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Title: J. A. Smyth, Canada to J. J. Smyth, Co. Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/36(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.0505034
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 25:05:2005.
Word Count698
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Mr John J Smyth
Co Tyrone



[Back of Envelope]

5 0
JY 14


[Page 1]

Essex, July 2 1899

Dear Parents
As I have not much else
to do this evening I concluded I
would write you a short note so that
it may reach you before July 12th
and thus convey my best regards to
all the old band boys and others as
As I have told you before I shall be
writing on my examination that forenoon
from 9 o'clock to half past eleven or
from about 1 o'clock to half past three
your time,
I shall see the train pass here in the

[Page 2]
with the orangemen but that is all I
shall see except to see them comming
[coming?] back at night. I would
like to see a good walk and celebration
something like we saw at Newtownstewart
some ten years ago.
Perhaps you do not have any good ones as
they must not interest themselves much
about it, where they have not met for
practices until almost the 12th. The
orangemen go to church here next sunday
evening; but there are so few of them
that one almost feels ashamed to go,
and a place where people think they
are [no?] good except for getting
drunk and such like.

[Page 3]
By the time this letter reaches you I
expect to have written on my heaviest
subject If I pull through to the 12th
I am thinking I can finish easily. I
have been studying hard this last week,
made every day count.
Entrance examination to High School
finished on Friday, and tomorrow is the
first form examination.
I begin on friday the 7th. For the
next two weeks it will be nothing but
talking about exam, papers whether they
have been hard or easy.
I am expecting a letter from you tomorrow
but I did not wait as I just thought to

[Page 4]
this one for the twelfth. I was down at
Woodslee last week. They are [all?] well
How is Mathew Smyth getting along, It is
rather a bad happening at this time of the
year, where every kind of work is going on,
I suppose haying is about sorted there now.
It is just begun here, though not much done
at it yet.
I was out for a drive with Dr. J.W. Brien
this morning and I notice the crops do not
look extra well.
I dont expect to do any harvesting this year
as most of it will be finished when I quit
[writing?] and I may say it does not make
me at all sorry.

[Page 5]
When you are writing after the twelfth give
me an account of all happenings. Also let me
know if any of the old boys were there,
I certainly would like to see them all play
a few times once more.
However I couldnt say that they thought. So
much of me for when I sent word to them all
to come to practise when I was home very few
of them attended.
If we are all spared to this time next year I
may be able to take a trip home in the holidays
In the meantime they had better practise up so
that they can play good when I see them.

[Page 6]
Give my best wishes to all my acquaintances and
let them know that I am well (though I may feel
sick that morning if I get a hard paper) and I
wish that they all have a good time celebrating
King William [sic] victory.
Most probably I shall be answering some question
that day concerning his victory and concerning the
desposition of James and the Bill Of Rights, all
of which events and many were important ones
- happened at that time, It is a very important
period in English History.

[Page 7]
If I am asked anything about that period, I think
I can answered [answer] it.

I wrote a letter last week so you are getting your share.
I think I mentioned in my last that I needed more
money. I am just out, after this order, do not send
anymore until I ask for it unless you want me to spend
it and go on a visit somewhere. Good bye to all,
wishing you a merry Xmas.
James A Smyth

Transcribed by Greg Floyd