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Title: M Smyth, Castledamph, Co Tyrone to J. A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/13(2)
SenderSmyth, Mary
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionProtestant (Presbyterian)
OriginCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, Canada
DestinationEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
RecipientSmyth, James A.
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.410145
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 27:10:2004.
Word Count887
TranscriptFront of envelope

Mr Jas A Smyth

Box 313

10 15
SE 30

Back of envelope

SE 29


OC 10

Sept 29th 04

Dear Brother:-
I have been for writing this
last week but never managed it somehow. Got
two letters from you today 4D. Against them
also got Essex F.P and Family Herald & St
Thomas Time [Times?] from Annie with an account of
Miss Risdon's death. I never was so surprised
She sent one to me where it said Miss
Risdon had passed the critical point but
there still was danger. Well it is a short
time since I left there and she was in the
best of health. I wrote to her from [Remiouski?]
& I was wondering why I hadn t got an answer.
I have a souvenir post card [postcard?] of [Almo?]
College that she sent me. when in Woodslee.
I met a good many people over there and I
never met any one I cared so much for as her.
She was the only one I was sorry to bid Good
Bye [Goodbye?] [to?] when I left St Thomas I was just
Thinking today how sorry her sister must feel & also
the rest of them but the trio were always
together and Blanche was the leader in
everything. She will be one that will be
missed in St Thomas. There will be no one
to take her place. I remember after the
concert she was saying if I had stayed how I
would have been first violin in the concert
next year. I can see her how she used to
drill us there and quite a task it was. I
was there for dinner the last Tuesday I was
in St Thomas and she and I went out for a walk
through the grave-yard afterwards. I will
always think of her when I see the violin.
I see by your letter that you and Belle had
a few words. You might not say anything for
no matter what would be said they would always
stick up for each other.
Well I'm getting more used to everything and
everybody I don't notice half that I did at
first. We were putting in hay over at Stewarts
yesterday so I was set to carting not a very
hard job. Tommy Houston was saying I was
coming till [tall?]. The first time I was down at
Houston's Davie & Bella & the girl went to [walk?]
so after a while I went out to the byre and Davie
had just been through saying to Bella for
Goodness Sake to keep me out of

out of (sic) the byre when I happened to go in. He
had heard some of my remarks before so I
suppose he thought the byre would be worse.
Uncle Charles' folks were over Sunday came by
the church (evg) [evening?] so Mother, Tommy
Davie & I drove up to church and met them
there Mother wasn't in church for a long time
so she went. We were to Willie Gilkie's [Gilkison s?]
grave Joe has put up some kind of a stone with there
[their?] names on. It is better than nothing Davie &
Bella was here Sunday too. I went down with
them at bedtime. as they put in their hay
Monday. So I was down Madge stayed here until
Wednesday. I don't see that she is the same
as she first seemed to me either. Tuesday we
put in our hay at home. Today Tommy is well
Andy's ones putting in hay & Wm [William?]
is with Joe Gilkison's and Father & the
little fellow is thatching. There has been
no rain this last two weeks.
I didn't go to Gortin this week as I intended
we are going to Beattie's Sunday & I am going
to Gortin Wednesday (Gortin Fair day) I was showing
Aunt & Uncle our pictures they think they are fine
Kept full length of both of us.
As we were coming out of Houston's yesterday
we just happened to meet Sadie Scott &
Lizzie McCullagh Miss Scott was over bidding
goodbye going to New York. Sailing Saturday
She was the Smallest of the two that were
here that night. She is a fine looking girl
now. There are a lot going from around here
on Friday. The sewing is very scarce so
the girls have to go probably better for
Liza is going to the shop now so
must hurry & get this ready. She is
not very well lately has a [sore?] side
since [time?] Willie John was hurt she
thinks she hurted herself then. I have
been talking about her going up to the
Dr [Doctor?] in Omagh to see about it but that
is as far as it goes. If she would
work till she kills herself here it
wouldn't seem to bother them very
John is working at a new house for
Andy McClelland this last while. A week
ago Sunday we were down in Lisnacreaght
and Houston was there and Sandy also
wheeled over Houston was inquiring about
you. Sandy has got old looking I
hardly remembered him [so?] long since I
saw him. He thought I had got tall. Saw Willie
Barker yesterday said he wouldn't know me atall [at all?]
but remembered when I was only a little thing. Sandy
said he remembered when I was as small as Madge.
Must close Good Bye [Goodbye?]


Transcribed by Greg Floyd