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Title: J A Smyth, Ontario to Miss Bella M. Smyth, Co Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/21(2)
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationstudent
Sender ReligionProtestant (Methodist)
OriginEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, Bella M.
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.0401003
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 06:01:2004.
Word Count849
TranscriptFront of envelope

Miss Bella M.Smyth,

AP 3

Back of envelope
AP 6

Hand written
Arrived April 16th 1898
Saturday Morning


Essex,Ont., April 4th 1898

Dear Sisters Parents & Brothers,
I have just been down
to post office and received your
letter and as you mention of
John's intentions of going as
an apprentice to Liverpool I thought
I would answer immediately
Your letter is rather indefinite
in some places. You say he
will get 38£. Is that altogether
or per year? It is not very much
money for four years if that
is the meaning. As to being far
away I would not think much
of that. It is only about
10 or 11 hours travelling. Two and
a half hours travelling to
Belfast and from [then?] only
eight hours shipping so that it
is not very far away.
The only thing which I don't
like about these old Country
firms is their long apprenticeships.
In this country they pay you
what you are worth and raise
you when they think you are
value for it and if you are
not satisfied you can leave at
any time. When he intended
going to some such business as
this he should have been
attending school all along.
His education is not very far
advanced yet and in a business
like that he will find it very
However I would advise him just
in the month. He will find the
month spent in that way and the
benefit of the experience of much
value. The months outing is well
worth the trouble;
If he goes he will have the Easter
Summer and Xmas holidays
to go home in and that should
be quite sufficient.
If I had been in his place I
would have been studying for
some of the civil service examinations,
and they are pretty good paying
position [positions];
One thing I would say, I would
serve in no firm unless it was
a first class house. I would
go into no one horse establishment,
This place may be a large
enough business for all I know
but he should know before
going what is and all about
it. What is the salary after the
four years are up? I shall say
no more concerning the matter as
I might perhaps either advise him
go or stay and then not like it,
You all know about as well
as I do except that I may have
more experience than the most of
I had a letter from Tommy Hay
this morning he tells me he is
getting along well. I had one
from him last Xmas sometime
but somehow or other
I never answered it,
However I must answer this one
this week as I think he must
not like it very well,
I shall write to all to whom I
think deserve a letter.
You talk of Holidays. They
commence on Thursday and
open again on Apl [April?] 18
have quite a holiday but I
must do some studying
during these days as I am
not as well up in some of
my work as I should be,
I thought the Local Government
Bill was suitable to all classes,
One thing the Irish people
need a chang [change?] of some kind,
I was down at Woodslee
yesterday, walked up in the
afternoon. I attended the
funeral of a young man
whom I knew, Bailey by
name. He was killed in
the state of Indiana last
thursday and his people who
use [used} to live in Woodslee,
alway [always?] ury there. His
Mother died last year and was
buried in oodslee. His wife felt
pretty bad and he was not long
I suppose I will be down
in Woodslee during the holidays,
Chas [Charles] and Annie & family
were all up for the funeral
and I also saw many other
As you mention songs being
made keep yourselves clear of
all such trash let those who
delight in such work do it
but I would steer clear of it.
William should not work very
hard until he gets used to the
work again as he cannot get
very strong in a few days.
I am glad to know you got along
so well with mad money this
time, you know it is encouraging
to get a fair recompense for
your trouble,
I did not get a letter from
Willie Gilkison yet I think he
is like myself he must be getting
The weather is a little cold here
just now. There is nothing been [being]
done here yet in the farming
line. We had fair weather
in the beginning of the last month
but it turn [turned] out quite cold when
April visited us. I attended the
millinery openings in town here
on Thursday last. A few boys
of us were together and we tried
on some hats too. Of course there
is no use in me telling you how
good we looked with ladys [ladies] hats on
but anyhow we had an evenings [evening's]
fun. Write just as soon as possible
and let me know the decision,

Your Brother

J A Smyth

[when?] addressed
this letter I
got tonight
The writing
seems strange
to me
Jas [James?]