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Title: J A Smyth, South Woodslee to M Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/58(2)
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationstudent
Sender ReligionProtestant (Methodist)
OriginEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, Mary
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.0410165
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 27:10:2004.
Word Count790
TranscriptFront of envelope

Miss Mary Smyth
Co Tyrone

0C 9

Postage Stamp
Canada Postage
Two Cents

Back of Envelope

5 3
OC 20

arrived Saturday 21st October

Windsor Ont
October, 8th 99

Dear Sister,
I had just posted my last letter
when I got your's and also the papers,
I asked for to have a few
papers sent me and it wont hurt
to have a few more, After Xmas when I
get settled I shall subscribe for one
of them and then I shall get one
weekly and have all the news The
weather has [is?] now warm again and
its comfortable in the house now
without a fire.
This is Sunday night but I am not at
church as I did not get my suit yet
and this city is rather stylish to go
with an old one.

I am wearing the same pants everyday
since the beginning of July. so they
are not very good now. If I had money
to pay for a suit on hand I would not
wait for the Essex man, but he told me
he would do without the money until
Xmas so that is the reason I am waiting
on him, I don't think I can get the
money all for [for all?] my books, I
have twelve dollars worth of books on
hand and I don't want to give them the
books until they have the money as I
know they are not very good on the pay.
I have 4 dollars left yet so you need
not delay very longer sending me some
more money I must get enough some where [somewhere?]
to do me until I get through here.
The Wellington (sic) are
Methodists Church gave at "at home" (sic) to the
Model Student Friday night; We had a
good time after the address of welcome
our principal Mr Chislane[?] made a
reply and in finishing up he said they
had a "real live Irishman" at Model
School and to get him up here, so I had
to go forward and I may say I was pretty
will [well?] embarrassed. I hardly knew
what to say but I said something and so
got over it. I spent the forenoon
yesterday in Harpers Hospital Detroit
with the Medical Students and was
in the operating room with them when there
were three different operations performed
One was where the patient had a pain in
the side, so the doctor's opened the side
and examined the bowels and found what the
[they?] call a case of appendicitis
Everything was sewed up again and that [was?]
the last we saw, There were three or four
nurses standing all the time I [tell?] the
Doctor was good on surgical work. He
seemed to be quite at home and
lectured to the students as he was working.
I suppose all you folks are interested in
this yacht contest that is going on now I
hope the Shamrock wins, so far in the three
races she had done good work. Everybody
here is anxious everyday of racing to see
how she comes out, They all line up in front
of the newspaper office to see the news
posted up about every ten minutes as the races
are progressing. Far more interest taken in the
yacht races than are in the fact that England
is going to war in So. africa [South Africa?]. I expect
to hear of Paul [Kriegher?] get his fill to
overflowing of the war spirit before
he get (sic) through with the British Soldiers,
I also notice that it is an Irishman White
that is going to Command, I want to see the
British successful as will [well?] as wish
to see Sir Thomas [Lipton?] carry back the
cup to Belfast Well I have one weeks teaching
ended I taught three days last week. The first
day I taught the "relation of noun clauses
in a sentence" second day it was an information
lesson on Sir Walter Scott so that when I
got through the class should be able to write
a composition Third day it was a drill on the
manufactures of Principal cities of England
and teach the situation of each, I did not do
very well in either case, There were about [60?]
in the room, and it is no easy job to keep your
eyes around and see that they are all paying
attention to you, see that they give
their answers in correct English in fact
there are a hundred and one things to be on
guard for,
I think I shall go down to Woodslee next Sunday
of [if?] all is well,
I shall send the Examination paper's this
week, I have not them all I lack one
or two However, they will give you a good idea
of the nature of it.
No more at present
James A Smyth
finished this in Model School with this ink