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Title: M [Mary?] Smyth, Ontario, to Miss E. C. Smyth, Castledamph,
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/41
SenderSmyth, Mary
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
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, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.410107
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 27:10:2004.
Word Count1255
TranscriptEnvelope addressed to:-

Miss E. C. Smyth
Co Tyrone

Postmarked on Front:-

AU 2

Postmarked on Back of Envelope:-

5 AM
AU 15

South Woodslee
July 29th 04

Dear Sister:-

Received your letter
of the 20th tonight so as I have
intended writing long before this
I think it is right time (sic) to
get started (and here Belle wants
to know if I m ready to go to
bed as it is after ten I ve just
been finishing another letter so
Goodnight.) ----

Aug, 1st

Here it is two days more this
is Monday night 8.30 so I may
get two or three more lines
written tonight. Well I don't know
when I last wrote to you so that
I don't know where I left off
but lately everything has been
in a whirl and I in the
middle of it. Well I ll start
with Thursday the 21st, that day
I went out to Jones [Jones ?] I suppose
you know who they are their father
is now in the asylum, he hasn t been
very well for a long time they are
lovely people only for that ailment
and the family are all affected
with it too occasionally the next
day, Friday, it rained on the morning
so that the men were not doing
anything so one boy who lives across
the road from them came in & he
is a fine singer so Mrs. Jones
sent [us?] young people into the
parlor to sing and play. There was
a girl visiting at Jones [Jones ?] from London
so she played the accompaniment
for Ern Hopgood and we had some fine
singing until noon. I wish you
could hear him sing & also see
his appearance, he s fine looking,
On Friday afternoon this Ern Hopgood
was going to Essex (driving) so he called in if
any of we girls wanted to go for a
drive so I wasn t very anxious so Miss
[Tussle?], their guest went and about
an hour afterwards May Jones
got one of the boys to hitch up the
horse so she and I went up &
we all got back by supper time
Saturday I don t think there was
anything particular unless at night
May & Miss [Tussle?] & I & Jay Jones went
up to Essex for an hour or two as
Saturday night is a great night there, you
could hardly move on the street & the
band was playing also. Sunday there
is no church there in [the?] morning it is in the
afternoon So we went there, & then at
night we drove to Essex church, I was
out for tea with a girl I know from
there that went to Essex School with
me and I also forgot to say that on
Saturday night we three girls were out
to tea at Ern Hopgood s place he is the
only child so he is the whole thing there.
On Monday afternoon Jones People
were hawling [hauling?] in hay so we three girls
went back & they had about half the
load on so we wanted to get up on
the load I laughed for all the day
afterwards to think of the fun we
had to get up on the load, there were
just the two boys there so we all
rode up on top of the hay load and May
& I stood up pretty near all the
way.. Monday night they drove me out
here, and when I got here Nellie [before?] now
(Mrs. [Hauss?]) from Windsor was here she was
out from Saturday & she was scolding because
I wasn t here. Next day, Tuesday, was the
corner-stone laying of the New Methodist
Church that they are building here.
so that afternoon just as dinner was
over Jim came from Essex and Mrs
Paddon and two Miss Paddons from
Windsor came in so after we got all
done we all went down to
see the corner stones laid we got
back here by five tired of standing
on our feet at 7 o clock we all went
to an entertainment in the church
all the proceeds was for the building
of the new church. The church
was packed we had to sit on seat (sic)
that were put in the aisles.
Next day Nellie and I rode horse back &
such like she is only 8 mths, [months?] older
than I but she is more childish in
her actions. The Paddons went back
on Tuesday night & Jim went away
early next morning. Nellie went away
Thursday or I drove her to her Uncles [Uncle s?]
about two miles from here. Belle
rode up with us as far as the
graveyard she was fixing up the
grave and planting flowers on it.
Annie & the boys went up to Windsor
on Tuesday night with Paddon s (sic)
& came back Saturday night.
Yesterday Sunday I went to Church
on the morning so as I was [coming?]
home Rob Fair asked if I wanted
to go for a drive to Blythes [Blythe s?]
[wood &?] Bailey s (I take it for granted that
You know enough about all those people now)
We had a lovely drive left here
at two o clock and got out there for
tea. Today was washday as usual
& about ten o clock Arthur Paddon
& his wife (just married about 3 or 4 mths [months?])
came in. We were expecting them
to come last night but they didn t
They came out Saturday night &
was visiting around here the [they?] spent
today here and went off on the train
tonight, Arthur is the fellow that
was in the South African War
he is just as funny as ever he
& Annie & I had some fun today
he blackened my face & I only
got a little speck on his. He
said going away to remember
the boy who blackened my face
when I would be in Ireland,
Fred & Cass were down tonight
just gone away. Tomorrow I
intend to go out to Blythes [Blythe s?]
wods [wood?] & Leamington I want to stay a day
in each place I think Belle may
drive me out I would have stayed out
there yesterday but Jim sent down
word Saturday night with Annie that
he would be down today to settle
when I m going home, so I wanted to be here,
& here he sent word down with Fred today
to tell me that he would be down Wednesday
so I m just mad to think that after me
taking the bother to stay till today that
he didn t come and now I don t know whether
Belle will drive me out or not [& it?] is too
expensive to go on the train. I intend to
come back Thursday & on Friday Bell [Belle?]
& I were intending to go to Detroit &
Windsor to stay until Monday. We
want to get around and see the important
places there, on the 11th there is an excursion
Up the lakes I think we are going, Jim & I,
I mean, it is Essex civic holiday. Mow [Now?] they
are talking bed so I ve just got about
to the end of my string but I ve forgotten
to say anything about you not forgotten
but hasn t space nor time (sic). I don t know
when I m going home but I ll get there
by Xmas anyway. I am not very content
state of mind at present as I don t know whether
I m doing the best thing or not


MS. [Mary Smyth?]

Transcribed by Elizabeth Prentice