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Title: J.A. Smyth, Ontario to B.M. Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/10
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.0405001
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 04:05:2004.
Word Count582
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Miss B.M. Smyth,
Co, Tyrone,

Insufficiently prepaid

[Back of Envelope]

[Page 1]

Essex,Ont., May 10 1901

My Dear Sister,
Your letter of April 24th to
hand last week, I am still pleased to hear
that you are all in good health, and [still]
more so to know of everything prospering
in good style.
I need not intimate that I am somewhat
lazy in answering my letter, I do not
(sic) to plead pressure of business, or
to state that it is chronic laziness; the
latter being probably the more correct.
This is Sunday All the others are gone to
bed. So I thought I had better get this
note ready for the morning. I happened
to be down at Woodslee today. Dr Richardson
had a business call in that direction so he
called for me and I went with him. I stayed
at my uncles until he came back.
Anne, Chas [Charles?] and children were there,
also Cassie Fred and family so I [saw?]
all, they are all well, I was not there very
long as I was back here at 6 o clock and left
at three.

[Page 2
They receive a letter from some
of you a short time ago. I see by it that you
think I do not write enough, I shall promise to
be more punctual in the future.
You tell Willie John that I will put him out of
his bed when I get there. You talk about age.
In this respect I cover up of mine like the girls
I make myself younger. Any how I don t feel any
older although I am getting a long [No?] eighteen
year old any more, though I like girls this old now.
I am surprised at John Gilkison being partly grey.
I dont know what I would do if I had grey hairs.
I am pleased to know you folks are putting in a
machine. It will save so much time and heavy work

[Page 3]
I hope I can spare the time and money to see all
these changes this year. I hate to wait another
year as it seems a long time and usually so many
changes take place in that time.
I have only two months holidays. So I don t know
if the trip is long enough in that time for the cost.
My examination do not begin to the 26 June and I must
examine the papers after that. I would like to see that
new Band I hope they can play good although they
will never be asked to do so by me. At the last time
I tried to gather the band together to play for me
I got a slim response.
Where are the Orangemen going this twelfth? not around
home I suppose as you must show the new Band.
As far as drumming is concerned I think am as good
as any of your, (sic) John not excepted. I play with
still the Essex Brass Band, so I alway [sic] have some

[Page 4]
We have a celebration on the 24 May It is know (sic) now
as Victoria (sic) Day and will always be a holiday in the
[wonin?]. I sent you a paper yesterday can see an account
of the forthcoming celebration. Our band is engaged
for that day. Also a ladies band from Detroit.
I think some of you folks might write a little often (sic)
than you do. If I send few letters I may also say I receive
but few.
I have nothing further to say at present.
I remain
Your Brother
James Smyth

Transcribed by Tony Flanagan