|Title:||Mary [J.?], Ontario to James A Smyth, Ontario|
|Collection||Irish Emigration Database|
|File||W, Mary J/8|
|Sender||W., Mary J.|
|Origin||Port Hope, Ontario, Canada|
|Destination||Essex, Ontario, Canada|
|Recipient||Smyth, James A.|
|Source||Copyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com|
|Archive||Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.|
|Log||Document added by LT, 26:10:2004.|
|Transcript||[Front of envelope]|
Mr. Jas. A. Smyth
[Back of envelope]
My Dear James Alexander:-
The fates certainly do seem to interfere in our plans – Little we thought last August when we took that jaunt [out?] to Mrs [Corrans?] for the day, that eight whole months would pass without our seeing each other at all - If we did meet too often and too much last year, we are certainly
balancing up now, don't you think.
Our Toronto arrangements seemed to be about as unfortunate as our Christmas plans - I did say in my note to you that I ought [sic] be through Toronto on Saturday but not hearing from you in Winnipeg, after giving you my address, I concluded that your plans had to be made irrespective of me so I did not fancy it would matter when I came. As you suspected I got into Toronto Sunday at 2.25 and had until 9.30 that eve [evening?] there.
It really was a shame for you to have waited and looked for me but you see how it happened - I was disappointed too of course because I did want to see you. But such is life - especially our life.
You did not tell me about your Easter week but doubtless you had a happy time - I had the good fortune to run across a good many old college friends, both days I was there so I did not miss seeing everyone - though
the others did not count much - Duncan, the cousin, and my brother both called down maledictions on my head, as they expected to meet me in the city also.
However as it happened – I was glad I went out. Father is in a very serious condition - and his illness is of that uncertain kind that the doctors can give no hope and yet
father's brightness at times, makes me feel that they must be wrong - While I was there he was quite bright - with the exception of Monday when he
had a very bad turn, so altogether we had a happy visit -
Everything is necessarily unsettled - the house shut up - and no plans definite as yet - but some arrangements will have to be made soon -
I have just four days in the ["Peg"?] but neverthess [nevertheless?] quite
appreciated the change. My sister has such a pretty home and Will is always so good to me that needless to say I was happy while there - especially
as I saw mother also.
In the city I saw several old College pals - [Ian?] McLellan - is a practising [practicing?] physician there now – and is quite prosperous - He was over a few times - and seemed quite pleased with himself and his outlook. He very much resented my usual Salutation of - "Are you busy today?" -
The trip there and back was pleasant enough though not overly exciting. There was a
very interesting man on board a Mr. Riley from New Zealand, who was going to England his old home for a visit and was going to return via Panama Canal - He was a patriotic New Zealander and his comparisons between his land and ours were very amusing - the more so as he was very well educated and consequently knew what he was talking about.
Since returning, I have been very busy - busy spelt with a capital - Our test exams come on May 12th - and before that everything has to be straightened up – I don't know how our hopefuls will do - Of my fourth form people, I have high hopes but the third formers are a very uncertain lot – although there are a few comforts as usual.
I truly can't realize that there is so little time left - another year gone – Your birthday month is at hand, is it not? -
So you are planning to go home in June - lucky you
If your mother is still ill, you ought to go. Of course - nothing to prevent you. Don't forget my bit of a shamrock and the gloves. If I don't see you - but surely I shall – surely and [where?] - You are a nice man. you are, not to get to see me at all - You had better come down to see our
town in the merry month of May -
What my summer plans will be I know not - If all goes well - and father is stronger I can go to the Seattle Exposition, at least my good brother-in-law says so - but I am going to make no plans anymore
So many things happen - I shall just drift a bit -
I had hoped to have Kate Laing with me to night but think surely next Friday will see her here.
I see [by?] the Free Press that the Essex people are conducting themselves properly and as ever - Mr. McK. still organizing Mr. Green's
still [moving?] and J.A.S. giving his paper on [infa----?] -
I agree with you that the E.H.S. will be a bit [ p -k ?] if Mr. Hofferd, with all due regard to Mr. Hofferd, gets the principal
ship - He and Miss Carter seem to be progressing, again
judging from the Free Press - for I saw where Guelph or Gatt or some place
with a G - was favoured with both of them during vacation time
This is not very good weather for spring costumes and here am I
with some Very pretty outfits not able to wear them - but there'll come a time
By the way, have you your dog yet - I was reminded of the fact by having "Bill's" cold nose stuck into my hand begging for a bit of fudge I am eating – Bill is a dear and my chief comfort.
I had planned a party for Katie but when Katie did not materialise - I called off the party - and now am eating the refreshments or part of them - while I write
Oh you should see the beautiful set of books I invested in last week -
thirty-three volumes - Anthology of English Literature - It certainly is
a fine set - I am very proud of them You must come down to see them and
the dog not to mention M. [J.?]
Well Miss Murphy is wishing me to come and have a game of [peanuckle?]
with her so, for this time [Lebewokt?] – write soon please - As ever