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Title: Mary Smyth Ontario, to Mrs. J. J. Smyth, Castledamph,
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/40(2)
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, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.410087
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 26:10:2004.
Word Count887
TranscriptEnvelope addressed to:-

Mrs. J. J. Smyth
Co Tyrone

Postmarked on Front:-

JY 14

Postmarked on Back of Envelope:-

10 0
JY 23

Sth. [South?] Woodslee,
July 14th 1904

Dear People:-

Again I write
you a few lines to let
you know how the twelfth
was spent here. Well, I
went to the celebration in
Windsor, left here at 9 o clock
to the station and as I told
you before that Charlie s sister
was going to get married that
morning so there was quite
a crowd in Woodslee. There were
[85?] tickets sold at Woodslee
that morning. Miss Allison was
married at 9 o clock in the
morning so there was a crowd
around rattling tin pans and
all the noise that could be made.
They drove to Essex & took
the train there for their [future?]
home. Annie and Charlie were all
at the wedding. To continue
about the 12th our train, was
about an hour late so we
were tired standing around at
the station and when the train
did come it was so crowded
that we didn t get seats for
a long time. There was an awful
crowd in the train both going
and coming back. Jim was there
but I lost him where the
speaking was and didnt [didn t?] find
him until we came back to town
I was all alone and enjoyed it.
well [for?] occasionally I
saw one or two that I knew
so I would stop and talk and then go
on again,
Well I think I told you last
year about the way they marched
and I don t think they have
improved any since. I had
to laugh to see them march one
here and another there & one
signing [to?] the other to keep up
There was only one brass band
there & it was the Windsor band
it was the only one worth listening
to. The other bands (if you may
call them so) had two fluters
and a big drum and a little drum
and some of them had [okely?] flute.
Coming down in the train there
was a fife & drum band in the
same coach as we were in and
they played most part of the
way Jim he played the flute
[in?] We won t go home to morning
and the Protestant Boys
They seemed familiar enough.
I am patiently waiting
for a letter from home to hear
what all (sic) about the twelfth
celebration there. I was sorry
I didn t go for it but I suppose
I'll have the next.
I am not quite sure when
I will get home but I'll get
there before Xmas anyway.
Jim is pretty near through
with his money & he doesn t think
he can afford to go with me
to New York, if he can t go I
will go to Montreal as I wouldn t
mind going that way alone.
I won t say when I'll go for
I'm so changeable, but when you
see me coming you will know
me, I expect.
Charlie and Annie have gone
to Leamington today and Mrs.
Fair and Mrs. [Moulsan?] are going
away today for good so they
have had quite a visit,
Jim has never come down
yet, to stay, he drove down
the 11th to see if I were going
to Windsor, he is at [parties?]
and all such like up there so
I guess he hasn t found time
to come down here. I have
been invited to spend a
few days at some of his
friend s there but I don t
know as I will go. I have
lots of places to go and I don t
expect I have [got?] so much time
now I m starting tomorrow
I ll be away all day and next
week I promised to go
Wednesday & stay [until?]
Saturday at a place six
miles from here.
Uncle is busy at his hay
today and I was telling him
this morning that I would go
out and rake for him this afternoon.
They rake with the horse
so it isn t hard work if you
can drive the horse it is all
that is necessary. I suppose
you will be [at?] the hay
at this time. I was [wondering?]
if all the Glasgow boys
would be home for the 12th,
I would like to see some of
Uncle has been very well [unwell?]
this last week but is getting
better now he worked all the time
but one day.

Miss Mary Smyth.

Bell [Belle?] had a sore [foot?]
last week so the doctor told
her that he was afraid it was
going to turn to blood poison
so we had to all help with
the work.
Glenn & Leslie are here and
they certainly are boys alright
Anna is down here today too
Bell [Belle?] is going up with me
to Windsor for a few days before
I go home and we are going
to see the most important
I see Bella Campbell
is again hunting up my address
Well, she has (sic) written yet,
or at least, I haven t gotten it
She never said if she got
my picture or anything
If I had it to do now I wouldn t
[have?] sent it at all.
Just after dinner
so Uncle is going down
to the Station with
the people s [trunks?]
so I want to send
this letter!

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Transcribed by Elizabeth Prentice