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Title: Mell [?], to, Mr. Jas. A. Smyth, Essex, Ontario.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHicks, Sam/5
SenderHicks, Sam (Mell)
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationteacher
Sender Religionunknown
Originprob. Ontario, Canada
DestinationEssex, Ontario, Canada
RecipientSmyth, James Alexander
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.307005
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 11:07:03.
Word Count864
TranscriptEnvelope addressed to: - Mr. Jas. [James?] A. Smyth

Postage Stamps Missing
Stamped on front: - JAN 30 1909
- JAN 30 1909

Postmarked on Back: - ESSEX NO [Nov?]3
ONT. [Ontario?]

With handwriting (in pencil) on back of envelope:
Mr Sam Hicks
[Can?] [------?] [Works?]
Phone 681

Sunday Eve

My Dear James Alexander

Two whole months put in, in this town - two whole months without being home, rather different from last year; Just to-day, I had the feeling that I'd like to see some of the home people - for a minute – it was not homesickness for with that I have not been bothered here, it is not in the air, only I just wanted to see some one from the old haunts - for that reason, I suppose, this letter.
Over two weeks now and no letter from you- and yet I can easily recall your voluntary promise to write to me weekly I would think that you [might?] snatch a few minutes from the giddy whirl to [write?] me a few lines at least weekly. I am not lecturing nor even complaining that is not in the air here either but I think it so foolish of you even wrong not to do it - so Henceforth James Alexander settle down to inscribe to me at least weekly and home too - there will be no harm done in whatever way you look at it and some good - Don't you think that the ones who are interested in us should be treated with some extra consideration - If this is wiped
out of our lives what is the good of living?
This week we have had our first taste of winter. On Friday afternoon we were treated to quite a snowstorm Such a busy time as I have had Setting examination papers now correcting them - I have seventy - five done - but alas! many more to go through. Tomorrow eve I hope will finish them We miss the weekly task as in Essex but where bunched they [certainly?] loom up
more threatening
On Thursday evening I went to the Browning [Club?] -which I quite enjoyed as they were studying my favourite Rabbi [Bier?] [Ezra?]
Friday was the tea at the "Rectory" given for the bride -to be miss [Hudspeel?] I met most of the celebrities of the town. None whom I had not seen before One only appealed a bride -a Mrs [Helm?] – she is young and bright and must congenial most of the others were special society oddities
In the Eve [evening?] I went out for a game of cribbage - Mrs Horsford
a lady here English and very nice has been good enough to take a fancy to me so though she is quite old we have became good friends. Her husband is a retired English gentleman - hospitable and fond of young people so here I go Often and enjoy myself immensely. Yesterday afternoon I was [over?] at the School playing tennis - One of the fourth form boys came over to see if I'd make up a set - So I went for a while - and really we had some fine games as they play good tennis. In the Eve [evening?] we had our Hallowe en party- twelve of us Miss Smith & her sister - a Miss Burnham who by the way leaves on the eleventh for a year in England, a Miss Hume & a Miss Reed the Curate, Mr [Grobb?] Mr Hume and four of the [inentable?] bank Clerks we made toffy [toffee?] [popped?] [corn?] and did all the things peculiar to the eve - It was jolly truly the Curate favoured me on my homeward way so I was really quite honoured – supposedly He is so typical of his class - You must see him to appreciate him Arriving home at Midnight I found [Arthur?] the faithful had just gone so I had the remnants of the repast with which he had been favoured, told Miss
Murphy all the doings and turned in – about One
To day has been passed in the house too much Hallowee n I guess Miss Blatcher [?] was away, so Miss Murphy and I had a delightful time and now tis bed time again and another week is begun.
I don t [know?] yet that I shall do thanksgiving Perchance go to Toronto for a day or two if I dont get home If such a thing happens that father & mother, do get home I'll probably go too but if not I'll possibly go to Toronto Saturday for a bit of a change- and still dont know
The Essex Free Press seems sadly Lacking in news just now save of people going away It seems the fad there evidently for the married girls to become pedagogues again and yet Miss Scratch was so censored she was not one of the natives I presume -
No use saying come down I suppose. When you feel that you can and want to you will, will you not without further ceremony? But now no more this time - Dont forget to write - I insist and tell me what you are doing -
Do you know my necessary conclusions when you dont? - Do you remember
the reason you gave me in the summer - if your ever stopped. But that is not here - I'll not believe it saying [bon?] [tojours?]
Sincerely yours

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