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Title: James A. Smyth, Ontario, to Mrs. John J. Smyth, Castledamph.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/63(2)
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationstudent
Sender ReligionProtestant (Methodist)
OriginEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientMrs Smyth
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth.
Doc. No.0604126
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count770
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mrs. John J. Smyth
Co Tyrone


NO 11

[Written along left hand side
Arvd [Arrived?] No 11 – 1899

[Written sideways in centre]
Nov 11th 99

[Back of envelope]


5 0
NO 11

[Written along right side]
Arived [Arrived?] a No 11th


[Page 1]

Windsor Ont
Oct, 29th 99

Dear Mother

I think it is about
time I wrote you a letter as
I am usually writing to some
of the other members of the
family. However some of them
dont' get very many
This as the date will indicate
is Sunday and it is a very nice
day. The sun is shining very
brightly and the air is not
very cold, though it is approaching
that time of the year at which
we may expect cold weather

[Page 2]
I have [just?] been to the
prespyterian [Presbyterian?]
church in this city for the first
time since I came here. Of course
it is a city - church and therefore
much different from one in the
country and anyhow much different
from Glenelly Church
Large [choirs?] and pipe organ
and every thing to match
predominates in the city church
and also to some extent with
churches in this fair Canada.
I sent a letter to you folks
this week, I always [sic] keep you
well informed of myself and
let you know that I am
alive, Mostly try to send

[Page 3]
one or two each week as
the expense involved thereby
[-?] very slight.
I have not received any
for a week or more. I have
been expecting one every
day but none came. I
hope I shall have one this
I got my new suit of
clothes yesterday and so I may
say I am like a little boy
getting a new suit. It make
[sic] me feel happy.
I have not secured a
school yet. Of course I may
say, I cannot take a school
[unless?] I pass this comming
[coming?] examination in December

[Page 4]
Anyhow I shall apply for
a few this week and [run?] my
chance, I think one of the
other boys will get the school
I mentioned in my last letter.
They have friends in that
section and influence sometime
goes farther than anything else.
I sent James Huston [Houston?]
a paper this week and I am
likely to send a few more this
week to somebody as I have
them on hand and some of
them contain soldier’s picture
[sic] both Canadian and British
and these are interesting to us
all especially in war times.

[Page 5]
I often wish I could get a letter
from Thomas Hay now so that
I would know where he is and
[as,?] he is in the war territory.
I don’t see any account
of his regiment being in So.
Africa [South Africa?], and it
is likely he is not there, though
I am sure he would like to be,
The Canadian soldiers
were very anxious to go and
those who are left behind are
sorry. It's more than probable
that a few of them will get
perforated with the Boer bullets
before they are [long] in [Africa?]
but that has no effect in keeping
them back.

[Page 6]
Every body is [chuck?] full of
loyalty to Britain. God Save
the Queen rings out in every
corner. If you could hear
the songs of the children in
the [sic] at which I am attending
you would think they were
loyal.. The maple Leaf for
Eever [ever?], God Save the Queen,
Rule Britannia, etc these
are a few of the airs you
can hear ringing through
the halls from the different
rooms, and you just should
see those little children sing.
Another thing I notice
every room has a picture
of the Queen and etc etc

[Page 7]
hanging up in the most
prominent place in rooms -
Canadian schools could
teach Irish schools a lesson
in teaching the children to
be loyal,
I have a notion to go down
To Leamington next Saturday
to Mr & Mrs Allison. I
think the fare from here is
only about $1 or something
more, There is a vacant
school in that locality and
I might kill two birds with
one stone, and at the same
time the High School [Concert?]
in that Town takes place on
that night so I would [hit?]
a lot of things,

[Page 8]
Well I have written a
considerable amount and
I don’t think I have said
much. However I did not
intend to say a great deal
as I may get a letter tomorrow
or next day and I will likely
I may [incorporate?] [this?]
into a kind of a weekly edition
giving a summary of every
thing and not much of any
thing. except for the fact
that it is a letter and conveys
the news that I am well
and that is really the best
new's. I hope the folks [write?]
before they get. this letter,

Jas a. [James Alexander?] Smyth