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Title: Mary Smyth, Ontario to J J Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/17(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.0505043
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 25:05:2005.
Word Count863
Transcript[Front of envelope]

J J Smyth
Co Tyrone

JU 5

Canadian Postage
Two Cents

[Back of envelope]

JU 19

[Page 1]

June 5th,[02?]

Dear People
Well I think I have [sic]
neglecting to write this last while I
can't think when I wrote last. I was
expecting to get a letter this last
week running every night to the
office but all for nothing. So I
suppose when I get this posted
I'll get one. I had a letter from
Bella last week, I am anxious to know
how she is getting along.
We have lovely weather here now pretty
warm but not very I was down to
Woodslee on the 25th I forget whether
I wrote since that or not. Fred
Bennett's brother died Sunday morning
last was buried on Tuesday he has been
ailing quite a while he leaves
behind him a wife and three children
Well school will soon be at an end
our holidays begins on the 24th. We
are taking up manual training now
carving clay modelling drawing scrolls
& etc. It is very nice I will be able
to carve when I go home

[Page 2]
Our teacher is a Mr Bengough he is
just here for the two months May & June,
He boards next door where Jim does.
I got those examination papers of
Lizzie's I dont think they are very hard
of course I would have to study a little
before [Sougins?] as some of the questions
they never take it up here. I wonder if
Lizzie got through. I suppose if she does
she will be going to Dublin I have not
quite decided what I'm going to do yet
but I don't think I will come back here
again anyway. I am getting to like Essex
better every day I kind of hate to leave
now it is so much nicer in the summer,
and I know so many people around here.
How is W. [Willie?] John getting along at
school Does he attend regular?
Is John Chs [Charles?] going to stay at
home now or what does he intend doing. I
suppose there is enough work for him at
home if he would stay.
I had a letter from Miss Ashfield last

[Page 3]
[sic] and had to pay 4 cts. [cents?] on
it for being overweight She used some kind
of cardboard instead of notepaper whatever
she meant. I tell you I would just as rather
not got it as have to pay [out?] 4 cts [cents?].
especially at that time. She dont seem to
care very much for Henry I guess its because
[Lemon?] was sent away & he sent in his place.
She said [Lemon?] has been to the Plum
[Plumbridge?] once since he left I suppose to
see her I thought he would never think of her
after he got away.
She says the Campbells are putting on lots of
style I wonder have they the means or where do
they get it. How is Andy & Bob agreeing I
suppose he will need to be pleasant for fear
of Bob running away next. Does Mrs Nelson
attend to the shop herself now. Has she as
much trade as ever. I would think Louisa is
too proud to gain much custom. And Lillie
Moore has left the church [&?] gone to the
[Dippers?] Well I would like to see her
now she must

[Page 4]
[sic] changed quite a lot.
I wrote to Maggie McFarland last week whe
wrote to Jim sometime ago and told him to
tell me to write to her. So I did at last.
I may go down that way going home so I will
keep up the correspondence.
Is Father and Mother going to the seashore
this year I think they should hire a girl
for a few weeks and let them go, I also wish
that they would get their photo's taken as
I haven't got one, I'm often asked
for them. I want to get a good one taken
this summer the cabinet size if I have the
money to spare. Can I have a little money to
keep me going through holidays as Jim wont
be making any so I can [can't?] expect any
from him.
How are they getting along with the new
farm I suppose they have got the crops all
in by now. Except the turnips. What about
the turf? Do you get them over in [Coherney?]
yet. I suppose Liza don't [sic] have to go now.
No fun over there like what we used to have on
Uncle James [sic] hill. Oh, I can't think of
any more so Good Bye [Goodbye?]

M [Mary?] Smyth

[Written across top of page 2]

Last Saturday there was a house went by
here drawn by 20 horses. They put like
wheels under them and takes them along.
I was alone here in the house & I heard
the great noise of the men calling to
the horses & I did not know what it meant
so when I went out I saw the house they
moved it about 4 mls [miles?], and set it
up about [200?] [ser?] from here That's
something you never saw.

[Written across top of last page]

write soon & tell me all the news also
let me know what Annie Mary calls her baby
Uncle's folk want to know.
Good bye
MS [Mary Smyth?]

Transcribed by Greg Floyd