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Title: Mary Smyth, Ontario, to Eliza C. Smyth, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/32(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.0410270
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 29:10:2004.
Word Count681
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Miss E. C. Smyth
Co Tyrone



[Back of Envelope]


[faded] 8

[Written in Pencil]
Loyal Orange Lodge
(-----) Day
Miss E C Smyth

[Page 1]
St. Thomas, Box [1103?]
May 25th 1904

Dear People All

I have been waiting this
last few days for a letter but Seeing [that?]
I've got [sic] nor don t know when I thought I
would write anyway. I wrote to Bella a
few days ago so that you will know I am
Still well
This is hot weather we are having now
today it is as hot as I want it so I took to
writing letters Just finished one to Jim it was
too hot for practicing My hands perspire so that
it breaks all the strings. Everything is looking nice
now the trees are all out and the grass is green
Well yesterday was the 24th a Public holiday
We were all to Port Stanley, a summer resort about

[Page 2]
Seven miles from here. We left here at 11 o clock
in the morning and returned at 7 o clock at
night. I never saw such a crowd [on?] the train
before they were sitting outside on the [steps?] and
we stood going down and coming back. There
is a Mrs Marker visiting Annie, a distant relative of
Charlie s so she has a sister living down there
where we had dinner & supper. There is lots of
hills around there. Annie and Mrs Marker did
Some puffing going up the hills today
we are all crawling around. Charlie he
worked all day, or part of it anyway. There
are [sic] lots of People has cottages down here
& lives here during the hot months. It is
nice to be able to do that. Is Father & Mother
going to the Seaside this Year? When I get home
if that won t be too late they could go then, I
could help a little with the work. I was
looking over some letters, of last years, when
I was cleaning out my box Monday So I [Sic]

[Page 3]
Some that I got after the 12th of July and
I was wishing I could have been there. Now Ill
[I'll?] miss it this year again they [the?] people
out [here?] though laughed when I wanted to get home
for the 12th but I suppose we were brought up to it
that s why we think So much of it. It is not merely
that that [Sic] I wanted to go home for [Sic] but all
will be home on their holidays then and I
would like to See Some of them. It s too
bad it couldn t be postponed for a month
or So. Well when I go back I hope [they?]
will be so kind as to play a tune for
my sake. Tilda has promised [to?] give
me a wee party when I return so that you
will have to make up friends then
I had [Sic] letter from Maggie McClelland
a few days ago she is taking care of [rachel?] her
father s [C.?] master s wife now

[Page 4]
She Says she is not in very good health now
but she was telling me about her boys
she has a corporal in the Royal Irish fusiliers
who takes her to balls etc. She wants to be
remembered to Tommy whatever [the?] reason for
making the Choice. She says she often thinks of the
Plum [Plumbridge?] I wonder why she dont go down some
time it wouldn t cost so much, but it is against the
rules of the churches in Ireland to go visiting
I think
Willie John has never written to me yet I
wish he would hurry up. My correspondents
have all been neglecting me lately and I don t
[know?] why I always like to get a letter no
matter from who or where in particular
Hope You are all well after having to work
so hard. I think You, Liza, have got enough work
to do inside without going out there is four men of
them if they can t do it let it go.
I suppose there are no more signs of [marriages?] around
there hope not any way till I [get?] home

Write Soon Good Bye M [Mary?] Smyth

Transcribed by Elizabeth Prentice