Main content

Title: [Mary Smyth?], St. Thomas, to "Dear Sister"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/7(2)
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, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.0410272
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 29:10:2004.
Word Count1164
Transcript"Personal Letter" St. Thomas, Box 1103,
E.C.S. [Eliza Catherine Smyth?]
Feby, [Febuary?] 29th, 1903

"Dear Sister"
Just got your letter Friday and it has made
me feel that I want to go home. That soiree you had seems
to have been a success I only wish I could have been present
I can imagine I see it all moving Well that night I was
skating and fell so that is all I was doing. Well I am
suprised to to [sic] hear of Bella and you dancing so little
where was Davie that he did not dance with her and also all
the other old boys. You did not say anything about Andy
McClelland but I presume he was present I see the stewards
were most of them fresh. I suppose Andy J. would be
somewhat jealous to see those other boys so important.
Did he sing "it is funny when you feel that way."?
Were the Dunbar girls there from Letterbratt.? I suppose
Joe McKelveys girls are the whole thing now I suppose
Wm [William?] Noble will have nothing to say about Bob
Campbell now. Who is [Jamey?] Mc. keeping with now I would
have liked to hear how they were all situated
Well as to sarah's death it seems somewhat strange such
a strong big girl to go so quick I don't see why some of you
women didn t go up [as?] I expect you would be more needed than

[Page 2]
the men as you know under such circumstances you are always
glad to have some to come, But I suppose you couldn t get away
at such a time, It was a kind of ----- to come from the
funeral and have a soiree So soon after her death and [tu-y?]
a near relation too. By what you say I suppose Bella wont be long
after her, Is Lizzie going back to Edinburgh; I expect Willie will
miss her perhaps it will bring Aunt to common tune, Now as Annie
remarked today that that is a death in each of the families only
ours and I hope it may remain so. I wrote to Bella and told
her of sarah's death after I got the paper so Annie got a letter from
her today so she allowed me to give her the full particulars when
I got them so I have just written her a letter tonight, It was only
at Xmas holidays that she was showing me a letter she got from
Sarah after she was over there
Well I must tell you what kind of weather we have here now the
snow has never got away yet but it is gradually, going today The day
was sleet and rain and wind the trees are weighted down and
many branches are broken off. In some places the street and side
walk (especially were [where?] it is low) is all covered with water,
I went to school but before I got there if I had been at home I wouldn t
have gone as I got my feet wet and I had a cold before so I had
to [throw?] off when I got home all my wet cloths as in this
country we have to be careful and not get wet, I don't know
how I will do when I go back home as I cannot bear to have my
skirts wet nor my feet but I suppose I will have to get used to it

[Page 3]
I see you had enough of fiddlers at the soiree Daniel must
be laid aside now altogether with his young learners. What does
he do and how is he getting along with his wife. What does Willie
George Campbell look like now I remember how I used to hate
him but those are all days that are no more. I suppose none
of them now would ever look near me if I was there I would
likely sit all night and not get a dance. That would be
changed times wouldn't it. That is the way everything changes.
Here everyone admires and says, "oh,! what a nice looking girl
she is if she wasn't so big I would set my cap for her" This
is what Iv'e been told but that is all it amounts too [to?]
when I'm out in the street with Miss Bella Campbell she is
nice looking [with?] a [fair?] [skin?], rosy cheeks and black
somewhat curly hair but she is short They think we are a nice
looking pair of girls But they never put their words to action.
Jim thinks I should be getting married but he can't imagine that
I [can?] get married all alone and then I am very particular [who?]
that lucky one will be.
This is Tuesday I have been reading over what I wrote last
nights [sic], and it seems a kind of silly stuff. I have got
over my temptation to go home, I always get homesick when
I get a letter containing any news such as this one. I may
not think of going now for a long time again, I have a good
time here I don't think it would be as good at home, but

[Page 4]
I would just like to go over for a week anyway, I was not
going to send what I wrote last night but I guess I will you
can imagine under the circumstances the mood I was in so
you need not take it for granted that I'm always the
same it is not so.
I did not go to school today so therefore I am spending
my time writing It froze last night and today Charlie was
up town and he says the people are all walking but in the
middle of the street the sidewalks being all ice so I think
I'm as well at home as perhaps I would fall and break
some of my bones.
Well I suppose you are aware that this is the 1st day of March
another month to Easter, I think Jim is coming down, Annie
also wanted [Belle?] [&?] Uncle to come & let Fred & Cass look after
the things but Belle said so in her letter yesterday that she thought
both of them couldn't come.
I see you are ploughing there I was telling Charlie &
he laughed They will be long before they can plough here [as?] I
suppose the ground is frozen about four or five ft [feet?], Did you
have any snow there at all. I suppose no snow balling either, Well
now in so much snow here I have not any more than once lifted a
snowball but quite a few of the boys snowballs [sic] coming from
school. It is too cold to snowball your hands would be frozen
first thing.

[Written along the side of Page 1]
PS. I wish some of the rest of them would write once in
a while what is John C [John Charles?] doing. If you would even
tell me then remarks about me that might do as well. MS [Mary Smyth?]

Transcribed by Gordon Drummond