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Title: James Smyth, Ontario, to Mary Smyth, Castledamph.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/53
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationschool teacher
Sender ReligionProtestant (Methodist)
OriginEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, Mary
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge,Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.308005
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 14:08:03.
Word Count930
TranscriptEnvelope Addressed to:-

Miss Mary Smyth,
Co, Tyrone.

Postmarked on Front:-
- Essex AU [August?] 25 04 Ont. [Ontario?]

Postmarked on Back of Envelope:-
- NEWTOWNSTEWART [--?] [--?] [04?]

Essex, Ontario,
Aug. 26. 1904
2 O clock P.M.

My dear Sister,-
I have just got back to my room.
I arrived in town on the noon train and then
went for dinner. It has been raining very
hard since about 11.30 although it is clearing
up now. Here goes the old style again of
writing to you in the Old Country.
I suppose it will seem quite familiar,
even after your three years absence. You will
almost be gone three years to the
day. We left the 13th Sept.
Well after I left you I felt somewhat
lonely, from two standpoints I felt it
1st because of your leaving 2nd because
we have been so little, in a way, in
each others company and yet in the
same country. Many things & places
I would have liked to have shown you
had not the opportunity. (sic) Somehow I
have the impression that you did not
like Essex or its people. You are home,
or I hope so when you receive this so
did any one impress you with the
idea that I did not care for you?
Of course I always wanted to see you
look well I know that. Mrs. [Vetor?] and
I had a talk this morning about
Annie. She told me a few things I
did not know. Had I known Mary
that you did not get along you would
not have stayed two days. Did she
treat you allright [alright?] before Easter,
You should have told me. You should have
known regardless of how much
I objected to your going there that
you would have been welcome to
come here. You should not have stayed
with her a day. Wait to I see her I
will open her eyes. Just like the way
she treated me before I went to the Old
Country in 1894,
I will say something about this again,
The letter I wrote you on board the "Tunisian"
was written before I know what I know
now. I did not know that you had
noticed her attitude to you. You got to
look for these things and whatever you may
think no one in this Country was
more anxious to see you get along well
than I was. No one was more glad to see
you looking well and appearing good.
Studying music, looking well dressed
are things that none of my uncles
folks have any use for, hence they
could never like you very well. One
more [line?] Mary and I am through.
Your Cousins in this country were
Jealous of you from the start. Jealous
of you because you might get a
good education, jealous of you
because you might learn some
music a thing which none of them
can do or ever will be able to. These things
always make them Jealous. They were
also Jealous of your looks and appearance.
They did not wish you to go to School
Imagine aunt saying "You were
not going to Essex for Music Lessons"
and Belle telling me that I had
not Money enough to educate you."
I ll show her some day. One thing
Mary I could never get a good talk
with you. It seemed you would
not talk hence that is why you
did not tell me about Annie s
treatment of you. You should
have written me a full account
or come right up on the train.
Well now let me know all your
opinions about home and every thing
but when you are writing Uncles
folks do not find any fault
Tell them everything is nice, whether it
is so or not Keep rubbing it in
about getting more outings than
St Thomas, more freedom, more
young folks to mingle with, in fact
tell them that it is a new life
altogether. Give them hints about this
backward farming country and it
is farming life is slow here. Just say
"I can t understand how I put in so
long time (sic) in Woodslee, its such a slow
place, not near as much fun as
here," This is the way to write to them.
Keep telling them about the nice
rides you are having how nice
the horses are harnessed, and even
the horses have more life. This is
the kind of letter to send them
Of course for myself send me
your true first impressions and
also what the People think of you
of you (sic) and your education. Give them
a good blow about myself.
Now when writing Essex people always
tell them if you saw any Lords or Dukes
not like you heard in Detroit Theatre last
night, Tell them about your five
o clock teas if you have any about
the [pianos?] if you happen to be any
where you are. Be sure and contrast
the people s way of dressing there with
it here, oh don t forget any thing and
write good letters to your Essex
friends. One of my ideas in having
you come out was to make my own
correspondents more interesting so
see that you make it.
I am sending this letter and Essex
Press to-night "Thursday" on the
St Thomas accommodation so let
me know when they get there compared
with you, Send me a few papers

(Written at top of Page 6)

This is all in this one. I will
[anxiously?] wait for all the
News. You should be now at
Mountain Grove according to my
[6O P R?] Time Table [2..11.?]
Good Bye
Enjoy yourself and also make
the folks enjoy themselves

Jas [James?] A. Smyth

Tell me everyone that enquires about me

J. [James?] A. [Alexander?] S [Smyth?].

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