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Title: M Smyth, Ontario to Mrs J.J,Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/9(2)
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.0410005
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 26:10:2004.
Word Count769
TranscriptFront of envelope

Mrs J.J. Smyth.
Co. Tyrone,

[-- --?]

Back of envelope

10 0
MR 27

South Woodslee
March 14 1903

Dear People All,
A few more lines
today when I have nothing
to do. As I told you in my
last letter that I had got
vaccinated on account of the
scare of small pox.
I have not been to school
this last week as my arm
was very sore especially yesterday
& I had a headache and it
seemed to make me sick
I went up to Essex
yesterday, bad as I was, I had
to go and pack my box as
they [the?] people where we stayed are
moving away so I had to go
up & see about another place &
get my clothes all packed. Today
I don't feel so bad my head is
better but my arm is sore
yet & all swollen. It is almost
as bad as the smallpox.
Well as regards the smallpox
there are two more cases has (sic) broke
out in Essex [so?] it is getting
dangerous but the doctors say
that there is no cause for alarm
I am going to school Monday
again if I am better I am
going to send you the Essex
Free Press as it gives an a/c [account?]
of our exams I got 90% out
of 100 on [in?] Book-keeping and
in the 2nd Form French I got
41% but I was not there for
the French everyday so
that is why I came down so
low still there were many
others whose names are omitted
from the paper where [were?] below me
I may send you the question [questions?]
of both exams to let you see
what you think of them.
How is [are?] all the people around
there I suppose they are very
busy ploughing and sewing [&?] etc.
The people here have not done
any work yet as everything
is wet and the roads are awful
if you would see how the horses
get through everyone is
afraid of sticking in them
Well I have been waiting for
a letter these last few days but
I have'nt got any yet. I am
anxious to know if our
friends have set sail yet as I
had a great dream the other
night concerning one of those
who are likely to do such.
The former paragraph can
only be translated by Liza
so the rest need not read
How is Bella & the husband
& family progressing. I
suppose under the circumstances
they frequent the [interior?] of
the house a little more than
usual. I hope Wm [William?] Houston
gets better but I suppose
three score & ten years he
has almost summed up.
Is Alex McClelland in the
same place yet? no word of him
getting married.
I did'nt hear of very many
parties there this winter or as we
used to say "sprees". I don't
think there was ever as many
as was the year that there
was one in McClelland's, Campbells,
Gilkies, & our house. that was
about winter was before or
afore (sic) It would be hard to
gather up the same ones again.
I think I will stop now
& finish this letter tomorrow,
Sunday 6 o'clock
Now I must hurry &
get this finished before
church time. As I want to
post it on my way then
I forgot to tell you I
think that Mrs Myers
the Methodist Minister's
wife here is dead died
this day three weeks
leaving 5 children the oldest
14 & the youngest two
years old & also Mr Myers
I was to church this
morning Uncle & I that
was the first time I
heard him preach since
He is very sorry as this
is his second wife. His
first wife left two but
the [they?] are grown up boys
now & at college.
Cass & Fred & the
[5?] children were down
today. This is the
first time for Cass to
be down this two
months. The baby is
growing. [Anny?] came
home from Leamington
on Friday night she
is not very well with a cold
Bell [Belle?] says to tell
Liza that she is going
to send her more paper.
with good reading & if
you like them she will
send some more of them
I was invited out
to dinner today in
Woodslee but I did
not go to a Mr [Puluba?]
a hardware & furniture
storekeepers (sic). I would
have liked to go only
I wanted to be home
for other reasons.
I hope all are well
& write soon to give
an account of all
that happens, large or

Good Bye
M. Smyth

I have not time to write any more

Transcribed by Alan Houston