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Title: J. A. Smyth, Canada, to Bella M. Smyth, Co. Tyrone.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/52
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationstudent
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, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.309005
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 02:09:03.
Word Count1154
TranscriptEnvelope addressed to: -
Miss Bella M. Smyth,
Co Tyrone

Postmarked on Front: -
ESSEX OC [October?] 27 97 ONT [Ontario?]
ESSEX OC [October?] 27 97 ONT [Ontario?]

Written in Pencil
Front of envelope: arrived Saturday 6 - 97
Arrived Saturday

Postmarked on Back: -
[NEWTOWNSTEWART?] NO [Nov?] 6?] 97
Ont [Ontario?]
- HAMILTON, CANADA OC [October?] 28 97

Handwritten in ink
Back of Envelope:
Arived [Arrived?] Saturday the 6. No.
[November?] 1897

Essex Ont. [Ontario?]
Oct 26th 97

Dear people
I received your letter
yesterday so I am not delaying
an answer as I have not written
any now for a long time, I just
received your previous letter
same day as I posted the last
one so I did not answer it
at the time, I would answered (sic)
this one last night but I was
busy revising for an examination
to-day in [Euclid?], so did not
take time; I received a photo
from the Miss Ballantyne, It
contains 20 pictures some of
them the same as you people
got, which you spoke about
I had several letters from them
recently. They asked me to go
there to spend Xmas and,
Miss Ballantyne said to not be
afraid of my fare as her father
would attend to that,
However I wrote and said I
could not go, I was afraid
it would cost me too much
and I have no money for spending
in that way,
When I could not go there I
asked her to visit me here
at xmas, and I had a letter
yesterday in which she said
if possible she would come,
So I expect she will visit me
at xmas; Her mother has
asked for mothers address
so I will send it tomorrow
or whatever day I write
She said she wanted to write to
So you can let Mother know she
will be likely to get a letter
before long. I am glad to get
that letter from Willie John I
will give him a special letter
for himself this time;
I see John Chas [Charles?] has sent
a letter again. I hope the
weather is improving John; You
say its owing to the inclemencey,
that prevents you from work
I have seen the time it did not [take?]
[inclement?] weather to prevent
you work. I cannot find
[engolistic?] words to express my thanks
at getting your letter.
However I am glad to get
a word of news from any of you
and to you it is only practice
in letter writting [writing?] letters
and therefore a benefit to you to write
once in a while
You did not say in your
last letter that you had
to pay 5d for that one,
I found out afterwards
from the Post Master that
it was overweight, but it was
too late then; Dont get the
idea that I am thinner than
I was when I was home,
I wish I was about the same,
I am afraid I will be heavier
in the winter but I weigh
enough now,. I may spend
another shilling and get a
few more taken some day
just as I am now, I think
they would look better
Miss E. C. Ballintyne wanted
one of those but I wouldn't
send one of them as I thought
they were not good enough
I am sorry that they have so much
trouble with road (sic). I think I would be
of the same opinion to get rid
of it at march if possible
There is too much work about it for
the money
We are going to have our High
School commencement exercise
on the 19 of Nov. this is an
entertainment when the
certificates is distributed etc
I am on the Committee for the
arrangement. and was [elected?]
Chairman of Committee for
plan of Hall and selling tickets
There are six ladies under me
selling tickets
Tickets are 25c. We would
not charge anything only that
we want some money for to buy
a new organ for School or
else a piano, We have a [little?]
100 in treasury now,
I shall send you last weeks
papers and you see School news
Woodslee people are all
well I was not down last Sunday,
I am going down this Friday Eve,.
The weather is favourable [---?]
[at?] this time of year neither warm
nor cold
We had an examination in
latin -last week. I took
fourth place with 63%
Highest 83%
We had Euclid today. Marks
expect (sic) up in the morning;
I think I will get about
75%. I think I told you
that I appealed my Exam
that I failed on. I received
a reply the other day but my
appeal was not sustained
So I lost $2 as I had to pay
that much for an appeal.
I must do my best to pass clear
next year although It will be much
harder than this one
It is Just bed time now so I must
hurry up and finish this,
How is mother you did not say if she
was getting better,
I think I shall close
Good Bye
J A Smyth, Essex

To Willie J Haye
Well Willie John I am much pleased
to get a letter from you, and it is not
a bad one either, you can compose
and write pretty good for your age
Now you forgot to tell me if you
can play the fiddl [fiddle?] or dance, any
more. I hope you learn your
lessons well and get to be a good
scholar and then you will be able
to do something when you are a big
boy. I suppose you have good
fun at the old school; Can you
point out on the Map where you think
I am. Look next day if you can
see St Lawerence [Lawrence?] river and
then if you see [Lake Erie?] and in this
point - that is where I am,
We have lots of trees here,
Some deer, and the little
squirrels that you read about
also you can see eagles flying
around; and sometimes you
can see wild animals in the
woods, though not many around
here, but farther west they have
lions wolves and all those
wild animals. We have lots
of foxes here. I suppose you know that
lessen [lesson?] in your book about the fox,
The trains are very close to us. We see
many of them every day and hundreds
and hundreds of wild cattle passing
every day in the trains
Now we have no black bird nor
magpie like you have
Neither have we a thrush like
you but we have a lot of
variety of other birds
Again we have no hills nor heathers
Everything around here is a
dead level and except where
farmers have cleared the land
it is all covered with great big
trees and thickly growing
We have no nice clear rivers
Close to us like you have and
no sports either, When you want
Water you have to pump it out of
the ground,
There is lots of little boys and girls
just like you here but I think
you could beat the most of the
dancing & singing through some of
them are very smart at learning,
Now see that you study your lessons
well and beat all in your class,
Now write again to me
Your cousin
J. A. Smyth.

Newspaper Cutting Enclosed in the same envelope

High School Notes

A meeting of the High School football
club was held on Monday Sept. 13th.
The following offices were elected for
the present term: Pres., G. McKee;
Sec. Treas., S. Pizer; Captains, A.
Gourlay and J. Edgar; Curator, W.
The following officers were elected
for the Literary Society:- Pres., W.
Wightman; Vice Pres., Miss E. Laing;
Treas., M. Walton; Sec'y, Miss M.
Rourke; Editor, K. Byron; Reporter,
Miss S. Wortley; Critic, J. Smyth;
Executive Committee, Misses J. Dewar
and M. McRae, and Arthur Gourlay.
The first meeting of the society will
be held Friday evening 24th inst.

Transcribed by Jim Buchanan

Verified by Mohamed Souissy

Validated by Lorraine Tennant