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Title: M. Smyth, Ontario, E. C. Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/14
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.0505037
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 25:05:2005.
Word Count820
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Miss E. C. Smyth,
Co Tyrone,

[MR?] 29

[Back of Envelope]
[MR?] 29

MAR 31

AP 11

[Page 1]
South Woodslee
Maidstone P.S.
March 26th 02

Dear People all
Rec. [Received?] Liza’s letter
last night I see your are all
doing well anyway I am writing
this in school as you may
see by the top tomorrow is
our last day till after Easter.
We are getting a week [sic]
holidays. And Good Friday.
We are all well here Jim
has not been down this last
fortnight I think he is coming
down Friday. I suppose Tilda
told you about him getting the
Principallship [Principalship?]
of the school. He was only
down once since. He

[Page 2]
was in good humour about it but
he was not sure whether he could
hold it or not as his certificate
will be out this year. So he
has to do something. He has
got $300 to start with and $600
after holidays. He is not
changed yet as the Principal
will not leave till tomorrow.
I think he should save money
now if ever he will. He is going
to get me a bycicle [bicycle?]
I think. He said when ever I got
the money from home that you had
no call to send it to me that
he could give me all I wanted
so he soon changes.
I have to get my blue
dress trimmed over again to
fasten [strengthen?] the color
behind. I am not going to get a
new one this year I don’t think
Friday afternoon I started
this letter on Wednesday but

[Page 3]
did not get much written
This day is raining can’t
get out at all we had lovely
weather up to now Yesterday
When I was coming from
School I had to take off my
coat it was so warm. This
rain makes the grass look
green. Belle and Cass was
up to Essex on Wednesday
to Bennetts. So I had to help
Uncle to milk 7 cows milking
no bother with [tubs?] nor
anything else, They never get
anything except their fodder
or cornstalks. Uncle just
started to plough yesterday
he hasn’t got a man yet so
it keeps him nearly all his
time doing chores.
Well we had two visitors
came last night for Easter
Mrs Paddon and Miss
Gertie Paddon the one that
wrote the letter to Jim.

[Page 4]
She is sorry that it is raining
as she can’t get running about Glen
and Leslie is comming [coming?] to
night [tonight?]. So we are going
down to the train to meet them.
Willie John is getting along
very well at school I see.
I am afraid of trying my
exam. in June. I would’nt
like to try it and fail.
So I don’t know yet about
I suppose
-Mrs. & Mr. Houston - [Huston?]
will spend Easter up there
I suppose it will take me
to hurry up to be there to
celebrate the christening
when things are improving
so quickly
I must send her a couple
of newspapers soon. I did
send her one along time ago
I wonder if she ever got
it she never said so anyway.

[Page 5]
This old paper is lasting
me a long time, but the longer
it lasts the less I’ll have
to buy.
I suppose James Jack
is pleased now was it old
Wm [William?] Hay told us about
what he said about the last [sic].
Did W. Houston [Huston?] come
home that time. I suppose he has
got a wife a match for himself
Is J. C. [John Charles?] back
again in Strabane I hardly know
where to write to now. I suppose
he has’nt got money enough
[saved?] to buy a bycile [bicycle?]
I must get at Jim about it.
He says if he would like he
could save $100 in three months
he put some in the bank last
I was going to send some
April fools over there but
it was too late before I

[Page 6]
thought on it. I would
liked to have sent one to
Andy Mc and Wm [William?] Noble.
How is Wm. [William?] Duncan
these folks thought you would
have mentioned it in the letter
Well I don’t know any more
news to tell you only that I
am to be asked to a wedding on
7th May. Minnie Bennett Fred’s
sister she is getting a fellow
the name of Yarrow, I don’t
like to see her getting married
as I think she would be time
enough she is only a little
over 19. I am going up there
some Saturday before that.
Well I think this is all
this time, hoping You are all
Well I had a sore throat
this last two days and I
thought I was taking the mumps
but I think not. Old and Young
have them here. Uncle was making
fun of me about the face I would
have if I got them
Good Bye M Smyth
[Goodbye Mary Smyth?]

[Written upside down on Page 1]
I wish you would buy
a stick of sealing wax
I don’t want to be getting
second handed letters

Transcribed by Elizabeth Prentice