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Title: J. A. Smyth, Ontario to J. J. Smyth, [Castledamph?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/5(2)
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationschool teacher
Sender ReligionProtestant (Methodist)
OriginEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, John J. and wife
Recipient Gendermale-female
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.0410101
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 27:10:2004.
Word Count699
Transcript[No envelope]

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Essex Ont.,
Jan 9th 1898

Dear Father & Mother,
I received a newspaper
from you yesterday and in it
part of a letter, Now I must
warn you against writing in
a newspaper as if it had been
opened and that [found?] you
were liable to a fine of ten pounds
So now, especially when a
letter only costs a penny, do
not leave yourself open to
a fine, I mention this, as
you may not have been aware
of it and sometimes the [officials?]
open letters for that purpose.
We are having cold weather
here now almost too cold

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to sleep. Yesterday was a
very cold day and to-day is
not much better, a sharp
Howling wind, a few of us
had our pictures taken one
day, so as they were pretty fair
I took a half dozen of them and
so send you one in this letter,
We happened to be in the
office one day and some one
suggested we get a [communal?]
picture taken so the result was
as you see, You will see [Archie?]
[Laing?] shaving [one?] a razor a
foot and a half long. Arhur
[Gourley?] is to my left you have his
photo in H S, picture. The one
with [sic] moustache is Geo [George?]
[Keath?] B.A. our High school teacher,

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I have a few more yet, I may
send some other of my [friends?]
one [ones?], although I would rather send
them when I get good ones taken.
As far as school is concerned
we are all back again and a
few new one [ones?] have come in so
we are about started again.
The elections in the school are
on again, nominations took
place on Friday afternoon and
I am running again for the
Presidency, John W, [Batten?]
is my opponent and perhaps
he may win, [Archie?] [laing?] and
Arthur [Goudy?] are two of my
right hand supporters and
they are busy canvassing for
me, The election takes place
next wednesday voting by ballot

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H.M. Cooke was my opponent this
time last year and defeated
me by one vote. That election
was pretty warm and this one
appears to make considerable
excitement in the school during
the next three days. I think
[Batten?] will get the majority of the
girls votes and I the majority of
the boys, no matter how it goes
we will have some fun out of it.
There is a debate between
Essex High School and Windsor
collegiate institute It takes place
in Essex Town Hall a week
from next Friday night. Two
on each side [Gifford?] and
[Tully?] are our speakers. The
subject is [resolved?] that nature
has done more for the benefit

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of mankind than art I don't
like such a suspect it is too dry,
I would rather have a subject concerning
the topic of the [times?]
I see Alex did not have to pay
the full penalty perhaps it is best
as he may have trouble enough but
there is no use in making a
law its [sic] if it is not to be enforced.
I am sorry to hear of such work
in connections [connection?] with your contract
I am sure you will all be glad
when it is ended, I dont think
I would undertake another.
Now as it only cost a penny I shall
not write so much as I used to but
I may write every week unless I forget.
The penny rate was put in force
this [county?] on saturday last, so
now it is all over,

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I see a notice concerning having
college in Tyrone [Anst?]. I think
I will write and get the [qualifiers?]
[etc?] necessary to see what they are.
I hope you all had a good
time at your concert sorry I am
not present. Give me all the
news when you write and
you can write oftener now
seeing it [cost?] less, I expect to
get a large number of letters
from everybody there now
all your friends are well,
Sara Duncan was at uncles
at Xmas, I must write to
Jas [James?] Houston this week, I have
said this quite a while but
I will do it this week.
no more at present
James A, Smyth

Transcribed by Gary Campbell