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Title: Mary Smyth, Canada to E.C. Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/47
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.0410250
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 28:10:2004.
Word Count766
TranscriptFront of envelope

Miss E. C. Smyth,
Co Tyrone ,


Postage Stamp
Canada Postage
2 cents

Back of envelope

Jan 1
2 - pm


South Woodslee
December 29th 1902

Dear People,
Once more I write you a
few lines to let you know how we are
progressing. Just since I started writing Annie
and the children have gone home after spending
their Christmas holidays here. I have my holidays
from 19th to 5th January.
Well we had a very good xmas here.
In trying to make others enjoy themselves
I enjoyed myself too. We had a tree for the
children one Annie and I made up of evergreen
and we had ornaments on it looked beautiful.
All the presents were hung on it
All those present were Fred, Cass & the family
Annie, Charlie & the family; and Jim and I & Rob
[Robert] Fan and Miss Marcy Fair, next door
neighbours no Duncans at all. The present I
got was a Presbyterian Hymn Book and a take off,
a little women undressed. Every (sic) got presents
Jim got a white silk handkerchief and also a take
off. The presents were all hung on the tree and
there were all colors of little candles on the
tree to make it look nice. Annie and I fixed it
all. Annie got the presents of a black silk waist
from Bell. Bell and I were up to city the day before
xmas and I tell you she bought a lot of presents she
bought the most of them I was asking her where she
got all the money and she said she was saving
for a long time before. This will give an idea
how xmas goes here but I dont suppose you will
understand about the tree. We had the presents
distributed about 8 oclock Uncle was supposed to
represent Santa Claus taking them all off the tree.
In the afternoon we went for a sleigh ride down
to Woodslee and back plenty of snow and is snowing yet
Jim came down the night before and went back the next
morning he does nt enjoy anything like that
nor I dont know what he does. I enjoy [it well?]
the tree was mainly for the youngsters they delighted
in it. Glen and Leslie sang and recited that night.
Yesterday Sunday Annie and the boys and Fred and
Amielia [Amelia?] Allison went for a visit and also
a sleigh ride about 4 miles.
Bell is sick since xmas with an ulcerated throat
and uncle he is sick today with a boil or something
in his throat he has gone to see the doctor.
It is lonely here now since they have all gone not
much fun I can have more fun with Annie than any
of the others. I expect to get a letter from home
today as I have not got a single letter from around
there to wish me a Merry Xmas nor anything Else.
I sent a (sic) Xmas card to Tillie Mc and Sarah Duncan
Omagh and a few others but I have not got any yet this year
but perhaps they will all come for New Year.
I suppose Xmas was as usual over there All the stragglers
of the family gathered home unless as two rovers
I want a full account of it all.
I had a letter from T [Tommy?] Hay last week but he never said
he would send me the feathers. He says he is making lots of
money now if its all true.
Jan 31 Rec [Received?] your letter Just now I see you are all
well. Still buying I was thinking what you going to do with
all the land you have got now. Im afraid W.J. Willie John?]
is turning out a bad boy. I think I would make him work if I
was there and study his lessons too. I suppose he was not
trained up in the right way too much petted.
We will be very glad when we receive those feathers but I
suppose we will have to pay the duty on them.
I suppose you people are pretty hard up now after paying all
and I suppose will be for a while I would like to get there
for the soiree in the school but I suppose I wont I suppose
Bella will likely miss it too.
Snow yet on the ground, good slaying [sleighing?]
jim is going out to Leamington tonight
I must close good bye
M. S [Mary Smyth?]

(Top of last page) Write soon
Give my love to all.
M.S. [Mary Smyth?]

(Written upside down on third page)

I think I will send you a bottle of black ink to
address the letters. You know it is a breach of etiquette
to use red especially on the outside.

Transcribed by Tony Flanagan