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Title: James A. Smyth, Ontario, to Eliza C. Smyth, Castledamph,
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/41(2)
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
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
Doc. No.508024
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 24:08:2005.
Word Count704
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Miss Eliza C. Smyth,
Co Tyrone

JY 16

[Back of Envelope]
John Chs [Charles?] Smyth
Co Tyrone

JUL 16

JY 27

Co Tyrone

[Page 1]

South Woodslee
15 July 1900

Dear Sister
Your letter of 18 June
received a week or so ago.
I have been expecting a
letter every day for the
last week but so far I have
got none. It is the first
time since I left home that
I have not had an account
of what was going to take
place on the twelfth of July.
I wonder why you folks
don’t write more often than
you do. It is over two weeks
since I got this one and
have not got a word since.
You should take a hint once

[page 2]
in a while and send as much
news as possible and as often
as possible.
We have Just got a letter
from Belle, saying that they
had landed at Derry and
were starting out for Sara’s
home. It seems they had
quite a pleasant trip, calm
sea, lots of fun etc.
You can tell her if she is
there that they are Just after
[reading?] of for Gertie Paddon
who is here to day (sunday)
I wonder what she thinks
of Ireland? She will see
lots of funny sights. You
may show her a few of
the prominent people of that
locality such as Joe Stewart
Joe Ghlen [Glen?]. etc.

[Page 3]
You should take her on a drive
away up to sperrin and that
direction, Barness [Barnes?]
Gap etc. In mentioning of
the latter place it makes
me think of the late nights
that Willie Gilkinson and
I came through there.
Poor fellow. I don’t think
any body will miss him more
than I and I miss him
already by not receiving
his letters.
Show the girls all the
places worth seeing. I
am glad the young folks
are beginning to take
more pleasure trips there
than they used to do.
I suppose the trip to
Bundoran was very
nice but I have no [sic]

[Page 4]
of what it is like being
as I never saw the place
I tell you next time I
am home I shall see more
of the scenery around there.
I have been reading over
some of my old letters today
and it makes me somewhat
homesick. It is dull
around Woodslee now anyway.
and more so around
Uncles since there are
no young folks here now
I expected to go home
this holiday but I could
not afford the money and
two months might hardly
be enough for me.
I am calculating on
going next holidays if
I am spared my health.

[Page 5]
so if you have a calf
on hand now you might
begin fattening it
as to have it ready.
I wish Tommy Hay would
write to me. Ask him if he
received my letters in
S. Africa: If he did I have
never received an answer.
I would like to hear from
him to know what he thinks
about Africa.
You may tell Belle that
Marentelle from Windsor
is expected to arrive in
Windsor on Tuesday from
Eng [England?]. There are
27 of the Wounded Canadian
on board the Parisian which
arrives at Quebec today.
I am going up to Windsor
tomorrow so I will see the
reception for them

[Page 6]
A. Paddon is not expected
on this boat and his sister
Gertie does not expect him.
I went to Chatham on the
12 July. I beat the snare
drum in Essex band
on that day. I suppose
I shall get $1 and expenses
for the day. There was
quite a lot of people in
Chatham but I don’t
like these celebration’s
like I do those in the
old country.
Cassie and Fred and the
baby are here since dinner
time. Annie was out here
last week and spent the
I wish already that
holidays were ended.

[Page 7]
When you have no place
to go and not much fun
holidays are not much
good. I intended to go
to New York for a while
but I don’t like to spend
the money but I suppose
I would have a good time.
Now I wish you would
write a little oftener if
possible, and send a paper
once in a while. Did I send
Uncle Chas [Charles?], a picture
I intended to and I can’t
remember now.
Well good Bye
Jas A, [James Alexander?] Smyth,

Transcribed by Elizabeth Prentice