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Title: James A Smyth, Essex, to B. M. Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/32(2)
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.0410086
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 26:10:2004.
Word Count892
TranscriptEnvelope addressed to:-

Miss B. M. Smyth
Co Tyrone

Postmarked on Front:-

MY 30

Postmarked on Back of Envelope:-

MY 30

JU 10

Back of Envelope:-
(Written on Back)
June 10th

Essex May 29th

Dear Sister
I received your
letter to day at noon so I shall
not keep you as long waiting
for an answer as I did last
time. We had a very good
time here on 24th May. I did
play in the band that day.
We got £5 for the days playing
but there were seventeen of us
and we had to pay for music
and then all was left was
$4 for each. However one would
have been in the grounds any
how so, that much was saved,
I suppose you people don t
in one sense of the term know when
the Queens birthday comes,
I am glad to know that
the sick people are all getting
better again, It seems strange
the difference between here and
there as far as doctors are
concerned. You would hardly
be sick here fifteen minutes
until you would send for a
Doctor, even if it is only a
headache and there they never
[send?] unless a leg or some
part of your bones broken, or
more serious. I guess that
is the reason Doctors get
so rich here in a few years
I am on the [this?] subject
[of?] for now so I will go
on a while, I was out driving
with two of the Doctors here on
two occasions. They were asking
me what I intended studying
for, and I said I had a notion
of medicine but I had not
the necessary means to put
myself through just now.
One of them said he would go
to Medical College next Fall
he said money or no money
and he would manage some
how to get enough to pull
through for a year on, and then
if he was [scarce?] of money he
would stay out for a year and
earn money, then.
That was his opinion, of course
with the majority of boys they
are younger than I am and
they can afford to teach school
for three or four years and
are then young enough to take
up a profession but in my case
I cannot afford to spend very
long on any calling that I do
not intend to keep at it.
If I were about 20 now and
with the education I now
have I would put myself
through for any thing I
wished and be graduated
before I was 20 years old.
Studying for a Doctor in this
country means 5 years from
you enter and about a total
cost of £300 and more if
you like to spend it.
I am pleased to know that Mr
Conroy inquires about my
welfare, as far as what I am
going to be I don t know myself
except that I may be
a teacher If I could make
a success of it for a while,
I often wonder when I hear
of so many young people
comming [coming?] out here, how they
get along, or otherwise this
must be the worst [part?]
in the country. A good many
people around this neighbourhood
have not got any more from
a financial stand point than
is necessary, I am glad to
know that the boys are
do (sic) such a business in sheep
and that they are making
lots of money. A fellow has a
poor show in this world without
money, is the necessary
thing no matter where you
go. I see you remind me
of my birthday and my
departure from home [well?]
I do not need any telling
of either of those days I
always (sic) remember them
I often wonder how these last
8 years are spent. Lots of
experience but not much
money made during that
period and a good deal
spent, I really feel ashamed
going to school this year
as the [majority?] are little
ones and here I am 26 yrs [years?]
old today. Of course it is
a good thing to get knowledge
no matter how old one is I
would not be as ignorant
as some people even if it
cost twice as much,
I am getting up in years
I don t need to be told when
when (sic) my birthday comes I am
something like the girls in
that respect,
I am always glad to know that
you are all well, and making
lots of money, I suppose Mother
still continues in Good health,
My aunt said last Sunday for
to tell Father and Mother to come
out here and spend a few months
in the summer This would
be a good idea if you can
afford the money. Father I am
sure would feel much better
for the trip and I need not
mention what sights you
would see, and the passages
is (sic) very cheap, now. I was
just looking today $100 for
a return 1st class and $30
for single second or about
£14 for a return 2nd class.
That should not be much
to spend on a trip
once in a life time
I think I made a good
long letter out of this
[Remember?] me to all the
folks and to [Mathew?] Smyth
as having escaped a similar
shower bath though the water
was cold, I often think of those
incident (sic) though I never have
anybody that know (sic) them to
talk them over together,

Good Bye to All

James A Smyth

11 o clock P.M.
Monday Night.

Transcribed by Elizabeth Prentice

Checked by Lorraine Tennant