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Title: James A Smyth, Ontario to “Dear Father and Mother”
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/50
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarm labourer
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.0604104
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count408
Transcript[no envelope]

South Woodslee
August 9 / 91

Dear Father and Mother

I got your
letters on the 29[th?] and I
see yous [you?] have some
trouble with Mc Connell
it has cost them as
much money as would
buy a good piece of land
but I would not pay
none [any?] of it Uncle thinks
it strange to hear of
so much law he says he
never was at law since
he come [came?] to Canada
Nor drinks no whisky
the [they?] are worse against
it here nor they are there

[Page 2]
They dont like to hear
of the Friends having
public houses There is
a Chapter read in the
bible every morning and
a prayer and a blessing
always before meals.
We have hot weather
here slice[?] [since?] it is the length
of a hundred degrees
we have [had?] no rain the
last month We have cut
our oat [oats?] on Monday and
Tuesday we cut 5 acres
with the Self Binder
and the other 5 with
the reaper and bound
them by hand The [There?] are
men here [that?] can bind 3 acre
a day by hand but I
could not do the half
of it and I could do

[Page 3]
as much as any of them
over there We threshed
all the wheat on Wednesday
by steam power 20 acres
The [there?] are men [that?] has
[have?] these steam thresher
[threshers?] and threshes it for
3 cents a bushel[?] uncle had
525 bushel [bushels?] of his it
[it’s?] worth at least about 1
dollar a bushel it took 15 men to
attend to it as hard as you could
work The manure is all drawed out
this time of the year a [and?]
put on the fields and spread before
ploughing and all the straw is
built in the yard and the cows eat
it or tramp it down whatever
they like you may be sure

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20 acres makes a good
stack of straw and has
the oats all to thresh yet
it would not keep this machine
to thrash all a man grows
there The most of all
the ploughing is done
now we commenced on
Friday but we had to
stop it was too hard we
well have to wait to [till?] it
rains some The wheat is
all sown in September
I send you some of my
pictures now you will give
one of these to Willie
Gilkison I think you should
be getting enough of letters
No more at present

J A Smyth
South Woodslee
Box 23 Essex County

Transcribed by Greg Floyd