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Title: J A Smyth, Ontario to J J Smyth, Co Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/23(3)
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.0410163
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 27:10:2004.
Word Count980
TranscriptFront of envelope

Mr John Jas Smyth
Co Tyrone

(Stamp Torn Off)

AP 3

Back of envelope

AP 13

Arrived April 14th 99
[Mary smyth?]
[Mary Smy?]
Essex Ont [Ontario?]

Mar, 29th

Dear Father,
I received your letter
of Mar,16 last monday and I am
pleased to know that you are improving
and hope you will soon be all right
[alright?] again.
You say you are through ploughing
etc, It is quite different from
here; there is no ploughing or
any other farm work done, and it
will be a good while before the
ground is ready for such work,
It snowed a good (sic) last
night and it is quite cold today.
I am wondering when spring will
come, as we have had it cold
now since beginning of Nov and
at present, there is no appearance
of warm weather,
Well in regards that [stilling?]
affair, I am glad that it is being
put an end to, I cant see what people
are thinking about when they send men to
parliament to make laws, and then
break them right and left.
Anyhow those who are dabbling in
whiskey [fortune?] never seems to go
will [well?] with them
They never seem to get out of
poverty or appear as Gentlemen
no matter how much they [still?],
I am glad none of my own
relatives are in it.
My understanding of your letter is
that John Warnock informed on them.
Is this so? Or did I misunderstand
My money is about out. If I see that
I am going to be short before I get
a new order, I just withold [withhold?] my board
Bill, and keep myself in pocket money,
My Boarding Mrs is not particular if
I let it run a month or so,
However if I paid up to date I would
have a dollar or so left yet. Tomorrow
we get a holiday for ten days so
I wont be back here until eleventh of
April. I intend to spend that time in
the city of Woodslee, and vicinity.
As long as you have enough money for
all purpose (sic) you are all right
[alright?], I tell you I will not go to
school, if it would necessitate any borrowing
of money.
I have had an Insurance agent, wanting
me to insure my life, for these two
days taking [talking?] to me. I told
him I could not pay the policy for this
year as I am not earning any money for
myself, so I told him I was going to
write home to night [tonight?] and
would tell you folks about it.
The way in which this agent insures is
on what is called a paid up policy. That
is I would have to pay $35.60 per year
for 25 years and at end (sic) of that time I
would get $1637 sixteen Hundred and
thirty seven dollars, if alive and if
one died inside of 25 years they would be
paid $1000 at death. However I have not
got the money to carry it just now so I
will take no insurance for a few years
yet. I have been thinking of insuring
when I get in such a position that I can
carry it easily, and I believe everybody
should carry more or less of an insurance
At present I think I need a pair of pants
and a few other things, more so than I do
an insurance policy I hate to wear a pair
of patched pants going to school but I am
doing so at present as my last pair got
worn through the other day.
Sitting constant is somewhat hard on
clothes. I have four or five pair (sic) here
that just look like new with the exception
of a few small holes in them. I may wear
them when I get teaching some Country
school after Xmas or send them as a
present to William or Tommy.
I have also several dilapidated
shirts a few old fashioned collars and
about a dozen well worn neckties that I
would give to any one [anyone?] that calls for them,
Well I wrote part of this letter on March
29th so I am finishing it at my Uncles
today Sunday, Apr 2'99
I got a couple of newspaper (sic) from you last
night and they look the worse for wear, The people
are all well. Cassie and Fredrick were here for
dinner today and are [have?] just gone home, The
roads here are very muddy, nearly impossible to
walk on them. The weather is quite cold, not much
like april, quite a little snow yet with occassional
[occasional?] snow flurries I hope it soon changes as
there is not much comfort with it. I don't understand
how the nominations are conducted regarding that
government Bill, I see Glenroan mentioned and Plumbride
[Plumbridge?] but I do not see Castledamph
I don't know how the districts are divided, I
also notice it is a religious conlict, [confict?]
such nonsense, in a local government election.
They should elect those who are best
fitted for the dischage [discharge?] of those
duties devolving upon them and leave all other thing
[things?] out of the question, As I said in beginning
(sic) of this letter I have all this week here, but
it is not much of a treat as it is a pretty
quiet place to spend a few holidays.
I don't think there is [three?] young
people around here to associate with here, If
I were not going to School here
I would not be in this part if [of?] the
country three hours, of course it is different
in Essex there is more fun there
This is a dull easter, I eat [ate?] one egg this morning
I remember when I used to eat 1 dozen and a half.
Send a few more of these papers to [until?] I
see the news of elections though you might send
them before they are a month old.
James A Smyth

Back at Essex this day week.

Transcribed by Greg Floyd