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Title: Arthe [Hay?], Dunamanagh, to Mrs A.W. Smyth, New Orleans
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth Hay, Arthemise/20
SenderSmyth Hay, Arthemise
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginDunnamanagh, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationNew Orleans, Lousiana, USA
RecipientBouligny Smyth, Nathalie
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained By Brendan O'Reilly, Main Street. Dromara
ArchiveOriginal Held By Above Donor
Doc. No.9810133
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 20:11:98.
Word Count593
TranscriptMrs A.W. Smyth
1729 Coliseum Place
New Orleans La

Jan 23d 1912

My darling [Mamma?]
Your [3?] letters 8.9.10. Jan were received yesterday. Also the Pr of [Atty?] [Paper of Attorney?] The old man at once went upstairs to take a bath preparatory to going to Derry - It was a very cold day & it took him several hours to finsh his toilet so that he had to be fortified with a bottle of stout after he got through - he was the most half frozen & watery eyed object for the rest of the day - However he seems
alright today & is quite ready to go to Derry tomorrow or do anything which is asked of him. We had a slight fall of snow & a good frost last night - but this day is very bright & not cold - David did not go home for the day as he expected - He and Papa are for Derry tomorrow to sign
the Pr or Atty [Paper of Attorney?]I am so glad you are feeling better & that Dr. Pratt has given you some medicine. I am so glad Mr Wall is friendly to you. I think he is the best of the lot & if he only wins the
[Basin?] suit he will be an angel in disguise - I am not at all anxious to see D. succeed Cornelson - I don't think he would live long in that dreadful climate. The pay is very little when you consider the price of living & the terrible strain of the climate besides they say the congregation of the 1st ch [church?] are a trying lot & they certainly work their ministers to a death. However it is not for me to say [care?] about America anyhow - My ideas of happiness is to have a fine Dublin ch [church?] & spend my summers in Ardcame and be able to travel in Europe whenever it suits me - I am glad things will be settled up in Feb [February?] - This one day rich & next day poor is hard on the adjusting
powers & prevents settling down for any good object to make life worth living. I would rather be poor & know if I cut my garments to suit my cloth than have castles in Spain any day. I am very happy as I have all I want - If we get money it will ne nice, if not we can manage fine - I am very well indeed. I don't go out walking every day as the old man told me I was
over doing the exercise & that I took enough exercise in the house without going out in bad weather - at all events I feel splendid & the old man is very nice to me. Sometimes we have wee fights but generally the waters are smooth. D. [David?] spilt all his tea on the clean tablecloth at breakfast cutting up & he says I treat him so badly that he is going to get a divorce. He is in great form today & is racking his brain to get some good sermon to squash Dr. G at the next Evangelical meeting - D. says to tell you I eat six times a day & its no wonder I get indigestion - He teases me dreadfully but somehow I can't stay mad at him for long - He sends you his love- I got a beautiful letter from Mrs [Law---?]
I will answer her soon- This is all at present

Your cherished little girl