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Title: Mary Smyth, Ontario, to E.C. Smyth, Plumbridge.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/26(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.0604044
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count710
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Miss E.C. Smyth
Co Tyrone

JY 27

[Postage Stamp]
Canada Postage
Two Cents
2 2

[Written above address]
[-?] T T Smyth

[Written Below address]
John C Smyth

[Back of Envelope]

JUL 27

JUL 23

NEW [---?]

JJ JJ Smyth
[Co Tyrone?]

[Page 1]

Sth. [South?] Woodslee
July 27th. 03

Dear Sister
Received two letters from
you Saturday night I was a little scared
when I got the two together but I
found that one was written a few
days before the other. Well, I see that
you have got the 12th over. It made me
a little homesick when I read them
I was wishing I had been there especial
[especially?] for the evening. I suppose
dancing as usual. I think nearly everyone
was home for the 12th this year. How does
Willie McKernan look now? Has he quit the
drink. I hope you have as good a twelfth
the year I go back I will be expecting it
anyway. I can't remember what I said about
the case You can quote it in next letter as
I forget. I suppose Willie McKelvey is just
the same. Is Annie at home yet? It was
something new to see the quality out. I
suppose it was

[Page 2]

so near they couldn't resist the
temptation. Jim came down Friday night and
helped Uncle to pitch hay Saturday
and by night his hands were all blistered
I was out Thursday helping to unload
the hay in the barn I drove the horses
You know that the [they?] need horses to
pull up the fork. One time they said there
were 5 cwt. weight of hay on one fork full.
So I did not take many fork fulls for that
load. Jim went back this morning to Essex.
He pays his board there and does nothing.

I must hurry up with this letter as
Aunt and I are for going off about 9 miles
from here. Aunt's cousin Mrs Baily (Miss
Fair) his son's wife is dead and is to be
buried tomorrow at two o'clock so Aunt &
I are going out today and staying all night
and come back after the funeral tomorrow.
I was just saying to [Belle?] that this
would be the first time to be at a house
when the funeral leaves. I will have to
drive so I

[Page 3]
suppose I will be kept busy. One day
Aunt & I went to a funeral in Woodslee and
I drove and had a great time to keep the horse
Back from running in the among the others they
would trot pieces and then stop short so that
they [the?] ones behind would be up too close
and then they would have to back. I have got
to be quite a driver. I can drive anywhere
two horses or one.
I made a bathing suit last week
black cloth trimmed with white braid
it cost me about two shillings. When we
go to the lake you must either have one
or else not go in. So I was bound I
would have one this year. It looks quite
nice too. There is the Sunday School Picnic
to Belle River next Wednesday [8th?] so I
suppose I will christen it then. There is
another Social in Woodslee tomorrow night.
I think we will try and get back from the
funeral in time for it. The other one came
off alright. Jim gave a little speech that

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We have got a new Minister here (unmarried) his
name is [Toll?] Today is Belfast show Maggie
McClelland was telling me that the king is to be
present and she is going to see him. You people
should go and see him at Derry. Little Jeannie
McC. [McClelland?] is with her Grandmother in Scotland
now. Jamey she says is as big as [Peter?]. I have
lost all track of him, now.
[Faded?] [Faded?] [Faded?]
If you send it [today?] either send gold or a
check as I can't get that changed without loosing
a shilling. I have [--?] [--?] it [changed?]
yet. Will you be able to give me any to start to
[Rusmers?] College I don't think I will need [$20?].
I suppose you have got enough to do with all the
money now but I would pay it back when I get to
earning some. I don't like to borrow it here. £10
or a little more I might make do. I would like to
have it before 1st September.
Goodbye for today Aunt is waiting
on me M.S. [Mary Smyth?]

Transcribed by Dympna McGeary