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Title: J A Smyth, Ontario, to J J Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/23(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, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.0502012
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 16:02:2005.
Word Count855
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr John J Smyth
Co Tyrone


AP 25

[Written in lighter writing

One from You and Me

James A Smyth
Essex Co

Mr J J Smyth
Co Tyrone

[Back of Envelope]

[Written on Back]

James Smyth
Essex County

James Smyth

May 7th 1898

Arrived Saturday May 7th 1898

[Lots of Numerical Calculations]
May 7th 1898

APL 25
20 -0

AP 25

9 15
MY 6th

[Page 1]

Essex Ont
April 23/98

Dear Parents

I received your letter
a few days ago, and I received
the money order all right [alright?].
I think that picture of John, is very
good. He might have buttoned all the
buttons of his vest but I suppose he
was in a hurry.
I sent you a few newspapers yesterday
after I got through reading them.
As are [sic] perhaps already aware off
[of?] the United States and spain are
at war, and may perhaps by this time
have engaged in a naval battle
in which

[Page 2]
all the latest Naval inventions
will be put to practical use.
I have no doubt the [rupture?] of the
diplomatic relations between United States
and Spain surprised all the nations of the
earth although such a state of affairs
gradually made itself apparent to all
of them. There is no telling where this
war may end, Spain, I See, has not consented
to stop privateering, so that if England s
commerce is injured in any way that will
throw England in with United States against
Spain Then there is a possibility, by accounts,
that France and Austria may side with Spain.

[Page 3]
United States fleet has seized two Spanish ships
already I am waiting for the result if the two Naval
fleets come in contact. The majority of Eng.
[English?] speaking people are in sympathy for [sic]
the United States this may be because of their interest
and friend s and relative s in United States, but
I believe war could have been avoided and I am
sure Spain was almost compelled to go to war. The
U.S. alternative for Spain to get out cuba and
cuban waters within a certain time would certainly
have been [humiliating?] for Spain to comply with
without [hating?] Uncle Sam s strength and war like

[Page 4]
However war is declared now and they must
fight to a finish and Spain although in a bankrupt
state will probably show good courage.
Pres [President?] MacKinley [McKinley?] yesterday
signed the Bill asking for 125000 Volunteers. All
their regular army has been shipped south during
the latter part of last week. The troops up here
at Detroit left on thursday and was a sad parting
with with [sic] wives and family etc there will
be a lot of them wont come back. There [They?]
are listing them as fast [as they?] get men. Some
Canadians are going over and [Joining?] the Army.

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However I think I would wait until war broke out
in my own country before I would go.
There has been a great deal of talk late year as
to the results of the use of all the new inventions
no case of war so that oeople will have an opportunity
likely of seeing the result.
If these large naval warship get put down there
will be great loss of life and also of money. The
torpedo boats and such like will be [brought?] into
use for the first time. I don t know whether you
people in Ireland [are?]

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as much excited over a war as the people of this
country. Excitement, of course, is very high in
Uncle Sam s land and there is also great excitement
Right here in Essex. Newspapers sell as quick as
they reach town. There is a Lady in town whose
husband is an officer on board the Warship Ohio.
(i.e. One of the best ships now in the blockade
at Havanna [Havana?])
This letter seems to be all war new s and I hardly
know what else to say. This is first week of School
after holidays. I spent the holidays at Woodslee
Uncle and all the folks are [f?] well. I think
Uncle will profit by the war as wheat

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is going up in price and he has a good deal to sell.
I am glad to know you got all or almost all of your
road money this time. John, if he intends getting
some business, should keep a watch out for an opening
or opportunity. I think I shall not ask any more
aid from you after July, If I pass then I shall
Go to Modal [Model?] School for three month [sic]
and then try and get a place as teacher, I shall try
and make enough money during holidays to keep me
during those three month [sic]. If I fail for
my second I shall try and get some

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situation or employment until Xmas and then come
back again and try once more, I am bound to get
a second if I do have to try for it twice
Spring is a little slow about comming [coming?]
out in full force here. The weather is not very
warm yet though before July is out it will be too
much So [Must?] [sic] all the oats are sown, and
ploughing for corn is going on

No more at present


J A Smyth [James Alexander?] Smyth

N.B. The papers I sent you yesterday [contain?]
all the [latest?] war news up to noon yesterday
J.A.S [James Alexander Smyth?]

Transcribed by Elizabeth Prentice