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Title: M Smyth, Canada to J. J. Smyth, Co Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/33
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, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.0312001
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 03:12:2003.
Word Count1232
TranscriptDear People
I have been going
to write every day but never
did it. So I thought I would
make a start today.
We are all well here Jim
has been down since Saturday
He is helping Uncle a little
He has got all his hay in and
now he is cutting his oat's
they are two days at the oats
and will have cut 10 acres today.
and has five more to cut He has
a man driving the binder and
three horses and he and Jim
set's up after it. I have not
seen the binder work yet but I
am going back today to see it.
The weather here has been pretty
wet this last while. They say
they had not a summer like this
one for a long time with rain
not very much Indian corn this
year as the rain had the fields
covered with water.
Jim and I are thinking of
going to the Niagara falls on
Saturday on excursion rates
[2$?] and back I dont know
whether we shall go yet or not.
Fred and [boss?] are thinking
of going too and others from
the village. I would like to
go but I dont like spending
so much money. We would leave
here about 5'o clock in the
morning and reach there about
2 in the evg [evening] and we
would not get back to about 5
or 7'o clock Sunday morning
The Methodist Sunday School
Picnic is going to be on Wednes
[Wednesday?] 13th, that will be
another day at the lake. Jim
wants me to get a bathing dress
but that would be more cost. I
have been asked to go down and
spend a few days at the lake with
the campers "The Allison's but
I dont know whether I will
or not.
Annie was out last week for
a few days and during that time
one day Glenn fell about 18 ft
in the barn he was up on top
of the hay he and the rest of
the boys were playing and he was
for coming down and missed his
footing someway and fell. His face
swelled up and his knee was hurt.
everyone thinks he got off well
when he was not killed. Annie
got a scare when they heard the
yell she went out and saw him
covered with blood his nose
was bleeding and she thought
he was killed.
Sunday was Sacrament Sunday
down here in the M. [Methodist?]
Church. I wanted to go so I got
Jim to go with me They dont take
it the same as at home. I had
great work to get Jim to go with
me. He has got to be one that
don't care much for going to
church. I don't think he goes
very much in Essex but he wants
me to go do Essex High school so
I'll have him go more then. He
says he will resign the
principalship if I dont go back
to Essex High School. So I have
decided to go there instead of
Leamington. I would rather go
To Leamington but perhaps it is as well
not to as his sister I expect would be
talking. School starts Sept 1st so not
very long to that now. Jim could have
earned $100 during holidays if he had
liked by selling those telescope views
he thinks he will get out now for the
remaining time. I [was?] saying he
should have been at it since school
closed. But he is not very particular
about money. $1 dont seem very much
to him I suppose you have all the hay
up now and I expect will soon be
at the corn not so many hands as were
there last year. How is Bella getting
along [&c?] Jim was telling me that he
was thinking of going to South Africa
he would get $3 a day I think he said.
I think he owes me a letter now. I
wrote to T hay a few days ago to flatter
him that I may get a few of those
ostrich feathers Well I see the 12th
passed over quietly there Wed by the
paper it was not so in every place.
Jim has just come in from the
Post Office with a lot of Mail four
letters for himself and a bundle of
papers from home. I am just after
reading the Rambler he has still a
funny piece in whoever he is Jim got
a letter from Maggie MacFarlane she
would like us to call on her sometime
she says she would be very glad to
see us. He also rec. [received?] one
from John James Hayes and also his
photo [& the Mrs?]. He invited us
down to spend part of our holidays
as he says he would like to have a
talk about home. But I m afraid we
can't go. just now. Jim also got
one from Essex an invitation to a
party tomorrow evg [evening?].
a party for a young couple who has
just got married lately and is
returning from their honey moon.
So he is for going up to Essex
tonight. He has gone out to
shovel up some oats now. I see
Tilda has her annual [fits?]
yet. I dont know whether she
owes me a letter or that I owe
her one. but I must look and
Is there much work to do
inside the house now how many
pigs? and how many cows are
milking? I believe I would do
more work now if I was there
than what I did do before. If
they had just only things the
same as they have them here.
How is [G?]. Russell. I
suppose as much fun as ever.
Our folks should
get a reaper or they should
wait and get a binder and
save less work I must hurry
up as it is near dinner time.
I dont remember anymore to
tell you but its likely I
will when I have it closed
and I expect to get a letter
tonight when this one is
gone. I have not got one
since the one about the 12th.
I had a letter from Bella
Campbell from Donemana and
she was telling me the [time?]
she had & that she was going
for two weeks to the shore to
where Mrs Parcbell was. She
said she saw [J C?]. at the Donemana
Church the Sunday before that was the
Sunday before the 12th I suppose he
visits all round now.

Good Bye M Smyth

(Written down the left handside of the last page)
I thought Liza s last letter was interesting because
She told me all I like to hear about every thing.

(Top of first page)
P.S. I believe [McC?] folks have a nice place
where [they?] are now Maggie is still at home.
They are 12 miles from Belfast and 3 miles from
Larne and 1 mile from the railway Station. P.
was home for 10 days and he says it is not so
hard to get to a [Cranagh?] I had a terrible
dream here one night I thought I saw men
coming all round to shoot us and I thought
that we just had to stand there and do
nothing. the same night Jim dreamed that
father is dead.
It is not very often I dream such dreams
and [I?] [be?] afraid for a long time after.

Transcribed by Greg Floyd