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Title: Mary Smyth, Ontario, to E. C. Smyth, County Tyrone.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/18
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.0310028
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 17:10:2003.
Word Count743
TranscriptEnvelope addressed to: -
Miss E. C. Smyth
Co. Tyrone,

Postmarked on Front: -
- T10 2d

Envelope also front-stamped

Postmarked on Back: -

Essex June 17th, 03

Dear sister:-
Rec. [Received] your letter on Monday
but still no further news. I suppose you
know it all by now. I intended to [write?]
Sunday but I went down to Uncles' on Friday
Night and so I had no paper only to
borrow so I came back Monday. Well
my School work is all over nearly
I have got all our exams over and
made 72% for the year (honours) so
that is not so bad. I don't need to
go any longer but I thought I would
go till Tuesday, that is our last day.
Well I suppose the twelfth is drawing
nigh I would like to be there for it this year
on account of them coming to the Plum. I suppose
you will go down. I suppose it will be 10 or 11
years before they are back again. I had a great
dream about A. J. one night.
John Duncan has met Jamey John
Campbell. I think he is near Winnipeg
not very far from where [John?] [Alex?] is
He was going to spend the 25th May with
Jamey. Jamey is working on a farm &
John says get (sic) [say?] $3 a day. So
he is doing alright I suppose Bob will
be [starting?] some day soon when he
know (sic) how well Jamey is doing,
I am going [up?] to [the?] city Saturday
to a circus Jim & I are going I
will send you a piece that I saw last
night in the paper about it. I [expect?]
[I'll?] see wonders. I'll give you all
particulars after. This is noon so
I have to go to school now it is getting
near time lovely day but we had a great
thunderstorm last night. I was a little bit
frightened. Good Bye for the present
Wednesday night try to finish this now
I suppose by this time you are all sleeping
over there
Well I think Campbells and McKernans are
great one month and out the next. I suppose
Alex & Kate will get the knot tied at last
I think you should go to the wedding. No
signs of Andy starting yet. I suppose as
long as Belle is able to do the work he'll
remain single.
I'm sure Charles' folks must be ashamed of
Tillie [when?] she is working in a Kitchen. I expect
that is why she has not written to us She don t
want to let us know what she is doing, but I
suppose she had to do something and I don't know
what else she could go at unless the sales lady
perhaps she would not take very well here. Well
I don't expect to have to go into the kitchen but
I would like it for a while just to learn how things
are done and all that.
How is Houston s folks getting along still
keeps Barney I suppose he had his usual
ramble to Scotland at the 12th, What about
John Duncan does he keep a girl? no signs of
[him?] getting married to "our Kate".

I suppose Mary Jennie is still alone
also Sarah I almost forget about these
all. I suppose Mosey and Jamey and Jane
are getting big boys & girls. I think you
asked me one time the name of Cass baby Well
it is called Charles Alford Bennett (Charlie)
I saw them all Sunday getting pretty
big. Annie is a nice little thing it is so
lively, full of mischief.
I see by Jim's letter that John and the
master are having some rides together. Well
I've never rode a wheel yet but I say I'm
going to learn in holidays. They are almost gone
out of fashion [here?] not very many rides them
here a few rides to school but none for pleasure.
What is John Charlie going to do now? I
suppose he still plays on the violin. Where Jim
boards next door they have some goods times. Jim
plays the violin Mr [Bengough?] (boarder also) plays the
mouth organ & Mr Green the coronet & Mrs Green the piano
quite an orchestra I was over one night so I had to play
a few times. Good Bye M. [Mary?] Smyth.

P.S. I don t think I will write to Bella till
I know that she is mama, (mamay)
as we used to say. I hope she gives her
The write [right?] pronunciation -
"Ma" & "Pa." no Daddy.

Transcribed by Jim Buchanan

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