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Title: James Smyth, Ontario to John Smyth, [Castledamph?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/6(3)
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationstudent
Sender ReligionProtestant (Methodist)
OriginEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, John C. and Mary
Recipient Gendermale-female
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.0604106
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count87
Transcript[Two letters]

[Letter 1]

[Page 1]

Essex Ont.
Jan 15 98

Dear Brother
I received your letter
the other day and as you are
talking about going away I was
almost afraid my letter would
find you gone if I delayed an
answer, However I think such
an idea is contrary to the law
of facts, so I think it is a fact
that they could not drive you
away. You know little birds
do not dare to leave their nest
until they are fully fledged
so the same law, again, hold [sic]
good therefore you must stay,

[Page 2]

Pardon me if you think I am
going to bore on the subject.
although for my part I always
tell people what I think.
You have improved wonderfully
in your writing it is quite
readable, of course there is some
grammatical mistakes but I
fall into this criticism, often,
my self - so for fear you would
not-write again I shall pass
over this part of it. Now you
say one should be a [Q?], C, well
if I get that in ten years, I
think I shall be a happy man,
But if I get a second class
this year I shall feel much
happier, This is Saturday
night, and after 11 o clock now
I was down at Woodslee today.
I went down last night and
came back in train tonight again.

[Page 3]

Now I have a whole lot of news
to tell you, so you may think it
is about time I was commencing
I sent two Essex Free Press
papers to you folks to day. Dont
miss the "High School Votes"; You
will see I got defeated, I ran
for the office of President in the
Literary Society this term but
I must say I got defeated.
However it was one of the most
closely contested election for Pres.
[President?] that they have ever had
here. I was defeated by one vote, and
if my supporters had all voted
I would have been in by 1 of a
majority as [two?] of my voters did
not vote on account of forgetting
the money and young [girls?]

[Page 4]

they were too bashful to ask for the
loan of 10 cents.
All last week from nomination
day there was lots of election talk
and [there?] was pretty near a
quarrel between me and the
successful one for Pres [President?]
after the counting of the votes. The
first count brought us out even and
no [number?] of votes polled and counted
did not correspond so they counted
again and he was one ahead.
I was anxious to be President
as this was my last term in
school and therefore will not [sic]
the chance to run again. By
the three running for Pres [President?]
it spoiled me. I could have [beaten?]
with one [alone?] but the 3rd [man?]
got some of my votes,

[Page 5]

There was not as much interest
in any of the [other?] offices
as there was for the president
This Pres [President?] was defeated
last xmas elections by about 30 of
a majority so some of them took
pity on him this time, If I had
the chance of running again I
can defeat any of them;
Now I think I have said
enough about elections although
I have not told the one hundredth
part of the talk of last week
The next item I have to say
is that I have changed my
[boarding?] house, I changed at
xmas, I pay just the same
as before. and my room is
better:-much larger

[Page 6]

There are four other boarders here
All High School pupils Walter
MacKai [McKay?], Miss [Arnold?] + Miss
James, Walter ran for Pres. [President?]
so we both console each other
one of the girls play [sic] the Piano and
we have some good music both
with Piano + Violin,
I am glad to know that Wm [William?]
is getting along allright [alright?] again
I would advise him not to
work so much in wet weath [weather?]
after this. [Uncles?] Folks was
saying he should come out
here and spend the summer
this would be a good idea if
the purse would stand it of
course you that [part?] [of?] [it?].

[Page 7]

I suppose I am the only - [Suitless?]
man at present in the family
My Bills are not very heavy
are they? You see a [guiltiniaissis?]
[guiltiness?] so that’s where we differ.
As to the weather - that used
to form a considerable part of my
letter - it is not very cold and
you can wear a heavy coat
comfortably. There was a [nice?]
fall of snow last night but the
ground was [slippy?] so there is
no sleighing yet. The skating was
fair a few days last week, I
was out a few nights. Well Sir
as to xmas cards I got, I think,
too [two?]. so that was not very
many for a popular fellow like me. Well
good Bye John write again.