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Title: J. C. Smyth, Castledamph to James A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John Charles/36
SenderSmyth, John Charles
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationcarpenter
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
RecipientSmyth, James Alexander
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.410135
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 27:10:2004.
Word Count732
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr James A Smyth
Essex Co

10 PM
MR 24

[Back of envelope]

MR 24

AP 3

[Page 1]

March 24th 05

Dear Bro
Just a line or two [sic] let you
know how we are getting along I suppose
Eliza was telling you I was going out
there I intend [to?] [be?] setting sail on
14th April I was in Derry 17th March
& paid out passage money. I paid
a deposit of 2£, first day I was down
we thought we could get sooner but
the vessals [vessels?] are all full There is a new
vessal [vessel?] or ship going out 6 April his
first voyage she is a bit [tight?]
concerning rate of passage.
There is a man lecturing
about Canada He is going round the
north of Ireland at the present time
he was in Newtownstewart on Wednesday
night Jamie McKnight was down
Mr Steen had a lecture on Irish
Character the same night so I did
not go Jamie was telling me it
was good he says carpenters are
paid well out there Winnipeg I
think is the best place to go.

[Page 2]

However I intend to come back to Toronto
Should I got go [sic] to the west later on
Carpenters are paid in Toronto at the rate
of 30 to 35 cents per hour that is very good.
Toronto I believe is nearly at its height
so I think it is better to go to a place
where it is increasing in industrial
manufactury [manufacturing?] Then there work [sic] for
every man the learned as well as the
unliarnd [unlearned?]. Education is about the best
thing a man can have but every man
cant [can t?] be a professional we must have
labourers for the vine yard [vineyard?] would grow
over with weeds It take [sic] all to make a
world. Solomon says I went by the farm
of the slothful & it was covered over
with weeds & the stone wall there of
was broken down I looked & considered
it well & received instructions. Some men
when they get up in Science & Astronomy
the [they?] for get [forget?] God & there
[their?] heart is like the
farm that Solemon [Solomon?] went by it is
grown over with weeds as to spiritual
concern's (sic) so that when we are looking
after temporal things we should
also look after spiritual things

[Page 3]

You see people in every day [everyday?] life that
when you look at them you receive
instructions you know that the stone
wall is broken some where [somewhere?] so it ought
to be our motto to have the wall secure
so that nothing can break through
to destroy that which is sown in the farm.
You may think I am talking very
peculiar in this letter but I have experienced
some of it to come true We have
great arguments about religion some
times [sometimes?] Some people laugh at you
if you talk about conversion
to them they say you cant [can t?] tell
whe [when?] you are converted but I ll
maintain that a man can tell,
the man that loves the [world?]
& the things of the world is not
converted Love not the world
neither the things that are in the
world if any man love the world
the love of the father is not
in him proof positive is [sic] -
This is evidence enough where
you see this to excess the wall
wall [sic] is broken.

[Page 4]

I think I have said enough on
this point I will give you some
local news The lecture as I
referred to was on "Irish character"
he explained Irish Character Whit [Wit?] &
Humour you know pat is very
humurous [humorous?] he explained it as well
the Scotch & English as well and the
difference applied to the three fore
going [forgoing?] [items?] The Irish has a lot
to be proud of Although they are
not thought much about some
Irish men are the cleverest of
the day for "Instance" Bell [Belle?] says
you were the best speaker was
at Woodslee that night so there
you are your from the Plum [Plumbridge?] as
the [they?] call it and can flog these Canadians
on political points I give you
great credit You certenly [certainly?]
have done well & we hope to hear
of you taking the lead in many
more points & show that [sic] Irish
has intellectual powers as well
as Canadians I must close
Hoping to see you soon

J C [John Charles?] Smyth

Transcribed by Greg Floyd