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Title: J. A Smyth, Ontario to B. M. Smyth, Co Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/38
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationstudent
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, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.0410036
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 26:10:2004.
Word Count985
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Miss Bella M Smyth
Co Tyrone

[Stamp torn off]


[Back of envelope]

[Written across top]
Arrived December 25th 1896
Xmas 1896

[Page 1]

Xmas 1896
Essex Dec 10 96

Dear Parents, Brothers & Sisters
In reply to your letter which I
received last week I am rather sorry to hear
of that [supposed?] murder and more so when
connected with protestants. I have been
reading over the proceedings which took
place at the inquest and I would be
inclined to believe that some foul play
was used which resulted in the fall down
stairs. However they [the?] prisoners are guilty
they should be punished and if they are not
guilty it is quite probable they shall be set
at liberty. I expect by this time that you
know about McFarlands arrival from Canada
He left here two weeks ago to-morrow [tomorrow?].
Aunt was down in St. Thomas at that time and
he came there to see Willie [McIllwaine?] before he
went home. He would have come up to see me
"he said" but he had time and I suppose he
did not know where I was. and was
telling me that he said he would go up
to see you folks all. I would have liked to
see him. He came out the same year as I
did [first?] [time?]. so I think you will
see him and perhaps get some candain [canadian?]

[Page 2]
That girl that W [William?] Huston got is the one
he was going with when I was home.
I am sure Eliza Hay would not be
very pleased. Well that girl will likely
thing [think?] it very strange comming [coming?]
into a neighbourhood were [where?] half the people
do not speak to each other.
I am sure you have some fun with W [Willie?] John,
but you should not got [go?] too far with it as
perhaps it would spoil him, he is very young
yet and any habit he learn (sic) now is very liable
to stick to him, and I have hope that he
will make a mark in this world yet if he lives.
He is an [a?] very smart boy of [for?] his age
therfore [therefore?] he should be properly treated
neither too much one way nor the other. I often think I
temptedhim too much last year when home. I was
reading a book on "Education of Man" by a German
writer and he bears out these ideas and also that
too much care cannot be taken in the early
part of a childs training. What has John [been?]
doing when he has [not?] up his days? I think
his education is going to be very slow unless
he make [makes?] better use of his time and get [gets?] to work
and learn something He must remember that
sometime he will have to do for himself
There are so many boys around there who
have not very much to do & yet are not
improving themselves & taking advantage of
the opportunity

[Page 3]
The more education people receive
the better it is for the country
and crime & all other law breaking
decreases. This is what Ireland
wants and every one should try
and raise [the?] country up to an equal
with all others. It is surprising what
ideas some people have about Ireland
and is not a true picture of all
Ireland yet it is a good description
of a vast majority. Fact that one
cannot deny Now there are [is?] almost
as wide a difference between society here
and there as between day & night in some
respects. So [if?] the boys would only take
[one?] advice & make the best of every
opportunity it would be much better
for themselves some time & no one knows
what chance for following some position
might occur

[Page 4]
If they [the?] Orangemen [meet?]
on 18th Dec I hope they
will have an enjoyable time
I am always pleased to [hear?]
of the people [having?] as
sociable and pleasant time
together. I have (sic) joined
any of the lodges yet
simply because the
people I associate with
dont belong & any that do
belong does not got [go?] because
they say they are that are
of the lower class, but
away from Woodslee &
Essex it is quite a
different thing. Windsor
has a good lodge but
it is not convenient
for me so I just
wait while I get a
place pleass [pleases?] me

[Page 5]
School closes here on Tuesday 22nd inst
and opens again on Jan 4th. We are almost
over all our examination [examinations?] for this term. I think
Latin & Composition this week finishes them.
On Literature last week I took 67% and I
sent a paper with two exam's reports in it.
History was on Friday the mark will be out tomorrow
I expect the marks for me will be
between 60 & 75%.
[My?] total percentage for so far is 60% that is average
What examination is Mary trying for this year?
Its too bad John has not up his days.
I think I have wrote enough this time so I wish
you all a happy Christmas and every one
have a pleasant time
I expect to spend it at Uncles I think the [they?] are
not going anywhere this year & also Charley & [Annie?]
I think [are?] comming [coming?] up & perhaps Tillie
How is Mother (sic) health this year is it a [as?] good
as usual? Has William regained good health
again? We have fine weather here now just
one week of frost was all we had for so far.

A Happy Christmas to All

Jas [James?] A Smyth

I think I will write a
letter to Mary Dunbar today
I should (sic) done so long ago

I almost forgot

Please send me one or two violin
strings [first?] [is?] good ones
and sometime after ward [afterward?] send a
Put the first in a letter and it will
come all right –

J.A.S. [James Alexander Smyth?]

P.S.I think I give value in paper if
I do not in information - judging from
the bulk of this letter

Transcribed by Alan Houston