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Title: Mary Smyth, Ontario to “Dear People”
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/39(2)
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
Doc. No.0604170
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count660
Transcript[Front of envelope]
Mrs J. J. Smyth
Co Tyrone

OC 13

[Postage Stamp]
Canada Postage
Two Cents
2 2

[Back of envelope]

OC 1

[5 0?]
OC 23

[Three letters contained in this envelope.
One is seen below. The other two have been processed
separately and may be found by date 2 April 1904 and 25
November 1902]

Essex Oct 1 02

Dear People
Rec [received?] your letter
some time ago and also one
from Bella & one from John
so that I owe you all a
letter now but I will make
this one do for all to the
next week.
I am sending
you my photo along with Miss
Mabel Wigle I think it is
very good of us I will send
one to Bella but not to
next week I have a thought
of sending one of them to
Tillie MacCullagh
Well I am still busy
studying Thursday first is
Thanksgiving Day so we are
getting a holiday or two
we are getting Friday next
[line from bottom of page 4]

[page 2]
They thought it was not
worth while to go back on
Friday so they had school
yesterday Saturday on that
account so this week was
an extra busy one. There was
a football game played here
yesterday evg [evening?] but
I could not go as I had my
music lesson to take after
I got home from school
One of our teachers in H [High?]
School is for [sic] leaving on
Wednesday & all of us are
sorry for we may not get
so good a one. There is [sic]
only three teachers now but
they have advertised for two
more so then we will have
four all the more work
for us.
We have a great time
drilling 3 times a week
something like what WJ
[Willie John?]

[page 3]
used to be at but I don’t
think they are as obedient
to the teachers as they are
there. There are such a lot
of [big?] girls here that it
is hard to do anything with
them they think they know
all about it but sometimes
he calls them down. He
is the one that is leaving so
we may get a worse one
These are the first gentlemen
teachers I have ever had.
I have got another new
waist I had not any to wear
with my new suit so I got a
red with a stripe I enclose a
piece that is my linen dress
that I got my picture taken
in ribbon velvet run [through?]
over lace the yoke is made out of
I am in a hurry to get the
photos of Bella’s I hope

[page 4]
they will be good. as good
as the original anyway if
not better.
Jim gave me $15 [of?] out
last month [sic] pay for to
[sic] pay all my expenses & I
tell you I hav’nt [haven’t?] any
to spare I don’t know what he is
going to do if he has to give up
the school at Xmas I suppose
go out & ditch. He borrowed
money last year to go home &
has not it paid up yet. So
he is saving all he can now to
get it paid up. This month he
had only 15c left out of his
month’s pay $34 after paying
all his expenses & debts &
has some to pay yet I think
he will be a little more savy
after this. I suppose all
the crops are nearly in I suppose
you are digging the potatoes by now
Do you remember the year I dug
I would’nt [wouldn’t?] want to do
it now I am still getting heavier
but they say I don’t look any bigger
but get thinner looking I don’t know
how it is
Give all that is said about me in that
picture Good bye

[Written upside down at top of page 1]
I have nothing more to say so I
will write to Bella next
week & give her the latest news
Hoping you are all well. I have
a headache once in a while from my
eyes I am advised to get glasses but
I don’t like as I know I will be made
fun of at home. but I will if they

[Written upside down at top of page 4]
don’t get better
Write soon and tell me all

[Written down side of page 4]
what you [sic] think about the photo MS [Mary Smyth?]
good Bye