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Title: J.W. Brien, Ontario to J.A. Smyth, [London?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBrien, J. W/19
SenderBrien, J.W.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationphysician
Sender Religionunknown
OriginOntario, Canada
DestinationLondon, England
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.410196
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 28:10:2004.
Word Count483
TranscriptFront of envelope
Mr Jas. A. Smyth
163 Strand
London W.C.

Postage stamp
NO 14

NO 24 10

Back of envelope
Hand written
In connection with Politics Dr Brien
advising to return to teaching & etc

Postage stamp
10 AM
NO 22

7.15 PM
NO 25

Nov 8/10

Dear Old Jim,
It seems an age since we left you in Londonderry & we have seen many things since & have thought of you many many times. Now in the first place I want
you to pardon me for not writing sooner, but you know the last words we had
my understanding was that you would write me as soon as you heard from Mr [Whitney?] & then I was to let you know the situation here. I found things, not to my liking on arrival here & waited in order to get a thorough knowledge of everything before writing. In the first place Slaine was safely & thoroughly installed in your office as Licence Inspector, & was going around with an air of assurance typical of the man I also found out that the C.P.R Were insisting on Shivers taking over their agency & had told him that they would not give it to you if you did come back. Shivers notwithstanding this only accepted temporarily & said he would transfer to you on your return if the [they?] would give it to you The insurance agencies you had were also asking in a similar manner & hence I had nothing
encouraging to write you The people were all asking when you would be back & really I could not say positively your friends all enquired in the most friendly & solicitous manner possible for your welfare. I really dont [don t?] know what to say Jim you know my old advice was to come back & go to normal (sic) & teach I still feel that the best thing to do (sic) I feel sure that Saunders was simply pulling up a job when he asked you to communicate with Mr. [Whitney?] regarding an emigration position in [Ireland?]. They were simply throwing out a bait to catch you & they did it by delaying your return. It is questionable whether it would pay you to fight them, certainly you have a good case & a genuine grievance but that matter I will have to leave to yourself. I have had [Carstairs?] here for a day & night & we talked your case over & he did what he could in Toronto
but all our efforts are of no avail I fear there is no hope [from?] the Ontario Government Now Jim I will be willing to do anything to help you in any way, especially to get your certificate. even to the extent of backing you financially.
I shall never forget the pleasant visit we had with your beautiful people at your lovely home. Give our kindest regards to all & we are living
in hopes of seeing them out here where we can try & return the hospitality bestowed upon us.
Hoping to see you soon & to hear from you by return

I am yours sincerly
J.W. Brien

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