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Title: J A Smyth, Ontario, to Mary Smyth, Castledamph,
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/71
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
Doc. No.0505029
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 25:05:2005.
Word Count712
Transcript[Front of Envelope?]
Miss Mary Smyth
Co Tyrone

DE 10

Canada Postage
[?] Cents

[Written over Envelope]
Arrived december 22nd
J J S [John James Smyth]

[Back of Envelope]
[Written over Envelope twice]
Arrived December 22nd 1900

[Page 1]
Essex, Ont.
December, 11, 1900,

My Dear Sister,
I am Just after comming [coming?] in from
school. I got your letter at noon hour but did
not have time to read it then, I am just
after reading it and I am sorry to hear of
Jas [James?] Houston's [Hustons?] death, I think
I shall soon have no particular friends alive
over there, I am particularly sorry for
Jas [James?] Houston [Huston?] and
Willie Gilkinson but these things must be.
I am in a hurry now as I have usually a
lot of things to do, I sit this examination
for part of the school that is the teacher’s
rooms below me, for Xmas examination so I am
quite busy evenings I have neglected to
write for quite a long time so you may be
anxious but that was the reason, I am
writing this letter in the hotel in order
to send it off for train.
I was down at Wooodslee, walked up on
the evening. My it was cold. I don’t fancy
walking very much. Your map you mention
arrived on Saturday. had quite a pleasant
time looking over it. It is quite amusing
to look on the changes made in the

[Page 2]
in the [sic] farms in that time, It is a very
nice map for those who understand it.
So I have quite a lot of fun in this town
during the winter. A Mr Barber gave a party
last Friday in the town Hall, as his house was
not large enough, It must have cost him
$125 0r £25 . He brough [brought?] the best
Orchestra he could get from the city of Detroit
and gave a very fine supper. Of [sic] these
occassions [occasions?] are usually full dress
affairs. He also had cut flowers for the guests.
There were over one hundred present. The
majority were from Essex’s [sic].
I had just got a new black suit. I wore
it for the first time that night. The ladies
were nearly all in full dress. usually silks,
The prevailing colors being with pink and
green. One or two wore black Dancing
was the principal event of the evening.
The people certainly know how to entertain
in this town.

[Page 3]

There were several other occassions [occasions?]
I intended to mention about but I have forgotten.
There is a concert in town to night
Usually one per week. Sometimes there is
a troop of actors here for a week at a time.
Next Friday night is High School
Commencement but as I am not there
now I do not take as much interest in
it as If I were.
I saw Annie on [sic] train last Friday
night They are all well.
We have had no very cold weather here
yet but to day [today?] is looking quite cold.
It was extra warm until about three weeks
ago when it got very wet. We may expect
it cold from this on as Xmas is very
I may wish you all a merry Xmas as
this may be the last letter to reach you
before that event. You may also convey
my sympathy to Jas [James?] Houston’s [Huston’s?]
sisters. I shall perhaps write to them in
a few days. Any how I was very surprised to
know he was so sick. I certainly would have
liked to have seen him once more

[Page 4]

I am very glad to know all others are
in good health, You say Lizzie McCullough
has got to be quite a girl It seems funny
to think young ones grow up so quickly.
I had a letter from Aunt in Gortin
some few days ago. I will answer soon.
If you can read this you do well
as if [I?] have an awful pen and I
writing in a hurried style,
I shall write again in a few days
and give you any more news
You may all rest assured I am
in good health and not every hard
Yours in haste
Jas A [James Alexander?] Smyth

P.S. The Bell is just wringing [ringing?] for supper,
So I got through in time. I have to go to practice
for an entertainment in our church at 7 o’clock
so that [sic] my hurry also.

[Written upside down at top of page]
I am very ashamed to send you this scribble

Transcribed by Elizabeth Prentice