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Title: Annie Allison, Ontario, to John J. Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileAllison, Annie/20
SenderAllison, Annie
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginOntario, Canada
DestinationCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N. Ireland
RecipientSmyth, John J.
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth.
Doc. No.604123
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count1293
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr. John J. Smyth
County Tyrone

JAN 22

Canada Postage
Two Cents
2 2

[Back of Envelope]

5 0
FE 5

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St. Thomas Jan 21st 1904

Dear Uncle Aunt & Cousins
you no doubt will
be surprised at getting a letter
from me but as I was not very busy
thought I would write and give you
some of the news we are all well
here just at present had a letter
from home the other day they have
all been sick up there but are all
on the mend again which we are
thankful for. Mary read me part of
the last letter she received from
you folks in it Eliza wanted to know
how much board she paid us. Dear
Uncle I cannot understand what made
you think she was

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paying her board am shure [sure]
Charlie or I never thought of such a
thing, we would have no more thought
of asking board of Mary than one of
our own sisters. When Mary was ready
for High School we were living in
Leamington Charlie & I told both she
& Jim that Mary could come & stay with
us & go either to High School or
Business College which ever she wanted
& it would save Jim paying her board
in Essex but Jim would not hear of it
he wanted her in Essex so he could help
her he said but it was not that for
Mary said he never went near her only
to scold her. So when she had put her
year in up there

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she decided as you already know to go
to B.C. [Business College?] and as we
had moved here in the meantime she
asked us if we were still willing to
let her come we told her certainly she
could come in Welcome but such a thing
as asking her to pay her board was never
even thought of. I did tell her she might
give me 25 cts. a week for her washing
thought if she gave me that much I would
put it away for her until [until] she
would need it sometime. but so far it
has taken all her Money paying for her
Music School & buying her winter clothes
she could not save any but thinks from
now on she will be able to put some away.

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well when Mary had everything as she
thought ready to go to Business C.
[College?] Jim came down to Fathers
one Sunday when we were all there and
such a row as he kicked up there it
was terrible. Well to try and please
him Mary said she would go another year
to school providing she could come here
and go. he is scolding all the time
about her spending his Money and yet
he does not want her to go to B.C.
[Business College?] where she could
soon be earning for herself. She has
been doing her best ever since she
came out here to please him & is not
any nearer it now than when she started
and about her going up to the Debate
he never even hinted to her that he
wanted her to go. The first she had any

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Idea he wanted her to go was when she
received your letter.
another thing Jim did he tried to make
hard feelings between Bella & Mary by
telling Mary something that Bella never
even thought of. Mary got herself a new
Fur before Xmas & in so doing she run a
little short of Money well she wrote Jim
telling him what she had got and asking
if he could let her have a little more
money. When Jim got the letter he went
down home & was finding fault to Bella
about Mary spending so much Money. Bella
told him he had Mary just as he had
learned her. he scolded around & said
it was to [too?] bad she could spend so
much money on a Fur & he could not get an

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Overcoat. Bella said well Jim if you are
so hard up as that a less expensive Fur
might have done Mary then he turned right
around & wrote to Mary telling her Bella
said she did not know what need she had
of a Fur & several other things making out
Bella did not want to see her dressed well
Just as though it made any difference to
her how well Mary dressed. That is the
way Jim is doing all the time telling
things to suit himself no matter who else
it hurts and I am shure [sure?] they have
trouble enough at home without Jim going
on as he is. Oh Uncle and Aunt you do not
know how we miss our Dear Mother. Father
especially it is a loss he will never get

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no person knows what our heart aches are
only those who have lost a good Wife &
Mother but Gods ways are not our ways.
do not know how we would have got along
without Mary when Mother was ill. She
took hold & did everything so nicely also
at Xmas time when Bella was sick before
she could get a girl, but she will not
be forgotten for what she has done for us.
regarding those people of my Sisters that
Jim spoke of they are good deacent [decent?]
Respectable people have lived up there for
years & Jim is the first one I ever knew of
to speak a disrespectable [disrespectful?]
word about them but of course they do not
spend all they have in style & that is Jims
God, style is all you

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hear from Morning to night when Jim is around.
if he were earning half as much money as Charlie
does & have the home we have none of his Relations
dare look near him but thank goodness we have a
higher aim in life than all style and parties
but enough of that. we are having a very severe
winter here the coldest I ever remember that is
steady cold. The Thermometer as [has] hovered
around zero & from that to twenty below for fully
two months now Mary is certainly getting a taste
of Canadian Winter but she does not seem to mind
it as much as I do. She is having quite a time
learning to skate & is getting along nicely Glenn
& Leslie are at

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it also and they all have great times. Tell cousin
Bella we would like for her to send us a Photoe
[photo] of that wonderful Baby we are very anxious
to see her. Glen has a great time calling Mary Auntie.
well think I have written you all a long letter for
the first and as it is getting late had better close
and go to bed Mary is writing also. Charlie is away
from home so much I would get very lonely if it were
not for Mary if she makes up her mind to stay out here
& go to Business Co. [College?] we will be glad to
have her with us. She is just like one of our own
Family. Charlie is more like a brother to her than
Jim & advises her when she needs any [sic] which is
not very often.

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Mary does not know I am writing this letter, no
person but myself, thought it would do no harm to
let you know how things are for Mary’s sake not
that it makes much difference to us what Jim says
about us so unless you like you need not say
anything about it but suit yourselves. I am living
in hopes of sometime getting over there to see you
all and hope when you have spare time some of you
will write to us. With love & kindest remembrances
to all I remain your loving Niece & Cousin


Address Mrs. C.H. Allison
Box 1103
St. Thomas

Transcribed by Liam Boyd