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Title: [J A Smyth?], South Woodslee to ‘Dear Sisters’
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/44
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationrailway worker?
Sender ReligionProtestant (Methodist)
OriginEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
Recipienta sister, not Eliza C.
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.0511041
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count391
Transcript[no envelope]

South Woodslee
Nov 5th 1893

Dear Sisters

In answer to
your letters
which I received
last night when I came
here I am glad to know
that you are all in good
health We are all well
here I have been here every
Sunday this last month
Aunt is down in St Thomas
I was in their [there?] Thursday
night Annie has another
young son on Monday 30 ult

[page 2]
I saw the little fellow
Thursday night I saw Tillie
McIllwaine [the?] same night
The last letter I wrote was
just after I came from the
Worlds Fair I see in the
papers now it’s all over
There has been a lot went
to the fair that did not
come back alive I suppose
you might have seen it in
the papers about the wrecks
on the railroads One on
M.C.R.R. at Jackson Mich
[Michigan?] and one on the grand
Trunk railway Battle Creek
Michigan 30 people killed
We all got back safe the
girls did not come back
for a week after us

[page 3]
There was a young ladie [lady?]
from Chicago came with them
she is here yet I see By your letters
that the people over their [there?] is
[sic] not gitting [getting?] any bitter
[better?] yet fighting and quarreling
All the time gitting [getting?] worse
in place of better one would
think it strange when they
do not see none [any?] of this for
two or three years
If you take my advice [let?]
over burn ones say what
the [they?] like and dont
pay any attention to it dont
argue with them and then you
will have no bother thats
what I would do show them
how little the [they?] know

[page 4]
It would be a disgrace
such fighting and calling
name [names?] in this Country Working
on the Railroads is a dozen
steps higher but they are all
Irish that accounts for it
If some of them had as much money
as Railroad men has they would
carrie [carry?] a high head
The weather is very nice
here at present Uncle is
husking his corn William
and Tommy has [have?] quite a lot
of sheep to winter this year
I dont [don’t?] know how many should
I have now I suppose I will
have to buy my own stock if
ever I get Back there again
Eliza says that
Rabbit cage is nothing

[letter incomplete]

Transcribed by Greg Floyd