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Title: J A Smyth, South Woodslee, to Miss Mary Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/2
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationschool teacher
Sender ReligionProtestant (Methodist)
OriginEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, Mary
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.0505030
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 25:05:2005.
Word Count1171
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Envelope addressed to:-

Miss Mary Smyth
Co Tyrone



[Back of Envelope]


JA 13

[ ?]
JA 1st 98

[Written on Left Side]

Arrived Friday
January 14th 1898

[Written atTop]

Arrived 13/1/97

[Page 1]

South Woodslee
January 1st 1898

Dear Sister

I received Your letter
last Tuesday, and the present
I Must thank You for
taking the trouble of sending
it. I received several Kind
present [sic], and of course there were
none very costly, I got a very
nice almanac from Miss
Ballantyne [Ballantine?], She did
not get comming [coming?] [sic]
as she could not get any holidays.
I also got a [sic] Xmas card from W.J.
[Willie John?] Duncan he usually
send [sic] us all ones [sic] at Xmas,

[Page 2]
Sara Duncan was here at
Xmas also Annie and family,
Chas [Charles?] could not get away
from work Aunt had been down
visiting Annie for the past
month and she came back
with Annie,

I was looking for a letter
from you for a few days
before it did arrive, W J
[Willie John?] Duncan told
me in his letter [that?]
WM, [William?] was sick so
I was anxious to know what
was the matter with him, I
am sorry to know that he is
sick I suppose his joints are
swollen and should be pretty
painful. Another name for
it, I think, is inflammatory
Rheutism [Rheumatism?]

[Page 3]
He was always quite a
hand at working in wet
weather so that is usually
one of the result [sic] that
follow, However that fever is
not very often fatal,

I hope he is better by this
time, I was wondering why
you did not let me know
sooner than you did.

Have you no doctor at
Plumbridge now? I think it
is always a good plan to
call in a doctor whenever
any serious sickness takes

This is the last holiday
school opens first of next
week, No more holidays now

[Page 4]
untill [until?] Easter, However
I am always tired with holidays
as it is more dull than attending
school, Of course if I was
home in holidays I could have
some fun and it would [not?]
seem so long, But here at
present there is not very much
to interest one, I have
changed my boarding house
this term, I am just paying
the same $2.25 or a little
over nine shilling per week,

My room at Hall’s (where I
have been) was too cold and
I always studied down
stairs so I thought I would

[Page 5]
do better by studying where
no body [nobody?] was talking,

The name of the house now is
Monteers. My room is
much nicer than at Halls,
I did not want to pay any
more than $2.25 although that
is very cheap.

We have good wintery [wintry?]
weather here now. Quite cold,
not very much snow hardly
enough to make sleighing.

There has been very little
skating here yet, I have
had none on yet. I did
not skate any last winter,
if the shoe [sic] I have now

[Page 6]

are heavy enough I will
skate some if the ice is good

I like the skating for the
exercise in it especially when
one is not doing anything
all day.

I have not got that newspaper
yet. It may be in the
post office this morning,
I am going down to post this
letter as soon as I am

I have got my suit made
of the cloth same as I sent
you, What do you think of
it, I think this will do
at present I remain Your

J A [James Alexander?] Smyth

[Written at top of Page 4]

I am sending
you a paper
to day,
You will
see all the
marks, Some
are old piece
[sic] which I
forgot to send
You will
see the total
marks for
the exam,

[Also Enclosed 3 Notes on Paper]

[Page 7]

[1st Note]

Here is the total
marks for the term
taken by the whole
class, Only those
over 50% are given
in the paper,

Chas [Charles?] E Kunster 590
*Miss Flossie Arnold 579
James A [Alexander?]Smyth 529
*Miss [Tule?] Wigle 529
*J.J. [Battie?] 515
M. Walton 456
*Stanley Wightman 450
*J.J Tully 428
*Miss Thibedean 419
Miss M. Rorke 406
*Miss Wightman 395
*Miss [Cummerford?] 378
*Miss L Thibedean 376
Miss MacRae 367

All those marked * are
on their second year in
this form, The rest
of us came in

[Page 8]

this Year,

The maximum
marks was 900
Flossie Arnold and
myself are the
only ones that got
above 33% on all
subjects, That is
all the other [sic]
failed on a Subject.

Kunster although
he has the highest total
got only 29% on
algebra paper,

J.A.S [James Alexander Smyth?]

P.S I Made a Speech
last [Lyceum?] [on?]
Xmas in Ireland

[Note 2]

[Page 9]


Dear Parents

I would have liked
very much if you had
let me know of WM,
[William?] [sic]
sickness sooner, If You
had done so I would
not have spent $21 in
a suit of clothes, as
I am sure it will take
quite a lot of money to
pay back Bills and do
[sic], That $21 would
have paid my board up to
March and saved you
the expense, I could
have got along with
a pair of pants, I have
two pair now the one [of?]
the new suit and the
pair belonging to that
strabane suit.

[Page 10]
These I wear every day,
I am very hard on
pants going to school,
Now after paying for
my suit I have $3 left
to start on this Year,
If you think I have
spent any which I should
not, dont be afraid to say
so, I am afraid that
you may not be very
plentiful just now,

This money question is
about the only thing that
bothers me going to school,
If You cant Sent [Send?] £3
at at [Sic] a time just send
what you are able,

James A [Alexander?] Smyth

[Note 3]

[Page 11]


I though [thought?] perhaps it might
be well for me to let you know I am
getting along financially I suppice
[suppose?] I have told you everything
else In the first place I spent $3 of
the money for a pair of shoes and
the $2 I spent in the appeal
made $5 or £1.0.8

I spent $1 for picture and at Essex
fare $1 so that was 2 more shilling
and I had quite a few books
[sic] to buy, I sold some of my old
one [sic] so I did pay out as
much that way as I otherwise

However I have enough
to do until the end of this week

[Page 12]

So that is about £2.10 per month
and that = 10 (2-10) = £25 per year,
In one way it is not very much but
in another way it is a good deal,

I suppose you wont be very well
fixed for money. Does it put
you people to a [sic] disadvantage by
sending me money,

I did not get any from Uncle Yet
If I do I intend buying a suit of
clothes with it as the ones I have
are well worn, If I had worked for
some stranger during holiday [sic]
I would earned [sic] £7 or £8 but
of course I am getting washing free
etc, so it is not all lost. I think
this is all

J A [James Alexander?] Smyth

John James Smyth Castledamph

Transcribed by Elizabeth Prentice