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Title: J. A. Smyth, Canada to B.M. Smyth, Co Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/35
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.0401016
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 20:01:2004.
Word Count433
TranscriptFront of Envelope

Letter addressed to
Miss B.M.Smyth
Co. Tyrone


Written in Ink.
Arrived 6th July 99

Back of Envelope

Ju 6

Written in ink
Arrived July 6th 99

Essex Ont [Ontario?]
June 23 1899

Dear Sister,
Your letter of June
10th. To hand today, and as usual
I am glad to know that you are all
in good health. I must say I am
sorry to know of the accident which has
befel [befell?] Matthew Smyth. It must
have been a serious broken leg or
otherwise the [bone?] is not much good
when he has to go to the infirmary.
I expected that Archibalds
death would cause somewhat of a stir
regarding the disposal of his wordly
treasures and perhaps the end is not yet.
I see you have a long way to go
to cut your [turf?]. It is too bad but
I suppose you cannot help that I notice also
the girls have gone(you say to) spread them,
vast differences in this country. You could
not get girls to do that kind of work either
for love nor money, such, are the different
occupations in different countries.
I am glad to know that the band has begun
practising. If they only knew the value of it
I doubt not but that they would practise more
and agree better. A good player in a brass
Band has very little trouble in getting a position
in this country, because a preference is always
given to a man who could aid the band in the place
where he is going. Now a knowledge of the flute
leads the person to understand a more difficult
instrument, so much easier. I may get you a Fife
and Drum music Book some day and send it to you.
I see some that contain an easy and nice selection
of times. The tunes they play there are all old
and specially suited for 12 July celebrations.
You should have these suitable for [xmas?] etc.
selection of waltz tunes and so on, I would like
if it is possible for the Band Boys to get their
pictures taken on the 12th. I wish they would
do so if possible.
I was at a picnic at Amherst bay some 20 miles from
here yesterday with Essex Brass Band. We got 2 each
for the day. [Swore?] drummers are in good demand
if good and play correctly by note. If John is good
he should learn it that way and keep practicing at it.
I have no time to practice as I would loose it on my
school work. I suppose there is some truth in the idea
about looking for a hoard of money. I thought you knew
I had a second class [Hon?] professional last year. I
have that now and will for all time to come. I can teach
on that in this country at xmas, and if I pass now again
I cant begin to Xmas. If I dont pass it does not make any
difference. I can begin teaching any how at same time and
this years study will not be last. I dare say I could
pass your examination over there dead easy. This years
study especially suited the work required over there and
that was one reason why I went this year, I shall have to
begin teaching here on a salary of about $325, up to $375
or about £65 to £70 in your money per year. And there is
usually about 2 months holidays in summer. July and august
There are two of the boys that were going to school last
year who failed on their seconds went teaching and they
are getting $325 or $350. One of them Hill. Cooke has the
south Woodslee school, that is counted a small salary in
this country. The reason why I cannot teach is that I have
not attended modal yet and I must go there a while to
get instructions in the art of teaching. etc.
I suppose you do not know what the Eden school is worth.
I may go down to Woodslee tonight and so I shall be able
to tell them concerning the [----?] of [A?] [Duncans?] death.
(p.s. I almost forgot I would need some money pretty soon
if you can afford it. I shall be leaving here in about 3
weeks so I shall pay up all bills - J.a.s) [James Alexander
I see you are having picnics over there now, now the only
trouble with you folks in Ireland is that you do not go out
enough and see something $26 is a cheap excursion I wish we
could get a few here for that. When we get a good one
it cost about 12 shillings. You should take in a few of
those [evening?] [excursions?] and see more of the country.
And the people [&?] their manners and so on. I think I have
written enough now. If you can read it at first sight you
are all right

James A Smyth