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Title: J.A. Smyth, Ontario to B.M. Smyth, Co. Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/26(3)
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.0410192
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 28:10:2004.
Word Count809
TranscriptFront of envelope
Miss B.M Smyth
Co. Tyrone

AP 24

Back of envelope
Arrived May 7th 99

MY 3 99

APL 24 20- 1899

8 15
MY 5

AP 24


April 23 '99

Dear Sisters
I have been intending
to write for the last weeks but
some how or other I keep putting
it off until Sunday. It is now almost
ten o'clock and I have just got in
from church after having a walk up
& down the street a couple of times
so I thought I would scribble a line
or two before I should go to bed.

I received the money all right this week.
I see by your letter that father is
not yet in his usual state of health:
did he have the doctor attending him
yet, if not I think he should do so,
We have very nice weather here now,
Spring has set in and everything is
budding forth very nicely. The farmers
are ploughing and I think there is
no sowing done yet. However I don't
know much about what is going on
around the farm, except what I see on
those around the school, I am rather
sorry to hear that Miss [Dawes?] is
sick It is a wonder that school is
allowed to be closed, [one?] would
expect, they would place a substitute
in charge until she got better. I
think John McFraland [McFarland?]
was perfectly right in not withdrawing
from the election, Why did not one of
the Winner s withdraw? They had as
good a right to do so as he had,
besides I don't believe in this
principle of always putting some
big bug in office, I don't know
why they nominated S. [Dunne?] J.P
and thos addler [Thomas Addler?] as
neither of them are much acquainted
enough with the wants of the country to
know what kind of legislation would be
best. The best man for the position
should be elected regardless of
religion anyhow I fail tosee [to see?]
where any religious sect is going to
benifit [benefit?] by the elections,
we have the very same elections here
every year and there is no such nonsense
about religion. That was the curse
of Ireland 200 years back and I
suppose will be for all time and it
is the reason which keeps the people
of Ireland today so poor and so
Now Imust [I must?] change my subject I
shall be writing on politics the
first thing I know,
Our Principal was away at Toronto
and the other teachers did not hold
the pupils down so well so so (sic) there
was a kind of a play day at school
on Friday.
There was a concert given by the ladies
of the town in the Town Hall on Friday
night and the proceeds amounted to
over £20 It was called the Temple of
[faure?] a very nice affair and
everyone acted their parts very well,
of course there is no use one discribing
[describing?]it as you never seen anything
like it there, anyhow I never attended a good
concert in Ireland all the time I lived
there. There has been several good ones
given here this year,

Studying is coming along along (sic) a
kind of slowly. I am not able to
stict [stick?] to it like I used
to, It is alright until it comes evening
and then I like to go out and sometimes
stay out too long and then I have a
[hustling?] time to get my work up for
next day. These other years I liked it
far better than I do this year, and I
liked the teachers better also, so
everything was a little better,
However I must make the best I can out of it
and try and pass this year and that ends
it. I am afraid of a couple of subjects
this year and they are the ones that I
hate to look at History is one of them
and Greens English History at that, I just
hate to study that book and besides
it so (sic) large, something like an old
family bible.
It will only be a short time until
examination, The time seems to go
so quickly. There is going to be celebration
here on May 24th I expect we shall have as
good a time as last year, The Band has
began (sic)[begun?] to practise (sic)[practice?]
again I look the suave [draw?] again also,
How is your Band now I expect there are
not many players there now I often think
it would be a nice thing if you had a
brass Band there but it would cost money
[here?] the town people usually subscribe
enough for us buy (sic) the music etc and
the band usually make enough to pay for
its [?]
I was down at my Uncle last week, they are
all will [well?]. I think I must close now
and go to bed I had a bad pen writing
the above so I changed it
James A Smyth