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Title: Mary Smyth, Ontario to J. J. Smyth, Co Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/37(2)
SenderSmyth, Mary
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionProtestant (Presbyterian)
OriginOntario, Canada
DestinationCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
Recipient Gendermale-female
Relationshipwrites to her family
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.508027
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 08:09:2005.
Word Count1139
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr J. J. Smyth,
Co. Tyrone,

JU 24

[Postage Stamp]
Canada Postage
Two Cents
2 2

[Back of Envelope]

10 0
JY 5

[Page 1]
Sth. Woodslee
June 22nd 04

Dear People.-
I am sure you will
be looking a long time for
this letter, but I have been
waiting on one from you before
I would write so just got one
last night.
Now I don’t know what to
begin to tell you first. I suppose
that I arrived safe here a
week ago yesterday and I was
very much delighted to get to
the country again. I thought
everything looked so nice. Well,
there are two ladies and a little
boy visiting here from Chicago
Their names are Mrs Fair & her
daughter Mrs Moulton & her son George.

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Mrs Fair was a great friend of
Aunts & then her husband & Aunt
were Cousins as you know they are
related to the Fairs. Mrs Fair is 60
years old & Mrs Moulton 29 &
George 5. So you can have an idea
On Sunday Mrs Fair & I went
to church on the morning & Uncle
& George, & at night we all went
except Uncle. Mrs Fair is a great
big woman I expect who weighs over
two hundred pounds, she never
gets weighed so that no one can
tell exactly. On Thursday of last week
Bell [Belle?]& Mrs Moulton went to Essex so
we kept house they left about 10 [o'clock?]
& got back by 6.30; On Friday night
Mrs. Moulton & I were invited to go
driving with Rob. Fair, her Cousin.
You may wonder that they dont stay

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down at Mr. Fair's here but I don't
know why either they have always
made their home here at Uncle's
when they come to visit; they go down
to Mr. Fair's occasionally. On
Monday we girls were all down
to Mr. Fairs at a quilting, and
at night Rob took Mrs. Moulton
& I for a drive to his brother's as
he was going anyway he took us.
On Tuesday evening Jim came
down about 6 o'clock as he had
never been down since I came so
He drove down & had supper & then
Mrs Moulton & Belle & Jim & I rode
down to Woodslee to League (League
is a young people's meeting that they
have once a week) after League Jim
started for Essex & Bell [Belle?]
rode as far as here with him & then
walked up with Rob Fair.

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Friday June 24th 1904.
Another day gone & yet I
am not finished this letter
to begin where I left off. Wednesday
afternoon Mrs Moulton & George
& I drove to Essex, and Yesterday,
Thursday, Mrs Fair had been away
since Monday & Mrs Moulton
was down at Mr Fair's so Cass [Cassie?]
came down on the morning
and wanted Bell [Belle?] to go with her
to Essex as they are getting
dresses made; so Bell [Belle?] went &
I was left to keep house alone
I ironed from 10 o'clock until
11.30 & then got dinner & after
dinner I ironed again until
4.30. About six o'clock they all
got home as there was a social

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down at the church so they
had to come here & get dressed
Bell [Belle?] Mrs Moulton & Mrs Fair
& I all went. Admission 15 cts
& Bell [Belle?] paid for us all. Ice
cream & cake was served &
there was a good programme
afterwards. You may think
so when we didn't get home
until 11 o'clock. Today there
is a picnic down here on
Mr. Fairs flats, the river runs
through them & there are lots
of trees so everyone thought
it would be fine for a picnic
so they are having one I don't
know who it is in honour of
unless Mrs. Fair & Mrs Moulton &
my going away.
I am also invited to a

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recital tonight in Essex by
the pupils of Prof. Thompson,
my teacher last year, so I
don't know what to do if
I go to Essex I will have to
leave here by six o'clock
& then the picnic doesn't commence
until about two so that I
wouldn't have very much time
picnicking. They are trying
to persuade me to stay here.
This is a complete list
of our doings this last week so
you can imagine how busy we
are, we have cooking to do
this morning for the picnic but
I thought I had better take time
to finish this letter or you
might think I had forgotten
you in my busy hours.

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This is a lovely day but
not as warm as usual
Mrs. Fair just now tells me
to tell you that she may go over
to the old country to see you.
She is very wealthy; she is now
ironing her clothes & she is
pretty lazy she didn't like
to do it but Bell [Belle] left them
for her. She is awfully funny
she never gets mad but has
always something to say.
It is now half past ten
so must hurry up & get this
finished soon.
I see by your letter that
Bell [Belle?] Gray is dead, well, I
think the people over there are getting
worse to think that nobody would
be with her & nor none of her family

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after she died either. I
suppose Jamey tried to make
some tears while he was telling
his story I just imagine him.
I think if the drink was
banished out of them altogether
there would be a change. I am
getting like Jim in that way
I don't want to see any of it
around nor any one [anyone?] drunk
Bell [Belle?] is still in a pretty sad
condition she doesn't take much interest
in anything. We were talking here one
night and she said she didn't care what
happened to her. I suppose if we were in
her place we might feel just the same.
She has lots of work to do here & she has no
girl either but I help when I'm here but
I don't intend to stay here all holidays
as I have to get around & see a good
many before I go. Good Bye

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[Page 8]
Jim is busy now preparing his entrance
class. He will be through school by next
Thursday. If I go up

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to Essex tonight I intend to stay up
until Monday.

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I am waiting for a letter from
Willie John but I suppose I'll
be home before I get it.
When are the McFarland’s coming back?
I suppose they are quite Yankiefied.

[Page 6]

These ladies are going away for
a few days tomorrow & Bell [Belle?] is
having company on Sunday from Windsor
You have heard there [their?] names before
Mrs Paddon.

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I am cornering up the letters like
a pig in a stall.
Hope you will be able to read it alright
Good Bye M.S. [Mary Smyth?]

Transcribed by Alan Houston

Transcribed by Alan Houston