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Title: [Belle Smyth?], Ontario to "Dear Uncle, aunt and Cousins"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Sender Genderunknown
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginOntario, Canada
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
Recipient Gendermale-female
Relationshipwrites to family
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth.
Doc. No.604018
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count941
Transcript[No envelope]

[Incomplete letter]

[Page 1]

South Woodslee
Oct 25 1900

Dear Uncle Aunt and Cousins
Suppose you will have
got Jims letter before this
reaches you he will have
told you that we got home
all right but were very tired
I was a great deal more wearied
than going [over?] suppose it
was cumming [coming?] on the cars
after the boat. We were eleven
days on the boat we left
Moville on fifth about three
o'clock and landed in New
York the sixteenth about half
past eight the difference [difference?]
in the time would make just
about the eleven days we were

[Page 2]
two weeks all but one day from
me left Frendraught until [until?]
we landed in Woodslee. We had
a beautiful morning leaving
Frendraught and all the
way until [until?]we were
nearly down to the Ship then
it began to look like rain
we had just got on the
ship when the rain came
on it was just showery
the rest of the day We were
able to stay up on deck
and have a last look at the
Hills of old Ireland thought
I would be able to stay up
and see it as long as day
light lasted but my Stomach
got the better of me and I
had to go to bed was sick
long before we were out of sight
[Written sideways on right side.]
of land

[Page 3]
and Sara was casting up her
accounts long before I was
I did not get on deck again
Until [until?] sunday afternoon and
Sara not till tuesday nearly
everyone on board was sick
the Ocean was very rough
until [until?] monday night
the rest of the time was not
so bad untill[until?]the
sunday before we landed it
rained all day and the sea was
quite rough Sara was sick all
day and I had to lay down
most of the time to keep the
fishes from getting my breakfast
the first few days was
quite cold but after we got
about half way on it was
nice and warm the saturday
before we landed could sit on

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deck without any wraps on
Monday the day before we landed
was a beautiful day we sighted
land about two in the afternoon
(and we were not going to see it
either) were in to quarantine
about seven in the evening had
to cast anchor and stay there all
night - the [Dr?] came on board
in the morning and found no
sickness so we were allowed
to land we did not have any
trouble getting through the
customs there did not have to
pay any duty I had to pay duty
on the Belleek that I had
cumming [coming?] into Canada

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that was all I had to pay on
We landed in New York about
half past eight in morning and
left at noon came from New
York to Bufallo [Buffalo?] in
ten hours and a half about four
hundred and fifty miles
We came on the Leheigh
Valley Rail road it is through
the Blue Mountains a part
of the Alleganyes [Alleghenys?]
and the scenery through which it
passes is grand some places remind
me of Gortin Glenn [Glen?] only about
as far again to the bottem [bottom?]
of the ravenes [ravines?] as gortin
and the solid rock about

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an [a?] hundred feet above on the
other side just the width of
the railroad cut out of the
rocks, one place we were up
so high could see right on
the tops of the Mountains
I was sorry when night came
and we could not see anymore
We got to Windsor about half
past nine in morning had to
wate [wait?] there for the
evening train
[Jim?] was at the train at
Essex he was expecting us
he did not come down with
us but came next day it
was Thanksgiving day and
a holiday We were home
just in time for Thanksgiving
and thankful we were to get
home all safe and well
and to find everybody at home

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Well Mother had very good health
all summer did the work
alone part of the time
Cassie and Baby Howard are well
Howard did not know me but
he was not long in making friends
again I have not seen Glenn
and Leslie yet Annie and
Charlie were out on sunday
but they did not bring them
with them I was so disappointed
[disappointed?] I was longing to
see the little chaps
Oct -29 I thought this
letter would been quite a bit
on its way to you by this time
but did not get it finished as
soon as intended. Wish I could
just drop in and see you all
suppose you are sleeping now
it is nearly bed time here
We are having glorious

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weather here now has been fine
ever since I came home just
about the same as you had in harvest
and as warm to [too?] is raining
to-night thundering and lightening
[lightning?] how is that for this
time of year Jim was down saturday
he came to hunt but could not
get a dog so did not do much
hunting our dog is no use at
hunting Jim was well pleased
with the things you sent him
they all suited him
[Many?] thanks Bella for the
night dress I think it is
a beauty I got one in Derry for
Cassie it is not near so nice as
the one you [gave?]

[Written at top of page 8]
Is Alice Duncan
still at home
was it true
that Beck was
Is Joe still
at home I heard
before I left that
he was going
back to the

[Written upside down on Page 4]
Remember still when far away that
I am always Brown

Transcribed by Chris Devenney