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Title: M Smyth, Ontario to J J Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/36
SenderSmyth, Mary
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
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
Doc. No.410295
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 29:10:2004.
Word Count740
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr J J Smyth,
Co Tyrone,

JUN 10

[Back of envelope]

JU 23

[Page 1]

St Thomas
June 10th 04

Dear People,
Still in St. Thomas!
but not for long now as I
am making preparations to
go up Tuesday. I did intend
to go tomorrow but Annie is
going to have a few in before
I go & I am also invited
out an evening; so there's how
it goes.
Well, our concert came off
last night. I am sending you
the programme it was a
success, financially & otherwise.
We played better than at any
of the practices. I don't know
how to begin to describe it
to you but I'll try anyway

[Page 2]
We got all seated by
a little after 8 o'clock so then
the curtains went up & we were
before the crowd. I didn't feel
a bit nervous after we got
started, then when we got
through the curtain came down
again & everything was cleared
off the stage for the next
performance. I forgot to say that while
we were playing my first
string broke but I didn't need
it very much anyway. It snapped
so quick I jumped I don't know
whether many noticed me or not
it was pretty hot & my hands
perspired so that the string was
damp. Well after we got all
cleared off we took seats
down in the audience the front
seats were not taken so we sat there

[Page 3]
till our next turn came. That
Miss Huntley I wish you could
hear her play she was loudly
applauded but she didn't respond
For our second piece we
got seated while the curtain
was down. Miss Risdon she
stood up in the Centre and
beat time in all our pieces.
Miss [Stell?] Risdon played the
cello, H. [Wigg?] the base [viola?], Miss
A. [Marlatt?] the viola, H. Hind-
marsh [Hindmarsh?] the cornet All the
others played first & second
violin except in the [first?] there
were a few of those played [toys?],
like the cuckoo, quail, etc. This
is the list of the instruments in
the orchestra.
There were some swell

[Page 4]
dresses there I would have
been ridiculous with my
old one. They were nearly
all dressed in white. We
didn't get home to after
11 o'clock. Annie was there
& she said it was very good.
There were quite a crowd
there I am not sure
but I think there would be
500 there anyway. I sold 13
tickets so that was very good
and I am here such a short
time.(admission 25 cts each). I think
this will do you will be so
tired reading about this concert
or recital or whatever you like
to call it but before I quit
I must tell you about the
Indian Drill it was the most
comical thing of the evening

[Page 5]
Ten [boys?] came in dressed
like Indians, with all colours
& feathers in their hair with their
battle axes & they went through
[scare?] drill singing, "John Brown
had a little Indian etc" It was comical
it kept the audien [audience?]
Jim did not come down
for him (sic) it was too much expens
[expense?] & then he would have to close
his school also. Had a letter
from him yesterday and he
doesn't know whether he can
afford the money to go to New
York with me or not so I
will have to go alone if he don't go
He is spending quite a bit money
and we both are this is the country
for that it is impossible to save

[Page 6]
unless you stay in the house &
never go out. The [They?] make good
money here but you spend
it quicker too so the small
wages may be as good only that
you see more by the other.
I am sure you will be
looking for a letter from me
long before this but I had
lots of running & practicing
so that I didn't have very
much time to spare, however it
is over & I can say that I've
played in an orchestra & been
on the stage if it will ever do
me any good.
Hope you are all well I have
to finish this now as Annie
& Charles are going up [town?]
so I want to send it with

Good Bye

M. Smyth

I think I should soon get
a letter from home as I
haven't gotten [got?] one this
week I suppose I dont
deserve one when I didnt
write [sooner?] but time
was too crowded

Transcribed by Alan Houston