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Title: Mary Smyth, Ontario to E C Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/44
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, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.0410020
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 26:10:2004.
Word Count1096
TranscriptFront of envelope

Miss E.C. Smyth,
Co Tyrone,

DE 29

Back of envelope

10 0
JA 11


Essex Dec 22nd 03

Dear Sister:-
You see I am again shunting
around. I just got here last night in time
for the High School Commencement: I was
coming up for Xmas holidays anyway
so Jim said I might as well come up for it.
We had a very nice time there was an awful
crowd. Those who got honours last year were
all supposed to go up and line on the
platform as their names were called but I
did not go up everyone was surprised to
see me there as I just came in about an hour
before on the train so no one expected me to
be there. I got a good many handshakes Jim has
got a lovely place here quite a nice [room?]
I have also a room here for today. I am
going down to Woodslee tonight and they have their
Xmas entertainment there so perhaps I will go too
for I promised to Mr Toll (the minister there) last
night he was here, that I would go so I had
better keep tomy [to my?] promise. Jim is not going
down as they have an entertainment in the
Presbyterian church here. Time is very
very busy now at Xmas no nights but
something on hand. I got a pair of skates
so I'm going to learn at Xmas if I can at all
I'll get out on the puddles around Uncle's and
crack my crown. Glen and Leslie are
coming tomorrow morning. I don't know whether
Annie will be up for Xmas or not but I hope
she will as it will be very dull there. I can't
imagine but that I should see Aunt when
I do down there tonight.
I am writing this in Jims [Jim s?] room his
paper and all. He is teaching this morning
school closes for two weeks at noon. Where
we are rooming the lady keeps a
confectionery store down in the lower story
so I'm going down after a while to see what
beautiful things she has. Some lovely Xmas
presents, all that is required is money.
Jim has got $20 more of a raise so that
is $625 a year. I wish I was getting that
Today is quite cold but not very much
snow on the ground here. There is always more
snow in St. Thomas and it's also colder being
farther north.
Well I suppose all the family will be
gathered home for Xmas with an additional
one this year. I suppose she'll be taking my
place as a baby and also as a girl. but
I don't suppose that she will eat as much or
occupy as much space but for noise
I wont [won t] say but that she might beat me
there. I am very quiet. I think myself
that I am quieter than I used to be.
I have never got over that bashfulness
that I used to have when out among
strangers being afraid to hear the
sound of my own voice. That is
one thing over there, they make there [their?]
young ones sit in the corner and listen
and not say a word. then after years
when they get out they are so used to
keep silent that they are afraid to be heard
Look at Jim he always talked at home
whether he was wanted to or not and now
he can talk. Out here the little things
ten years old, can talk as well as ones
twice as old, and not afraid of stranger (sic)
or anybody else. We used to be I remember
if a stranger would come around and
say anything personal to us we would
say: "Yes". or. "No". and nothing more. I
suppose we had'nt got the use of our
alphabet all (sic). I hope Madge is brought
up right. You should see to that. I know
I would if I was there.
What Next! I think I'll stop now
and finish tomorrow so that I can
relate the particulars of tonight.
Dec 29 Woodslee I am so long in finishing
this that I hardly know where I left
off. First I came down here on Tuesday
a week today, I intended to come on
the train but Uncle & Cass & Fred were
up in Essex on the sleigh so of course
I came down with them, Uncle, Fred,
Howard and I went to the Woodslee
Entertainment. Bell [Belle?] did not go.
Jim was down for Xmas breakfast
but went back to Essex for his
dinner as he had an invitation out
Xmas was pretty dull here not
much like last year. Annie did
not come up just Cass & Fred & family
and [the?] boys and I that was all
that was there. Chas. [Charles?] Sister
& Brother (sic) came up in the afternoon
so that passed some of the time away.
Jim has not been down since
Sunday Uncle & I went to church
twice Bell took sick Sunday
a sore throat & other ailments
so I'm in for another time [housekeeping?]
She has not done anything since
I do it all. She was in bed pretty near
all day yesterday. She is not so
bad today. She is just doing some
patching. The work is not very much
the morning is the worst I did not
get up this morning till eight o'clock
they did not call so of course I [wouldn t]
get up to [till?] noon if I wasn't (sic) so I had
to get breakfast and all when I
came down. Uncle & Willie had
just got through milking so as it
was so late I did not take time
to make their morning porridge
but warmed up a few potatoes. After
breakfast I washed the dishes and
swept the house (dining room) and then
made the four beds. and now the potatoes
are boiling for dinner I got Willie & Leslie
to peel them for me so I got time to
finish my letter. I went out skating
last night I was also out about an hour
Xmas Day. I can almost go alone now
It is nice fun Leslie & Willie is [are?] also
learning. Glen can skate a little. Well
holidays are again drawing to an end
We have to go back Saturday. Bell [Belle?] was
just saying Sunday that she wished I
was not so far away. A good many though [thought?]
I should have stayed with her for a
while. I would like to but I hate to give up school

Good Bye [Goodbye?]

M [Mary?] Smyth

Transcribed by Alan Houston