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Title: James A Smyth, Ontario, to Mr John J Smyth, Castledamph.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/48
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
Doc. No.0410267
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 29:10:2004.
Word Count590
TranscriptFront of Envelope - Torn in Two - addressed to:-

Mr John J Smyth
Co Tyrone

SP [23?]

Canada Postage

Back of Envelope:-

(Written on Back)

Arrived October
8th 1897
Friday Morning.


7 0
OC 8

SP 25

8 15
OC 7

Essex Ont [Ontario?]
Sept 24th 97

Dear Parents

I suppose I should
have written sooner to inform
you that I got the money &
letters all right. I have also
received a letter from Bella
this week stating that you had
gone to the seaside,
I think you did not stay
long enough as I see by this
paper that I got from you,
that you were leaving Bundoran
the following Saturday,
I hope you all enjoyed
yourselves even if it did cost
some money. Life is not worth
living unless there is some
pleasure in our lives,
I was very much interested
in that paper you sent with
the accounts of the [Intermediate?]
Examination throughout
Ireland, I see they give a lot
of prizes to [too?]. I wish they would
give those here I might stand
a [show?] of getting one of them
You asked me what the Principal
thought of my Examination
He said my failure in Composition
must have been an accident [or?]
slip on my part as he was
confident that I should have passed,
[---?], 5.75 Marks was required
for a pass and I have about
720 So that I had a good total,
However he advised me appeal
it and have my Comp [Composition?] re-read,
as he thought it would be worth
the money to know if it was
the examiners made to close
marking. I sent in the appeal
last week, and it cost 2$ but
if my appeal is sustained
the [money?] is returned,
I am doubtful if my appeal
will be sustained but I thought
it would be as well to know,
It does not matter much now
as I think I can surely get my
second next year so then this
one would not make it any
better or worse, The Principal
thought I done very well as he said
I got [honors?] [in?] Commenced
and passed Junior Matriculation
I see by the papers that the
Duke and Duchess received
a good welcome in Ireland
So much to the praise of Irish
men I am glad to know that
you took in those fireworks
(I mean the boys) I am sure you
would not see such a sight
very often, I know this that
I never saw anything of the
kind in Ireland. I think you
should have taken Mother
down to see them,
I have seen many such sights
Here and [in?] that account
I was wishing you people would
Get to see them,
I saw some good pictures of
Baronscourt and the surrounding
Country [and?] the places which
They visited in the periodicals
In the public library here,
Some very fine views.
I suppose W.J Duncan does
Not like Ireland very well now
I don t think he could get along
Over there as well as he could
Here, I have not got that letter
From Tomy [Tommy?] [&?] [-y?] [as?]
[yet?] I hope he does not forget
to write as I am expecting it and
would be disappointed,
I was down at Woodslee on
Saturday & Sunday last they got a letter from Archibald
he also said W John [Willie John?]
was leaving.
I Promised to send some papers
last week but they were [there was?]
not any interesting news except this
clipping which I send you now,
We had election for officers for
our Literary society
Now it is [-------?] up to Bed.
[ ?] and I think I had better
Say No More, If there is any
Important Points Not Mentioned
I will give them again.

J A Smyth

Transcribed by Elizabeth Prentice