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Title: Ida Blackwood, Saintfield, Co Down to James A. Smyth, [?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBlackwood, Ida/23
SenderBlackwood, Ida
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationschoolmistress
Sender Religionunknown
OriginSaintfield, Co. Down, N.Ireland
DestinationOntario, 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.410229
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 28:10:2004.
Word Count130
TranscriptNo envelope


c/o H.H. Carlisle, Esq V.S.
Co Down,
12/8/12 [1912]

My dear Mr Smyth,

Your letter to hand about half an hour ago, so you see how punctual I am, but am writing in a great hurry to catch the last post. I am sorry to hear that you are going out to Canada again the Plumbridge people will miss you very much for I feel sure you had a good influence over them, and now that you are gone will (sic) no doubt return to their old grooves again. I can just imagine how much you raised the tone of the place,
or rather I should say how you led them to look at life from a very
different stand point [standpoint?] to what they had been accustomed to. But time does not permit to say any more on that interesting subject just now, but perhaps some other time I shall say a few more words. At present I must be content with saying that if you feel you are wasting your sweetness on the desert air by working in Ireland, you are quite right to remove your person to a more congenial sphere of labour. I must express my regret in as few words as possible, that I can not possibly get to Belfast on frid. [Friday?] evening I would like very much to see you before going off, but my school is a long way out in the country, and I am seldom in before 4pm. I could get to Belfast on the 7.30 train but could not get down at a
decent hour that night. It is about 10 mls [miles?] to cycle, but it would be too late to start on such a journey. I am compelled, therefore, to say good-bye in writing, and wish you a very pleasant trip, a good time, & a
better one in Canada. We may meet in that country sometime in the future.
with kindest regards and best wishes and not omitting the "luv" [love?]

I rem, [remain?]
Yrs [yours?] V. [very?] Sincerely

Ida Blackwood