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Title: James A Smyth, Canada, to Eliza Smyth, Co. Tyrone.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/37(2)
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationschool principal
Sender ReligionProtestant (Methodist)
OriginEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, Eliza C.
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.308001
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 13:08:03.
Word Count831
TranscriptEnvelope Addressed to:-

Miss Eliza C. Smyth
Co Tyrone

Envelope Postmarked on Front:-

- 02 ONT.
- T10

Written on Front of Envelope:-
[4?] [Tue?]

Envelope Postmarked on Back:-


- HAM SEP 22 02 ONT

- [0-01?]
(and unreadable small print)

Essex, Ont. [Ontario?]
Sep, 21 1902,

Dear Sister,
I suppose you may
think it is near time to
write again. It must be
a month now since I
last wrote. Really since I
came back last year
I never felt the same about
writing working or any-
-thing else. I have a
fairly difficult school
to manage. I often wish
to myself that I had
not taken the Principalship
but I mentioned
before the reason. Of course
there is more money in
it but the responsibility
of training up 300 boys
and girls is no small
thing. Then you have to
be so straight-laced
even want you to teach
Sunday School because
you are principal of
the School. There are so
many things that a
principal has to do
that it is worth £300 in
place of £100.
I often laugh when I
see the way Mary looks
at such a salary and
you folks also and I did
to some ten years ago.
At the end of this month
I will draw £11 - the largest
salary I ever got. Now I
don t think much of it
but my ten years ago it
would have been an
awful sum.
While I am talking,
on the Money question
since I left home with
of (sic) a few month s
previous to my going
back last year I
have always been
in straitened circumstances.
Now you know its will all
I can do to keep
ends together This
year boarding and
clothing the two of us.
Now I won t have
money to bank not likely
this year. But I know
what it is to have an
education not so
much book learning
as a social education
hence that is the reason
I am spending it on
Mary. It is too bad
she is so old. The girl
over here, or for that
matter any place, who
can t play music is
not much looked
after. If Mary were
13 or 14 years old, there
one could have made
something out of her.
If I had brought her
back with me 7 years
ago she would have
been well on now.
But going to school, if she
mixes up with the right
kind of people, will
smarten her up.
She is going to take
music lessons from
Prof. Thompson, Piano,
75 cts per lesson or 3
shillings. She will have
her hands full with
school work and music.
She has a [full?] new
dress now. And I got
her a hat ($4.00) in Detroit
the first of the month so
she does not look as odd.
I see by your letter
That Tillie Mc Cullagh
leaves on the 12 Sep,
I think the vessel is due
to land in New York
today. I did intend
to write her a letter
addressed to the vessel
at Sandyhook. Then
she would have gotten
it and read before
she would reached (sic)
New York, but when
she did not write
and tell me she was
comming [coming?] I did not
bother She came on
a poor vessel. Why don t
people leaving there
select good vessels
when they are coming [coming?]?
Now if she had come
the week before she would
have been on the Columbia
a first class up to date
vessel. New launched
this Year. There is a
great difference between
being on a vessel 10 or
20 years old and one
of this years productions.
again if I had known
in time that she was
comming [coming?] I would have
advised her what railroad
to take. She could
have taken the New York
Central and Hudson River
to Buffalo there the Michigan
Central Road to Detroit
These roads are abbreviated
respectively N.Y.C. & H.R.R.
M.C.R.R. This road
passes through Essex
so she could have
stopped off here for
a week from Detroit

She go on (sic) the M.C R
to Chicago. There take
Rock Island & Pacific
to Denver. this is
about the shortest route,
It will require 1 ½ days
from N York here, 1 night
to Chicago and 1 ½ days
to Denver. Altogether
about 3 or 4 days on
Denver is a pretty place
elevated, mountainous
only 15 miles from the
famous rocky mountains.

I don t think father will
feel much effects of a
few broken ribs it s
only a slight things (sic). Never
any serious results after
broken ribs.
Yes, I remember the
time you got that violin
as well as yesterday, that
very night you refer too,
I am afraid that violin
teacher is not very good
or he would not be at
Sion Mills. Probably he
is a teacher something
like Old Thomas Hay
Mary is down at Woodslee
to day. She went down
on Friday evening.
Our Fair is this week,
begins on Tuesday. I
sent you a list of prizes
etc, a year ago tomorrow we landed
here. A year ago to-day
we were in Montreal;
Well this is all at
James A Smyth

Transcribed by Elizabeth Prentice

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