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Title: Mary Smyth, Ontario to J J Smyth, Co Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/7
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.0502003
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 03:02:2005.
Word Count993
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr J.J.Smyth,
Co Tyrone,

JA 29

[Back of envelope]

- 0
FE [?]

Miss Mary Smyth
South Woodslee
Feb [13?] 1902

[Page 1]

Jan 26th 02

Dear People
Just after
coming from Sunday School
Cass & Fred is just gone
Well I [am?] [stained]
going to school now started
on Tuesday. So you need
not expect so many [letters?]
from me. As I have to
study all the time I
have. History & [Physiology?]
subjects that I never had

[Page 2]
before comes hard on
me. I have to walk about
1 1/2 miles to school & has
[sic] to be there at 9 o clock
& today it is raining
or rather thawing & the
roads are in a horrible
state it just minds
[reminds?] me on [sic] walking
through a ploughed field in
wet weather. that much
[sticks?] to my shoes that
I could hardly lift my feet.
We had a little fall
of snow Tuesday just
sleighing for one day &
to day [today?] it is thawing
again & a little rain.
The [teacher?] is very nice
[her?] [stained] name is Miss Jenner
near 50 scholars at school

[Page 3]
& some asbbig [as big?] as me
& older.
Got a letter from Liza
Friday. I was expecting
some [-in?] but it hasn't
came [come?] yet. I was
invited to a party Wed
night at Essex but
I don't think Ill [I'll?] go as
I would [need?] to get
a dress. & I don't
feel liike [like?] getting one yet.
Uncle Aunt & I was at
a Social for the Missionary
Society on Wednesday night
10ct not much fun only
playing games.
Belle was out to Leamington
Thursday to Saturday. as
Annie is moving into their
new house she went out to
help a little. They hav [have?] a
fine house now. Electric light

[Page 4]
in all the house. It is
just grand & the water
coming into the house. I
expect she will be getting
a little [saucy?]. now.
Cass was down yesterday
making pies as [she?] expected
company today but they
did not come a Mr & Mrs
Jones [live?] not far from
here but has sold their place
now. & is for moving to near
Essex. Mr Jones goes crazy
sometimes so I think he
is going that way now he
feels sorry leaving the place.
Part of the family is to
[tochchea?] with the same
disease the boy the nicest
fellow about here takes it
once in a while A very nice
family the leading ones in
all society's [society?]
everybody is sorry that they
are leaving

[Page 5]
Uncle has got a bid
for his farm $7000 but
he wants more Aunt is
always complaining about
having to work so hard
she wants to get of [off?] it.
Uncle don't [sic] want to sell
but he sees he can't work
it himself. Belle don't
want to give it up [either?]
she says she will go out
[to?] work if they do. So
everyone has their own
Cass was just saying
today. that it would
[be?] as bad as Mr Jones's
when they would [be?] leaving.
Only it is so far away
it would be a fine place
for Tommy or Wm. [William?]
but Wm. [William?]
would'nt do the "milking"

[Page 6]
I'm afraid.
Well I suppose [Ally?]
is settled by now. I
was just saiying [saying?] I was
unllucky [unlucky?] in every place
So much fun at home
this [winter?] & not much
fun here. This winter besides
every other one they say.
Before I went to school,
I just thought that I was
spending my time, & had
no fun nor anything else,
but, I have some benefit
now going to school. Belle
angers me sometime [sometimes?],
she'll not go out any place, we
are invited several places,
& now when I am going
to school, I won't have time
to go. She is just finished

[Page 7]
saying that she thinks she
wont go to Church tonight.
She would do fine to be in
the nunery [nunnery?]. She
is alright in every other
respect. But I like to go
to Church [Sunday?] ngth
[night?] Sunday I think is
alway [always?]a long day.
I see by your letters that
Bella & David has got any
amount of parties. That one
of Mrs. Nelson is a long time
talked about they were for
having it before we left
but didn't They [The?]
Campbell's missed this one.
It is getting dark now so
had to light the lamp not
dark till 6 [oclock?] & some
nights later.
Jim has'nt come down this [week?]
I wrote up to him to send me
down a pair of skates as

[Page 8]
a lot of the young people
has been enjoying themselves
this last while skating on the
river so I intend to have
some fun one way or the
other. Rob [Fair?] said he
would call for us. his father
is Irish. one of the boys
that is in that Picture
They live about 3 or 4
[perches?] from here.
I will write Bella next week
sometime when I get time I
expect she will see all these
anyway. but I'll expect them
regular from her. I cant
imagine how things look there
now I always think it can't be
true. I was dreaming last night
that I was at home. & Old
Gilky is gone at last there will
be nomore [no more?] fun with him
"Man" as J. Mc says that was a good
night. I will write W.J. [Willie John?]
sometime [some time?] soon. How is
J.C. [John Charles?] getting along as
[has?] he got a [raise?] yet I expect
I'll need a bycicle [bicycle?] to go
to school in sumer [summer?] Ruby
[Allison?] is at school her & I
[sit?] together The mother is not
married yet as he has'nt the
house ready. it is like Alex McKel
[McKelvey?] sons when the [motor?]
came on the old woman.

To Liza in the Key of "B"
[I be?] [M----ss?] [Gfson?]
H Nd Loghin [Mbtu?] [ojhiu?]
[tffnt?] to be
in good humour
after all he
has suffered
as funny as ever

Transcribed by Alan Houston