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Title: J.A Smyth, Ontario, to B.M. Smyth, Co. Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/17(2)
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationstudent
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.0502010
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 16:02:2005.
Word Count747
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Miss B.M. Smyth
Co. Tyrone

[Written on top left]
arrived March 6:99

FE 21

[Back of envelope]

10 0
MR 04

[Page 1]
Essex, Ont
February 21st.

Dear Sister,
I have just
received your letter tonight
& although it is time to go
to bed, yet I think I shall
answer it when everything
is fresh in my mind, Now in
reference to Joseph [Glen's?]
attitude on the appointing of
Elders for the Church, I think
he is about right,
I intended to say something
about that and as you mention it
now, it reminds [me?] [of it?],
I think just

[Page 2]
like Joe [Ghlen?] the Duncans
seem to think nobody can
run that Church but themselves
and I certaintly [certainly] would not
have them alway [sic] "head cooke
[cook?] and bottle washer".
Such an attitude as the Duncans
adopt in the Church, as though they
were looking after the spiritual
welfare of the whole community,
often breaks up a church in this
country. People would not tolerate
one set running the whole business.
Of course there is another side
to the question.

[Page 3]
The Duncans are not very often
engaged in law squabbles and such
like and in this respect those who
are in law three [or?] four times each
year had better have little
to do with Church affairs.
I would not even become a member until
[we?] reached a more healthy state
of mind and had thrown off the last
traces of bonney brook Fair",
However I would not favor our class
[running?] it always, Now you say there
is nothing new to write

[Page 4]
to write [sic] about yet you never
told me before about that house of
Sam Dunns I see the party was a
quality affair and you people were
not in it, Then you must belong to
a secondary class,
I [have?] the pleasure of enjoying
these higher parties as you may [call?]
and I am afraid [sam?] [Dunne?] would
hardly know how to carry himself at
one of them I sail around in the high
society while in Essex, only thing I
lack is lots of money

[Page 5]
to dress up in good style wear a
full dress suit etc Some people here
say to me we must have lots of money
to keep all, I tell them, or give them
to understand we have money to burn in
Ireland, Everybody belonging to me I
say are as rich as Jews, you know I
don't like to let people know nor I don't
that I have some good-for-nothing
[Willie?] John tell [sic] me Shepherd is
getting blind I hope the good old
dog lives to I see him again, I often

[Page 6]
think of the times I had training
him eight years ago this month, Now you
see there is a few words I liked to know
and if W [Willie?] John had not mentioned it
I might not have know [sic] what happened
shepherd in [ten?] years, I must say
Wule [Willie?] John is a poor writer for
his age. There are boys in High school
11 years old and know almost as much as I
do, some 11 and 12 years trying for 3rd
class teachers certificates, so you see
the difference,
Now when I write to Jas [James?] Houston
or any

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other body, I don't write simply to
show what I know, and I am not particular
whether letters are grammatically correct
or contain any metaphorical features,
is allright [alright?] if they are
answered, If I do know a little more than
some of the other [sic] (I may and I may not)
I have put in five years study so I
ought to and I spent considerable money
as well so I should be ashamed of
myself if I am no better.
Therefore let no one hesitate to write
because I may know more than they do

[Page 8]
I know one thing I learned as much of
it by being in this country as by attending
school [in?] it. I got your papers allright
[alright?] I also read the daily account in
our own papers of your land Bill and also of
University Question and Ritulism [ritualism?],
I read the happening in Parliament every day
twelve hours after it all happens in Your
Country and perhaps sooner than you [people]
do yourselves, Our cold spell is over
temperature is normal again Was down at
Woodslee yesterday all well, I think I have
written enough If you would write as
often it would be allright [alright?]
J.A.Smyth [James Alexander Smyth?]

[Written at top of Page 7]
P.S I shall write a letter to W John
[Willie John?] specially sometime [shortly?].
JAS [James Alexander Smyth?]

Transcribed by Julie Simms