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Title: Mary Smyth, Ontario to James C Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/2(2)
SenderSmyth, Mary
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationstudent
Sender ReligionProtestant (Presbyterian)
OriginOntario, Canada
DestinationCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, John C.
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.0410008
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 26:10:2004.
Word Count412
TranscriptFront of envelope

Mr J.C. Smyth,
Co. Tyrone,

JA 31

Back of envelope

10 0
FE 14


Essex, Jan 31st 03

Dear Brother
Rec. [Received?] your welcome letter yesterday
and very glad I was to hear of you getting
better I knew all the time before it that something
was wrong at home but I could not know what
Jim rec. [received?] a letter from home that was the
first we heard of it and I tell you I was
shocked I thought that it was worse than
what they said. but I am more contented
since I got your letter I also got the paper
Jim was anxious he went every time the mail
came in to see if there were (sic) any.
I suppose by this time you are at home
I would like to be there for the soiree but I
suppose I wont be any worse than you.
I hope it will leave no visible marks
on your face as it would be the worst
place. I expect you must be tired lying all
the time for a few weeks.
I am not sorry that it will put you
from going on the navy. That was the first
question I asked Jim. When he said he get
a letter from home I said, "Has John gone
on the navy yet", but instead of that it
was almost worse. I would not want to
see you go on the navy.
I was dreaming last night that Davie
Houston was sick and that we were all afraid
that he would die & leave Bella a widow.
I hope it does not denote anything else going
to happen.
Well I suppose you remember the last soiree
in the school. I remember Tilda Campbell & James
Houston went with us. I wonder how long it is ago.
Russell was there. Do you ever see him now?
I suppose you won't go to work now for a
while I expect they will keep you working on the
farm if you are able. I see by your letter
that you had a good many go to see you. I
suppose you got in with more than you did with
in Gortin.
There is another dance to be given here next
Friday night. I think I will go to but I must
learn to dance a waltz first. Do you dance any in

I must close now

Good Bye

M.S. [Mary Smyth?]

P.S. I hope you will be better soon.
Also that all the others are Enjoying good health.
This letter will do for all.

Transcribed by Alan Houston