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Title: J A Smyth, Ontario to J J Smyth, Co Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/15B
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
Doc. No.505588
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 13:04:2005.
Word Count558
Transcript[Letter 2]

[Page 5]

Essex Feb 3rd 97

Dear Father & Mother

In answer to your
letter which I received today noon
I am pleased to know that you
are all in very good health
although surrounded I suppose by
those who are less endowed by
this respect. I am also sorry
to know that so many people are
going away to thir [their?] long
resting place. It seems a few years
makes great changes but I suppose
if one was there alway [sic] they
would not notice the change as much
however we have not the regulating
of this, [sic] As I have been in
the habit of leaving your letters
unanswered for a few days sometimes
more I thought I would reverse the
order this time so I answer right

[Page 6]
I am not feeling extra well this
last day or two. I was at Woodslee
Sunday and I had an earache
On Saturday night which I have
not had since one time in harvest
when moving that field in front
of the house I don’t know how
many. Comming [coming?] up on Monday
morning (walking) I got a cold
so I had a kind of headache [since?]
though not enough to keep me
from school. Today it has
almost got better.
The cold is about same as when
I wrote before. I attended county
L.O [Loyal Orange?] Lodge
in this town on Tuesday Fb [Feb?]
2nd There was quite a lot business
to be done. This Co [county?] &
adjoining Co’s [counties?] [Kent?]
[Elgin?] celebrate th [the?]
comming [coming?] 12 at [Ridgewin?]
a place half way between here
and St Thomas I will send
You a paper. I was elected
1st Deputy Co Lecturer

[Page 7]
that is [beginning?] & closing
of Co Lodge. I wish you
would send me last Co [county?]
report if you have one & can do it.
I received a Belfast paper the
other day. Quite a lot of news
in it. I send you in this a
flower which they call the
shamrock. I want you to
send me a real shamrock [for?]
I have it here at Patricks day,
also to send a daffodil in a
news paper [newspaper?] as soon
as they are in bloom also a
description of how it flowers
& how long what time. This print
came in class in a poem to Daffodils
by [Hurich?] I think so I want
to know all about it.
Dont forget to send [last?]
one, I see by John [sic] letter
that they had another of those
third class entertainments
at plumbridge

[Page 8]
John says he has stopped
going to school well his
writing or composing does
not indicate that he is
entitled to graduate He
should be a little more
careful in writing and in
grammar get to understand
[sic] the difference "the"
and "they" article &
pronoun" us and we
look up when to use one
and when to use the other
I am not saying this to
find fault but to help you
I see other letters with faults
as well as yours but you are
a school boy you know
However don't forget to write
again. What is the matter with
Willie John? I am waiting
for that letter of his. Have him
write to me no matter what he
says This is all I have to
say at present
James Alex Smyth