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Title: Mary Smyth, Ontario to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/6
SenderSmyth, Mary
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationstudent
Sender ReligionProtestant (Presbyterian)
OriginOntario, Canada
DestinationEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
RecipientSmyth, James A.
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.0410012
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 26:10:2004.
Word Count415
TranscriptFront of envelope

[Date on envelope does not match Letter]

Mr Jas A Smyth,

FE 19

March 3 04

Back of envelope

FE 19

Leaflet on Grand display of Fireworks Enclosed
To be Scanned

St. Thomas, Box 1103
Feby 27th 03

Dear Brother,
I have been waiting for a letter from
you for some time past but hasn't [sic] got any yet. I
got the Free Press yesterday and I see your name where
you gave a speech at Grace Methodist Church. I suppose
you were also at the party or ball in the Town Hall
last night.
There was a lecture in Knox Church last night
by Mr. Drummond, Montreal. Annie and Charlie went
to hear him and they were telling me that Miss Risdon
played a few violin solos. so if I had known that she
was going to played [play?] I would have been there.
I had a paper from Bella this week with the
death of Sarah Duncan, Strathroy [in?] it and marked
opposite it was "very sudden". I haven't heard anything
since so I suppose they are likely up there and hadn't
time to write. She died on the 6th. It surprised me
for she seemed so big and strong. I had a letter
from Liza a [long?] [time?] ago and she said
that Bella was home from Edinburgh sick with consumption.
Have you decided to came (sic) down here at Easter
or [not?]. I think that Uncle and Bell [Belle?] are coming
for a few days. I suppose you will have a week [week's]
holidays. The inspector of High Schools and [Collegiate?]
Institutes has been here for the last three days. He dont
[don t] (sic) look much like our inspectors at home. He
looks something like an old farmer. A great big
stout man with a grey suit and the pants a different
grey from the other parts. He had us all read and he
was also in for some of the other subjects to hear the
teachers how they taught.
Well as to my music I am doing very well. I have
just taken 20 lessons after [I?] take one on Monday
So that is $10 besides strings and other things. She
is going to give me a solo next day so that I can play out
whenever I have it well practised [practiced?]. I fell on the
sidewalk one day when it was slippery and hurt my right arm so
that I couldn't practice and I had to skip a lesson.
I am going skating this afternoon so I must finish
this and post it on my way. As skating will soon be
over for this winter I [am?] anxious to get learned.

Good Bye

Mary Smyth

Transcribed by Alan Houston