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Title: James A. Smyth, Ontario to John J. Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/11(2)
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationstudent
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.0604165
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count892
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr John Jas. Smyth
Co. Tyrone

FE 98

[Back of envelope]


FE 1


[Handwritten across envelope]
Arrived Feb 13th
MS [Mary Smyth?]

[Page 1]
Essex Ont.
Feb 1st 1898

Dear Parents
I received your
letter a few days ago, and
got the money all right.
I am pleased to know that
Wm [William?] is progressing
so well. I suppose he will
remember his sickness for a while,
however I think it would
be no worse than what
fever some people have out
I am sorry to learn that
your pain still continues.
It may leave in time.
You did not get a large

[page 2]
price for your horse but
likely it is better than to
keep her. It requires some
money for the horse business
as well as everything else.
Wonder you did not
buy Big Williams farm
perhaps you think you
have enough land.
A Stewart did not loose
[lose?] anything on the farm
during his time of it.
Does A Stewart intend
selling his own farm?
The landlords seem to
be getting the worst of it now
I expect you made a
settlement before this.
I got my suit all
right and fit [sic] very good [sic]
I think it will wear

[page 3]
very well.
I got those express
parcels about ten days ago.
They came through to the
customs I told them they
were not value for any more
than 3 shilling [sic] so I paid
25 C [cents?] duty on them. otherwise
I would had more to pay
What was the cost?
Tie would cost about $1.8
or about that here and I
dont know what they [the?] others
would cost.
The gloves will stay in my
trunk thats where they are
as yet.
I don't believe in giving
things away like that.

[page 4]
I joined the church yesterday.
Yesterday was Sacrement [Sacrament?]
Sunday. They have
sacrement [sacrament?] here every
three months.
I saw Woodslee people
Saturday in town
I have not been down for
two weeks.
We are having
examinations in School now.
again. This time they
do not tell us when they
will come. so we have
no chance of reviewing the
preceding week and the
marks are not as good

[page 5]
Friday we had Ancient
History highest mark
was 85% sec. 69% and I
got 3rd place with 44%
and they [the?] others
was from that
down to 16% I find my
work this year real hard.
Some of it is very hard to
understand and looking
ahead and fearing that
one would fail doesnt
bring up no pleasent [pleasant?]
thoughts. It seem [seems?] I am
always short for time to
get my lessons up for
next day.
We had a special
meeting this evening

[page 6]
of Lyceum & Literary Society
to decide the advisibility
[advisability?] of purchasing
of a Piano After a vote was taken
it was found all but six
were in favor of getting
one so, we will have one
in school now. It is not
a very dear one. Cost £40
I expect it will be in
for Friday afternoon.
There is a lot of fine Piano
player [players?] attending School
especially among the girls
indeed there is [are?] few girls
in this part of the country
that are not very fair
on both Piano & Organ.
There is a Violinist
giving lessons in town
now. I heard her

[page 7]
the other night: and she (sic)
a splendid player and
most all classical music.
Her lessons are 50c [cents?] or 2
shilling [sic] per lesson.
They are starting a brass
band in town now. They
have asked me to [latir]
the snare drum but I
did not say yet. I
would not mind playing
it but I was afraid
I would loose [lose?] part of a
night each week from
my lessons.
I bought this paper
down town a while ago
and I think it is not
very good, so I am just
about tired writing on it.
We are having a rather

[page 8]
mild winter not very much
frost. There is quite a fall
of snow just now, I was
out for a sleighride
Friday night.
I think I have told you
about all the new [sic] that
I know.
Perhaps I may get a
letter tomorrow I usually
get one just when I send
one home. There is a [man?]
McKeown, gone over to Glasgow
in the Anchoria SS from here
He went on friday last.
James Smyth

If you can [sic] this letter it is
almost more than I
can do
J.A.S [James Alexander Smyth?]

[page 9]

I was not out of money
when the [they?] last arrived,
I alway [sic] leave my board
unpaid if I think I would
have to wait so if I need
any if have nt [haven't?]. I got
$14.61 last time and I
paid my board to end
of the month (Jan) and
have $5 left yet. We
got our pictures taken
that is the members of last
literary society and they
are good ones each one
just cost $6 0 cents- if
they were any cheaper I
would get another and
send it to yous. [you?]

[page 10]
I must finish up now
as I have to do up my
work for tomorrow.
I have a lot of Chemistry
to do and the other boys &
girls say it is not easy.
so I must do it as the
science Teacher was
very cross today and
if I leave it undone they [there?]
may be war in the camp

Jas A. [James Alexander?] Smyth

[Written on top left of Page 9]
arrived February 15th 1898

Transcribed by Kyle Smith