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Title: [Mary Smyth?], Ontario, to E C Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/3
SenderSmyth, Mary
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationstudent
Sender ReligionProtestant (Presbyterian)
OriginOntario, Canada
DestinationCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, Eliza C.
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.0410269
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 29:10:2004.
Word Count803
TranscriptEnvelope addressed to:-

Miss E C Smyth
Co Tyrone

Postmarked on Front:-


(Written on Front)
John Charles Smyth

Back of Envelope:-

(Written on Back)

John Charles Smyth

Postmarked on Back of Envelope:-

JA 30th 1903

Coronation South Woodslee
Jan 17th 02

Dear Sister

Just arrived here so I thought
I would spend part of my time in writing
this letter. You know I came down to see
my little cousin. Cass has got a young son on
Tuesday 13th So as I never saw a young baby
I thought I would come down and see this one.
Well as I told Bella about the party
last [night?] that I was invited to. I did go and
enjoyed myself very well. There was over fifty
there and there were always 20 couple (sic) or
more on the floor at once. They dance Lancers,
waltzes, two Steps, scotish [scottish?], I danced
nothing but the lancers. I have not learned to
dance the other yet, It was the first Canadian dance
I have Ever been at since I came, and the first dance
I have ever danced since I left home with the
exception of a few turns on the floor alone.
We went there at 8-30 and dancing was kept
up till after one. I feel [-ought?] today I
did not sleep when I did go to bed and
I got up at 10 o clock with a headache
and a lot of other complaints owing to not being
used sitting up so late. I can t stand sitting
up late as well as I used too. We had
breakfast at 10-30 and then dinner at
4-30 So you see I have only got two
meals today. But I intend to have a lunch before
retiring to bed. I intended to send you my invitation
card but as my envelope is too small, I will
therefore give it to You in my own writing
As follows,

The Bachelor s of Essex request the pleasure of
Miss Smyth s
Company on Friday Evening Jan 16th
at Eight o clock

Town Hall Essex
Dancing, 8 till 12, E. Richardson, Hon, Sec.

This is just to let you see the style of their
invitation, I wore my white silk waist and black
skirt and a cresent [crescent?] but not my own. There were
a good many dressed in white and other appropriate colors.
Well now I must give you a description of our Canadian
weather. My it was awful cold Monday
50 below zero. It was that cold that Uncle says
that one of his ears was frozen stiff only
coming half a mile. I went to school that day
and I was afraid of my ears freezing and in
school we wore our coats all day and stood
all around the stoves couldn t keep warm.
Next day I didn t go to school I thought I
could learn as much by studying at home
If you would see the men on the street with
long icicles to their beards. It looks comical
to see them. I will finish for to night but will complete
this Epistle tomorrow Sunday. So Good Bye for tonight.

Sunday 5 o clock

Bell and I have just come down from
Cass s. It is the youngest baby I ever saw,
and homely as a hedge fence. They
are all pretty well. Aunt [is?} up
yet so there are only four of us
I brought down Bella and Davie s
photos last night, Bell says that
she would hardly know Bella she don t
seem like herself

I suppose you are getting along
alright with the work. I suppose
they will soon be beginning to plough.
We have had snow on the ground ever
since the day before Xmas. Any amount
of skating there is a rink in Essex kept
by a man who [floods?] it every night and
keeps it clear of snow. There are fifty
and sometimes more on nearly every
night Admission 10 [p?] I was there
two nights just - looking on I haven t
learned to skate yet but I [envy?] those
who can. I may learn next week if [frost?]
I was dreaming last night that I had
found $100 and I was in great humour
I thought I was alright when I had
got plenty of money but I soon found
out to be mistaken
How is everything there. Give my
love to all and tell them I am
[inquiring?] about them

Good Bye Write Soon

M S [Mary Smyth?]

(Written at the Side of Page 3)

P.S (Liza) I Suppose it would be something like what P. is at only as a
Carpenter. Well if it is anything like [where?] he is I would not
want to see [him?] [there?]
I know from experience So You May guess the [Rest?]

(Written Side of Page 4)

How is J. C.? Did he ever get my letter I hope he doesn t go there
where you Said as it is a bad place for boys like him.

(Written Top and Upside down Page 4)

Bell sends many thanks [to?] Bella for
her photo.

Transcribed by Elizabeth Prentice