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Title: M [Mary?] Smyth, Ontario to E [Eliza?] C Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/31(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, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.0410050
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count957
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Miss E C Smyth,
Co Tyrone,

SP 7

[Back of envelope]


5 0
SE 18

[Page 1]
St Thomas Sept 7th 03

Dear People:-
As this is a holiday
I thought I would write a few
lines. This is what they call Labour
Day here a general holiday so we
have not very much to do. I intended
to go around today and see some of
the city but I am hindred [hindered?] by the
rain. This is a very nice place not
so level as around Woodslee or Essex
it is hilly in some places. I think
I will like being here better than in Essex
and I will fell [feel?] more at home than
boarding. I am still going to school
in accordance with Jim's wishes, but
I would rather have gone to Business
College. I wouldn’t mind going to school
if I was 15 or 16 but there is none
as large as [me?] going but there are

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some that are as old.
I am going to pay my board
here if they will let me as I don't
want to stay here and not as Charlie's
sister is paying her board going to
Essex High School. Jim said if I
would go on to school he would pay
my way so I hope he keeps his
The school here is a Collegiate
Institue [institute?] supposed to be higher than
the High School. There are eight teachers
and getting a new one next week
makes nine. and just one lady
teacher all the rest are men. It is
a very large building and has nice
surroundings the lawn out in front is
nicely kept and also flower beds.
Well I suppose you are wishing
you had kept that £5. I needed some

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of it as Jim had'nt any so I had
to spend part of it. I was quite
a while before I could get it cashed
as the order I got was payable
at Essex and the advice came
to Sth. [South?] Woodslee. so that the Post Mistress
of Sth. [South?] Woodslee had to write to the
General Postmaster before she could
give me the money.
This is quite a large place about
11,000 of a population. They have street
cars here also. I was going around the
Bell line today on it but as it has
rained I don't know whether I shall go
or not. The Bell line goes around the
city so that you can sees [see?] it all for
5 cts [cents?]. Another girl & I had arranged to
go a Miss Bella Campbell a famaliar [familiar?]
name They live opposite Annie's.
Annie has'nt got as nice a house here

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as they had in Leamington. but they
are only renting this to [till?] they see a
better one. They have not sold their
house in Leamington yet. This house
is nice enough but not like the other
one They have a bath room [bathroom?] hot &
cold water. and everything handy I
wish we had as good a one at home.
Charlie is out today he was called
out last night he is pretty busy now
He was called out Wednesday morning
about 8 o'clock and returned next
day at noon and he had made $11
in that time = £2 =$4. He makes the
money pretty quick. They are paid
according to how long they are on the road.
Some days he is home all day and night.
I am thinking of taking lessons
on the violin here. There are some good
teaches [teachers?] in this place. I got my

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taken Saturday in my muslin
dress. He will have the proofs
by tomorrow. It is the first pictures
I have taken alone and the first
good ones since I came out here [Those?]
others were only 3 for 25 cts. These
are more expensive I wanted to (sic)
half a dozen the full length but he
told me I could’nt [couldn’t?] very well as I
had no train on my dress. so I
got one sitting three-quarte [three-quarter?] length
I may not like it at all but I'll
see what I look like. I wanted
to get the full length so as you
would see the size of me. I may
get it later on.
I suppose you know by this time
about the Shamrock getting beaten
in the race. I saw some good bits
on the race in a paper here.
It said. "The false is not in it with
the true. That is why the

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Shamrock could not beat the Real
Liance [Alliance?]". I thought it was
a pretty good one.
We were washing this morning
but owing to it being wet we could'nt
[couldn’t?] put them out as they would get
so black with the smoke. Annie
does my washing so as I was at
home today I helped a little.
Glenn & Leslie are out playing
in the yard.
How is all the folk around
there. I am waiting patiently
for a letter from home. Jim was
telling me that Old Joe was
dead. Well it is quite a while
since I thought he was going to
die and wondering what I would
wear to the wake. I suppose Tilda
won't be very sorry as she must

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have had a lot to do. in
attending him.
How is baby Madge. I sent
her some things. Hope she will
get them alright.
I suppose you will be expecting
a letter from me long ago. Well
I was for writing before this but
with one thing and another I did
not get at it.
Well I think I have said
all that I (sic) think of at present
Hope I will get a letter today


M. [Mary?] Smyth
Box 1103
St. Thomas

P.S. Don't forget the [boy?]
as it is one of the essentials

Transcribed by Alan Houston