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Title: James A Smyth, Ontario to Mary Smyth, Co Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/24(3)
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationschool teacher
Sender ReligionProtestant (Methodist)
OriginEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, Mary
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.0508032
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 08:09:2005.
Word Count738
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Miss Mary Smyth
Co Tyrone

MY 21

[Back of Envelope]


[Page 1]
Essex, Ont.
18, May 1900,
Dear Sister
Your letter to hand on
Monday morning the 14th inst.
and also one from [Bella?] the
same day. I am sorry for the sad
news it contains and it will be
a long time before I have an other
[another?] friend such as Willie.
However such things must be
and we must put up with it,
but I must say I shall miss him
and miss him much and also
miss him when I go back again.
Although you may have forgotten
Since I heard of his death I
have been thinking of a great
many things concerning himself

[Page 2]
and me. Many incidents of our
young days come up in my mind
in the school [of?] Monday morning.
20 May.
I had started this letter on Friday
but did not finish it there.
I was down at Woodslee Friday
night came up here Saturday
again. They are well down
there. I saw Cassie and Baby.
I may tell you that Sara Duncan
is going home on the 16. June
on Steamship Ethopia [Ethiopia?]
and the folks at Woodslee are
coaxing Belle to go and
probably she will. So if she goes,
they will be landing there about
the 25 June.
If she goes its probable she

[Page 3]
may spend the most of her
time with Sara as she knows
her much better but when she
goes up there make it as pleasant
as possible and let know [no?]
unpleasantness occur in the
house. She is no dancer so
you are not able to entertain in
that line. It would be different
if some of the Essex girls
were going over. especially the
presbyterians. Uncle and Aunt
want Belle to go. and I am not
sure yet if she goes. I shall
write [sic] you again.
I sent you my pictures at last.
on Saturday. You will find one
for yourself one for Bella and
Liza and one for Matilda Gilkinson
one for Mother and one for
Jas Houston [James Huston?]. I did
not send the boy [sic] one each
as I have not enough.

[Page 4]
I think I shall send Uncle John
one. I got them taken at
the same time. The large
one [sic] are $4.50 or about 19s.
per dozen, the small one [sic]
9 [shillings?]
Perhaps I should send one to
all my friends but it costs
too much. You can let me
know what they all think
about them. You can give that one
to Jas. [James?] Houston [Huston?]
and tell him I shall write as
soon as possible.
I am glad to know you are
started to millinery although
they may miss you at home
by having more work to do
but if you only stay at it
a year or two you will learn
something that you will need
all through life. You must
exercise judgment in

[Page 5]
dealing with strangers. and
keep good company.
Remember me to Miss Nelson
I remember being in there and
having a talk with her a few days
before I left the first time
much better than any time I
may have been in during my
stay home, in 1895.
Now I don't see why it would
it (sic) anoy [annoy?] mother by
you going down to Plumbridge. It
is a good thing she don't live
here, for you cannot find a
house that there is any girls
in They are all away and
doing for themselves.
The majority leave about 12
or 13 years old for High School

[Page 6]
and hardly ever home afterwards.
Its just as Bella say [sic] it
smartens one, and I believe that
is the only reason why American
boys and girls seem to know so
much and have such a smart and
up-to-date look about them.
We are having a big celebration
on May 24. Queens Birthday
I shall give you an account
of it again. The people here
are very loyal. It is nine
years since I landed here on
the 26. of this month. How
the time does go around;
I shall soon be an old man,
whether I look it or not I
don't know.

[Page 7]
Convey my sympathy to Tilda
Gilkinson. and all others
in bereavement. I am sure
they feel as sorry as I do.
Well it is supper time
now so I must close
wishing you a happy time
in your new work and best
wishes to every body [everybody?].
Your Brother
Jas A. [James Alexander?] Smyth.

Transcribed by Alan Houston