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Title: Mary Smyth, Ontario, to Mrs. J. J. Smyth, Co Tyrone,
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/27(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
Doc. No.0508012
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 23:08:2005.
Word Count889
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mrs. J. J. Smyth
Co Tyrone


[Back of Envelope]
AU 17

[Page 1]
Sth. Woodslee,
Aug. 6th. 03

Dear People
I think it must be quite
a while since I last wrote I
forget when. I’ve always been
putting it off from day to day
untill [until?] it goes too long.
I am expecting a letter tonight
as I have not got any since two
weeks tomorrow.
Well we had our annual
Sunday school picnic yesterday
down at the lake. We all went
but Uncle and Aunt, Belle and
Annie and Lesley went in the buggy
and Glenn & Willie & Charlie and

[Page 2]
& [sic] his sister in law (Mrs Allison)
& I went in the democrat with two
horses. We had a very good day
There was a shower of rain
when we were going but we drove
into a shade and did not get
wet but others were wet through
those that could not get in any
place. Annie and I and two
other girls went in to the water
and had lots of fun. As I told
you about making my bathing
dress. Every one was admiring
it yesterday, I don’t think it will
look as good now. I was learning
to swim but couldn’t do it. We
were in about an hour. I feel
a little tired today but not
much. Over time I want to try

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to swim on my back but got down
under the water and the rest of
them had to get me up. It was
only about up to our waist but
I never kept my mouth closed so
I got choked. I was just thinking
of James Joe Duncan as I was
glad to get hold of anyone. I
would have got up alright enough.
We got home here about 10 o’clock
Today Annie and Charlie and the boys
are gone to Leamington to visit their
friends there, Charlie is going back
to work Monday. Sarah went away
I must tell you the crowd that
was here Sunday. Gertie Paddon
& Mr Totten from Windsor Jim, Sarah,
Fred’s Charlie’s & a Miss [Coboe?]

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just twenty in all Jim went to Essex
Monday morning & Belle & I washed
with assistance of the rest in carrying
water & I & Gertie Paddon & Mr [Totten?]
did not leave till eight o’clock Monday
night, We had some fun playing
croquet in the afternoon. Annie & I
and (Gertie and Mr Totten:) Chums.
had a game.
Sarah was up a few days with
Joe in Cleveland he is getting
along well.
Jim had a paper from home
Monday & had to pay 2 cts. on it
Say will you be able to lend
me the money to go to Business

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College, Annie says that I can
go to St. Thomas B. [Business?]
College & stay there. That would’nt
cost so much just now anyway. I could
pay her back in the future.
If you can spare the money
send it as soon as possible as I
have to pay it all on entering.
about £15 would do I [expect?].
How is the baby getting along
I suppose it will be growing
fast. I have never heard its name
yet nor when it is going to be
christened. I suppose they will
hate to go up before all and
have it christened

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I suppose Willie John will have
his holidays now. Why don’t he
write a few lines when he
has nothing else to do?
Uncle has all his hay in
now soon commencing to cut
the oats, I suppose they are
green over there yet. The hot
weather is nearly all over
it is hot enough yet but not
so hot as it was some time
Aunt and Uncle are at a funeral
today. Uncle is one of the pallbearers.
Belle and I are alone [here?] She is
just finishing ironing.
I got down my violin Monday
I was playing a little
Monday night. I have almost

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forgot all I knew it is so long
since I played. I have’nt
played much since I came out
here but I think I will start
& practice up. If I could get
some lessons on it I would take
it but there is no one around
here to give lessons
Well holidays will soon be
at an end about three more
weeks & work begins again.
I was dreaming the night
before last that Bella was dead so
Belle says that is another marriage
I hope not till I get back give
us time to get there anyway
and not have it in a
I had a letter from Maggie

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McFarlane some time ago. and she
was asking about you all And about
JC. [John Charles?] she said she
remembered him a little fatty. She
has two children now living on a farm
11 milk cows, and I forget what else
she told me. She wants me to go & see her
before I go home. She thinks Robert [sold
his hen on a rainy day?] when he let Barness
go, but I suppose he was glad to get
out of there. How many of a family
has John McFarlane [McFarland?] now?
Well I think I had better
close this scribble & get it posted it
is five o’clock now so mail goes at 6’
Please excuse abruptness
Hoping you [are?] all well
Good Bye
M. S. [Mary Smyth?]

Transcribed by Elizabeth Prentice