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Title: J A Smyth, Ontario to Bella M. Smyth, Castledamph.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/42
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
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,
Doc. No.508035
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 08:09:2005.
Word Count785
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Miss Bella M. Smyth,
Co. Tyrone,

[Stamped on Letter]
Return in 10 Days to
Box 233, [233 crossed out?]

JY 18

[Back of Envelope]
10 0
J 30
[Hand written]
Arrived 31st 1900
July 31st

[Page 1]
Essex, Ontario,
18 July, 1900.

Dear Sister-
Your letter of July 4 to hand
to day [today?] and as I am not busy I
thought I might as well answer it now.
I wrote a letter Sunday and posted
it on Monday as you may be getting
them both on same day, but it
does not tire me very much to read
to [two?] or three on same day as I
hope it acts the same way in your case,
I came down from Windsor and Detroit
where I spent since Monday so I
stopped off at Essex and I may
stay here until to-morrow. so that
is why I am writing from here. I am
writing in Dr Richardson's office
while writing this, I am not doing
very much but running around and

[Page 2]
and [sic] holidays are not much
good unless you can enjoy them,
and to do this it requires some
money, more than I can afford.
I was in Windsor at the C. P. R.
station when young Victor Marentelle
came in from South Africa. He went
away last October to the war
and got wounded last February,
and is not sent home. He looked
well somewhat [brown?]. He wore a wide
hat and a dirty yellow colored uniform.
If B. [Belle?] Smyth is around
there she can tell you more about
the Canadian Regiment.
I see by your letter that you
are not (at the time of writing) aware
that Sara Duncan and B. [Belle?] Smyth
are landed on the Emerald isle
They arrived there the day before
you wrote, so you must not have
heard of it.

[Page 3]
Probably Jane McFarland was on the
same ship though Belle in her letter
which uncle received on Saturday did
not mention anything about, it, but
never the less it may be so.
Seeing there are so many visitors
there this year I almost wish I had
gone with the girls, I certainly would
have enjoyed the holidays much better
than I shall around here, I think
this is the last summer I shall spend
here as you almost spend as much
money as if you were in some other
place of more attractions, I wish
the weather improves so that the
visitors may enjoy the time spent there,
It seems your celebration there this
twelfth is going to be a failure.
To whom is the fault due? I
suppose a general disinclination
on the part of all,

[Page 4]
I am sorry that I am not at home
to see Tommy Hay I would like
to see him in his uniform and
also at his exercise, I am sure
he must know it pretty well
by this time.
It would seem from the line of
your remarks that Uncle John was
not particular whether he answered
my letter or not, If he does not
answer it he will never receive
another from me. I also sent
him a photo
Going back to former subject
I am sure Tommy Hay can tell
quite a lot about the times he had
in So. [South?] Africa and also in India
It must have been a great experience
Why don't [sic] some one [someone?] help
Mathew [Matthew?] out in [sic] his stock.
Too bad to have anything going to waste.

[Page 5]
I am glad to know that Mary is getting
along all right [alright?]. She should take
a week or two off now when her
cousins are visiting there. At any
rate she could come home every
night. You see when you’r working
for anybody other than yourself you
are not as free as you might wish
to be but you must to a certain
extent put up with this, and when
you are in a business of your own
then you can remember those
under you, I am as free as
a lark during these two months
and of course on saturdays and
Sundays always. so the only
thing I require is some place at a
distance to visit and also $30 or
$40 to spend, during holidays
then one could not complain,
Probably your next letter may

[Page 6]
me [mention?] that you have seen
Belle You should at least hear
that she is landed, Indeed I was
somewhat surprised at you not
knowing that she was landed
especially in such a country
as that [that’s] were [where]
the news goes very quickly
Well I think I shall close
now and let me tell you that I
was looking for this letter for a
a week or so before I got it, so
when I had nothing else today
and to pass away the time I
answered it immediately,
Good Bye [Goodbye?] to you all
Hope you have a good time.
James A. [Alexander?] Smyth.

Transcribed by Gordon Drummond