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Title: James A Smyth, Ontario to "Dear Sister"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/43
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationsummer job as salesman
Sender ReligionProtestant (Methodist)
OriginEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientBella M.? Eliza C.? Mary?
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.0410062
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 26:10:2004.
Word Count774
Transcript[No Envelope]

[Page 1]
Essex Ont.
August 3rd 99

Dear Sister
I received your letter 7 July
this morning as I was leaving Woodslee.
I came up here today to attend a picnic and
have some fun and as I see your letter was
written on July 14th and only arrived to day
[today?] I thought I better answer it at once.
I am writing this in Dr Richardson's office so
if the paper is not nice looking don't say
anything. I received your money all right [alright?]
and as I was always waiting for a letter
since the 12th I did not deem it necessary
to write one. I think I informed you
of the first part of my examination and
I have not much to say about the last;
I did not look at any papers since I
finished working and I think I will not
bother any more about them until I hear
the results. I expect to know we came

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out in about ten days. I am glad to know you
had a good time on the 12th and if I am well
and over there next year I shall lend a [hand?]
on [more?] drumming. I may play for [Essex?] Band
and the Band Convention in [Detroit?] on the 17th
inst. Anyhow I am going up to see the fun.
I have got a Job during the holidays. I got
an agency for selling a Book. A few of the other
High School Boys got the same though in
different parts I have the Townships of [Maidstone?]
and Rochester or the territory adjoining Woodslee
and Essex. I have been at it for about 10 days
and I made a little over 5 during [sic], I get
a salary and commission besides. I did
intend to work for 40 days during holidays
as that was my agreement but I think I
will not keep at it during all the holidays
so I want some time to myself. Of course
I will not make very much from this out
as I have the best of the territory canvassed
However I shall have some money to pay
my expenses at Model School this fall,
and also to buy a suit for myself.

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I suppose before this letter reaches you Willie
Duncan will have arrived there. He left New
York on Saturday last. I have not seen him
since I arrived in this Country the last time.
He took the notion to home all in a sudden.
All Woodslee folks are well Cassie and Baby
are also well. I have not been out to
see Annie since she came to Leamington
I think I shall go out there some day soon.
Three or four of the High School boys and myself
are thinking of going out to [Ciade] Beach (a
summer resort) and stay for a few weeks, and if
we do we shall have some fun. We
intend camping out [board?] ourselves I am
not sure if they are going yet but if they
go I am sure we shall have a week (sic) fun
and amusement. This is the month for
picnics and excursions in this country
picnic [picnics?] and excursions of all sorts
comming [coming?] off this month, and most
likely I shall attend

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a few of them.
In regard my [sic] History examination I think I
took a pass on it although I did not know much
about it. Just as I was going up to School the
excursion train was at the station and one of
the bands was playing the P. Boys. of course
I was wishing I was going along with them
but business is business. I am thinking
Joe Gilkison would be as well unmarried
yet a while. I think he might get some body [somebody?]
better than a hired girl. He is in a hurry
if that is all he is getting. I don't blame
Wm [William?] for being angry at him so would I
one should select somebody equal to themselves
if possible. As far as passing my
exam I shall say nothing about it, until I
see the news. If I don't pass, it does not
make much difference as I intend to [teach?] in
my second. I shall go to Model School in the
month of Sept. and if I am successful I will
begin teaching at Xmas. This is a rather short
letter but it will do as I have not much time
for writing very busy running around.

J A [James Alexander?] Smyth

What is the matter with your letter being
19 days comming [coming?] I have been waiting for
one for two weeks. J.A.S. [James Alexander Smyth?]