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Title: James A Smyth, Ontario to J.J. Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/21(3)
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationschool teacher
Sender ReligionProtestant (Methodist)
OriginEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, John James
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.0410093
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 27:10:2004.
Word Count866
TranscriptFront of Envelope

Mr John Jas Smyth
Co Tyrone

AP 30

Back of Envelope

5 0
MY 11

Written in Pen
Arrived May 11th - 1900

Essex, 29 April,1900,

Dear Father,
Your Letter and that of Willie s
(sic) John received last week. I am pleased to
know that you are all in excellent health
again and hope you all remain so.
You have nearly the same kind of spring
as we have hear [here?]. Spring work is just
about to begin. We have had one week of good
weather and everything is quite dry now,
There seems to have been some changes in
the manner of repairing roads. Well that is
always the result of a change. They say a
change is as good as a rest. You are very
likely to have poor roads in future. In this
country they are gradually introducing the
old country style of road. Contracting
but it will be a long time before it is in
that style yet.
Each farmer does so much road work
each year; so that is the way road work is
carried on, and you may be sure they do not do
any more than they have to do.
So old Margaret s money is gone. It is
too bad. if some one had got it all it would
have done them some good but now nobody
is any the better, so old John & Margaret might
Just as well have died without a cent.
I would certainly pay no costs, you have paid
enough on it now.
I am sorry to hear of Willie Gilkison not
being well. It is too bad. I think scurvey [scurvy?]
is a contagious disease,
Regarding associations, these are most of
what you may call high company in this.
They are respectable people and every body in town
Work (sic) for a living. These are not retired
people, here but these are a lot of very
respectable people and of good social standing
I know myself what it took to put me
when I am of [if?] I only took the time to audit
my books which I have neglected for two or three
years. I always keep an itemized account of all
my receipts and expenditures so if I add up I can
tell what I [have?] spent.
I know I won`t have any money saved these six
months as it takes it nearly all to keep me going.
Tomorrow we have an election to sustain or
repeal a by. law passed by The town council three
years ago, by which by law we have Local option i.e.
no liquor sold or bought in the town since that time.
Now there is an election tomorrow to see
if the [they?] shall have this by law in force for
another or whether the [they?] pass a new law
allowing liquor to be sold in the ordinary
way. We have had a temperance town for three year
(sic) not a public house in the town.
It is too bad James Houston is not in
good health. Your country does not seem to
be very healthy.
I suppose you all look a trip up to Dublin to
see the Queen. at least, I expect some of you
did so, as you may not have an opportunity
I have spent about £1 getting pictures taken
last week. I got half dozen large size and one
dozen small size. I shall send several over to
the green isle in a few days. I send you a large
picture of all the [modelites?] of last Fall.
I enclosed (sic) a list of these names,
Miss S Russel.
Read the names from top down beginning
at left hand, and going down in rows,
as they are setting in picture.
I shall write W. [Willie?] John a letter
some of these days. I am very thankful to him
for giving me so much news that none of
others would have mentioned.
The majority of the boys that I have are his
age and about in the same book.
We have had a terible fire here in Canada
last week. The city of Ottawa and [Hull?] were
almost wiped out. I think the city of Hull
was completely destroyed. Thousands of
houses burned and as a result thousands of people
homeless and without a cent of money or food. It is
a terribly [bad?] calamity but the people of this
country and Britain must send immediate help. to the
Now I think I have nothing more of importance to
tell you, see slip of paper

Your Son
Jas [James?] A Smyth

(Attached slip of Paper)

Those marked x are Essex Students Miss Arnold, Miss Russel,
and John [Batten?] and myself were last years 1st class
graduates, [McKee?] is a university first year man & honor
graduates of Essex.
Miss Greaves is the only other first class student in the
group. The majority of the others are seconds, the others 111
miss X. John Batten Miss B McClaen [McClean?], Jos [Joseph?]
Tully miss B. Fox. & G. W. McKee,
Miss B. McNeil Jos [Joseph?] Brady. Miss G Greaves, Miss R Raines
Miss [Bowdy?]
Miss S Russel Mr Chisholm Miss L Kenny, Miss M Monforton Miss McGarvey
Jas [James A. Smyth Miss F Arnold
Miss McMillan Miss N Scott

Miss JC. Cannot think of her name at present