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Title: M. Smyth, Ontario, to J. J. Smyth, Co Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/27A
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
Doc. No.503018
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count785
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Mr. J. J.Smyth
Co Tyrone

My 9

[Back of Envelope]
JY 9

5 0
JY 20

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South Woodslee,
July 9th 02

Dear People:-
Rec. [Received?] your letter
of 26th. yesterday glad to know
that you are all well. I see you
were like all others disappointed
on the 26th.
I was out to Leamington on
July 1st there was to be a great
day there but there was so much rain
here before it that the ground was
too wet for races or any games.
There was a baseball game but we did
not go to

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see it. Glenn & Leslie & I went down
town after dinner and heard the band
play and that was all. Annie & I went
to the concert at night. Some good singers
Glenn & Leslie came out here with me
the next day 2nd. They are enjoying
themselves here. Next day after they came
there was a terrible storm in the night
thunder & lighting and rain but I never
heard anything. On the morning the river
was all over I never saw such a flood in
it before and the land is so level it runs
all over. The road here was about two ft.
water. Down in the flats here Glen and Leslie

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and Willeie made a raft to go over the
water with three planks. I got on to see if
I could guide it but I was to [too?]
heavy and sunk it down & the result was I
fell in and had to wade out to the shore I
had on my rubber boots and I got the water
all inside of them.
Fred, Cass, Belle and Miss Kennedy &
I, all went to Essex last night to a Recital.
They have got in a new Pipe Organ in the
Methodist Church so that's what it was my!
if you would hear that organ. You could hear it
almost a mile away. I will send you the
programme. I saw Jim up there last night.
He has not come down here yet.

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I think he is afraid of Uncle making him
help with the harvest and I suppose he would
rather pay his board in Essex doing nothing
than come down here and work.
I have not heard yet whether I passed or
not but I think I should soon hear now. I think
if I pass I will go to High School for a while
and then I think I will go to Business College.
Jim thinks he will go to B.[Business?] College
after a while. The weather here has been very
wet for a while past but these last few days
are very, very warm. The highest was 92
[degrees?] in the shade so that is 12
[degrees?] hotter than it was here last year.
The sweat just runs of me. I am getting a linen

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made just now . I did not know what kind of
dress to get at first So I was too warm and I
thought I would get a cool one. It was 20 cts
a yd. a yellow colour.
Uncle started to cut his hay on Monday but it
rained that night and so he stopped again. A
good many people has [sic] lost there [their?]
hay those who cut it before the rain has [sic]
it destroyed its so black looking the hay
spoils quicker here than home it is because
of so much heat after the rain. Fred cut some
Monday & put into the barn yesterday so thats
the way they handle it here.
By this time yous [you?] are preparing for
the 12th. I

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suppose. I see they are not coming to the Plum
[Plumbridge?] after all. I suppose they are just
waiting to I go back. Well I’ve got no place to
go this 12th. it will be no 12th. for me. I don’t
think very much about it. I think if I was at home
and no 12th. it would be worse for me. I want to
hear all about it. I suppose there will be a good
band this year as well as last.
I see by Liza’s letter that the women and the
men don't agree very well there. I think it must
be a disease among them. I hope Bella don't get
it. Say,I have got the “hives” and they allmost
[almost?] set me crazy and I dont know what to
do for them they raise in big red lumps about
the size of a penny and they are so itchy, that
I scratch them to I leave them bleeding –
Good Bye for this time
M. [Mary?] Smyth.

Say, I would like a few shillings now in the
holidays Jim will be getting none now. So I would
want a few starting to school again.