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Title: James A Smyth, Canada,to John J. Smyth,Co. Tyrone.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/25(2)
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.308019
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 28:08:03.
Word Count569
TranscriptEnvelope addressed to: - Mr John J. Smyth
Co Tyrone

Postmarked on Front: -
[SOUTHWOODSLEE?] [--?] [--?] [--?]
Handwritten on front of envelope: "[arrived?]
[Jr?][4th?] [96?]

Postmarked on Back: -
[HAMILTON?] DE [December?] 21?] [92?] CANADA
- [WINDSOR?] DE [December?] 20 [95?] ONT [Ontario?]
- [NEWTOWNSTEWART?] JA [January?] 3 [96?]
(with unreadable small print?)

With handwriting (in ink) on front of envelope:
"[arrived?] [January?] [the?] [4th 96?]

South Woodslee
Decr [December?] 20 1895,,

Dear Father & Mother
I received your
letter last night and was
glad to hear from you,
You seem to be longing
for a letter from me.
but you dont' think when
you should write. I think
it is three weeks since I
had one from you before
I had one' from Ja s [James?]
Huston [Houston?]
a few day s ago and' had
one from Willie Gilkison
last night received his and
yours' at the same time
I am thinking since I
received these two letters
that note paper is very scarce
in Castledamph. as there
is not enough writing and
paper' in the two to make
one. But although they are
short and pinched of note
paper still I am always
thankful to get one.
I got to Woodslee yesterday
from High School, [the?]
School' did not close' until [untill?]
to-day as' there is a concert
and' gimn [gym?] performances
to take place this afternoon
but I did not wait for it
the school opens' again
on' Monday January 6th
so we have two weeks
holidays I am getting
along very well for so
far though some subjects are
hard to learn. I suppose
John C, and Mary are
attending school now. You
want to keep them at
it as' long' as possible and,
let them learn to be
something If I get along
all right [alright?] and all
be well I will be able
to learn Mary some higher
subjects in a few years
I will write Mary a letter
some of these days
I am in a hurry to get this letter
written as I am going down
town to practise playing
Violin and organ together
I am going to play a piece
to-night in Temperance Lodge
We have been killing hens
duck & turkeys since
yesterday morning so you
suspect there is a pile of
head cut off during that time.
They are going to market
tomorrow with them.
They [the?] young folks are going
down to Annie again
Christmas I dont know
whether I will go or not
It would cost 4 or five
shillings so I want to spend
as little as possible
I was thinking one sheet
would do me this time
but I am starting this one
Let me finish it or not
Willie Gilkison tells me
that you have fine times
on the road only a little
scraping to do, well that
good exercise for the bodys
[bodies?] You know us fellows that
go to High School have
to swing clubs and dumb
bells and lot (sic) of others
exercises as the teachers
say to strengthen the
muscles so if they work
hard enough scraping
the road it will act in the same way
and by the time, The four
years' are' ended' they will
be as' strong as' horses
I suppose they have a
fine singing School they
may with patience and
perervance [perseverance?]
and plenty of practise [practice?]
become singers' yet, I sent a letter to
Uncle' John yesterday
you should receive a
letter from me shortly after
you wrote and also Willie
Gilkison I think I have
said about all I know now
except about the weather
and it is Irish all this week
you know what kind that is

Write soon
James A Smyth

(Written at end of second page.)
I post this letter now when I go to town
so it should be there the same time as

Transcribed by Jim Buchanan

Verified by Mohamed Souissy

Validated by Lorraine Tennant