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Title: J.A Smyth, Ont, to B. M Smyth, Co. Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/20(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.
Doc. No.0412003
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 31:12:2004.
Word Count661
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Miss B.M. Smyth
Co. Tyrone

AP 19

[Back of envelope]
[Hand written]
Arrived April 30th 1900
W.G [Burns?]

AP 23

South Woodslee, April 17/00

Dear Sister,
Your letter to hand
last week and I am pleased to
know that your [you] are all in
the enjoyment of health again

I am sorry however to hear of
James McKelvey's death as it
is a serious loss to Annie.
I am sure she will feel it
much with everything left on
her hand [sic] together with a large
family. Notwithstanding the
differences between you and them,
I am glad to know that you
decided to attend the funeral.

I see you have got a letter
From T. [Thomas?] Hay. I wonder
if he ever got mine which I sent
last December; I expected to
get a letter before this. I
suppose he has not been in an
engagement yet or he would
have mentioned it.

Some of the boys who left
Windsor are in [Netly?] hospital
Southampton now. Young [Raddon?]
got four or five bullets in him,
and according to the papers is
unfit for further service.

I am on holidays now. School
closed last Thursday and opens
on Monday the 23, I am staying
at Woodslee during the holidays
and if ever there was a lonesome
place I think Woodslee is it.
It is not what it used to be at
all and there are very few young
people here now.
I would certainly be better
teaching than laying around
this town. However it is only a
week and there was an entertainment
in church last night and another
one tonight so that helps to
pass the time away.

The folks here are all well.
The boys from Leamington
are visiting here. Annie is
visiting in St Thomas. Uncle and
Aunt spent Saturday & Sunday and
Monday at Windsor.

They are talking about Sara Duncan
intending going home at July and
they are [coaxing?] Belle to go with her
if she goes. Belle does not say
whether she will go or not.

I don't think you may expect me home
this year for several reasons.
First I have not the money to spare
secondly, there are only two months
holidays and that would only leave
me about [6?] weeks to stay. and
$120 or $130 is to [too?] much to spend
for a weeks. I did intend going this
year but my salary is not very
large and I did not save very much
money so I think I must defer my
visit to some more convenient time.

I may take part of my holidays and
visit in New York and Philadelphia
if I can find any friends there.
I would certainly like to go home
but I would want more than a few
weeks unless the place is [terribly?]

I suppose I shall find
some changes in the appearance of
the farm. The change in the lower
fields should look well.
The only thing I despise about the
whole concern is the way the cow
stables etc are arranged so near
the house, etc.

One would hate to take any of
their friends from here over there
because it is better for them to
be in ignorance than to find out
the way in which a large number of
the Irish people live.

I have not sent that picture yet.
I will do so this week. I got some
good ones taken last week, one dozen
and a half at $4. I had a good
notion to send all my Uncles and
Aunts one each, but some of them
might burn them if they got one.

These large pictures that I have
sent you don't forget to get them
framed as they soon spoil otherwise.
You should have quite a collection
of Canadian boys and girls now
as I have sent several of these

[Well] I think I have said all that
I have to say. It is raining here
today and spring has shown very few
signs yet. It is somewhat backward
this year,
Your brother
Jas A Smyth [James Alexander Smyth?]

B.M. Smyth [Bella M Smyth?]
Co. Tyrone

Transcribed by Julie Simms