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Title: J. A. Smyth, Ontario, to J. J. Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/30(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
Doc. No.0505048
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 25:05:2005.
Word Count841
Transcript[Front of Envelope?]
Miss E. C. Smyth
Co. Tyrone

[Back of Envelope]
MAY 23

MY 22

10 0
JU 3

[Written on Envelope]
Arrived June 4th 1899

[Page 1]
Essex May [1?] 99

Dear Parents
I am, perhaps a
little slow in answering your
letter this time. However I
have nothing particular to say
so there is not much occasion
for a rush. I notice by your
letter that you have considerable
rain at the spring season.
We have very warm weather here
now, There was a good afternoons
rain a few days ago and the
farmers were much pleased to
see it as everything was looking
dry. The trees are all out in
leaf here now and things looks

[Page 2]
I suppose it was a change for
Tom, to begin sowing, The [They?]
should have learned to do so long
ago. Now I think your trouble is
nothing more than a result of
your wettings from fishing and
hunting when you were younger
than you are now.
I am glad those stiller
[distillers?] got a lesson.
Perhaps they will repect the
sabbath day after this
It's a disgrace to the town,
I am going down to Woodslee
this afternoon, The Baptist
Minister from here preaches
there in the evening so I shall
ride down and back with him
I have not been down for
a good while

[Page 3]
Our examinations are announced
again. The [they?] begin on [sic]
3rd of July our’s or Form (iv)
begins on 7th July and it end [sic]
for me on the 17th July. Some
days during that time I don't
have to write, I write from
9. to 11 30, AM on July 12th, on
History a subject which I am afraid
of, I hardly think it is possible
for me to attend the celebration,
It takes place in London about
110 miles from here. I suppose I
could take the 12 o clock train here
and reach London by 2 o clock and in
that way I would see all the procession

[Page 4]
But I don't know whether I could
buy the excursion ticket for
that train, as the excursion
train goes in the morning.
We are going to have a good
celebration here on 24 May
I will have a job in the band
for that day, I think we will
have a good time, I was in
Windsor last Saturday also
went to Detroit and saw
the famous Dan Godfrey's
English Band on March also
went to the concert in the
the [sic] evening. The music
was something grand, 50c was
the admission. They are
great players about 40 in it

[Page 5]
I received your papers
yesterday and flowers. The
latter are not in a very healthy
looking condition. I planted
the one with roots on it but
it may not progress very will
[well?] in this Canadian soil.
At any rate they look as though
sea sickness took a good hold
on them. I also got a letter from
Wm Gilkison [Willie Gilkinson?]
about a week ago, and I am glad
to hear from him, He gave
me an interesting letter.

[Page 6]
Essex May 22
Dear Parents
I have had this part
of a letter written a long time
I was not going to send it but
I thought I had said something
that might interest you so I
shall send it. I was down at
Woodslee yesterday, they are
all well, Tillie McIllwaine
is there or rather Mrs [MacGogan?]
she is visiting the Woodslee
folks a few weeks. We are going
to have a grand time here on
24 inst, celebrating the Queens
Birthday. I have just come
back from attending the
funeral of Miss Maud McRae,
that young girl in
the picture the first standing
to the right, I was one of the
pall bearers or as you say
the one that give the first
and last lift, The other
five were also high school boys

[Page 7]
She has been sick quite a while
but I would not know her to-day
she was 20 yrs old, They had
a grand coffin, white and I am
sure a costly one.
I received the letter and
money last week. I must go down
stairs as soon as I am through
and pay a good part of it in
board, I am glad to know
you are all well and that
you are getting the crops in
alright. I expect you may
give it to me for not writing
sooner. but I kept putting it
off from day to day and so the
time goes on.

[Page 8]
I sent in my application form
for examination today. and
also three dollars with it.
It will not be long until we
get trying what we can do.
Let W Gilkison [Willie Gilkinson?]
know I shall write next week.
It is great for Miss Ballantine
to get a man 50 yrs [years?] old
and a catholic, Now for fear I
have this letter too heavy I
must stop on this page and I may
say I shall not let it be as
long before I write again I see
in todays paper the Paris
steamship met with a mishap
over there. Good Bye to all
Jas A Smyth [James Alexander Smyth]
(always in a hurry)

Transcribed by Greg Floyd