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Title: Mary Smyth, Ontario to E.C. Smyth, Co. Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/17
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, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.0412001
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 31:12:2004.
Word Count744
Transcript[Front of envelope]
Miss E.C.Smyth

AP 2

[Back of envelope]
MY 2

South Woodslee, April 20th 1902, Sunday 11 oclock

Dear People
Well I suppose you
will be thinking I have forgot
all about you I think you are much
the same I was expecting to get
a letter before I would write.
But I suppose there may be one for
me tomorrow I had no time this last
week to write with these Evangelistic
meetings my spare time is all taken
up. Uncle and Aunt is at church today
I did not go as this is the last day
for the Evangelists and they are
taking up a free will offering so
I did not think that I could go
twice and pay. I will go at night and
every one [everyone?] is to pay according to
their income So I will not give any
for I have not any income. I may
give them [25?] cents They are for
having a lecture tomorrow night.
I believe it will be very good
admission [25?] cents. They are getting
a good many converts. They tell the
Christians all to stand up so I be
left sitting with the sinners. Then those
that want to be Christians is asked
to go up to the altar so I went up
Friday night about fourteen of us
altogether I think its about time
there was a revival over there. I
think when I see the people [there?]
the [sic] they are almost half dead there
in some respects I don't think they are
half as religious as they are here.

Jim was to come down last night but
didn't come I was up to Essex a week
ago I went up Thursday & came down
Saturday night to see how he was
getting along. I had some notion
of going up there for the next two
month [sic] but "I guess" I wont as it
would cost more than here I would
have to keep up to the style. I'll
make him get me a bicycle I think
it would be cheaper anyway.

I had a letter almost half written
at school on Friday but forgot to
bring it home with me so I had to
just write another.

This day is just beautiful just nice
to be outside only that it makes one
so tanned Spring has come at last
[or?] it looks something like our summer
I dread the summer coming as I know
it will be very warm and I having to
walk to school no matter what happens.

I may try the Entrance Exam but I
wouldn't if I would think that I wouldn't
pass but I'll try it anyway hit or miss
Uncle has got a little fellow here
from Bernardo's [Barnardo's] [Home?]
he came from Canterbury his mother lives
there he is about the size of Willie John
but older They have a great time with him
as he don't know what they say nor
they don't know what he says. I was
asking him if ever he saw the soldiers
there he says he did.

Well I forget if I wrote a letter
since Easter I don't know, I think
I wrote one to Mrs Houston since
I just ate three eggs. Belle's hens
are all dying now and she has the
greatest work running after the turkeys
they are laying back in the woods and
she can't get the eggs.

Uncle is sowing corn now I think and
when he comes in at night he is hardly
fit to move I don't know whether they
are [saving?] or whether the [they?] cant
get a boy or what but I think they would need
one anyway They have'nt got another offer
for the farm yet.

John C. [Charles?] wrote to Jim for the lend
of money to buy a bycicle [bicycle?] I
don't know whether he has sent it or
not. I thought J.C [John Charles?] was saving
some of his own, now.

Well I must hurry up and get this
finished and get ready to go to
Sunday school I will post this on my
Way. Sunday school is at 3 oclock till
four. and then gets back and Church at
half past seven so there is not much
time to spare.

Well I hope you are all well as we are
at present I don't think I have any
more to say this time so Good bye
for the present I am writing this on
my knee as Belle is setting the table
for dinner

M. [Mary?] Smyth

Transcribed by Julie Simms