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Title: M. Smyth, Ontario, to J. J. Smyth, Co Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/27C
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 Count807
Transcript[Letter 3]

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July 23rd

A few more lines today. Jim came down last
night but he is away again today. He says he
can't stay here it is so lonely. I don’t mind it
much for I can always get something to do. But
he don't want to work he says that he get
sloungy [slovenly?] again if he did and would
not be up to date. He will go crazy yet over
I asked him for a few cents today to post
letters as I hade’nt [hadn’t?] got a cent and I
had some borrowed from Belle so he gave me 30
cents but he said he could not give me anymore
now for he had not got enough for himself. He
says he would have went home this year only I was
here. He could have got home & back for [65$?]
and he says that won’t keep him here.

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I would like you to send me some money
before I start to school again. If I would
think that I wouldn't get any money from him.
I would not go to H. [High?] School atall
[at all?]. As it would take some more for
that but I think he will keep me going as
long as he is getting it himself but he is
getting none now these two months. It wouldn’t
take so much for me but he is always scolding
saying that I have got good enough clothes
to go anywhere.
What does Mr James think about them papers
and the ones that they have to pass in going
to Dublin. I would like to get them to see what
they are like. Does he think the others are much
I hope mother's foot is better before this too
bad if it wont be better for the twelfth. I was
just thinking one day if mother and father were
going to the shore this year but I suppose they
can't get away very easy now but they should go
anyway, for a week. It is too bad that this is
so far away I would like to get home to spend
these two months. I think I would do more work
if I was there now than what I used to do, I do
a good deal for them here paying up for when I
was going to school.
Good Bye M [Mary?] Smyth

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I think I will send you a piece of my linen
dress also a piece of my black skirt.
We are going to have the Sunday School picnic
here sometime in August to Belle [Ping?]
[faded?] I saw Jim Pembleton a week ago last
Sunday he is a very nice man he is married and
has a little baby. I was coming from Sunday
School & Annie & Chs. [Charles?] were at
Allisons so they called me over to wait & they
would be up with me so when I went over Tom
Allison gave me an introduction to him. It
is a long time since Jim talked of him going
home with him.
Tell A.J. I was sorry to hear that his
shoes were hurting his feet which used to
be the most important part of him maney
[many?] a long journey his feet has taken
him on dark nights it is too bad tell him
that his shoes should be so cruel to them now.
I have not forgotten any of the good times
we used to have when I want to I can have

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them all clear before me, I suppose they all
think about the good nights we used to have with
Willie Mc, & A.J., and Bob, & John Noble, & Wm.
Andy McClelland & Andy McK, & George, all of
those nights I can remember well and then a
then a later [date?] Jamey Mc & Bob. and now
the one that Bella got knows nothing about it
atall [at all?]. Just when I think of John
Noble I always think of John Gordon because he
used to make fun of me about him. Do you
remember the night before the [stillers?] were
chased with Andy McCle.[Clelland?] & John Noble
about the machines.
Last night as we were coming home there was
a big gentleman cow on the road & when we were
passing he turned and made at our horse but Belle
gave him with the whip & he was not very bad he
went away as I was just saying to her that I
would'nt want any of them about the house. And
now I see by your letter that you have got one.
Well I hope to hear that you all had a pleasant
twelfth and that it passed over without any
quarrels or scolds after they all were gone.
Not like last year I hope.
Good bye M. [Mary?] Smyth