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Title: M. Smyth, Ontario, to, Mrs. J. J. Smyth, Co. Tyrone.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/43
SenderSmyth, Mary
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationstudent
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, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.0310021
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 17:10:2003.
Word Count718
TranscriptEnvelope addressed to: - Mrs J. J. Smyth
Co Tyrone

Postmarked on Front: -
E S NO6 02 ON

Postmarked on Back: -

Written on back of envelope: - JG Smyth
Irish Street

November 6th 02

Dear People All
Rec. [received] your letter
yesterday or rather the day
before. Well when I read
I decided all at once to
go but when I came home
for my dinner and told
[them?] and Jim about it
why I did not know what
to do. Jim said for me to do
as I pleased [but?] that it
would be better for me to not
go to next summer. He think (sic)
I am not Canadianized enough
to go back yet and I don't
think so either. He says I can
stay till June and by that
time I will have Junior
Matriculation Certificate. So
the Principal of High School
told me if I pass the exam in
June, that I would have that
and he thinks that I should
be able to go to Dublin without
passing another exam.
I have decided to not go
now anyway. I suppose you will
be expecting me, but be sure
and don't have that Soiree to
next Winter for I don't want
to miss it [lend?] the band the
money for whatever they want
till then.
I [would?] not [been?] very
anxious to go alone in the
winter time anyway. When I
thought of it all why I thought
it would be better for all to
wait and I want to take some
little things back with me
So I would not have time to do
Well we had that basket
ball game last Friday and
before it [Lyceum?] from 3 to 4
basket ball from 4 to 5-30. We
had a very good programme for
the Lyceum. I sang in the
chorus. There were a lot there
all out of town. The basket
ball game was very interesting
.The players were dressed for
the occasion, Essex High School
girls [won?] 6 to nothing in
favour of Essex. The Leamington
team was very good but one
of the girls were sick and [were?]
not able to play very well.
We have got four teachers
now one of our good ones left.
Friday the School [presented?]
[with?] a present on [his?] departure
in memory of all, The one
that we have in his place is
not as well liked as he was.
However we will have to be content
with such things as we have
I don't know whether I
will stay here after Xmas
or not according to finances
I suppose Jim will get an
extension on [his?] [certificate?]
if he likes but he thinks he
would rather [get?] at something
els [else?] He is in an unsettled
position at present; but he
can get at any amount of work
if he would like. Don't say
that I told you anything
about his circumstances.
Liza sent a half [sheet?]
last letter and I gave it
to him to read so he thought
that I had [torn?] off a page
and expected that there was
something about him in it,
I am in a hurry to get this
posted tonight so excuse all
I would like to get all
the subjects that they have to
try for that Dublin exam.
If I go home in the summer
I will have to April to get up
All subjects that I have not taken
here We had an examination
on Latin Last Friday and I
got 73% that was not bad
We will have another on French
week after next. Don't let
anyone know that I am going
home in the summer. for [something?]
might [turn up?] in the meantime.
GoodBye MSmyth
(The following are notes written
at the top of several pages.)

1 I see you have got the
farm. It would have
been better if you had got
one up by Omagh. It would
be a good idea for Jim to
go over and farm now.

2 He did not like what
Master James said about
Write soon & give me
all news
but he wants to [boss?] everything

3 If you have got a few shillings
to spare send them to me.
Willie Duncan is coming out in the Spring.

4 I suppose you will be expecting
me by the time this letter
reaches you but you will be mistaken
I would go only I [don't?] [want?]
to go back the same as I came out.

Transcribed by Jim Buchanan

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