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Title: Ida Blackwood, Ireland to "My dear Mr Smyth"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBlackwood, Ida/25
SenderBlackwood, Ida
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationschoolmistress
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCo. Down, Ireland
DestinationOntario, Canada
RecipientSmyth, James Alexander
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth.
Doc. No.511090
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count323
Transcript[Letter 2]

c/o H. H. Carlisle Esq. V. S.
Saint field,
Co Down.
Mon evening.

My dear Mr Smyth,
Well, you see I am keeping
my promise, and am writing you, although
I really have no news worth relating as
Saint field is one of the "a la Plumbridge"
sort of places that one unfortunately finds
all over the country. I got down quite
safely on Frid. [Friday?] evening, did not do
anything worse than get in at the
wrong end of the train. Only part of it
comes to Saint field, so when at Comber
an old crank of a collector came to
check the tickets evicted me most
unceremoniouslly and ungraciously, He
yelled at me to "move to the front" and
to the front it was in earnest, for I had
barely time to scramble aboard another,
somewhat nearer the engine when we started
I might have been in the wrong shop

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again for all I troubled to enquire, but
eventually I reached Saintfield. I was
brought very much to the front by this
mishap, as some S. field [Saintfield?] folks
who witnessed the glorious charge of the Light
Brigade for a carriage, and who were
shocked at my ignorance of Geography
Topography, Trainography or any “ography”
you like , related the scene in S. [Saintfield?]
School next morning. They really must be very
much interested in me, but of course
"what great ones do, the less will prattle
of" Anything does for a topic here. All
the folks, men & women, old and young are
great politicians (after a fashion) They can
talk about Home Rule & every one for miles
round is tarred as being either a Liberal
or a Unionist, However, in the schools
the kids know nothing of history, the
only thing one can interest them in
is the size of Derry & the Battle of the Boyne
The latter figures every where from 55 B. C.
to 1910, and is the reply given when you
ask "what famous battle was fought".