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Title: [Mary?] Smyth, Ontario to Mrs J J Smyth, Co Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/4
SenderSmyth, Mary
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationstudent
Sender ReligionProtestant (Presbyterian)
OriginOntario, Canada
DestinationCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
Recipient Gendermale-female
Relationshipwrites to her family
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.0410044
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count947
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mrs J.J.Smyth,
Co Tyrone,

FE 18

[Postage Stamp]
Canada Postage
Two Cents

[Back of envelope]

FE 18

FEB 18

A [?]
MR 3

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Coronation [Printed with crown and crossed swords]

Essex, Feb. 17th, 03

Dear Parents, Brothers & Sisters ;-
I write a few more lines to you
today to let you know how we are progressing
I suppose Jim wrote you an account of all that
happened lately. I would have written sooner only
I knew that he would give you all the latest news.
Since I last wrote we had nice weather pretty
warm for the time of year but Sunday there came
another Storm of snow and it is awful cold now
This morning it was 8° [degrees?] below zero. A
few of the girls got their ears frozen going to school
and Mr [Aughin?] the Principal got his nose frozen.
I got off safe they tell me I am too warm-blooded.
I suppose John is all right again I hope
that there will be no marks left as it would
marr [mar?] his beauty you know. Is he going to go
back to Strabane again? I suppose he won't for a
good while.
I am sorry I missed that soiree in the
school but I tell you when you know you can't
go you don't mind it so much. If I had been
at home & had to stay at home I would have

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been far worse. I don't suppose by what you
said that it was near as good as the others. I
suppose the most of the people around there are dull
and in no humour. If I had been there that would
have made it more lively. Do you remember Russell
at the last one? How is he getting along, Poor fellow?
I hope B.C. has not forgot all about me.
I have not heard from that quarters [quarter?] this long time
so if they don't like to write I don't care I won't
[----?] [-----?] [-----?]I have not
heard from Tilda this long time either. I guess
they are all deserting me like I used to do with
them. I was going to send some Valentine's
but I did'nt in time. there were some awful ones
here. Do you remember the ones we got one year?
How is Master James & Miss getting along
I wonder how long they are going to stay in Eden. I
was just thinking one night that if I don't go back
this year perhaps he would not be there to help me
to get through the exam if I [try?]. I have not
thought anything of going home in the summer
yet. I would like to go but to do what? I
would rather go through [R.?] College after holidays

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I would just love to be keeping books. But then
there is not much pay for it there that is only
what would keep me from it. unless I would
stay out here longer. & earn enough money so that
I could go home & go to college; They say those
that want to ever reach to anything must have
only one thing in view. So [as?] that way I will
never reach much unless I give up some of these
I would like to try both of them. but that costs
& besides spends the time.
Oh I forgot to tell you that I got the feathers
alright. they are very nice. I did not think very
much of them when I first opened them as they
were in such a [string?] but I held them over the
stove & they soon got alright. I would like to keep
both of them but I told Belle that there was one
for her. So I must give it to her now.
How is Bella getting along I guess I owe her
a letter. I see the boys did not dance with her
as much as usual. Being married is no object
here. They [The?] last dance I was at here there were
any amount of married woman [women?] there & some with
the girls as big as themselves and danced

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every dance too. It is nice to be a woman in this
country. They have a better time Here than there.
There was another dance on the 6th I did not
attend it & there is another Friday night 20th
I think I will go to this one.
I am getting along alright in school still
busy. I wrote an essay & read it today in our
form & I was tendered a vote of thanks by the
[rest?] of the pupils because it was so good. The subject
was "The Character of Queen Elizabeth". I was
nervous reading it. It was my first time to get
up. It took me all last week preparing it. There
is a debate between four of the pupils every week
in our form [---?][---?] to hear them. I & two others
acted as judges on one today. We had to give
a final decision as to which won.
How is W.J. getting along at school. I would
like to have him write a few lines sometime.
There is a concert tomorrow night in the Town Hall
proceeds in aid of the Public Library. I think I
will go as there is a fine singer to be there.
I must close now & get my homework done
Write & give me all news. I always look for
letters but never get very many.
Good Bye [Goodbye?]

M. [Mary?] Smyth

Last night I slept alone & I did not half sleep
I was so cold. I could not get the bed half
warm. I ordered a blanket above & below
tonight that it may be warmer. Nothing
like long ago when there were three in a bed.

Transcribed by Alan Houston