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Title: Mary Smyth, Ontario, to E C Smyth, Castledamph,
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/16
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.0505019
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 12:05:2005.
Word Count860
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Miss E. C. Smyth,
Co Tyrone,

MY 5

[Back of Envelope]

[Written on Back?]
Arrived May 16 1902
J J S [John James Smyth?]

MY 5


[Page 1]
South Woodslee
P. [Public?] School
April 18th 02

Dear People
I am writing this
just before school opens I
suppose you will be thinking
that I have forgot all about
You people but I just have
not time. April 28th I had
this letter begun long
ago but did not take it
home with me so
May 5th
This is the third
time for me to start
this letter so I hope to

[Page 2]
get it finished today this
is Monday I did not go to
school as it is too muddy
It rained terrible last night
and thunder and lightning
There was lightning when Belle
and I was coming from Church
last night. I don’t get afraid
here at all. I think that its
because You don’t see any other
one afraid. There is thunder
and lightning now this last week
now and again. Yesterday
was a very warm day 80 [degrees?]
in the shade. At Sunday school
Yesterday they had the windows
open and three doors and
After All the sweat was running
down me. This day is just
nice neither hot nor cold
Well it is not very long to
the wedding now Belle was up
in Windsor from Wednesday to
Saturday getting a new [waist?]

[Page 3]
made for the wedding. I am
just going to wear my blue
dress I expect I’ll be warm
with it but it will have to do
Cass was telling us that
there would be about sixty
or seventy if they would all
come. Belle and I got a present
for her for every one that goes
has to have some present We
got a lamp $2½ I’ll pay
a dollar and Belle will pay
the rest of it.
Annie and the boys were
out last Friday and stopped
till Sunday. She is alright
I suppose Tillie McCullough
will content herself at home yet
I don’t know what they will
do for news now when the
factory girls are gone Mrs.
Mac. will surely think it strange

[Page 4]
I rec [received?] your letter Friday
I see you have got the pot. [potatoes?]
in. You would never know where
they put in the potatoes
here. they put in so little
just what does themselves No such
boiling of potatoes as is there
Well Liza I wish you could
get that knive [knife?] again
and keep it or if you could send
it to me. It has went through
a good deal of hands. If I had
put my name on it they would not
have kept it. I wish I had it
now as I have always to borrow
one to sharp [sic] pencils.
It is two years passed since
I went to the Plum [Plumbridge?]
on 2nd May and same since W Gilky
died and it seems such a short
time, On my birthday I did not
go to school [sic] stopped
at home and made myself the
present of a pair of drawers

[Page 5]
I believe there will soon be no
Young people about there There
are few young folks about
here I think I came in
the wrong time,
Jim was down Sat. week
And Aunt and I left him up
on Sunday evg [evening?],
My exam. will be on 25
26 27th June I am not very
sure whether I’ll pass or not
but I hope I do. If I dont
that will put an end to
my education.
Is there going to be any
Celebration on the 12’ July there
this Year. I have not heard
any word about it yet. I don’t
know anything about it here
atall [at all?]. but we are going
up to Windsor the 24 May it is
going to be a great day there
I expect as good as the 12th July
Well I remember the last 12th

[Page 6]
Well I did not think that it
would be the last for a while.
I suppose Bella is done with
the 12th I expect she will have
to stay in now and I suppose
Davy is an old man and he will
not be playing in the band
any more. Thats the fruits
of getting married. I’am going
to have a [l----?] forenoon
I suppose John C is taking some
trip out of his bycicle [bicycle?] I
expect he should be content now. Well
I have given up all hopes of getting
one as the boss told me Sunday
that it would’nt pay to get one for
all the while I would want it
I was on horseback here Sat
going to learn to ride if I can.
We had some fun Sat week riding on
Annie’s horse. he is not very big
I can’t get on very well so Belle
came out and went to show me
how she could get on and ride
so before she went far she fell
off. She thought she could have
done better. Good Bye
M [Mary?] Smyth

[Note on Page 1]
I will write to J C. [John Charles?]
Shortly also no word of them [sic]
photos coming yet
“I Guess” they must
have broken the
man’s glass
Write Soon All well

[Note on Page 5]
Liza I wish I had a collarette like
that one of yours or whatever you call it

Transcribed by Elizabeth Prentice