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Title: James A Smyth, Ontario, to Mary Smyth, Co Tyrone.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/12
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationstudent
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, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.308008
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 15:08:03.
Word Count520
TranscriptEnvelope Addressed to:-

Miss Mary Smyth
Co Tyrone

Postmarked on Front:-

ESSEX ONT. [Ontario?] MR [March?] [12?] 96

Writing on Front of Envelope:-
March 27th [1896?]

Friday March 27th 96

Postmarked on Back of Envelope:-

[--?] [--?] [--?]

[MR?] [March?] [13?] [96?]

Writing on back of envelope: -
Arrived Friday, March 27 96

March 12 96

Dear Sister
I received your letter
to-day at noon and am pleased
to hear of you all being well.
I did not go to school this afternoon
as I have a slight headache
and so I stayed home and answered
your letter. I have a lot of letters
to answer and I do not know when I
will get them done. I owe James
Huston one now for a long while
and Willie Gilkinson and Uncle Charles also
I received a composition book and
letter from Joe Ballantine.
We have so much school work to do
That it give (sic) no times for anything
else; now we have got a fourth
teacher and that makes it worse
We have had weekly examinations
now since January my percentage
[runs?] from 43 to 68. We have one
more examination in Literature &
then we wont have no more until
May. I brought that spelling book
with me but you can get one for 5 1/2d.
You should take some higher subjects
now if you intend to go any further
than Common school. If you could
get the papers set at the last exam.
for entrance to training college I
would like to see them
I suppose Matthew and Tom is
making great work in blowing
rocks they should leave enough to
build fences and make a few drains in
after year (sic). I am sure in a few years
hence and stones will be a rare
thing in either of the farm.
I think that the change which they
intend making in front of the house
shall be quite an improvement in
the looks of the place. I always like
to hear of any improvement which is
for the better. I was not down
at Uncles since a week ago last
Sunday. Belle has got diphtheria so
Cassie wrote me to not come down
last week, You see I could not go
down and then go to school because
it might be liable to spread the
[disease?]. she is getting all right
[alright?] again one of the school boy
was at Woodslee Sunday and uncle was
telling him she was getting better
Father asks a lot of questions if
I am lonely and [all?] well. I hardly ever
feel homesick I suppose because my
attention is taken up in other ways
He also if I (sic) have much fun &
if I play the fiddle much
I have plenty when I like or go
Out I usually take Friday nights
& parts saturdays. You might
suppose we have some fun when there
are 108 attending school
Our last evenings entertainment
at school was last Friday I played
two pieces on the Violin accompanied by
a young lady on the organ.
The [next?] and last of the term is a
week from to morrow [tomorrow?]. After Easter
there is [none?] as they think all
your time should be employed
in books; There is some snow here
to-day and is a little cold but I did
not think it a very cold winter I
this (sic) is enough at this time.

James A Smyth