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Title: James A Smyth, Canada to "Dear Parents, Brothers & Sisters"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/27(2)
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.0508007
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 19:08:2005.
Word Count935
Transcript[no envelope]

[Page 1]
South Woodslee
July 1st 1894

Dear Parents, Brothers & Sisters
Once more I take
the pleasure of writing to you hoping
the arrival of this note will find you
all in good health. I am in good
health and all the other folks are well
I have been at the examination these
last few days and I think I made
marks enough to pass. We will not
know how many marks we did make
untill the latter part of August then
the examiners will published [publish?] the number
of marks and number in each subject
The first day at 8.45am the inspector
read over the rules which occupied 15 min. [minute?]
Then Grammer [Grammar?] came for the first subject
from 9 to 11 o clock am to Geography from
11.10 to 12.40pm then we had recess from
12.40 untill 2 o clock pm then from 2 o clock
untill 4 we had Composition then from 4.10 to
4.45pm we had Dictation this ended the
first day. The second day from 9 to 11
we had arithmetic then from 11.10 to 12.20

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we had Drawing then we had an hour recess
and from 1.20 to 2.50 we had History from
this untill 5.00 o clock we had reading
The third day we had Literature from 9 to
11 o clock and from 11.10 to 11.40 we had writing
then we got until 1.30pm for recess and
from 1.30 to 3.00 we had Physiology and
Temperance for neatness there are 35 marks
allowed This is a sketch of the Programe
you had to finish on the minute[?] no more
time than the programme [Programme?] allowed
As soon as I review my papers I will
send them to you so you can see what
way examinations are held here. I did not
think any of the papers [sic] hard though some
of them I did not make a very high mark on
Arithmetic paper was easy and I know three
of my answers are wrong but they [the?] examiners
here does not call it wrong if they see you know
how to do it The way I had the answers wrong
I worked them first on scribbling papers
and then copied them off in so doing I
got the answer to one on the other or I might
say I exchanged answers In the first question
of making out a bill I took a number of
bush wheat for lbs and that was my other
mistake but I made a good mark after all

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though I intended to make 100% on that
subject I think I answered good on History
Literature, and Physiology and Geography
I have two papers on writing so I will send
you it in this letter. In the three days work
I wrote thirty sheets of Foolscap paper
Literature I wrote six and History five these
were the highest In history I did not know
it extra well in the English and it asked
for to give a short history of some men and
I took Simon de Montford [Montfort} I knowed
[knew?] a little about him and I guessed at the
rest and I hit it good the others I wrote
on was [sic] Gladstone and Oliver Cromwell
Our literature lesson was [Yarron?] unvisited
and others which you will see when I
send them. There were 47 pupils tried at
Belle River the most of them were French
I distributed the papers to them all I
handled a good many sheets. Us pupils
from Woodslee had a good time yesterday
evening after all was over we went down
to the lake and we had pies and cakes
and wanted for nothing we did not get
home untill dark I think you will
have enough news concerning this

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I suppose the 12 of July is comming [coming?]
pretty close and these next few days will be spent in
preparation for it I would liked to have
been with you this year and at this time last year
that was what I intended but I hope to get there
sometime still I know you wont [sic] have any
bigger day there than we will have here this year
in the city of Windsor all the people from the
state of Michigan and around there will be at
Windsor so there will be a big day If this letter
arrives before the twelfth you can give all
the band boy [sic] and Orangemen my best respects
and till then I am glad to see them keeping
together so long as they have done and I
hope they will conduct themselves in a
suitable manner and I also wish them a
happy day I would just like to give the
drum the first roll, for them. I would not send any
sharp letter to Cassie or any of them just
let it drop as it is It is not a great benefit to either
one so it is just as well not to say anything. I
intend working a little for these next two months
and then I will see about going on to High School
Well if this letter is not long enough I will write a
longer one next time The weather is very hot here now
it was pretty hot in school I sweat a lot during the
three days
I will finish up now wishing you
a merry twelfth good bye to all
James A Smyth

[Written upside down at the top of page 4]

I think I will soon have to answer the girls writing
I always leave them undone for a length of time
I must answer Tilda Gilkison too Ja [James?] A Smyth

Transcribed by Greg Floyd