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Title: J. A. Smyth, Canada to J.J Smyth, Co Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/87
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarm labourer
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.0604050
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count581
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr John Jas Smyth
Co Tyrone


[Written in bottom left corner]
Arrived [arrived] 31 august 99

[Written sideways on left]
Mary Smyth

[Back of envelope]

Au 19

AU [19?]

15 O
AU 31

[Written on left]
Arived [arrived?] 31 august

[Page 1]

South Woodslee
South Woodslee [sic]
23th 1892
23th 1892 [sic]

Dear Parents
I now take the
pleasure of writing to you again
I received two letters from you since
I last wrote I intended to write before
this but I waited to the pictures came
We got them on Thursday 13 safe and
sound. I dont like the light picture
as well as the other one it makes mother
look to [too?] old the dark one is pretty
good But some how they cant take them as
well as in this country How much did they
cost you and how many did you get Dear
Mother. I suppose you were greatly scared

[Page 2
you saw all those sights I suppose you saw more
wonders than fifteen I’m afraid you would
make a bad hand to come to America but you
seen [sic]it as bad and worse there than if
you were sailing over the deep blue sea it
was the first day or two that I got the great
rocking the differince [difference?] is when
you get out a piece you see nothing but
mountains of water as far as your eye can
see To Father In regards to the stories I dont
know what to say about it Willie John and Sarah
was away before I got that letter but if they
had been here I tell you I would went over [sic]
a lesson to them, I will yet if I see them again
Xmas Cassie wrote to Archibald about it and told

[Page 3]
him that you never wrote any letters of the kind
here and she got a letter from him the other day
and I asked her what he said and she told me
that he said your reputation was unsolid I will
ask her for the letter to I read it I suppose
that would mean that Tilda I never said it [sic]
uncle was going to write to them but the girls
did not let him so Cassie wrote I suppose they
were afraid that he might offend them that was
my idea of it they were saying here that maybe
McFarland [sic] girl made it but, I said she would
not do it. You know aunt stick [sic] well up for
the Duncan side and they [the?] girls dont do bad
at it either. Do you know what is the reasons [sic]
that Mary Duncan nor Uncle John never answered
my letters I wrote

[Page 4]
Omagh and I got no answer from them yet either
I dont know what is the reasons they don’t write.
We have nice warm weather here this last month
everything is pretty dry we done [sic] our threshing
since I last [sic] we had only about half as much
this year as last we had 270 bushels of wheat and
over 300 oats Crops are all below the average this
year Me and uncle dug our potatoes [one?] other day
we dug them all in an afternoon so you may think
we have a lot of them we did not plant them until
23 of June and are good potatoes.
I forgot to tell you about the Irish potatoes and
oats in my last letter we had about 2 bushel [sic]
of oats and then potatoes we have none atal [at all?].

[Written upside down on Page 4]
Write a little [oftener?] and give all the
news and see what is the reasons [sic] of [sic]
these other people not writing.

[Written upside on Pages 2 & 3]
Hallow eve is coming wish the boys may all
Have a good night
James Alex Smyth

Transcribed by Greg Floyd