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Title: James A Smyth, Ontario, to Bella Smyth, Co. Tyrone.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/5
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationschool teacher
Sender ReligionProtestant (Methodist)
OriginEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, Bella M.
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.309001
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 29:08:03.
Word Count84
TranscriptEnvelope Addressed to:-

Miss B. M. Smyth
Co Tyrone

Postmarked on Front of Envelope:-

ESSEX FE [February?] 24 [96?] ONT. [Ontario?]

(Written on Front of Envelope):-
Arrived March 5th 1896

Postmarked on Back of Envelope:-

(Written on Back of Envelope):-
- Arrived March 5th 1896
- Arrived March
- March
- Mr. James A Smyth


Feb [February?]

Dear Sister
I received your
letter a few days ago. and am
glad to know that you are all well.
This is Sunday evening so I
take a few minutes to write before
Church. I have not been down
at Woodslee for two weeks.
Mr. Cresswelles our head Master
of the high School gave a party
to the pupils (as the number attending
School is about 120) they divided
them into three lots Friday night
from the letter A to I. Saturday
[J?] to Q?]- and next friday night to
y. of course my name did not come
untill [until?] friday but I intend (sic) going
down to Woodslee so there I went
last night The Games of the evening
[New?] Crokonold and Natural history.
The crokonold is played with checker
and try and knock your opponent [ ?]
and who ever had most blocks
inside the ring counted. Before
starting every one got a ticket and
an number on it so you had to get
your partner with the same number,
and every time one round played
you changed partner, and every game
you win Mr. [Cressweller?] put a hole in
your ticket and the one that one [won?] most
game (sic) got a prize of cup and saucer also
the one that got least got a doll-
I happened to win The doll.
Then the natural history. (I enclose
My paper) You got 1/2 hour to make
out the names of animals bird
insects the one that made most
in this got an album [The?] lowest some
[little?] doll [game?] or before I
think I had six done Try how many you can
make out of the twelve and I ll [write?]
[names?] of all [in?] [next?] no 9 has the name
written beside it as a sample.
I tell you we had plenty of fun
We did not leave untill [until?] twelve o-clock.
We are having weekly examinations
now in every subject to-morrow
is drawing. I took 50 mark (sic) on
Grammer [Grammar?] & and Bookkeeping was last
Monday but the mark will not be up
untill [until?] to-morrow. We will have
a new teacher this week last one
was not good enough in science
so he get (sic) the run as they call it here
the assistant which they before (sic) this one
was good but he got a rise of 45£ in
another school so he left here,
Weddings and breaking cars seems to
be the order of the day over there
just now. I think the people
are going to the bad.
I think Alex Duncan getting (sic)
around to what fits him now.
The next thing I expect to hear
is that him & still and all
are taken thats what it will end
up in How did our own School
do on the examinations I hope
Mary gets along all right [alright?]
but She should be taken up
some of the higher branches
and give her all the chance
that is possible I hope you don t
allow her to cut all the turnips
this Year. She should get - plenty
of time for her lessons
I do not have half an hour
from I leave School to I get back
I rec. [received?] a letter from Willie
Gilkinson last week I will
answer pretty soon I suppose
James Huston [Houston?] is [expecting?] one
I never answered his yet
Give us all the news when you
write. I have [run?] short of
note paper so I took some of
my books Perhaps you will
hardly be able to read this
it is quite a scrall [scrawl?] but if
you can make it out it is all right [alright?]
It is after 10 Sunday night I went to
Church since I started this so I will finish.

James Alex. Smyth