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Title: [Mary Smyth?], Ontario, to E.C. Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/24
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.0405010
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 20:05:2004.
Word Count232
TranscriptEnvelope addressed to:-

Miss E.C. Smyth
Co Tyrone

Postmarked on Front:-

JU 24

Postmarked on Back of Envelope:-

JY 4

South Woodslee
June 22nd 1902

Dear Liza
I was expecting a letter
this week before I would write
but I did not get it so I had
to write today, Well it is drawing
near to my exam only two more
Well now I dont know what
all has happened since I last
wrote I know I dont write
very many letters but I ll
pay up for it in holidays.
Yesterday Miss Jenner was
at Cass s and her and I went away
to a Mr Smith s to see them raising
a barn, thats when the [they?] get
[those?] great barns all ready to put
together they gather a lot of men to
do it they had 39 men there yesterday
I cannot explain how the barns are put
up I did not know the least thing about
it myself till I saw it. We had
to walk I suppose 4 miles we
did not go around the road we took all
the near cuts we could. We got back
here by night. We went to church this
morning and we [brought?]
Miss Roulston another school teacher
up with us for dinner so we all went
to Sunday school again and they [stopped?]
in the village So now we are alone.
Jim was down Sat: week and
he came down yesterday afternoon
and went again in the train so I
did not get a sight of him.
I got my black skirt
it is very nice made It sits so
well that it is the first skirt that
has pleased me. I wore it today
for the first.
Well you never said in any
of your letters whether you were
cutting the turf yet or not but I
suppose you have them almost ready
for stacking by now. This is cold
weather for June. Some had on their
coats today at Church.
We had an ice cream social
on Wed. Evg. [evening?] on the Church
lawn and a programme afterwards it was
very good I will send you the notice and
it is all scribbled over with names.
I expect you wont know what
it means by ice cream but its a
drink (or not a drink altogether) its
cold and they use it here in the summer
they mak [make?] it with ice, cream, and
other stuff. It is just fine on a hot
day 3 Cts [Cents?] a dish the girls [treat?]
each other to ice cream.
I am going out to Leamington
after the exam, for a few weeks
they are going to have a great
day there on the 1st July I will try
and go for that,
How is Bella and Davy getting
along. I don t hear very much about
them, that Photo has not come yet
I would advise them to just get the head
and shoulders taken. I was telling Jim
that we should get Father s picture
enlarged like Uncle s one of [one?] that
the [they?] have here, but I dont know what
about it yet. I would like to get
mine taken now just to see the diff
[difference?] but I have not got the [tin?]
I have not came to consideration
yet what I m going to do after
holidays if I don t pass I think
I will goto [go to?] business College and if
I do I may go to High School
for a year or so.
If you would find out how
one that is a bookeeper, typist,
and shorthand is paid I would
be very much oblidged. [obliged?] I
am almost sure that it is the same as
what Miss Cole s Sister had and she was
getting as much as Sarah. I don t see
why they couldn t pay them as much
there as here.
Well I will soon have to
finish as it is 6 o clock and I
have to get ready for Church
The Sunday evgs. [Evenings?] are lonely
here only for going to S. [Sunday?] School.
It would be worse. [Private (written on a
slant)?] (I was promised a buggy ride today
on a new buggy with rubber tyres his [name?]
is (John(Jack) E. Hancock) A nice little
fellow. It is not for anything every
one wants to get a ride in the buggy
it is an odd one about here and
of course he is very up to date. also.
Well I see it is a little bit
lonely there too, Does J. Mc and Bob
never go up now atall. [at all?] I have not
got a letter from them this long time.
What about Andy Mc and Andy J.
I sometimes think I would like to
write to them to hear what fun
they have about there. I wonder will
A. Mc be married before I go back
I would just like to hear him laugh.
Is Alex still a shepherd, I will
soon be a year out here it seems
a long time in one way and another
it don t. How is McCreanor doing
and uncle James people McKelvey s
and Nobles & Reids I don t hear any
thing about them but I know that
Jane has lost Tommy. Poor thing
Maggie McKernan may be kept at
the Plum [Plumbridge?] now with the
saddler, I was looking at [Willie s?]
handkerchief that he gave me the other
day. I was just thinking if I would be
seen here with one as drunk as he was
that I would be Oh I dont know what,
I see the other McKernan s are going to
the [bad?] too. [They?] are a pack the
whole of them. If I was Bob I would leave
[there?] altogether for he will never amount
to anything there. But I suppose they could
not want him very well. I was thinking on
the 12th what kind of a day you had and I
suppose the next 12th I will be thinking I
dont know where I will be that day. Give
my love to all enquiring for me and tell
them I would like very much to be there

Good [Bye?]

MS [Mary Smyth?]

(Written Upside down Top of Page One)

Write and give me a full account
of all about it everything and everybody.
I mean the 12th July. I would
like to just have [another?] day
like the last riding on the Car and
the flag flapping around me and then
the fun in the field I suppose it will
not be the same again

Good Bye