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Title: J. A. Smyth, Essex to, J. J Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/45
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.0401017
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 20:01:2004.
Word Count855
TranscriptEnvelope addressed to:-<
Mr. J A Smyth
Co Tyrone

Front of Envelope
Arred [Arrived?]
Sept 23



Back of Envelope


Essex Ont
Sept 12th 1897

Dear Parents
I received your
letter last week of Aug 26th and
am pleased to know that you are all
well. I had been waiting for a
letter for a few days previous.
as I was not certain what you thought
of me going to school another year.
However, I had commenced before I got
your letter.
I have just got about settled
for work now. I have got all the
necessary text books for this year.
The following is the list of Books
for my work, Algebra, Euclid, books,
I II III Literature, (selected poems
by Gray Cowper, Tennyson,) History of
ancient Greece and Rome, Latin
(The latin grammar and for translation.
Latin De Bellia Gallia books II III IV
Virgils aeneid [bks?] 1 English Composition,
Physics (part II on sound light Electric
currents, vibrations and a lot of other
chapters too numerous [to mention?]
Botany-advanced studies on this subject.
The compulsory subjects for III Form or
Junior leaving or Second class (any of these
mean the same) are Algo Literature Euclid
latin Eng Comp [English Composition?], ancient
The regulations this year are amended in as to
allow the following options
(a)French Greek
(b)German Greek
(c)French German chemistry
(d)French physics and chemistry
(e)German physics and chemistry
(f)Botany physics and chemistry
I had not the languages so I took the last option a few
others did the same. The last one is the easiest for me
as I have had Botany before, I was a little surprised
that you did not mention that you got those papers with
the result of the examination in it I sent the first one
on Aug 3rd as you should had it when you wrote.
I failed on Second part in Composition so I suppose
I should write more letters and etc this year in order
to pass next year. I only got 18% on this subject and
I got high marks in all the others, Composition
was the only subject I failed on but it is a very important
subject here and they mark very close on it, However when
I am going on to school this year it does not matter as I
expect to be able to get through next year all right, I see
by the papers that there is a famine in view in Ireland
this year Heavy rain [etc?] [spoiled?] the crops and everything
is in a bad condition.
In last nights paper the Lieutenant Gov [Governor?] of Ireland
reports that these reports of the crops is exaggerated.
We have had quite warm weather here this past week almost as
warm as it was in July.
I suppose you people are commencing the harvest about now.
all harvesting and most all the threshing is finished around.
Uncle has not threshed yet at least he had not done so when I
was down on Monday, I think he is waiting until he sells some
of his old wheat to make room for the new. Wheat is rising in
price here I suppose flour has gone up a little with you. Charlie
and Annie are at home now. They went to Toronto fair on Monday. I
saw them coming back at the train on Friday night.
They are going back to St Thomas on Wednesday.
It seems you people think its terrible for anyone to join
the army. I think all this is for want of a little knowledge
of the outside world, the majority never went any further
away than the Plum,
I wish you would give one his address when in India. It is
possible for him to be in India all his life and never see a
battle, How long does he have to serve. I think I have said
all that I think particular, I may send you Essex Free press
this week and you can see some school news.

I remain
James A Smyth

I enclose a clipping from a newspaper which contains the
courses for the 1st and 2nd class and perhaps some one over
there may be interested to know the courses. For Junior
Leaving you have to take the obligatory subjects and any one
of the optionals from a to f.
If one wanted matriculation (I think matriculation here is good to
enter university in the old country on) they have to take the
obligatory subjects two languages and chemistry, now if I want
matriculation I only have to study two more languages at any
time and I get matriculation.
Supposing I passed next year then wanted matriculation all I
would have to do would be study two languages and pass on them,
this can be done by taking private lessons and at the same time
teaching in whatever business you may be engaged in,
I just give you this news if anyone wants information regarding
This country in Educational matters you can supply them.
Jas [James?]

P.S. Say when you write give me the inspectors name and address
and I will write him to see what standing he would give me in
Ireland on my certificate here. Just for the fun of knowing.

Transcribed by Greg Floyd