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Title: Mary Smyth, Ontario, to E. C. Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/34
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.0508015
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 23:08:2005.
Word Count1622
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Miss E. C. Smyth,
Co. Tyrone,


[Back of Envelope]
AU 29th

[Written on Back]
Arrived Friday
August 29th 1902

[Page 1]
South Woodslee
August 11th 1902

Dear People one & all:-
I want to write to you
today to let you know how we have spent these
last few days. Well. As I told you in my last
letter that we intended going to Niagara Falls on
Saturday. We did go and had a very fine time. Jim
& I & Cass & Fred & a good many others from around
here went. We left here at a quarter to seven that
is the station. Jim came from Essex I got up at
5.30 & got lunch up & all ready & Glenn left me down
halfway to the station. I had to wait a long time at
the station & Cass & Fred only got there just in time.
We had a very good time on the train the quartette from
Essex were [sic] there or part of them and they sang
[nearly?] all the way but one of them got drunk in the
end. I did not think that Jim would be in company with
people that were drinking atall [at all?] by the way he
acted at home but I saw Saturday that he was there a
good part of the time We got there at a quarter to one
so you may think we had a good ride. It is 210 miles
from here After we got there & had seen the falls we
took a 30 mile

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ride on the electric car to see important places. The
falls are something worth seeing and we had a ride on
the “Maid of the Mist” a boat that goes in to the side
of the Falls. And we had to put on rubber suits going on
for there is such a mist like, where the water falls that
it is just like raining all the time. We were all covered
with the rubber suits only our eyes & mouth. We saw a
lot of things too numerous to describe. We left there again,
before eight o’clock and got here by four in the morning
Sunndeey [Sunday?] eight hours on the way. If you would just
see the train about 12 o’clock with people sleeping. I was the
only one that did not sleep in our gang. I enjoyed watching
the rest sleeping with their mouths open and in every
position. We went from the one end of the train to the other
that’s something you can’t do there. You can see every one
that is on the train. Jim he went on up to Essex so Cass
& Fred and I came up and they went on home & I came in alone
and I went to the back door first thought that it would
be open but I had to go back to the front door again, I
slept till 12.30 Sunday & then got up and got dinner my head
was dizzy untill [until?] supper. Cass and Fred came down on
the Evg [evening?]. & All of us went to church only Uncle &
Aunt they kept the youngsters’.
Belle has just finished washing today I gave her

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a little assistance I had on my linen dress
Saturday and got it all grease round the bottom
going in the train so I had to wash it today and
I tell you I had a job ironing it as there is a
deep flounce around the bottom
The Sunday School picnic is going to be on
Wednesday 13th I am just after writing to Jim &
telling him about it as I forgot before. Annie
is coming out tomorrow for it. Belle & I are going
also & the boys. It is a place for bathing but I
wont go in as I have not got a bathing dress
Uncle has got his oats all cut. They cut the
last five acres in a day or less for they did not
commence till [10?] o’clock. They stook it up like
there and then takes [sic] it into the barn he
expects to put it in this week
Jim is going to be editor of the Essex Free
Press this week so I must send you a copy I think
the editor is going someplace for the week so
I suppose he left it for him as he understands
a good deal about it for, he spent most part
of his holidays in the office.
I have not got a letter since the one
I got about the 12th so that is almost a month
now. I sent Glenn down to the office so perhaps

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there is one tonight or I expect there should be anyway.
It is only three more weeks till school starts
again so the holidays were not so long going in I think
I will go out next week to Leamington
Tomorrow twelve month James & John went to
Derry and I was up with John from the Plum. [Plumbridge?]
on the Evg,[evening?] that was my last day at the Plum
[Plumbridge?] I have not got a letter from Miss Asfield
[Ashfield?] for a long time nor Miss Moore. How are they
getting along with the shop?
The weather is very nice now not very warm about
80 [degrees?] in the shade. I suppose you have not
commenced cutting the corn yet or oats as they say
here they made fun of me for saying corn till I
stopped it. They were making fun of me today for
saying cars they say “Kars” and we say cars
you see. I must stop now as Aunt is going to
get supper so she wants the table
(Monday night) Sarah just came in as we were at
supper and Annie came about half an hour afterwards
so you see there is a good many here now. Sarah
has got her holidays I dont know how long I suppose
a few weeks. Just the same as ever. There are just
11 people here tonight so the beds will be all full.
I didnt get a letter tonight either so I suppose
I may live in hopes [sic] till tomorrow night.
Good Bye for the Present Mary Smyth

[Notes on following Pages]
[Page 1]
I suppose Tillie Mac gets
the dress no matter where
the money comes from. Does
Mr. James visit there yet
I suppose Miss James
has the same one still.
What about the Gordon girls?
I suppose Bella J Ballantine
has been left all he had
She came out lucky in the end.

[Page 2]
(To Eliza)
B. C. Must have given up writing
Altogether for I have not got one
for a long time nor from J. MC. either
but I would not answer his if I did get one.

[Page 3]
Well I can’t go out to Leamington now as Annie is
gone for a two weeks visit to friends in St. Thomas.
I am pretty busy getting things ready for going to
school. Sara has got two weeks holidays so she has
a week in now this & day week she will be going away
The boys are not going to take any holidays this
year atall [at all?]

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This is Jim’s paper he left it the last time
He was down so I thought I would have a few
Letters out of it Aug 18th Got a letter Friday
I would have written before this, but I was
away from Tuesday till Saturday night. After
the picnic on Wednesday I went away with Miss

(Continued on Blue Pages)
[Page 5]
Jones out to their place about
five miles from here. One of
the Miss Jones stopped at Belle
River with Mrs (Dr) Millen
camping so I went home with
the other one & got back
again with Mrs Millen on
Saturday night
We had a very good day
the day of the picnic Jim was
there & Sara & Annie’s & the boys
& Belle & I. Belle & I & the little
boy went in one buggy & Annie
& Sarah & Glenn & Leslie went in
the other. Glenn rode the wheel
from Essex. He came down
Saturday night again & is
helping Uncle with the oats
today putting them into the
This day two weeks school
commences so I have not very
long now I think I will go up to
the city on Wednesday there is
an excursion & I want to get a
jacket [sic] same as my skirt for
wearing when the Evgs. [evenings?]
get cold

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Well I see the people are all
well there I suppose Sam & [Alice?]
is [sic] the talk of the country.
I hope she don’t come here but
I suppose it would not matter
if she would conduct herself.
When you say anything about
Jim in your letters put it on
a separate slip of paper.
He was in Sat. night when
I got the letter & so I had to
let him read it, there was
nothing in it about him only what
[he?] had written beforehand
I think you should be able to
bank a little money now out of
the butter & eggs when there are
not so many to feed.
I’m afraid Chs. [Charles?] Mc’s folks
are going down I suppose the [they?]
have not as much money on their
hands as when the [they?] had the agency
I’m expecting a letter from J. C. [John
Charles?] this last while but has [sic]
not got it (as yet) How is Bella and Davy
tell them I am waiting patiently for those
long looked for photos of theirs
I would like to get my photo [taken?]
this summer [but?] I don’t know whether
I shall or not - I would have to
get a good many copies If I do to
supply all my friends Good Bye Mary

Transcribed by Elizabeth Prentice