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Title: Mary Smyth, Ontario, to Eliza C. Smyth, Castledamph.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/15
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.0604175
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count843
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Miss E. C. Smyth,
Co Tyrone

[Postage Stamp]
Canada Postage
Two Cents
2 2

[Back of envelope]

5 0

[Page 1]

Essex May 13th, 03

Dear People All
Rec. a letter from Liza Monday
or rather it was here Friday but I was down
in Woodslee all last week so I did not get it
till I came up Monday. I had an awful
bad cold for two weeks. So Saturday week
I went down to Woodslee to see Annie before
she went to St. Thomas so they advised me to
not come back till I would get it cured. I
coughed a lot, So I went to the Doctor & got some
medicine I am alright now. Belle was sick a few
days last week, but is also better again, Annie
and Charlie left for St. Thomas on Monday last.
also the boys, Annie was sorry to have to leave
Leamington but it could not be helped.
I am still busy working and I have got more
to do now as being out of school last week I
got behind so I have to study hard to catch up.
I had a game of tennis to-day after supper 6 o'clock
One of the teachers & two other girls & I had a game

[Page 2]
The [They?] have just made a new tennis court in the
school yard so few are all trying to learn and
of course I want too [to?] also. If I would think
that it would reduce my weight I would keep
at it as they say violent exercise of any kind
will So I think it will be a benefit to me if it does.
We play with those racquets like what Jim had
with him and two balls.
It is beautiful weather here now just hot
enough. I am studying with my window half
way up & [sic] just feels warm enough. I hope it
doesn't get any hotter. I see you have nice weather
there too. I was just thinking one day who would
drop the potatoes now, but I see you have still
to go out, I see you have got quite a number of
lambs. I would like to know how many cows
calves horses pigs & etc you have on each
farm and how many on all. One day last
week I was saying to Belle that you could
keep as many cattle on 40 acres as they have
on 150 & she said she never saw anything but the
cows so I said that I saw 20 there altogether

They have seven cows milking and I dont
know how many calves or heifers and 5 horses
but of course he don’t work all the land himself
he lets some of it, They think that one man
should work all the land we have but it is
not the same as here, I milked two cows once
or twice while Bell [Belle?] was sick she always helps
to milk. They got a seperator [separator?] last week for
seperating [separating?] the cream from the milk. Just
as soon as they milk it before it gets cold it is
put through this seperator [separator?] and the cream comes
out of one place & the milk another. It saves
a lot of skimming. They only churn the cream
the milk is given to the calves before it gets cold
The seperator [separator?] cost $80 = £16 and it is only a small
affair turns it like one of those things to sharp [sharpen?] tools
I think that song was pretty well composed
do they still go with the [Gortin?] girls I should
think they wouldn’t if they had a help in making
the song on them - I suppose Bob will not have
so much time to run around now. It will be

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a good thing for him. I suppose Lizzie Mac
thought the exam was hard I would
like to see the papers I would send them back
to her if she would let me see them. Does
she still go to school. What is Tillie doing
do you know?
I wonder [that?] Miss Maguire ever got married
I suppose there will be many changes around
the Plum [Plumbridge?] when I go back. She and Miss Murphy
used to have a nice time there alone, and dressed
in the best.
I suppose Bella is glad to have a girl. Does
she have to milk and feed calves and pigs? How
is the Plum? [Plumbridge?] Do you ever see Bob Dunne
now at all? How does the Campbells get along with
so many changes in their house. Also the Campbells
below the [moat?] are they still all there, Is W Y
still in Donemana? No signs of Tilda getting married.
This is an abrupt paragraph but I put everything down
as I think of it. None of the Gordon girls are married
yet nor John.
Good Bye write soon MS. [Mary Smyth?]

[Written upside down at the top of page 4]

Cass's Baby's name is Charles Alford
I wrote a letter to Bella about two weeks
ago I thought that would do for all. I
would have written sooner only being in Woodslee
last week I had
no paper
with me

Transcribed by Mohamed Souissy