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Title: James A Smyth. Ontario to J J Smyth, Castledamphv
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/24
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.0410043
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count680
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr John Jas Smyth
Co Tyrone


[Back of envelope]

Arrived Friday August

5 0
AU 28 96

[Page 1]
South Woodslee
Aug 15th 1896

Dear Father & Mother
I received your
letter about a week ago or
more and I am pleased to
know that you are all in good
health, I am sorry to hear
that your last suit is not
settled yet but I hope you
may get the best of it in the
end I suppose I should
have answered your letter
sooner but we were in a hurry
with the harvest and I put
it off for a while
I expect to answer all the
letters which I owe over [there?]
next week. We have all

[Page 2]
the wheat in and threshed
[(310)?] bushels and we have the
oats all in but ten acres.
This has been a very wet
season that is for the harvest.
A great many people did not
get their wheat out of the field
and lots of it is only fit for
pigs Uncle got his in without
any rain After the wheat was
in and the oats cut another
great storm came up and
blew down all the oats and
left them in a very bad state
Uncle had fifteen acres out
in that rain and we set
them up four days after
each other and their [there?] was
a storm came up every evg [evening?].
Storms arise so suddenly here
that you would hardly have
time to get to the house

[Page 3]
The storms this year were
something awful and so
many people have had their
buildings burned out by
Although it has been very
stormy and wet yet it has
been dreadful (sic) warm, last
Sunday was terrible (sic) warm
you could hardly breathe
but in the cities [ate?] was worse
and a large number of deaths
are reported by the heat
Up at Windsor a lot of death (sic)
are reported by drowning
caused by the storm on Sunday
evening You people over
their [there?] does not know anything
about sudden storms and
heavy thunder & lightning

[Page 4]
I have not heard how I did
at the examination yet
the reports are not published
You see every pupil in Ontario
who tried these examinations
Their paper has to be all
examined by those men on
the papers and it takes a long
time to get over them I
expect it will be in the papers
next week.
I have been helping Uncle
all through holidays I
expect to be through with
the work next week so I will
have one week idle
I have wrote this letter in a
hurry so if you can read it
it is all right [alright?]

Jas A Smyth

(Written upside down across top of
last page)

I've [Lodged?] letter
along with the last
one from home
J. A. S. [James Alexander Smyth?]

[Page 5]
I rec [received?] your money all
right. If I had knew (sic)
you were going to send
so much I would not
had (sic) let you unless you had
no call for it. You might
had (sic) the use of it for
three of four month (sic)
as I have no call for it all
now it will be enough for
five month (sic) so that will be
February. How do you
think you will be able to do
without the money. You send
me. You know now about
how much will keep me
going for a year It is
not very much here that is
one would not be long earning
about £20 but it takes a

[Page 6]
good while over there
But if I can always pass
my examinations it is
not so bad I expect perhaps
about £4 from Uncle for
helping him I am not sure
how much I cannot expect
very much as I stop here
Saturdays and get my washing
done [also?] But if I was
working for a stranger I would
not work for less than 4s and
board per day during harvest
I tell you working on farm is not
easy from 5 in morn [morning?] to 8
at night and in a hot sun, sweat running
over your nose like a little spout
far from the snap it is at home boy

Jas A Smyth [James Alexander Smyth?]

Transcribed by Alan Houston