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Title: James A. Smyth, Essex, Ontario to John J. Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/32
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
Doc. No.0605071
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count997
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr John Jas. Smyth
Co. Tyrone

Ju 2

[Back of envelope]

JY 7

[Written at bottom]
July 8th 98

[Page 1]

Essex Ont
June 26th 1898

Dear Parents
I received your
last letter on Monday and
also the money order a few
days previous As usual I
am glad to know that you
are in good health
I am sure the boys & the
girls enjoyed their trip to
Derry and most probable [sic]
they got the worth of expenses.
Bella thinks there is nothing
in my head but learning
I think I would put in a
much longer period at school
but circumstances sometime

[page 2]
alters cases I have an idea
sometime yet to go to University
and if I keep that notion
and after a while earn enough
money to do so I may get
that part of the education in
Ireland However all that
bothers me now is to pass this
comming [coming?] examination.
I see by your letter the band
continues to practice as
usual It must not be very
large now as there is so many
gone away and myself
the most important of all
I see the [they?] gave Alex and the
other a little taste of law
Surely it will keep them
quiet for a while. It
would have been a good thing

[Page 3]
had they all went [sic] to Derry for
six months. I am sure
Sarah and the other Lady
will both be proficient in
swearing You girls are further
ahead than we in as far as
Derry is concerned for I have
never seen walls or hardly any
thing else in it, yet I have
seen much I hope they all
have a good day on the Twelfth
and that all may enjoy
themselves to the fullest extent yet
maintain themselves as
becoming men, who represent
the order
I am glad to know John
Gilkison [Gilkinson?] has been
successful in his appointment and

[Page 4]
hope that he may be exceedingly
prosperous therein
I suppose by this time
you got my letter
stating the marriage
of Cassie. The event took place
on Wed evening. I was down
W. [William?] J. Duncan did not get
from New York-he sent a
telegram stating he could not
come. There was a [sic] quite a
number of people there but
only three other young people
including Sarah Duncan
The other [sic] were most all married
people Of course you need
not look on a wedding
here as anything like or after
the manner of your
Irish wedding. It not the same

[Page 5]
and another thing they are
all more stylish. I came
back to Essex on Thursday Morning.
The Editor of [sic] newspaper had
told me to write him up an account
of it when I was going down
but I thought it would be
time enough next week so I
came back without one and
then I had to write him one
in a few minutes as he said
he wished to publish it that
night(Thursday) so I gave
an account of it, I send
you the paper Look in
South Woodslee news and
you will see it I also
send you the invitation
I got [to?] you see the kind

[Page 6]
The house was very nicely
decorated with flowers etc
She went to their own house
that night I have not been
in it yet. It has been a
building since last year
and I understand it is
very nice. It is just about
as far from Uncles and
your house is from Archibald
Duncan’s. They got numerous
presents almost filled one
room bedroom suits [suites?],
lamp, clocks, dishes silverware
etc too numerous to mention
Perhaps you may get the
announcement cards pretty

[Page 7]
I think I have almost told all
my news I have not gone
to church this morning. However
we live next it and only about
5 yards apart so I am getting
all the benefit anyhow
Oddfellows Lodge marched to
our church this morning
I am just after listening to
the voluntary by the choir and
now the preacher is expounding
the scriptures to them
School closes on Thursday
and I will have a week
to [review?]. I think I will go
down to Woodslee for that
space of time. Examination
time is about the only time of
the year that the pupils

[Page 8]
feel afraid During the term
the Principal is usually
lecturing to some one about
once every two weeks at least
about not studying enough
and running in the street
too much in the evening but
now they all stay in I tell
you. Friday morning he
said he would advise some
of them not to study so much
so such is the round of life.
For my part when exam
come I shall keep as steady
as possible for it is a great
thing to not loose one [one’s?] nerve
in an examination room
and do my best on every
paper. However the paper [sic]

[Page 9]
are expected hard [sic] this year,
There are some subjects which
I am not very certain on but
it always happens that those
are the very ones I may best
marks on on [sic] the final.
When you look at it, nine
days is quite a long time
to answer questions without
making any mistakes.
The weather here is quite
warm now and I suppose it
will remain so. I'm not
much in love with this warm
weather especially when you
stay in the house all day.
The country looks nice more
when everything is in bloom
and crops all looking well.

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I also enclosed newspaper. The
Annual High School announcements
You will see the usual description
of buildings etc and the
names of last year’s successful
pupils. I sent you a Mail
& Empire. You will get some
good reading in it also
an account of the progress of the
Hispanic-American war.
I will write again about the
1st of July and not likely
from that until final exams
are ended and then I will
enjoy myself Whether I passed
or not; I am in good state
physically for any exam
no 1 health Yours
James A Smyth