at Plumbridge It must
have been a great day
Give me all the news in
your letter and how the
Drums sounded who beat
them and how many Band
boys was there I made
this old flute sound
this last month I worked
all day I could got away
but I would lost a days pay
and it would took [take?] $2.00 more
to take me there and back
so I did not go I suppose
If I was at home I would not
think much of lossing [losing?] a day

Transcribed by Gordon Drummond