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Title: James A. Smyth, Ontario to John James Smyth, Co Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/5(3)
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationschool teacher
Sender ReligionProtestant (Methodist)
OriginEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, John James
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.0410203
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 28:10:2004.
Word Count828
TranscriptFront of envelope

Mr John James Smyth
Co Tyrone

JA 6

Postage Stamp
Canada Postage
Two Cents

Back of envelope


arrived January 19 1900

Essex Ont,
January 6, 1900

Dear Father
I received your
letter last night and I am
pleased to hear you are all doing
I sent you a letter some
time ago stating that I had
passed my examination and
at that time I had not much
prospect of getting a school.
However when I thought
that all chances were gone.
I got the offer of a school.
It came about in this way. I
came to Essex on Friday a
week ago yesterday and after
being in town[ a while the
Teacher who had charge of this
division in the public school got
a telegram offering her a
position on a High School
Staff. She accepted thus causing
a vacancy here. I happened to be pretty well
acquainted with several members
on the school board. W D [Beamer?]
J.P. being one of them.
He sent for me to go down
to his office (I am there quite
often as he and I have some
good games at checkers) and
then told me of the vacancy
and I said that if I got it that
I would accept it as I had
no other. So he said he would
try and and (sic) get it for me, so
I got the school.
I think I shall only get about $170
from now until June, but that is
as much as I could get doing
anything else.
I have just two classes a Junior
3rd and a senior 3rd class and
in the two there are about 50 pupils.
School opened on Wednesday so
that was my inition [initiation?] day. I did
not say very much but yesterday
I made a few of them stand
around. There are some very
bad boys and with Lady teachers
they have being doing just as
they please, but there is going
to be a transformation very soon.
They all or a good many of
them know me on account of
being herr [here?] for over 4 years and
some of them are a little familiar.
One of them said to me the first
morning "how are you Jim"
another said " Hello Jim." I think
I have that taken out of them now.
You see I am a teacher now so
they must say Teacher or Mr Smyth
just as they please.
There [Their?] last teacher was a Miss
McPherson B.A. and none of
these that I am teaching ever
had a male teacher before.
My greatest trouble I think will
be in making them have order.
I don't allow no noise of any
kind and when I ask a
question I make all that
know stand or raise hands
and then answer when I ask them.
This is a graded school. There
are 5 teacher [teachers?]. Principal
& 4 assistants
I am next the Principal. If I can make
a success of this school it will be easy for
me to get another one after I leave herr [here?].
The salary herr [here?] is only about $300
per year. In fact there [they?] were giving
Miss McPherson only $375.
In regards to money I cannot say I
have very much but I borrowed $30
which I think I can pay back when
payday comes. Of that $30, I took
part of it to pay for my suit of clothes
and $10 of it to buy an overcoat.
If you have plenty you might send
some and I could send it back by
May. You see I have a good many
things to buy. Four years since I
left home and I had a full stock
on hand. It took $37 to fix me
up. ie my suit $22 shoes $3.50 Coat $10
shirt $1.00 and then collars neckties
and underwear So when is dressed (sic)
there is about $40 worth of clothes on.
In your letter you ask if there could
be no post got in surveyor's that
would pay as will [well?] as there. Do
you mean as would pay as well as
staying in this Country? Are these
places easily got with you? I am
not particulary [particularly?] struck
on this country. As I have said before, if
I can save enough money to take
me back I might go over in June
and have a look around. There
are two months holidays in public
schools in towns and cities.
I forgot to tell you I had to buy a watch
as I must have some regard now for the
time of the day. so that is more money.
This paper which so [is?] I think 3 pages
will make the half ounce. So
good Bye [goodbye?] for the present.
James A Smyth

James A Smyth

Box 234

This Address is quite
sufficient. Canada brings it
to canada. Ontario brings it
to province of Ont [Ontario?]. Essex
brings it to Essex P.O. and when
there Box 234 put in in that box
and I can look through the glass and
see if there is any mail without always