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Title: M Smyth, South Woodslee, to L Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/11
SenderSmyth, Mary
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationstudent
Sender ReligionProtestant (Presbyterian)
OriginOntario, Canada
DestinationCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, Eliza C.
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.0506025
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 08:06:2005.
Word Count1065
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Miss Lizzie C. Smyth,
Co. Tyrone,

FE 25

[Stamped on Back]
MR 2

FEB 26


[Page 1]
South Woodslee
Feby 23rd 1902

Dear Liza
Just after coming
in from Church you see by
all the letters you get that
I write them on Sunday its
the only day that I get
time now, Aunt & Belle &
I drove down and uncle
travelled [traveled?]. Its
thawing now and the roads
is [sic] just in a rain
puddle and they say that
its not half as bad yet
as it will be.
“I declare” As Daniel says
I don't want to walk very
much now I went to Sunday
School today & I was afraid
of getting stuck. I don’t know

[Page 2]
what its like It sticks
so much to your shoes
that you can't hardly lift then.
I don't know whether I can
go to school tomorrow or not
the pair [sic] rubbers I got
I have worn the heel [sic]
out of them so it lets
in as much mud as if I
had'nt any on. They want
me to get a pair of rubber
boots [Mrs?] Jenner was telling
me to get a pair tonight
she has a pair of them, long
legs all rubber. Cost $1½ or
$2 so it is a little too
much for my pocket just
It's a long time now since
I wrote a letter so I must
go back and search up all
particular events since
Well we went to a party on
Wednesday night 11th Feby. There
was sleighing and we went on a
sleigh run sleigh leads went to

[Page 3]
the one house 12 in each
one We had a very good time
it is about 3 miles from
here there [their?] name is
Duhurst [Dewhurst?]we played
games and a lot of things, the
[they?] call Sir Roger De Coverly
a play they might as well
call it dancing and then the
Methodists says they never
dance they danced it that
night and spinned [spin?] the
tin others that I never saw
before. I joined in most of
them. We left here at 8 o'clock
and was [sic] there at ten
We were along [a long?] [time?]
on the road had to gather all
the folks up as they went
along And sung songs etc. We
got home here at 4 o'clock
I did not go to school next
day as I was sleepy and
a headache. I dont think I could
sit up as well now as I used to.
The folks here never go to a
party earlier than 8 o'clock

[Page 4]
Glenn & Lesley has [sic] the
measles now. I am going to get
vacinated [vaccinated?] some of
these days as Small Pox [smallpox?]
is over on the other side. I dont
to [sic] like to get it done now
going to school I may wait to
Anne has started to [travel?]
now she was down today
& yesterday. She just
minds [reminds?] me on [sic]
Sam Jordy walking you know
she is not very steady yet
& the hand out & fist going
every way. I see you had a
great night with Tom. B. C.
was telling me about it.
P. says that Maggie McClelland
is not very well the Doctor has
allowed her to go home for a while
Had a letter from John C. [Charles?]
last week. I see he is getting along
alright but has not got a raise yet

[Page 5]
I hope you folks don't be like
Joe Glenn wth [with?] Lizzie have
him in a bag, salt & potatoes
he requires something more
I suppose you have got
over your lonesomeness now,
you have all to yourself.
I suppose Wm [William?] Noble
thinks there is nothing there
for him now I'm afraid he is
far mistaken if ever he thoughts
[thought?] there was. No card
playing this winter I suppose.
P. says Andy had the toothache
that night he was in Eden, only
that he would have been down.
How is W. J. [Willie John?]
getting along at school I suppose
his Exam. is over by now.
Bob Campbell & Jamey Gilkison [Gilkinson?]
is [sic] learning to fiddle I'm afraid
Jamey will never make a professor.
[He?] may make a stir at the road
for a while anyway.
Which of you or [---?] shall [have?]

[Page 6]
like most boys now you [live?]
for it
Where is Bella McKernan
& Duffy now, or are the [there?]
new folk about [them?]. I expect
she will have to go to
chapel with him Mrs Nelsons
corner will have peace from
this forward. Did you hear
if Maggie went to America,
I never answered
Lizzie [McIvor’s?] letter yet. I
have put it off from time to time.
How is Bella doing I have
only got one letter from her
since she was married. I
suppose she has got too much
to do. They hav'nt got their
photo's taken yet I suppose, I
wish they would, and let us see
How they look together before
further improvements.
Do you think could you spare
me 3£ for a bycicle [bicycle?]
in the summer to go to school. I
am not going to take it for nothing

[Page 7]
I will pay back my debts
when I get rich, “If I live”
they are cheap here now.
because they are almost out
of fashion only for those
that do need them.
Monday night
At school today [sic] thought
I never could get home with
mud, it is about a foot deep
lost one of my rubbers or
rather it went off me.
So now [sic] won't last long
by appearance. It is freezing
a little tonight but not much.
Uncle has had three young lambs
but two only living one of them
is two weeks old. I suppose
there is none over there yet
Willie G. [Gilkinson?] used
to have them early.
We were studying the history
of the Seige of Derry today.

[Page 8]
Is Matilda keeping going on
at Hit [History?] yet
I must tell her that I'm
not going to stay long.
John C. [Charles?], says
he see's no girl [sic]
suits him about there
only Lizzie McCullagh.
What about Thomas now.
Does the argument go on
as usual or have the [they?]
I suppose the nights are
getting short there now it is
not dark here till near [sic]
7.30 They have a longer day here,
I have no more news
at present hoping you
are all well
Your Sister
M [Mary?] Smyth

Transcribed by Greg Floyd