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Title: Hilary I, Port-Hope to, J. A. Smyth, Essex
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileI, Hilary/1
SenderI., Hilary
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationteacher?
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPort-Hope, 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.401015
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 20:01:2004.
Word Count686
TranscriptFront of Envelope

Envelope addressed to
Mr Jas. A. Smyth


My dear James Alexander
having spent Friday eve and Saturday in an Essex atmosphere, I felt moved to write you a few lines today. Friday [atour?] I went out to Peterboro to [Kates?]- needless to say we both enjoyed ourselves. I heard the latest Essex doings nothing terribly exciting I may say - incidentally I was informed that chief Barber was very much agitated as to why you did not go down to St Thomas at new year's hearing that, I regretted it the more but "what's done cannot be undone" so you'll just have to take a longer holiday in these quiet times and journey hither. Kate and I devoured together the Essex Chronicle of news and quite enjoyed the fact that you replied to the toast of the Ladies. I hope that you were properly complimentary rather than truthful. On Friday I had a letter from Edna Bouvee and May Wigle. So I discovered that I was not yet entirely forgotten by those who Recevd [received?] me once. Mr. Laing Kates father took the two of us around the five cent theatre haunts Friday Eve they were right good and we had a good deal of fun out of them. Saturday afternoon we spent with Duncan - who did the honours manfully. Last night I came back - and thought of you most of the way up the street for no one met me as my departure had been sudden and silent. I could not help thinking of last year and your goodness. Never
mind saying thank you. Mr Wetherell still threatens but will surely arrive tomorrow - He will give us three days - so when thats over my heart will be light. He made things interesting in Peterboro it seems. May the fates
mitigate his feelings while here! Last Wednesday Eve Mr and Mrs [Sinden?] were over for a game of duplicate whist to which they are both devotees
with Miss Murphy and me - next Friday we are to go there. Mr Sinden improves on acquaintance and now I quite like him - He makes a most excellent Principal without a doubt. The Ball still is before us - whether to go or not I can't make up my mind. Miss Murphy insists that I shall and is [importing?] her nephew Ted [Toggue?] from [Toraich?] of the fete. He was down early on the year and enjoyed the life at the Bungalow, so intensely that he wrote asking her to write him again - He is young - in the twenties but is a big strapping youth - most jolly. -
A week from tomorrow eve. Miss Bletcher, who lives here is giving a Charity Bridge party 50c a person in tables - It is a most unique idea - I think and on which causes a bit of discussion [However?] all are coming. Do you ever see Mr. Mc.Kelvey now or his good wife. Occasionally by The Free Press I notice that he still is holding chicken or grain meetings in his office - but nothing else is ever mentioned. I was at Kirk this morning. We had our usual good sermon A man who sat in front of me, reminded me most sharply of Mr Laird and his enthusiastic rendering of Onward Christian Soldiers. But now it is time for the dinner bell to ring so I must away - It is the kind of a day that makes me wish you were here for a long talk - on the [trunk?]. Things do arrange themselves quickly - last year I had someone to come and talk to me but no very comfortable
house for no great freedom Here I have Everything possible in the latter two conditions but no person at least no one - who appeals, and I may say that I am wiser by virtue of my Essex experiments and I permit
myself to experiments here Mr Brown s Counterpart is here see appearance, manner and calling but no more of that - there is the bell so more [news?] another time - Ever Hilary. I.

Transcribed by Greg Floyd