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Title: J A Smyth, Ontario to J J Smyth, Co. Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/49
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.0506605
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 16:06:2005.
Word Count1319
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Mr John J. Smyth
Co. Tyrone
[Name and address repeated
on Front of Envelope]


[Back of Envelope]
AUG 19


SE 1

[Written on Back]
The letter
with the good
news arrived
Saturday September 9th 98
gladly Received

[Page 1]

-------- South Woodslee
Aug 17, 1898
10:30 PM
Dear Parents,
I am much pleased to be able to convey
the glad tidings of great Joy that I passed my
examinations allright [alright?], You cannot
imagine how much bigger I feel tonight over the
results although I always thought I would pass.
We were expecting the results published yesterday
as saturdays paper contained the results of forms
I and II and it stated that forms III & IV would be
published in two or three days, so we looked for
these yesterday and I went up to Essex at noon, as
the newspapers from Toronto are there at noon and
they do not reach Woodslee until night - Woodslee
being of less importance. As I did not get the news
yesterday and to-day being the family picnic of the
neighbours around here, which I mentioned before,
the operator at Essex told me yesterday, if the exam
[sic] were out today, she would telegraph me to
Kingsville, which was the place where we were holding
the picnic – being about 18 mts [minutes?] from here.
So I got

[Page 2]
a telegram from Miss White (operator) after we had
finished our dinner congratulating me. We waited
in Kingsville until the Toronto papers came in and
then I saw my name on the list of successful
We got home here about 9 o'clock and I went
down town to see if I would see H. W. Cooke who
is teaching School here. so that we might
congratulate each other, While in Woodslee I got
another telegram from W. Walton one of my school
comrades who lives in Harrow which is about 25 miles
from here, congratulating me and asking me to come
out there tomorrow. You see congratulations are the
whole go now and tomorrow, I sent congratulate [sic]
to all of them from Kingsville, Well this is about
enough of this news. I will send you newspapers
right away tomorrow morning, and you will see
that very few got through only six of us so it
show [sic] the examination was pretty hard. Two of
our pupils got honours but they have taken two
years for the work while the rest of us have done
it in one, I feel sorry for those who failed as there
is seven complete failures in our form. In regards
the other forms which were out Saturday I think
it was ten failures. Two pupils got Honor
Matriculation and one of them McKee got the
Edward Blake Scholarship in Mathematics &

[Page 3]
I am sitting up a little late to write you the
news, as I am going with Essex Band to the Prespyterian
[Presbyterian?] pic-nic [picnic?] tomorrow and I might not
have time in the morning. We had a good time at the [Macabiss?]
picnic on Thursday last, had a nice trip on the boat for about
18 mls [miles?], I think tomorrow is about the last
pic nic [picnic?] of the season. I intended going tomorrow
to St. Thomas, but as the band wished me to play with them
I put off going to St Thos [St. Thomas?] until Friday.
You see my engagement for tomorrow and also Friday trip put
me from visiting Walton as he desired but I will do so again.
I am glad to know you take so much interest in the
exam papers I sent you, In regards taking prizes over
there I suppose they are more numerous than here.
This MacKee whom I have mentioned his scholarship is
about £25 in all but he has been going much longer than
I have, but I think it is much easire [easier?] getting
a prize there. Now in regards my future arrangements;
I have outlined my thoughts pretty well in a previous
letter which may have reached you by this time and
which I expect an early reply to. however, as you ask
the question in you [your?] last letter a passing remark
on this subject will not be out of place. Now in the
first place you should have stated definitely
in regards the financial standing this is the most
important of all. If I am using money which you
would simply be banking or putting out at interest

[Page 4]
I think it is all right but if you need the money
for other purposes I hate to be using it for another
as by using a little for Modal [Model?] school term I
could teach school at Xmas and thus earn my own money.
In regard to Uncle and Aunts advise [advice?] I hardly
think they know any more about the exam than
you do or how to advise one, any how [anyhow?] they
never give me any advise [advice?] on this except an
odd remark like this “It takes quite a lot of money to
keep you going the folks must make quite a lot of it” Of
course I say money plentiful [sic]. Now I asked C L
Creswillor B.A. Advise [advice?] yesterday. This is the
principal. He said thus when I asked him if he would advise
me do whether to go to Modal [Model?] & teach school or to
go another year and get a 1st class before quitting. He
said thus “it all depends on circumstances if I had the
means “said he” I would advise you by all means to get
your first now as you will find it easire [easier?]
than when you come back from teaching for a few years.
He said for his own part this is what he would do with
his own boy keep him at high school until he gets a
first and then he would choose his own course
afterwards. Now if you think you can keep me at school
for another year without any inconvenience I will
go on for a first class. It will pretty near
take £30 unless I be [sic] very close [mean?],
of course I intend to pay you back this money after
a while again. In regard where you would send and
when I need it I answered this in last letter.

[Page 5]
Now I have made it pretty plain to
you so answer this letter just as
soon as you get it so that I may
have an answer as soon as possible,
and afterwards you can tell any
of those people whom I would
think would like to see me fail
that I passed. Of course
I failed last year one part
but then I took a higher exam
and did not try the same one
since so now I am successful
and none but myself of those
who tried form II last year
have passed this year yet they
got ahead of me in the exam
last year but not I don't think
in the work during the year.
I shall not take time to give
you any common news in this
letter, I just want you to
get the news as soon as possible

[Page 6]
I shall send you [sic] newspaper
tomorrow morning look under
Essex for our names
My examination is Form III
if I get a paper with the other
Forms I and II I will also
send it, and you will see the
names of Essex successful
pupils in these forms.
I think this is about all
this time - Ever so much pleased
by passing - I'll be able to enjoy
my self [myself?] tomorrow
J. A. [James Alexander?] Smyth

P.S Oh I forgot I got one of those
High School pictures which we had
taken last February. I will send it also
It is a large one the name and office
of pupils, is below each. I am as large
as life. I should have sent it before
but forgot. Frame it if it is alright
& take good care of it. The boys
will see some of [sic] canadian girls,
excellent musicians Miss Laing
sitting below me
[James Alexander Smyth?]

Transcribed by Kyle Smith