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Title: Jas A Smyth, Ontario, to John James Smyth, Castledamph.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/26
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationstudent
Sender ReligionProtestant (Methodist)
OriginEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
Recipient Gendermale-female
Relationshipwrites to his family
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.0604040
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count924
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr John James Smyth
Co Tyrone



[Written on top left corner]
Arrived July 17th 1897

[Back of Envelope]

[Written sideways]

William Smyth
Co Tyrone

William Smyth
Co Tyrone

JU 16

[Letter written in red ink]

[Page 1]
Essex, Ont
July 4th 1897

Dear People

I now take a few moments
to write to You, Just to let you know
how, I got along at the examination.
The Commercial examination
ended Yesterday at 5 o’clock P.M.
and I think that I did fairly well
on it, I am almost sure that I
passed, of course this is my view
of it, but I answered all the
questions on each paper. In the
Bookkeeping paper there was hardly
enough time to get the ledger closed,
but I closed an account of each
kind and told how, I would do the
others, I took particular care to
make no mistakes like I did last
year, I will send you all the
paper [sic] of all the examinations

[Page 2]
next week, about Saturday, If I do
as well on the examinations this
week I think I will be satisfied and
if I do not pass all the [examinations?]
I will be further ahead than if I had
only studied for one. I expect to get
some hard paper during this week
as we are supposed to know all
about a good many subject [sic] both
in theory and otherwise.
One thing that is against us in writing
is the weather. It is intensely hot,
yesterday and Friday the Thermometer
stood at 94 [degrees?] in the shade.
The School room was very hot. The
sweat just rolled down off me, my very
coat was wet through. This goes hard
with us in writing because we got
to keep a - going as five minutes
is sometimes very valuable, I wrote
on an average ten sheets of foolscap
in the time, but we have to look out
for spelling and Grammar on all
Subjects, as they deduct marks for these

[Page 3]
of course you may think it a steady
hot Job writing in these examinations
but I alway [sic] forget to tell you
there is also some fun connected with
them. We have a kind of a conference both
before and after the exam: 1st it is
what kind of questions do you think we
will have? Do you think the paper
will be easy? Here and there over the
room you could [Sic] one looking at, and
studying the book which the exam,
will be on, anxious to get everything
into their heads before the bell, rings
Again after the exam, is over you
could hear such saying as these
How did You do on it? I think it was
a fair paper, Oh, now it was hard
enough, [Another?] may (say but seldom
it happens) I swiped it (that is done
everything that was on it,) such is a
part of the days work, I was just
thinking when the weather is so hot that
I would not like to have to work in the

[Page 4]
and so I hope Uncle has all his hay
in the farm before next week,
If I was home I would have a
regular good time during holidays
but it is different when away,
However if I am well I will take
the twelfth of July on Monday next
and on Friday there is an excursion
to Niagara Falls so I will take that too
as it only cost a dollar or two and
I have only took one holiday since
I came back here,
I hope you have a good time on the
12th of July, If I had had time I would
wrote before so as You would had the
letter about that time, I was talking
to the principal about going to School
for a second Professional and he
said that it would be the best
as it was good for life and that it
was easier to get a school when you had
a second. I rec [received?} paper from you
the other day, I think this is all I have
to say, If I had had [orange?] ink I would wrote
this with it, I Just send this letter to let
you know how I got along

Jas. A. [James Alexander?] Smyth,

[Geography Examination Paper Enclosed 1897]

[Written on back of Examination Paper]

As my letter is not very heavy
I thought I would [Sic] this paper in also,
so that you can read this one and answer
the Questions on it, if you like until
I send the others [No?] 6 Question I
did not do a great deal on it as the
only map of Ontario, I ever drew was
that one at home and that is so
long ago that I almost forgot how
to do it The inspector said to me
after it was over that he supposed
I could draw a map of Ireland
better, In writing on these [examinations?]
the inspector who presides at the exam
has nothing to [say?] in examining the paper,
The men whose names are at the top are
the [examiners?] All papers [on?] the
[Province?] of Ontario all go to [Form 1?]
to the education department and are
examined there, We have all to use
the ink paper its provided by the education
department and no name or mark is
allowed to be put in your answer, Just
no [number?] the sheets and put them in an
envelope and seal it. Then the examiners dont
know whose paper, they are examing [examining?]
and so no favor is shown, The inspector keep [sic]
your name and a number and the no [number?] is put
to your name
after all examining is done.

Jas [James?][Smyth?]

[Written Upside down Top of Exam Page]

The results of the examination May be
known about the sec, [second?] or third week in Aug,

Transcribed by Elizabeth Prentice