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Title: James A Smyth, Ontario, to J J Smyth, Castledamph,.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/33(2)A
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.505032
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 25:05:2005.
Word Count861
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Mr John James Smyth
Co Tyrone

[Stamp torn off]

[Back of Envelope]
JY 15

[Letter 1]

[Page 1]

South Woodslee
July 3rd ‘98

Dear Parents
I did not intend
writing for a few days but
I changed my mind and
thought I would write a few
word [sic] as it may reach you
yet before the 12th of July and
possibly there may be some
people there who would like
to hear from me
If I had took [taken?] this
though [through?] sooner I might
have been sure of its arrival
before that day but at present I
am doubtful whether or not
it may reach you, However
it don’t matter much you

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shall get the news sometime,
I must say that at
present we have very warm
weather Just about As hot
as I want it to be
I am just sweating all the
time. If this continues
it will make our examinations
quite uncomfortable as the
rooms are usually close
and warm.
I am down at Uncle’s these
few days. I shall go back
to Essex on Wednesday night
or perhaps Tuesday night.
I am doing nothing but
reviewing lesson [sic] now. I
am not sure yet whether I
shall get over them all
once before examination starts
However I shall do quite
a bit on evenings of
exam. [examination?] days

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I must do my best to pass
so it requires all the reviewing
I suppose you people are busy
preparing for 12th of July
at least that is what I always
imagine when July comes,
I hope the [they?] all have a good
time. There is a large celebration
in Windsor. All the Orangemen
of the surrounding counties
will celebrate there as well as
the people of United States along
the border,
As I mentioned before I
would not go owing to exam.
work and such is my intentions
at present yet if I do good
or excellent on the examination
[sic] which are before the 12th.
I might go up on the morning
train and back on noon train

[Page 4]
by such an arrangement. I
could see the gathering and
also could spend the evening
reviewing my studies;
However I shall imagine
I hear the Band play
going away and returning
home, and there is two
chances to one that you
people may imagine me
sitting at a table and
studying how the Greeks
conquered the Spartans
the defence of Thermopylae,
how Hanibal crossed the Alps
and defeated the Romans,
with an occasional glance
at the papers to see how
Uncle Sam And the

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Spaniards are faring down
in Cuba, Such is the most
probable way I shall spend
the day, However I shall
play in Essex band leaving
them at the station on the
morning and returning from
station at night (snare Drum)
If I get along fairly well
the five examination [sic]
previous to that day I shall
be in good spirits otherwise
there will be a damper on them
The Cubans and Yankees
had a hot battle on Friday
at Santiago I understand
the Americans lost about 1000,
the Spaniards 1200, These
are the newspaper accounts

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probably the loss will be
greater when the [they?] come
to count up, Such is war and
it is not all over yet There
will be many such engagements
before the Stars and Stripes
are planted on Cuban soil,
and there will be many a
man fall on both sides
The United States thought
they would have a walk over
taking Cuba but they will
find the Spaniards are not
so slow as they took them
to be,
One result of the war was
the formation of the so-much
talked of Anglo Saxon Alliance
Such is a very good idea
between two powerful English
Speaking nation [sic] and such
an alliance would have a very

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deterring effect on any other
nation interferring [interfering?]
with either of them,
They are getting very friendly
of late anyhow, nothing but
compliments passing between them,
If there is much news in the
papers I shall send you one, in
a few days,
There may be a letter for me
at Essex as it did not tell
when to send it down.
Convey my best wishes to
all present and I wish them all
peace and Prosprity [Prosperity?]
and health which are three essentials
for getting along well, while we are
hopping around on this Terrestrial
Sphere, I Was down seeing Mrs Bennett
on Saturday

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night. They [The?] people are all
well Annie & Chas [Charles?]
& family went home on Friday night
I think this is about all the
news I have to tell you,
Perhaps I should mention farming.
You see anything I am not engaged
in I forget to mention
it. Haying pretty near over
wheat is nearly ripe oats
are out in head a week or [more?]
I hope everything is cut and
in before the 18th, as I don’t
care very much for to have
to work much with it.
James A, Smyth,

[Written across top of Page 8]
I Just took a notion to write
this as I was going to bed so
it did not take me more than
half an hour, I may write again
on the 12th, and give you the
news. J.A.S
[James Alexander Smyth?]