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Title: James A. Smyth, Ontario to J.J. Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/49(2)
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationsummer job as salesman
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
Doc. No.0410277
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 29:10:2004.
Word Count864
Transcript[No envelope]

Mr James A Smyth

Essex, Ont.
August 18th/99

Dear Parents,
I suppose you
people are all as anxious as
I was to find out whether
I passed or not and I am
pleased to inform you, if
you have not already received
the paper, that I have
passed again. I sent you
a "Globe" on Tuesday last
and you shall find my
name there. All IV form
students passed our [sic] with
honors. I was out
camping at Ceadar [Cedar?] Beach
a summer resort on the
shores of Lake Erie, last
week and I got the paper in
Kingsville a town about
four miles from there, so
I went to the camp in a
hurry and we had a hot
time over the results. I bought
two papers and posted one
to you immediately.
came back to Woodslee
on Wednesday and spent
yesterday on the excursion
to Detroit and came up
to Essex from Woodslee
this morning. I had
a shower of congratulations
yesterday and got a stack
of post cards to the same
effect this morning. However
I am pleased at getting
through all right [alright?] again.
I must tell you about the
excursion yesterday It was
a Band Convention held
in Detroit. Bands were
there from three or four states
and from Canada. The
Essex Band got up an
excursion on the Michigan
Central Railroad and there
were 550 persons left here
and a similar crowd from
the other stations along the
line. People came in to [into?]
Detroit by steamboat railway
and all other ways and by the
time all the Bands were ready
to play you could hardly find
standing room on the streets
over 900 musicians were
all marching together and
playing the same tune
together. It was a grand sight.
It was the most compact
crowd that I have been in
for a long time. The crowd
was so thick it stopped
all traffic on the streets
and even the streets (sic) cars
could not move. There was
some fine music given by
a few of the Bands in the
afternoon at Belle Isle
Park. I dont [don't?] expect to see
as many musicians together
in a long time again.
I suppose I should
tell you something about
8 days tenting at Ceadar [Cedar?]
Beach. There were four [of?]
us and we had a canvass [canvas?]
tent, done (sic) our own cooking,
washing dishes, making
beds and everything in that
When we were not cooking
etc, we were in the lake
bathing or boat racing or
some amusement in that line
I must say we had a
gay time, of course, we
were not alone there, as
Essex people have some
[ten?] or [twelve?] cottages there
and stop there during the
summer months. There are
about sixty persons there
now. It is a fine place
for fishing, bathing and
boatriding [boat-riding?]
but not so good for other
accomodations [accommodations?].
It took about $3 each to
keep us in food while
we were there and this
includes our other expenses.
I must work full time [full-time?]
now at my canvassing in
order to have a good deal
done by the first of the month.
I thought I would be the
better for having a weeks [week's?]
holidays before I begin my
Modal [model?] school term. It is
nice to have a months [month's?] holidays
without anything to do or
bother about I intend
going to Modal [model?] School which
opens about 5th of September
by so doing I am then
qualified to begin, teaching by
start of December providing
I pass the examination which
held [sic] about the 10th December.
It may be possible that
I would require some more
money to help pay my way
through Modal [model?] school, as
I may not have enough myself.
I notice in our daily papers that
there is considerable rioting [rioting?] in
Derry. I see in yesterdays [yesterday's?] paper
17th that it is not settled yet.
A methodist church was stoned
by Catholics and the Catholics [Catholic's?]
Church battered by protestants
wild Ireland and I suppose
wild Irishmen.
My aunt has not been very
well for some time and the
last week or so she has been
confined to bed but she is
improving somewhat all the
other folks are in good health.
I am going down to Woodslee
tomorrow again I came up here
to day [today?] to canvass around this
place but I spent good
part of the day in town.
I sent an Essex paper
to Miss [Dunn?] today it
only give [sic] the results for
for [sic] the County. Just let all
my friends and foes as well
know that I came out on
the right side in my examination
I am sure Jas [James?] Houston will
be pleased to learn of my success
and there is none who are
any more pleased over it than
myself. The two boys with whom
I boarded have both failed.
I am waiting patiently for
a letter during holidays and
I have neither received very many
nor sent many.
Well I finish of [off?] the news
in this letter very cheerfully
owing I suppose to my success
Hoping you are all in good health

James A Smyth