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Title: James A Smyth, Ontario to J J Smyth, Co Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/37
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, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.0501017
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 14:01:2005.
Word Count886
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr John Jas Smyth
Co Tyrone

JY 10

[Back of envelope]

JUL 10
20 - 0

JY 21

Arived [Arrived?] July 21st 99

[Page 1]

Essex Ontario July 9th 1899

Dear Parents
I received your letter and
money order last monday but
as I was busy all week I did
not get it cashed yet I will
have it cashed tomorrow morning
- as soon as the Bank opens.
The Post Office here sometimes
cash it themselves and sometimes
give an order on the Bank.
So far in my examinations
I think I got along very well.
Some of the papers were easy
enough, and others were of
a more difficult nature

[Page 2]
There was no [suass?] about the
[literature?] paper on Friday
afternoon. There was one
stiff question asked concerning
the similies [similes?] in Miltons Paradise
Lost. However, in my own
judgement I am on the
safe side so far, but you are
never sure how the examiners
may mark your paper. You
may think you gave a good
answer to a paper and they
may think differently and
their decisions are of the
most importance.
I have tomorrow and next day
to prepare for History and if I
get a fair mark on that paper
I am not much afraid of
the remainder. Friday and
Saturday we had four papers
two each day.

[Page 3]
This is Sunday afternoon and I
am all alone in the house. The
others are out somewhere, and the
boys that were going to school
have gone home, feeling nothing
to [too?] sure of their examination.
The orangemen march to church
this evening and I think I shall
go with them, show my colours,
I hardly know what to
say this evening as I just
intended to tell you about
the examination and that
was my purpose in writing.
I must say that I am
glad to notice the manner
in which you farmers [there?], do
your work now. I am sure
it seems much lighter to
exchange [works?] and at the
time get along fully better
It is a very practicable idea
and it make [sic] people more friendly

[Page 4]
I am sorry to hear of the
death of young Hamilton.
It is sad when it is so sudden,
especially when he was a student
at his studies and incurring
cosiderable expense to his
his [sic] people, but we may
say with the poet "sweet are
the uses of adversity" Sometimes
afflictions are blessings in
disguise. and at any rate
we should always look upon
them as so. A famous [preacher?]
once said that while he had
known hundreds brought to
God by adversity, he had never
known one converted by prosperity
and so it it [is?].
I was just thinking this afternoon
if I was

[Page 5]
home I would be preparing
for the twelfth of July tomorrow
- and next day and [I?] suppose
you folk will [sic] doing a little
along that line, I have missed
all the twelfth now for three
years but I shall try and
attend one in Ireland next
year if everything turn [turns?] out
in the right direction.
We have very nice weather
for examinations this year, not
warm, with an occassional [occasional?]
shower, today is neither warm
nor cold. In another week
or so I shall find time to
write to my other correspondents
over there so you may tell
them the circumstances.
I had almost forgotten
that you told me about Joe
Gilkinson going to get

[Page 6]
married. Good for Joe, not
a bad example for the rest of
them, providing he is getting
a good sensible and intelligent
young lady. One who will
be a good companion for
him. So that it is all right
providing he is making a good
match. He is just about the
right age to settle down,
out here he would not be
counted young. Many are
married at sixteen and
seventeen and especially
with girls. if they pass
twenty five, they are counted
old maids, so their [there?]
is a pointer for some
of the girls, if they are contemplating
comming [coming?] to this
country. A girls [girl?] here to
cut much of a figure must

[Page 7]
have a fair education, good
musician, be between eighteen
and twenty two years old, and
also good looking and have
somewhat an attractive gait
with her,
Now I am filling up a letter
whether it is news or not.
Don't forget to send a few
newspaper [sic] before and after -
the twelfth, and as far as
reading is concerned I shall
find time to read them.
How is James Houston getting
along, he has not written to
me in a long time. I suppose
I must write to him after I
have a few spare moments.
I may send you a list of
my examination papers, if
I can procure another set,
after I am through. You could
let Mr [James?] see them and

[Page 8]
him compare our Canadian
standards with your Irish
standards. I am off [of?] the
opinion that we are not much
behind you in that respect.
It just [sic] about time to get
supper so I shall leave off
telling you any more at the
present. hoping to hear you
had a good time at [the?]
celebration wherever it may
be, as I have not found out

James A Smyth

[N.B.?] I am after attending the
march to church, had quite a crowd
and the preacher (Eng. Church) gave
a rather protestant sermon.
J.A.S. [James Alexander Smyth?]

Transcribed by Alan Houston