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Title: Jas Smyth, Ontario, to B. M. Smyth, Co. Tyrone.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/57
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationstudent
Sender ReligionProtestant (Methodist)
OriginEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, Bella M.
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.305048
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 07:07:03.
Word Count1051
TranscriptEnvelope addressed to: -
Miss B. M. Smyth
Co. Tyrone

Postmarked on Front: -
OC 3

Postmarked on Back: -

- Newtownstewart
- 10 0
- 99

Dear Sister

Your letter of Sept,
14th to hand this week and I am
rather glad to get it as I was
both looking for news and
awaiting the money order,
I may say that I was out of
money as I never got all that
was comming [coming?] to me
collected but when I run out of
money I usually borrow.
It seems to me you folks
allways [always?] make your letter
so very short and put the words
so far apart that there is not
much news when one does get
when one does get (sic) a letter.
If you sent a letter a little
oftener and put more news in
then one would not be so
dissappointed [disappointed?]
when they finish reading them.
I suppose you have read
an account of the Scotsman
going on the rocks at Belle Isle
There is one lady from Windsor
Mrs Dickenson among the
drowned, I see by tonights
paper that they have arrested
the crew at Montreal for
[cooling?] etc on board the vessel
According to accounts
in paper, Paul [Krugher?] and
John Bell intend having
a little scrap down in S [South?]
Africa, I dare John Bell (sic)
will get the best of the battle
one thing it will [give?] the
newspapers something to
talk about, for a few weeks,
Tomorrow is the day for
the [yacht?] contest and by the
time this letter reaches you
either Sir Thomas Lipton s
yatch [yacht?] "Shamrock" or the
American Columbia shall
have [won?] the cup. I hope
the "Shamrock" win, we
will know the results here by
4 o clock tomorrow.
I must say we have cold
weather here for this time of
the year, There was over 6 in
of snow at London and St
Thomas, on Saturday. There
is no extra [stoves?] up yet in
my boarding house and [also?]
very, very, cold. I am writing
this letter with two coats' on
and then only keeping warm
I have no overcoat and its'
almost too cold on street
without one, Your money
order was on Essex, next
time make it on Windsor
and it will save me from
going after it, I got a
bycicle [bicycle] and
wheeled down to Essex
Saturday, left here at 9,o.
clock and got to Essex at
half past eleven a distance
of 20 miles. I stayed in Essex
until halfpast three and
started back, I had a head
wind all the way and I may
say I had hard pumping
until I reached Windsor
I got my fill of riding a
bycicle [bicycle] that
[day?] I had other business
down besides the money order
as I wanted to see about my suit, I
think perhaps he will have
it by next week if he gets
the cloth that I selected, he
is waiting on it to arrive,
I selected a blue this time,
I may say that the suit I got
made in strabane lasted well
The coat and vest are good yet
that is for every day wear, only a
trifle faded with the sun - I have
the coat on tonight- trying to keep
warm, - Good cloth to wear,
and tell Conroy that, I shall
get another suit from him
next time I am in Strabane,
I suppose you think it will
cost something attending and
thats' what I think too
The difference in board
[amounts?] to quite a bit,
I think I told you in my
last letter I had it would be
[15th?] December before I would
be through here, There is no
telling wether [whether?] I shall
pass or not, There is a high standard
to reach, and granting I do
get through the next difficulty
is to get a school, Then granting
I get through and secures a
school then the salary that I
may expect will be only about
[$?]35-0 or a little over £70 per anum
Perhaps you may think that
is quite a sum but it is considered
a small salary here, from £ 150
up is considered a good salary
There are so many lady
teachers of late years gone
into the teaching profession
that the result is it brought down
the salaries. I know many lady
teachers working for [$?] 250 per
year or about £50 and paying
their board out of that
We begin teaching on Wednesday
I may say we begin teaching for
marks as that is what we are
working for just at present to
get good marks and try and
make them think that we
know all about handling a
class, There are 22 of us in
training and there are eight
rooms in the school. So we are
divided into groups of three
each except in [two?] [case?] where
there are only [two?],- Each group
takes one room, and we teach
from 11 to 12 on Wednesday
Thursday & Fridays. Each
Person teaches 20 minutes
The group that I am in [starts?]
in the very highest of the eight
rooms first, Next week we
go down to the very infant
class down in first room, and
work up and teach eight
weeks one in each room,
Tuesday forenoon we go into
the rooms and observe
the other teachers teach, So I may
say our [fun?] or otherwise our
grief begins tomorrow morning,
I spent one day at Essex
Fair last week and while
down I spent the morning
at High School.
I almost forgot, I saw your pictures
At Woodslee last week, I think they
are very good Belle is [staring?] a
little and if William had those
[side crabs?] off he would not look
so old, I am looking for one
for myself, if you have not
already sent it I want one
as soon as possible,
I think you might have
sent me one at first [as?]
I am not much there, and
anyhow I want one for myself,
I see John's making an
attempt at growing a [moustache?]
If I have money enough I
may have some taken this
fall. Now don t forget but send
me one immediately I think
you made one mistake in
not having Willie Johns'
picture along with the rest
Send me a paper once in a while,
too bad I got to always ask for things.

Jas [James?] A Smyth.

Transcribed by Mohamed Souissy