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Title: James A Smyth, Ontario, to Bella Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/17(3)
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.0410082
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 26:10:2004.
Word Count1103
TranscriptEnvelope addressed to:
Miss B.M. Smyth
Co. Tyrone

(Each line copied underneath)

AP [?]

Back of envelope:
20- 0

AP 2

5 0
AP [?]

Essex. 1 April. 1900,

My dear Sister

Your letter of the 16 inst. duly
received and am pleased to learn that the
people are all able to be up again.
I am sure Mary had considerable work to do
while the people were all in bed but when they all
get well again that is the reward for all work.
I have had more colds this winter than I ever
had before. About every other week I have one and
although not enough to make one sick yet they
are very annoying
My colds, however, have not prevented me
from having a good time. I think I told
you that we, Bachelors. of Essex intended
giving an entertainment. It came off a
week ago Friday night and every body [everybody?] says
we should be congratulated on such a fine
time. We all gave $5 = £1. In this way
we collected $87. (One High school boy gave $2,)
that meant seventeen of us. After all was
over. our expenses were $70. so we had $17
left and we decided to send $10 to Indian
famine fund and $5 to Patriotic fund
and had a treat of Candies on the remaining
$2. The style, dancing, etc was
just the same as I told you about before
Programme [program?] was the same. We had about
one hundred present. Now of the 17 boys
three are school teachers one a photographer,
five are clerks, two banker, two doctors and
the rest are the others (sic) are business men in
town. Now you see there are no (sic) quality, as
you understand it, in town The people
are no better than around Castledamph
and perhaps some of them may not have
any more money but they have much
newer ways of doing things and they
have nice houses and well furnished
and they don't live as it were in a stable.
They have two or three class (sic) of society in
town. There are people who, on no account,
would allow dancing etc,
Oh, no, Nobody here thinks that I am of
the high old country style. Probably they do
think that we are pretty well off and I
think so myself
One has only to conduct themselves properly
and act the gentleman in order to mingle
with the best society in town. Of course
education has something to do as it makes
you more acquainted with things and more
able to feel at home in company.
As far as education is concerned and
all the parties I attended since I been (sic) here I
am sure any of you as well (sic) educated as the
majority of the people here. (Teachers excepted)
Your parties at home are just as good
if you would only add a little style on in
sending invitations, receiving guests and
providing lunch, here is where this country
excells [excels?]. Of course Country places here
are no better than what they are at home,
I know a banker, a young man in this
town that thought he was a little better than
other folks when he came here, so he is left alone
and to my knowing he has not been asked
out to any party this winter
I don't know how it is but I was asked
out pretty much since I been here (sic) and I
know other boys even boarding in same house
when attending high school, did not get
invitations when I did. It all depends
on how friendly you are with the young people.
This is Sunday evening and it is very nice
I think spring is coming. I hope it does
as I am tired of winter and cold wheather [weather?].
In reference to McFarlands, I have never
written a letter to any of them. I had a
letter and answered on to Mr Ballantyne [Ballantine?]
the minister I suppose that is where they
found out I was teaching. He told me
Miss Ballantyne [Ballantine?] was married. I must ans. [answer?]
his letter again pretty soon.
If you did not mind I wish you would
get a list of names and address of people
that are living in New York, Philadelphia
and around there as I may take a trip
there on holidays and I would like to
call on some of my old friends or on
people who have left Castledamph and
that neighbourhood. You can gather up
the address incidently [incidentally?],
before June, I am getting along fairly well in
teaching, strapping a few each day in
order to keep up the practice in case any
emergency should arise. My class are
very weak in Arithmetic and Grammar, and
I don't think they shall make much
showing at next examination
I tell you teaching is no snap at least
the way you have to teach here. and to
keep all the pupils busy is a tax on ones [one s?]
Tomorrow morning is pay day so that is
the most pleasant day during the month
It is much more pleasant to earn money
yourself and spend it than depending on
somebody else. I don't stint myself half
as much as when I was getting it from
I have a picture of the model students
which I shall send you this week. It
was taken last December just as school
closed in Windsor so the majority in
the picture are school teacher (sic) as
only two failed
I am sure the boys will envy my position.
Miss Flossie Arnold is to my left who was
supposed to be the prettiest girl at Essex
High School during her term, she has a first
class. Miss Ranies [Raineys?] of Essex is at
my back holds (sic) a third class Certificate
from Essex. H.S. [High School?] but
failed at Model.
I thought I would get one and send it to you
so that you can see the Canadian girls.
Now their [there?] is a saying here that if you
attend a teachers [teachers ?] convention here
you always find a lot of homely lady teacher
(sic). But to every rule there is an exception,
So you can express your opinion. Probably
you have some of the same pictures in
the school groups. All the boys are Essex
H.S. [High School?] graduates. The two boys standing together
hold second class certificates other first (sic).
The principal Mr Chisholm has the moustache.
I got two of these the other day at $1,
so I can send one . I hope you get it
in good order as none of us would
like our [physiogs?] spoiled
Yours in a scribble
James A Smyth

Miss B. M. Smyth
Co Tyrone