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Title: M. Smyth, Ontario, to J. J. Smyth, Co Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/27B
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
Doc. No.503018
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count541
Transcript[Letter 2]

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South Woodslee
July 22nd. 02

Dear Sister
Rec.[Received?] your letter of the 6th. 9th.
10th. and 11th. and I was glad to get it it contained
so much news that I wanted to hear.
You know I want to hear every little thing that passes.
Well I suppose before this letter reaches you you will
have heard from Bella that I succeeded in passing my
exam. but I did not pass with honors nor no one
expected me either as I had no chance only going for
five months and subjects that I never had taken

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before. I am waiting to [until?] I get a paper to send
you with the account of it in it.
I suppose in a few more days I will be getting
all the news about the twelfth. You will see by Bella's
letter how I spent the day nothing like last twelfth
anyway. I am sure Bella must have thought it strange
besides other years. Did James Barker come home
this year?
Well I would have liked to have seen Willie
MacK. I remember the evg.[evening] he was there
last year. I suppose he does not visit the Plum
[Plumbridge?] much now. I think that house
is as much changed as any.
Isabella McCrenor [McCreanor?] is still on foot
and Catherine. I used to always like her to come
in especially in dull times
What is Liza Noble going home again for I
think she

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must have plenty of money to spare.
Well Bell & I were away yest.[yesterday?]
picking raspberries about seven miles from here
she payed a $1.50 for [there?] about and
picked them ourselves. There was about 30
there altogether picking, men & women. So
you see how the people has to get all the fruit
that they use here. And over there the berries
are not appreciated atall [at all?]. We left
here at 8’o clock and returned again at
8’o clock at night. Cass & Bell were out at
the same place picking cherries last week.
The man we got them from has nothing hardly
but fruit but this year is very bad on him
it is so wet. He was telling us yesterday
that he lost $100 worth on Friday and
Saturday of berries on account of it raining
they could not get picking and a good many
fell off the bushes.

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If you would just see how much fruit that
Bell has stored away now and then she has the
apples, peaches, pears, plums and grapes to
get yet.
The people here could not live without
Sunday was wet and I did not get out all
day till night we went to church. Uncle cut
some of his hay last week before the rain and
did not get it in and he says now that it is
rotten. This day looks as if it is going to
clear up.
Jim has not came down yet and I dont see
what he is staying in Essex for paying his board
and doing nothing Uncle has a man or rather had
him when it was dry and was paying him $2 a day
= 8/= so Jim, might as well be down here earning
it as not but he just don’t want to work.