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Title: Liza Smyth, Castledamph to Mr James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Eliza Catherine/61
SenderSmyth, Eliza Catherine
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginCastledamph, Co, Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationEssex Co., 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.
Doc. No.0604014
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count852
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr James A Smyth
Essex Co
Ont Canada

10 0
AU 14

Londonderry Colonial Pkt
AU 15

[Written at top]
[Got a [Calling?] [----?] in this [vue?]

Ans [Answered?]

[Back of Envelope]

AU 14

AU 25

Aug 13th 1902

Dear Brother
Your letter of July
26 to hand friday last and I am
sorry to say it only contained
the same as the preceding ones.
We had a letter from Mary
same day and their [there?] are
quite a difference in the two.
You say Mary doesn't know
to take money where she is getting
it and Mary says you only had
51 Cents for her when she asked
it from you and you had not
enough for yourself. I don't
know which of you two

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is in the wrong she wanted us
to send her some to start school
again until [until?] you would get
some but its not like long ago as
quick as it could go it went but
now we haven't what she asked
Only William paid Russell [out?]
for the machine we could have
spared a few pounds. If you
can't afford to keep her send
her home as we will send no
more money if this mess gets
out people will be rejoiced
after all our brother I know some
who were mad because they
thought Mary would come
out any better than themselves.

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I don't see why you think Uncles
folk are so far below you only
for Uncle and Aunt you would never
have been what you are so you
should remember them even
yet. You can dress well I am
sure and I think if they are dressed
as well as Belle was here we are
far behind the times. Many [sic]
a time we had to want plenty
we should have in order to send
the money to you but I doubt
you have forgotten the past.
You seem to make a god of
Style and dress nothing else is
a bother to you or at least
your letters since Mary went
there indicate it plainly

[Page 4]
Your ideas run high has [sic] regards
what money you would have
had if you had never left home.
You would not [been?] like
Will [William?] and Tommy gave
it away as fast as it was earned.
If they had spent it like some
others you would not think so
little of what you got. Your ideas
of everything must have been
very low when you left first
you should call to mind how
you spent your time and nights
rambling with Alex Duncan
and a few other good boys through
Glenrone now everyone wasn't
like that nor isn't now
you formed your views of

[Page 5]
this place young so you should
not think we are all like that.
Surely we know between good
and evil by this time you expect
people are still as you left them.
Now my advice to you would
be when writing home be more
careful what you say you
should remember you have
a Mother and Father here waiting
to hear from you and to read
letters like what you have sent
this last while only vexes them
even other folks education
is not so high as yours don't
always tell them so One thing
I say we all thought you and Mary
could agree better only eleven

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months away today If she had to
go now she would never set her
foot on the Canadian soil she
would find plenty to do at home
at present. John was up Sunday
he read your letters I don't know
what he thinks but he said he
was for writing to you both.
If Mary is for coming back to
Ireland helping Uncles folk to
work will only help her for future
business No one should be so
proud as not to do their own
work as Laziness come in then
you could surely spend some
of your time in Woodslee and
give Uncle some help. Just look
what money you could saved
by staying there during

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Holidays another thing you
say everyone had the same
chance as you how can you
say such noncence [nonsense?]
what chance has Mary beside you
had. If we hadn't the money we
borrowed it. I don't suppose
you would do the same for me
as it was me who got it
yo think you are not getting
many letters. I always write one
to you and Mary same day unless
once in a while I may give her
an extra one. We just think
the same sometimes its long
enough before we hear from you
This letter does not contain
much news of any kind.
I am sorry to have to

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write such a one but like
you it must go down right
or wrong. I will write to Mary
tomorrow and see what she
intends to do she can't stay
there and go to school without
some money. So that will finish
it. We had a letter from T.
[Tommy?] Hay and pictures last
week his address
is Farrier, Sergeant Hay
No 3, Troop B Division SAC
South Africa

He is sending me some ostrich
feathers I have not got them yet
one of the pictures was for Aunt
Rebecca and the other for Bella M.
[so?] we delivered them good bye.

Transcribed by Chris Devenney