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Title: James A Smyth, Ontario to J J. Smyth, Co Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/45(2)
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionProtestant (Methodist)
OriginEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, John J. and wife
Recipient Gendermale-female
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.401001
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 06:01:2004.
Word Count1187
Transcript[Front of envelope]

John Jas Smyth Esq.,
Co. Tyrone,

JY 23

[Back of Envelope]

Jul 24

Au 3
Page 1]

South Woodslee, 23 July 1900

Dear Father and Mother,
Although I have written
two letters last week yet I though [thought?]
I might just as well write another today
as I am not doing anything. and perhaps
Bella might be there and if she thinks
as much about hearing from home as
I did when I first came here she will be
glad to hear the least account from it.
We were thinking today that she would
be up there somewhere about this time.
They had a letter from her on Saturday
dated July 5. I see from it that William
and Bella M were down. I am sure you
had a good time. I also notice that Bella
likes the country around Strabane. It
is certainly a contrast to this country
around. I have been here now nine
years and the scenery does not change

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You can see just as much in the house as out
of it. as much when it is dark as when
it is daylight.
I think in general there is a better view from
where Sara's folk live than is around Castledamph.
except when you go up on the mountains.
Do not forget to take her up to [Malamina?]
and to the Mote. You should also take
a drive up to the sperrin Mountains.
I wish I could take a walk to either
of the above mentioned places. I think I
would feel pretty good.
Yesterday. (Sunday) Chas [Charles]. & Annie
was out here and stayed all day. Also Cassie
and Fred. Annie & Chas [Charles] went home last
but left Glen and Leslie here for another
week. Miss [Amelia?] Allison Edwd [Edward?] &
Thomas also [put?] the evening up here. Amelia
just came back last week from visiting
in Jackson Mich [Michigan?].
Uncle finished up the wheat this
morning. I helped [pitch?] about

[Page 3]
three loads of it. That is about all the work
I did this holidays yet. I dont care for
working any more. It seems a little hard,
after doing nothing all year. I spent all
last week in Essex and Windsor & Detroit
I may go back to Essex this week again
as I am going to stay with Dr Brien for
a week or two if Mrs Brien goes out camping
to the lake.
Jack Handcock and F [Hunniford?] and
about twelve girls from different parts of
the country are camping out at Lake
St. Clair. This is their third week. I think
they have a big time down there.
A few of us boys from Essex were
thinking going out to Ceader [Cedar?] Beech
for a week or two and have a good
outing. Engaged in something like that
is the way I like spending the holidays
otherwise I would rather [not?] have
any vacation at all.

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You have not written anything about
the twelfth yet I expect to hear something
about it this week but I guess you had
a failure this year. I expect when Bella
is there you will send almost a letter
per day telling me what she thinks of
the country etc. I am sure you will
have any number of facts to communicate.
Have you got any pigs? I used to tell
them here they always kept them in the
house. Bella will see now for herself.
Don't forget to put lots of news in your
letters. and send lots of letters for if
there is any time I am lonesome for
a letter it is in holidays. At other
times ones mind is more taken up and
you do not notice it so much.
How I am always harping on this
strain of letters and lots of reading
but you hardly know how disappointing
it is to wait a long time for a letter

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and then get one with only a short
bit of writing in it. Of course all
letters are not like that but sometimes
you people must be in a hurry.
Father. you must be neglecting your
writing as I do not get very many
letters from you. William and Thos [Thomas?].
I guess they have given up letter
writing for some more profitable
employment. John Chas [Charles?] has also got
careless I do not get many from him.
and it is a long time since Uncle Chas [Charles?]
sent one. Did I send him a Photo
if not let me know.
Aunt has a Miss Myles working for her
now a sister of the one that was here last
year. I think it is pretty hard to find
girls around here. You can tell Bella
they are getting along well without
her so she may enjoy herself without
fretting along that line.
I wonder how she likes the Irish brogue

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If the peoples voices sound as loud and
course [coarse?] to her as they did to me when
I went back she will think it funny.
There are a hundred things I would
like to ask Bella. What she thinks of
them. I think I shall make a list
and keep it and when she comes back
I shall have them all ready. so tell her
to be able to answer all question (sic)
Has Bella begun to feel lonesome yet
"Oh it is a deep deep feeling
Neither sadness nor pain
But a mighty dreadful longing
To see Mothers face again"
If so thy [the?] above lines may convey her
I am going to send the Free Press
specially for Bella (sic) benefit. I may not
have told you before though, I have
often sent the paper, that the Free
Press is one of our best weekly

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newspapers in Western Ontario and
publishes in one of the best and up
to date towns in Ont [Ontario?].
This papers [paper's] editorials on
the war for instance, is a special feature,
it is concise, clear, right to the point and
no ambiguity as to whether the
Chinese are engaged in [Laundry?]
or whether the powers are polishing
John Chinaman. Then again the
doings of the peoples in general are
all noticed Just [see?] it, and if anybody has
cut their grain it is mentioned. If any
body has borrowed an [implement?] from
his neighbor it is mentioned. Nothing
is neglected in the Essex Free Press.
If I have neglected to mention all
the special points in Connection with
this paper ask Bella for the
I may also send the record of Windsor

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which is another promising paper. but
the editor is not near as alert as our
Free Press fellow
Between these two papers and this
great collection of excellent thoughts
contained in my letter you should
have ample literature for your
mental digestion for the next two
weeks and in conclusion I may
say. Hace scripsi non abundantia
otii sed amoris erga te.
Yours (sic) loving son

James A Smyth

P.S. Get teacher James to translate for
It is now 3.30 P.M. I am going
down to post this letter and shall be back
for supper. You can have Bella read
this as there are many things for her
J. A. S. [James Alexander Smyth?]

Transcribed by Alan Houston