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Title: James Smyth, Ontario to John J. Smyth, Co. Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/38(3)
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationschool principal
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.0401010
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 08:01:2004.
Word Count667
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr John Jas. Smyth,
Co. Tyrone,

JY 03

[Back of Envelope]


[Page 1]
Essex, Ont., [Ontario?]
1st July 1900

Dear Father & Mother,
Although it is almost time
to be in bed yet I think I shall write
this letter tonight as I may not have
time tomorrow. I intend going to a
Dominion Day celebration at
Amherstburg, so I would hardy [hardly?] have time in
the morning. When Belle get [sic] there
she can give you the location of any
place I mention henceforth
I expect some of you shall have
seen her by the time this letter reaches
you. I thought the vessel would have
been reported at [Moville?] in two days
paper but it was not. probably it
will be tomorrow. I was telling
her she would be in Ireland for the
twelfth of July. So I hope she sees
something worth seeing and perhaps
see [sic] some respectable orangemen.
I am just after coming back from
marching with the Essex Lodge to
church tonight. They are certainly

[Page 2]
a good many seedy looking members
but I made up my mind I would
walk with them if they were even worse
as long as I think the order is all
We are going to chatham on the
twelfth [of?] July. I am going also and see
[sic] what kind of a time they have as this
is the only chance since I left home
last. The other years past I was
always writing on examinations so
could not go.
I have been wondering this week
why I got no letters from nobody
I think I must pick up a few new
one [ones] in order to get any news from
that place. When you see Belle you
can tell her to write me an account
of her impressions of the country
the people the manner etc. and
you can supplement it with any
other remarks. I saw Aunt and
Cassie in town on Friday
I was talking to them for a while

[Page 3]
I suppose it will be about the twelfth
when you receive this letter so you
can remember me to all my old friends
and acquaintances. Let them know I am
well and that my arrangements, all being,
well I shall be with them next year.
I hope they can show a good band and
etc by that time.
I am busy now correcting exam
papers. I shall finish up in another day
I think about fourteen of my pupils
may pass. I read papers all day
yesterday and part of Friday and I
plucked a few of the poor ones.
We had exams for promotions
all this week at school. so these are
their papers. that I am reading
I was principal of the school this
week and I gave a pupil a good
shaking up one day and the pupil (sic)
father was going for me about it
so I finally told him to make his
best of it. Next Sept. if the same
pupil comes back to my room I
shall expell [expel?] him and that may
teach parent and son a lesson.

[Page 4]
There is always some good for nothing
scamps in every school and this boy
is one of them but I shall train
him up before I am through with
him unless he passes his exam,
(which is very doubtful) and then
he goes to the Principal's room.
The Principal was at High
School this week as presiding
examiner so I chief cook (sic) and
bottle washer in our school. "I was
monarch of all I surveyed, and my
right three was none to [too] desperate"
Sara Duncan and Annie was in my
room one day last week on a visit.
I think I shall be in Woodslee by the
end of the week for a few days. You
may write Woodslee or Essex. Just as
you please. I think this is all
at present hoping you have an
enjoyable twelfth and a pleasant

J.A. [James Alexander?] Smyth

Don't find fault
with my writing it is all
right if you can make
it [out?]
Jas [James?]

Transcribed by Alan Houston