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Title: [Nina?], Castleblayney, to Lizzie Hay, Gortin, Co. Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationteacher (just applied for a position)
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCastleblayney, Co. Monaghan, Ireland
DestinationGortin, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientHay, Elizabeth (Lizzie)
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.506071
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 30:06:2005.
Word Count839
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Miss L. Hay
Co. Tyrone.

[Written on Envelope?]
This is how some of them can do it.
“many a smiling face etc.

JY 16

[Page 1]
Excuse writing etc.,etc.,

Annyart House
July 15th. 1912.

My dearest Lizzie,
Please forgive me for not writing [sic] you sooner. It is the old excuse
of last summer - Visitors!! I had not a minute while Sara was here but she
went on Saturday. So I beg once again to be forgiven and I know I donot ask in vain.
I was glad to hear that you had a pleasant journey and were having such a nice time in Derry. You

told me about so many of your friends that I nearly forgot who Miss Forbes
is. It is too bad about Freddie but the malady cannot be too strong in your case when you can joke about it in such a manner! However, a fellow feeling still makes us wondrous kind”
We had of course a pleasant journey – Sam & Mr E. and I. There were no others in our carriage save Lily & Arthur. I had after all the pleasure of an introduction to Chubby. He was most nice &

helped us all to peaches & then Hugh had lovely chocolates. Dundalk came alas ‘far too quickly’ Indeed, I was glad to have Sam. No. there was no young shower of tears as you playfully suggested. Perhaps they were not too far distant though I bade a smiling Good.bye [goodbye?] as if we were to see each other in a week, or as if it did not matter whether we ever saw each other again or not. As usual my acting powers (on which you leave such stress) came to the front. I am sure that I shall never see him again. Even Sam

seemed to think I took the parting far too serene.- What deceivers women
can be after all! He kept repeatedly telling me on the way from Dundalk
that indeed some of the fellows thought far more of the girls than they seemed to think. I did not pretend to take any hints but all the time I wondered (& wished) if it were true.
However we reached C.B. [Castleblaney?] in good enough form. Mother Annie [&?] Hattie met me. Sara came the day after and of course we had
a rollicking time all last week. Sam made me promise to go & see his school
- I said I did not know the way so Harrie said he would come along.

Sara, Harrie & I set off on Tuesday. It is about 8 miles of a very bad road - We arrived about 2.30 and saw Sam in all his glory. It is really a lovely wee school and very nice children. He had just 24 the day we went. Sam then cycled home part of the way with us.
Willie is up now too and is staying in Crosses. I have not seen very much of him and I do not care much - all affection etc is killed by the one
thing. I am most immodest in the way
I express my affections but you are the only one to whom I do it - you have all the

secrets of my heart. The youth in question has not condescended to write me yet - if he ever means to do so. I am a wonderful girl – the way I flirt & carry on here they tell me I have no heart and that I shall never love anybody - if they but knew!
I have not heard from either Nora or Ida but I had a great letter from Pearlie.
If only I had written to Mr Orr about that school at Maghera he could have got it for me without any difficulty as he is a personal friend
of the Managers. It was too late before he knew

as the appointment had been made - Wasn't it too bad.
I have applied for a school in Ballybay. It is a splendid school – three teachers & very up to date. If by any chance I get it I do not know
what I shall do as my lot would be a swarm of infants. However I need not build any Castles in the air. The Rev Smythe & Lewis also Dr Wilson are great friends of the Managers and all three of them have written about me.
I would be pretty sure of it if it were not for the Music - they go in
greatly for Concerts. As it is I may get it

unless the Principal insists on a singer. I am not going to mention it to
anyone until I see further.
By the way however are you getting on in your wee school? Do tell me all about it. Have you seen or heard from Tillie or how she is getting on? Please remember me to her.
I think I have no more news & must close with fondest love. Hoping
to hear from you very soon.

Your affec [affectionate?] friend

I would just love a chat with you now Lizzie dear.