Main content

Title: James A Smyth, Ontario to Miss Mary Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/46
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationschool teacher
Sender ReligionProtestant (Methodist)
OriginEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, Mary
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.0410009
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 26:10:2004.
Word Count870
TranscriptFront of envelope

Miss Mary Smyth,
Co. Tyrone,


Back of envelope


14 - 0

3 10
[AU?] 15

August 15 1900

[Page 1]

South Woodslee
5 August 1900

Dear Sister,
I received your letter last week
glad to hear from you again. Also glad to
hear from Tommy Hay. I shall answer
him next month when school opens.
This is Sunday evening. A very very
warm day, too hot to be comfortable.
I came down from Essex this morning
on a wheel. Came down in thirty minutes.
I was here about half past nine so got hear [here?]
before it got very hot. I rented a wheel for
this month for $5. Intend doing some
canvassing during august so could
not get along very well walking. I am
tired sitting around doing nothing, and
it takes more money to keep you when
idle than when your [you're?] working.
I spent all last week at Essex with
the exception of one day that I went to

[Page 2]
to [sic] see a Base Ball match between Leamington
& Essex Essex got defeated by 48 to 8. Another [match?]
will be played at Essex on the 7 inst. so Essex intends
doing up Leamington that day.
Cassie and Fred and Baby are here this evening
They usually spend Sundays here.
Say. When leaving Essex this morning I forgot my
letters so I am not sure of what was in your letter
to answer but I shall do the best I can from
memory. I am not certain what I require or
to tell you to send. However, you might send
me three or four shirts (fancy colored) and one
white shirt without cuffs attached get them in style,
my size is 16 in [inch] neck. You might consult Belle
she would know what would suit me. You
might also send me a pair of those low leggins [leggings?]
like policemen wear. they cost about half-a-crown

[Page 3]
You might also send a pair of good
gloves. I think this is all that I require.
3 fancy shirts will be enough. If I
werr [were?] there myself I would get some
clothes but they would not likely fit
if I sent for them.
As for collars etc. they are always
changing style so I only buy one or
two at a time. I have four or five
dozen on hand now.
I see Cassie has got a letter from
Belle. From [Friedrought?]. I see the [they?]
contemplate a trip to the seaside.
They won't have any too much time to
visit friends if they come back by
the first Oct. How does Belle like
her father's old homestead? I wonder
if she would like to live theire [there?] ? I
suppose I shall hear it all when she
comes back. Hearing all the news
from there will keep me from being
homesick until next year.

[Page 4]
She tells Cassie that James Houston was in our
house and kept them laughing. I am sure
he made some fun. I was somewhat surprised
to hear that they had got a [decree?] for old
Margret's money. I did not even know that a
law suit was pending. Well if we get about
£50 of it I shall go home probably before next
summer to celebrate the event. Something
is better than nothing. I thought the whole
thing had fallen through Is there any talk
of an appeal?
I shall have a new teacher under me next
year. Miss Arnold is employed to take charge of the
room below mine. School opens on 4th Sept.
You have Miss Arnold's picture, sitting to my
left in the model school group. She is one of
our pretty Essex girls.

[Page 5]
When I think of it you must have quite
a large number of Canadian boys [boys ?] and
girl (sic) pictures.
I sent a letter to Belle last week
also one home so I am writing quite
often in holidays. I may not write so
often during this month as I may be
busy. The folks around here all are
There was a drowing [drowning?] accident at
Essex yesterday morning. A old (sic) lady
named Mrs Sweet fell into a cistern
and got drowned. I think she was subject
to dizz [dizzy?] spells and she may have had one of these.
I suppose you took some holidays when
your cousin was there. Is Mrs Nelson very
particular along that line? That is
the great trouble when engaged with
any body [anybody?] or Companys (sic) etc. you
cannot take a holiday when you like without
a lot of grumbling.

[Page 6]
What work do you have to do? dressmaking
or millinery? You should have a wheel
for riding up and down. I was very
near buying one this last week. I would
have only I thought it would take all
my next years salary to pay for it and
other expenses and then I might not
have money enough to take me home.
I could get a nice wheel here for
$44 cash. You see I am calculating
on visiting the old country next year
and I must save enough money to do
that by hook or by crook.
Now I don't of (sic) anything more
to say and I have given very little
news in this letter. but it lets
you (sic) that I am still alive
and growling.

Your Brother

James A Smyth

Transcribed by Alan Houston