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Title: James A Smyth, Ontario to “Dear Sister”
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/103
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarm labourer
Sender ReligionProtestant (Methodist)
OriginEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientBella M.? Eliza C.? Mary?
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth.
Doc. No.0509003
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 08:09:2005.
Word Count537
Transcript[No Envelope]

South Woodslee Ont

Dear Sister
In reply to your
letter which I received on the
29 Ult. I am glad to say
that we are all well.
I wrote a letter to you
all from St Thomas two
weeks to-day [today?] I stayed with
Annie from Wendsday [Wednesday?] to
Monday there was lots of
snow when I was down
there and good sleighing and
there was hardly any when I
came up here around St
Thomas is pretty hilly it
look [sic] a good deal like home
some very steep places the

[Page 2]
land is all a kind of rolling
Annie just got the Babys
pictures while I was down
the [they?] just look like it she is
sending one to you and Willie
Sarah and Tillies [Tillie’s?] people.
I am sorry to hear of that
row that took place the Plum [Plumbridge?]
fair night. I thought they [the?]
people over [sic] was getting better.
I have never seen a quarrel
since I came to this Country.
It would be a disgrace to people
to fight here the way they do
there I hope William nor Tommy
was not into it surely they
know enough to keep away from
such places now. I suppose
whisky done the best share
of the fighting, which of them
got the worst of it I hope Mary

[Page 3]
Duncan is getting better they have
quite a lot of trouble with the
two are ther [they?] going to have any
law over the fight Would you
let me know all Tilda Jane said
I think I will tell it all to
Willie again Xmas and I will
ask him if he wrote anything
but I know he did not [Tell?]
me all you have good authers [authors?]
for and nothing else I dont know
anything more that was in Archibalds
letter I asked Cassie to show it
to me but she would'nt Sarah
is coming home to-night [tonight?] they
are looking for her at the station
since Monday. I suppose she is
through, but I dont know yet myself
I had a letter from Barbara
McKernan last night she sent
me one of her pictures it looks
very good

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I think them people have funny
reasons for not writing unless I
change my mind they will wait
a year in Sunday's before I write
again and tell them that I wrote
to Omagh ones twice and never got
no answer I suppose the same thats
keeping them from writing If you see
any of them again Xmas ask them
I think you people might write
a little oftener too I dont think
it cost [sic] such an awful lot for
postage The Telegraph Alphabet you
sent is all right unless they use two
kinds I wanted to see if it and the
one that is used here was the same
but they are not, about half the
letters is the same you need
not bother any more about it
I think I will stay as I am
for another year.

Your Brother

James A Smyth

[in space at top of page 4]
write soon and give me all the news

[written down the side of page 4]
I did not post your letter I waited to see
if I would get one to night [tonight?] so
I will save five cents

Transcribed by Alan Houston