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Title: M. Smyth, Ontario to J. J. Smyth, Co. Tyrone.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/20(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.0310020
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 17:10:2003.
Word Count786
TranscriptEnvelope addressed to: -
Mr. J. J. Smyth,
Co. Tyrone,

Postmarked on Front: -

Postmarked on Back: -

Essex, June 23, 1903

Dear people
As this is our last day at school
we have not very much to do so I thought
I would begin a letter to pass the time.
Well as I told you before that I was going
to a circus on Saturday so we did go and it
rained pretty near all day. Oh if you would
see the animals all kinds. I had one of the bills
to send you with a picture of them all
but I [it?] has got mislaid some where and [it?] can't
be [found?]. It was something great to see the
elephants performing and [also?] the horses. I
was not sorry [that?] [I?] [went?] though it was wet
It is said to be the best circus in the world
"Ringlin Bros." Woodslee June 25th Just
arrived here last night through the [mud?]. All
well here with the exception of Aunt who is
not feeling very well today. I am expecting a
letter every day was down to the post this
morning but still disappointed. I'm getting tired
waiting for the news. They say, "no news is good news
so I will have to be content with that. If I get the
letter before Jim I'm going to call him up to
the telephone and address him as "Hello Uncle
Jim. I guess he will do a little scolding for
a while but as Andy Mc used to say "things
must be someway.
This is a very nice day only the roads are
somewhat muddy yet on account of so much
rain but they will not be very long drying if
it continues like to-day.
I suppose Mr & Miss James will soon be
going on their holidays. I would like to go
home and spend mine if I could only come
back again. I don't know where I will spend
them yet. I hope I don't have to spend them all
in Woodslee anyway it is too lonely. I want to
go to St. Thomas that is if Annie is not coming
up here. I think I will go to Business College
after holidays if I can get enough money. Can
you supply me with some. I know Jim wont
wont (sic) have anymore than enough for himself
by the time holidays are over.
Cass is getting her baby christened tonight.
One of Fred's brothers are also having one so
they are getting it done at his house. They
are not going to have very many on account of it
being so soon after their brother's death. I
don't think any of the folks here are going.
I am making an underskirt today. I
have not got very much to do during holidays
I wish I was down where Tillie Mac is I would
go in for a little Domestic Science I think.
I suppose you are all looking forward
to the 12th as usual. I remember how we
used to count the days to it. There is no attraction
for me now that day. It passes over like the
12th June or of any other month only perhaps
I do a little [more?] thinking that day. I don t
expect I'll ever hear the sound of the drum when
I go to St. Thomas. I suppose this letter will
just about get there in time for it so that
you can tell them that I would be there
only for the ocean between. I would like to
be there to see them leaving as I always
liked the morning better than the evening. I can
imagine them leaving going down the road. I
suppose they are practising every Friday night
now. I remember how we used to hurry & get
the milking done and the calves fed and
also the ducks in before the [they?] would come
back that is when they went for a walk. Is J. McK
leader yet? Play [no. 81 [cl?]?]. Be sure and
give me full particulars of it all. Who
is going to beat the big drum as I think
the big drumers [drummers?] are all gone? I was
to an ice cream Social Tuesday night the Brass band
was there I always think I'm at home when
I hear a band. It always makes me feel
good. Well I hope you all have a good time
anyway and If I'm not there I will be thinking
of what they are doing. I suppose you will be at
the Plum [Plumbridge?] before we get up on the
morning, Well Good Bye.

M. Smyth [Mary Smyth?]

PS Why don t J. C. write or U. [Uncle?] John as for the
others I suppose they would hardly know
How to hold the pen.

Transcribed by Jim Buchanan

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