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Title: James A Smyth, Ontario to J J Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/16(2)
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationstudent
Sender ReligionProtestant (Methodist)
OriginEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, John J. and wife
Recipient Gendermale-female
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge
Doc. No.0410099
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 27:10:2004.
Word Count531
TranscriptFront of Envelope

Mr John Jas Smyth
Co Tyrone

MY 10

Back of Envelope

1 30
MY [29?]


MY 10

(Written in Pencil)
Arred [Arrived?] May 21 97

Private Essex Ontario

I received your last order for
[3?]£, I got the money the other day,
$24.38, I often think that it is
pretty hard to get money to send to me,
I must thank Bella & Liza for their
sum & I expect to be able to pay it back
sometime, perhaps when they may be more
in need than they are now.
You say I will have £3 for pocket money,
Well since I started to School I am
alway (sic) trying to spend as little as
possible, though sometimes I spend more
than I am willing.
I dont intend to spend much of this
in pocket money though I should buy
myself a hat as I have bought none
since the year before I went home,
I have altogether now $22.50, I worked
a few days at Easter holidays,
and so earned 9 or ten shillings
(I did not call for [the?] pay yet)
I am going to try & make what I have
do me these next 7 weeks. I have to
pay $7 to try the examinations this
year $2 for one & &5 for the other.
If I would not be successful in both
exams, I was thinking of working
from holidays to christmas & earning
enough to earn me through next year,
I don t like to ask too much from you
though I suppose you could give more
willingly if I was successful,
If I am successful in this exam,
I would like to be going on & studying
for a second class professional certificate
but about £31 you have suit me now,
always keep an account of it.
Flax is not a very good price, However
I am glad to hear of you taking in
So much money. I bought some new
collars yesterday as the one (sic) I brought
from home are too small 16 ½ are no ways
[be?] large now, I will try and earn
enough to buy myself a new suit
again holidays (sic)
Yet at the same time I dont want
To write very many until after
the 11th of July. I am taking a little
of Sunday to write this one,
Well I will close now, and go
out & take a walk, it is just 1`o clock
nice warm evening
Good Bye To all
Jas [James?] A Smyth
In regards that daffodils [daffodil?] let me know
if it dies the same day as it flowers
or How long it remains in bloom
& when the first appears as & when the
last disappears describe its mode of
growth in general
P.S. I think I owe Wm [William?] Gilkison
a letter, if so let him know I will
write shortly, and if he owes me one
tell him I would like to get
it pretty soon, I hardly average
a letter every two weeks between the
whole lot of correspondents
James Houston owes me one but
I suppose I will have to wait
until he get (sic) the crops in as he is
very liable to be busy,
Any other one who wants to write
to me let them come along, I
will be glad to answer them

Transcribed by Gary Campbell