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Title: James A. Smyth, Ontario to Bella M. Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/55
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationschool teacher
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.
Doc. No.0604114
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count984
Transcript[Front of envelope]
Miss B. M. Smyth
Co Tyrone

SP [?] [?]

[Written above address]

[Back of envelope]

SEP 19

[5 0?]
SE 28

10 0
SE 28

[Written on left side]
Arrived 29 Sept 99 Friday

[Written in middle]
Arrived 29th September
Friday 1899

[Written at bottom right]
Hamilton Sept 19th
[8 0?]

Windsor, Ont.
Sept 16th 1899’

Dear Sister
I received your letter a
few days ago and am certainly
pleased to get one as they are
getting to be a rarity, monthly
publications now.
I have got settled in the city
now and have had two weeks experience
at Model School. I have got
a boarding house at $3 per week
or 12s. 6 in your money and it
has taken a few more dollars
to buy new book [sic]. There [The?]
majority of them are $1 1/2 each.
I must say it is a rather expensive
place to live and the city

[Page 2]
of Detroit which is so close
and about, one hundred times
larger than this one, usualy
[usually?] makes one spend a few
cents on something they may see
over there. There is a boat
connection between Windsor and
Detroit, and fare is ten cents
for round trip, or you can buy
10 tickets for 25c or 100 tickets
for $1.50. I need not say
that there are many sights
to see over there. I was over two
or three times this week and I
expect to go over this afternoon
You can buy clothing shoes
etc much cheaper over there
but you must smuggle them
across or they make you pay
duty which brings the price up
I bought a pair of shoes last
week ($3.50) I wore an old
pair over and left them there

[Page 3]
and wore the good ones back
again so thats the way to fool
the custom officers.
One could certainly have a nice
time here if they had nothing
else to do, but we are already
half scared that we will not
pass our examination so that
spoils some of the fun.
Our next examination begins
on 13th December so this is not a
very long term yet there is a great
deal to learn. Our subject [sic]
for the written examination are
School Management Psychology
[Two?] papers on Methods of Teaching,
School law, Physiology,
Hygiene and to teach two
lessons on final before the
Inspectors of the County,
We also have to pass on our
teaching during the term.

[Page 4]
The school in which we are
now is a pretty large one and
has nice teachers and it
has about one quarter of the
pupils niggers as black as is
necessary. The Principal tells
us, we will begin teaching
a week from Tuesday, that is
take charge of a room and the
teacher there looks on and she
marks you. Yesterday two of
the boys and two girls taught
a little class, that was brought
in our room. This comming [coming?]
week we may all have a trial teaching
before the other students. Yesterday
the boys taught that 3 was 3
you would not think it was
a very hard thing but it is.
They teach here objectively
The rooms are full of objects
block [sic] slats [slates?] cubes etc.

[Page 5]
and another thing is there are
no children in school under
five years of age. They wont allow
them to go under that.
If teaching over there is no
different since I went to school
there is a wide difference between
that system and this system. In the
seating of the rooms etc - the [they?]
are alltogether [altogether?] different,
every pupil has a seat for himself and
they are so fixed that the [they?]
suit either a large child or a small
one, and about 3/4 of the wall is
fixed for a blackboard so that
if you wish class to work
problems you can send them
to blackboard.
We take notes from the Principal
nearly all the [time?]. Notes on best
way of teaching, on keeping the
attention of class, development
of mind and so on.

[Page 6]
I saw [Sara?] [Duncan?] in town the
other day, she was on her way
to Woodslee to spend a few days.
I was going down to Essex today
to try my suit on but tailor
was not ready so I will wait
until next saturday and I
shall go on to Woodslee at
same time. The Essex fair
is on 26 27 28 of present Month
I don't know whether we can
get off a day for it or not, other
years I was also by and got
a holiday.
I am glad to learn the folks
took a trip to seaside. It [sic]
sensible to take a few holidays
and see something
This is Sunday and am
just finishing up your letter.
We are having a little [warmer?]
weather today. It has not been
very warm this last weeks [sic].

[Page 7]
I wish you folks or someone
would write a little oftener as
I hardly get a letter once a
month and a paper much less.
From now until 15th December
address my letters Windsor
Box, 626, Ontario, Canada,
and it will save Woodslee
post master [postmaster?]
the trouble of forwarding
In regard the money [sic] I
have sent a letter giving
particulars as to when and what
I need. No doubt you are
tired sending money and I am
just as tired receiving it as
when one has to [stint?]
themselves to a certain amount
it is no way pleasing.
I intend being down in
Woodslee next Sunday. The fare
from here is one dollar.

[Page 8]
I saw several of Woodslee
people in the city last night
some of them wheeled up on
bycicles [bicycles?] it is just
23 miles from here.
I have not seen any of High
School Students or Teacher
[Teachers?] yet, expect
to see them if I go down on
Saturday. Does W F Duncan
intend to come back again,
I suppose you all intend to
visit the Paris Exposition next
year unless you boycott it
on account of the Dreyfus
Verdict. I see by todays paper
he is going to be pardoned on the
19th inst. I think I have
told you all the news.
James A Smyth

Transcribed by K. Smith