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Title: James. A. Smyth, Essex, Ont., to Bella M. Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/25
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
Doc. No.0604176
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count566
Transcript[Front of envelope]
Miss B. M. Smyth,
Co. Tyrone,

JU 4

[Postage Stamp]
Canada Postage
Two Cents
2 2

[Back of envelope]
10 00
JU 15

[Page 1]

Essex 4 June 00

Dear sister
Your letter of May 24,
to hand this morning and still
glad to know you are all in good
William may be all right in his
opinion as I do not save a
great deal during these last
6 months. but I had a very
small salary only at the rate
of 275 Dollars per year, and large
expenses. If I had saved
enough or had enough on hand
I would probably went [sic] home
during the holidays but I
think it hardly worth while
to spend a lot of money for
a few months home.

[Page 2]
I shall begin now and arrange for
a trip next year, in the holidays
I am not sure yet whether I can
go to New York and Philadelphia
or not. I am afraid it would
take a lot of money to go there
and stay a few weeks.
I sent you, a few newspapers
on Saturday. You will see in
the Woodslee news that Belle
and Sara are going home.
I should have gone down
on Saturday but I was busy
correcting papers. I may go
down this week some night
at any rate I shall go down
Saturday and Sunday. They
leave here a week from

[Page 3]
Geo. [George?] Thomas and Bert
[Albert?] Allan two Essex boys left
here last week with cattle for the Old
Country. They attend them
going over, and get a free passage
there and back. Geo [George?] is
quite a comrade of mine.
They go to Floscow. I expect
them back in six weeks.
They are just gone for the
fun and for an outing to
see the Old Country.
You should have things fairly
well fixed when Belle Smyth
goes over there She has
not much use for Orangemen
I hope you show her a good
celebration on the 12 July.
There is a Grand Orange
Council at New York on 25
July. If the Orangemen there
want to be up to style they

[Page 4]
could appoint me as their
delegate and pay my expenses
and I would attend for them.
Would that be a nice way to
get an outing? Eh?
I think the sign of the three
violin players being away is
that they must know more
than those that stay. Violin
training results in brain
development. and so on,
I hope Mary gets along all
right for a few year’s It will
not hurt her. For John I am
sure he would just make as
good a farmer as if he had
never left home, and for
myself, with a little practise
[practice?] I could beat any of
the boys yet on a days' work. So
experience on any line
is a help in place of a
hinderance [hindrance?].

[Page 5]
There is a social at English
[Church?] tonight. Ice cream
cake etc. This is something
that never takes place with
you folks. I think it is the same
in the towns there,
The social time is much
better in this Country than at
home. Of course they are
hardly friendly enough there
to have a [town?] social.
It cost 15 cts so that gives one
an opportunity of spending ones'
spare change. There are many
such opportunities in this Country.
I think I shall close as supper
is ready - almost 6 oclock,-
Give a good long string of news,
next time.
Your Brother
Jas A [James Alexander?] Smyth,

Transcribed by Mohamed Souissy