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Title: Mary Smyth, Ontario, to E. C. Smyth, Castledamph.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/33(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.0507002
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 15:07:2005.
Word Count813
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Miss E. C. Smyth,
Co. Tyrone,

OC 24

[Back of Envelope]
[Written on Back]

Miss Mary Smyth
South Woodslee
Essex Co

J C [John Charles?] Smyth
J C Smyth

[Stamped on Envelope]
5 0

[Page 1]
St. Thomas, Oct. 23rd, 03

Dear Sister
I have been waiting for
a letter before writing so I just
got it today. I see by your letter
that you are still busy at work.
Well I am surprised to hear of you
being out tying the corn I think you
are foolish where there are five men
I suppose if there were ten of them
it would be the same thing. Now
I think you two has [sic] got enough
inside work to do alone [sic] going
Well now as regards Tilda [Matilda?] I
suppose she may be contrary but I used
to wonder at Jim scolding about this
falling out one day and great [friendly
with?] the next. You don’t seem to notice
till you are away and hear about it, Not
long ago it was an outfall [falling-out?]
with Joe

[Page 2]
Gilkinson’s folk’s now that is
all over and then it is Tilda
[Matilda?] I think the people
over there get too great
[friendly?] and then the [they?]
get as far out. I think as Jim says
that we are gradually going down
over there when we are associating
with Joe Gilkinson’s Nobles
McKelvey’s & such like as Jim
says he remembers the time when we
looked down on those people all
but it seems now that there is
none others around there to
associate with, however, if there
were fewer of those outfalls
[fallouts?] and less said at such
times it would be better for all
parties concerned. I suppose she
will get over that in a few days
if you would never notice
her, I wrote to her a few days

[Page 3]
ago and told her that I sent
the photo.
Well I see that McKernan’s folks
are having their own bother. I feel
sorry for Bob. Is there many of the
other boys still comes around?
How is Jamey Mc & Bob? Does
Andy J. or Andy Mc come around
atall [at all?], I would like to
see them all. Tell them that I was
inquiring as to their whereabouts
and that I still remember them
as dear old friends, Next time
You see them. I had a letter from
Bella also today. I see she has got
the photo alright. I will write [sic]
her in a few weeks.
I have been unable to go to
school these last three days with
an ulcerated tooth my face

[Page 4]
was all swollen so therefore I
couldn’t go but I will be alright
by Monday. This is Friday night
the boys are gone to bed. So Annie
and I are all alone, Jim was
down here from Wednesday till
Sunday of last week. I took
him around quite a bit of the
Winter seems to be approaching
nearer and nearer, To day [Today?]
is quite cool & comfortable with
our winter coats. I got a new suit
brown I may send you a piece of the
cloth also they [the?] pattern
of the Style it is made. Jim
thought it was very nice some-
thing [something?] unusual for his
remarks as he generally looks for
faults in everything I have or do.

[Page 5]
I think I told you that I was
taking violin lessons. My teacher
said if I kept on taking [sic] for
a few years that I would become
a splendid player. She said
it was too bad that I did not
take [sic] when I was younger.
These three days that I have
been home from school I have
practiced the most part of the
time, I like it better than
the piano. Does John play much?
It is a wonder but Willie John
hasn’t tried it before this.
Is J.C, [John Charles?] going
to stay home all the time now
or what does he intend to do?
I am invited to an “At Home”
a party You might call it, at a
Mrs Campbell’s on Wednesday 28th.
It is in honour of a Miss Cameron
a great musician, leader of the
choir previous to her leaving here

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exchanging for a husband
Some distance from here, Each
one invited is supposed to give
her a handerchief [handkerchief?].
It is called a “Handkerchief Shower”
She is about as big everyway as
I am Jim met her while down
he [here?] and was quite fascinated
by her She is a splendid singer
also piano player. Too bad that
she is for leaving us but I
suppose she is getting something
better at least in her estimation.
I am still getting along
pretty well at school when I’m
there, I don’t know what I’m going
to make out of myself yet I
appreciate all advices as to
what course to pursue for
the good of myself and all
concerned as to my welfare
I must close now as Annie wants
me to go to bed
GoodBye [Goodbye?]
M. [Mary?] Smyth
I will write sooner
[next?] time.

Transcribed by Elizabeth Prentice