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Title: M Smyth, Essex, to E C Smyth, Castledamph, Co Tyrone,
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/11(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
Doc. No.0507003
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 15:07:2005.
Word Count876
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Miss E. C. Smyth
Co Tyrone

[Postage Stamp]
Canada Postage
Two Cents
2 2

MR 27

[Stamped in Circle]

[Back of Envelope]
[Written on Back]
Arived [Arrived?]
April 13th 1903

MR 27

5 0

MAR 27

[Page 1]

Essex March 26, 03

Dear Sister
Rec. [Received?] your welcome letter and its
contained [sic] yesterday. I was very glad to get so
little as I had just run out all but 10 cts. [cents?]
I got it changed today I got $2.43 cts for it
Well I was up to Windsor on Friday last and
I got a new skirt as I have no good one now
I have to wear my other one to school it is all [sic]
the black one I have got. I have the blue skirt but
I can’t wear it with my red [waist?]. I am getting
it made with a train on it. I may send you
the appearance of it if I get it in a book. I also
got a few [waists?] for summer at 6D a yard and
also a pair of shoes.
I am enclosing my photo & also Mabel’s we got
these taken the week that the school was closed on
account of the small–pox scare. Well it is pretty
near all over or the talk is settled anyway but they
say there are five cases in town All in the school
are compelled to get vaccinated must all show

[Page 2]
their certificates. I have got mine. You can’t
go near anyone but they’ll tell you to watch
their sore arm. Well now I left what I intended
to say about the photos I want you to tell
me all the criticisms. I had on the coat I got
before I left home and the hat I got the first
winter I was here so that all things are not
very uptodate [up to date?]. I had on the red
[waist?] that I sent you the pattern off. Be sure
and tell me if you think I’m changed anything. I
suppose I will have to send Bella one What about
sending one to Beck [Rebecca?]. It is not etiquette
to send an [a?] strangers [sic] photo with your
own but perhaps she wouldn’t mind.
How is all the folks. Has John gone back
to work yet. I am waiting for a letter from Bella
Some of these days I think she owes me one. You
said in one of your letters that you stopped down
with Bella that Davie was at Wm [William?] Houston
[Huston?] wake but you never told me that he died or
when but I took it for granted that he must be dead

[Page 3]
When they had the wake.
Well as you know by this time I have
changed boarding places. I like this much
better here more fun. There are [sic] one other
girl rooming here the same as I and three others!
that just take their meals here one of them
is the High School teacher Miss Grant another
is Miss Arnold her Picture is in some of those
Lyceum pictures I think she teaches in Public
School and the other is a Miss Reynolds
[head?] milliner in one of the largest store
There was a boy boarding here but he left
on Monday a young fellow by the name of Park
he was very comical he had always something
to say but he is gone so you see we are all
hens here now except Mr Hall the Man of the House
He is in the Post Office Miss Hall is going to get
married on [sic] one of Fred Bennett’s brothers on
the 8th of May and of course I shall be present at
the ceremony. The Bennetts will soon all be married
just one left. This boy has a foundry and owns it

[Page 4]
They are not going away very far just live next door
She can run out & in here when she wants too. I’m
sorry she is getting married as it will not be so
lively here. I want to have my new skirt made for
it. There will be about forty present I think. I dont
think Jim will get an invitation as they are not
inviting any outsiders. Jim boarded here before when
he was going to school. He is boarding now at the
hotel and I tell you I would rather he would go
some other place, On Sunday last there were a lot
of boys of the town around there as drunk as they
could be and I don’t know whether Jim tak [took?]
any or not but Monday morning he never woke
up till a quarter past nine and was late for
school & when some of them asked him why he didn’t
wake up he said he was drunk the night before. I
dont know whether he takes it or not but I think
he would be as well from the hotel Don’t mention
anything when you write to him of what I said.
I know he is not against the whiskey like he
was when at home.
Good Bye [Goodbye?] Write Soon
M. [Mary] Smyth

[Written upside down Top of Page 3]

I’m sorry to hear of Russell. Its too bad.
Jim said at the time that Bella was married that
it would have been better for her to married [sic]
Russell that she would had an easier time but I’m
afraid she is better off where she is. I would
like to see him now.

Transcribed by Elizabeth Prentice