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Title: James A Smyth, Ontario to J J Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/73
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, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.0410057
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count660
TranscriptFront of envelope

Mr John Jas Smyth
Co Tyrone

DE 15

Back of envelope

5 0
DE 26

Heat Reg
12.10 [58?] Degrees
.20 62

going up again
sun shining bright
Sunday Aug 18th 1901

[Page 1] Essex High School
Dec 15th 1898

Dear Parents
I am sure you are expecting
a letter almost any day but I have
been very busy the last few days and so
kept posponing [postponing?] it, I am writing
this in a hurry so as it may reach you
before, Xmas and am taking
first paper at hand I shall not
make this one too heavy, and perhaps
my next will be under the new
regulations so it will be less cost
and more material. Between
my lesson and other work I am
hardly a minute idle, we have
a debate in School tomorrow
evening, Resolved that the causes
and results of the late Spanish
American War justified the United
States in this action"
Aff. [Affirmative?] side Jas [James?] A Smyth
John Balton [Bolton?]
Neg. [Negative?] side [N?] Gifford
M. Walton

[Page 2]
You see I lead the affirmative side
and [prove?] that the U.S. were justified
in their action. The judges are from
town, Dr Brien, Mr Naylor, and
Rev. Saunders Baptist Minister
and we shall be judged both on the
point of [proof?] we make and on
our oratorical powers its [it’s] so that
we promise to have an interesting
[time?] as every one is more or less
acquainted with the subject
On this I am getting all the points I [see?]
harder perhaps than I [work?] or my lessons
I am sure there will be hot arguments
on both sides, I am pretty well
read up on Cuba Spain and the
U States interference,
I shall send you a few papers
this week, one of them shall contain
the address which I wrote for
Mr Austin on his departure.
I rec [received?] a newspaper yesterday and
I [found?] a peace [piece?] in it on warfare,
I am glad Alex Duncan has
got married perhaps it will settle

[Page 3]
Your last letter was a pleasure to read
and I hope all further trouble are (sic)
ended. I was down to Woodslee
last Sunday they are all well
We are also preparing to act the
Merchant of Venice (play) at
our commencement exercises
on the 22 inst I am acting the
[Duke?] of Venice's part and this
also engages part of our time as
we practice every evening.
This entertainment promises to be
a good thing We got all our
costumes from Detroit so that we
shall appear in regular Venesian [Venetian?]
style. A new hall has been built
in town this year and it is just
going to be opened with a grand
entertainment to morrow [tomorrow?] night
so from this out there will be any
number of entertainments etc
Now I just intended to send you a few
words [telling?] you [I?] [am?] well etc
so if you find trouble in reading
this have a little patience

[Page 4]
As I am just writing as fast as
possible, I must be back to school
in a short time, it is just dinner
time now, and I am home for dinner.
I had a letter from Tommy Hayes [Hay?]
last week he says he is well will
be on the march during this month
as he is changing places,
I shall not answer any question if you
asked any in your last letter as
I am not taking the time to find
it. I may write to Jas [James?] Houston
this week and perhaps [may?] a (sic)
fuller and better letter out of it.
We have winter in earnest here
just now, snow hard frost and
cold as Iceland. I am glad
my work does not call me out of
doors, although sometimes cold
enough in (sic). Hoping you can read
this all right as I am just fourteen
minutes since I began I am
Yours in a hurry

J A [James Alexander?] Smyth

Written across tops of pages:

This is our common scruffy paper
which we use in school

Sen [Send?] Mr Austins address it may
be as good as a letter,

Wish you a Merry Xmas and all oth [other?]
things accordingly.

Transcribed by Alan Houston