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Title: J. A. Smyth, Ontario, to John J Smyth, Co Tyrone.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/61
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationstudent
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, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.308013
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 19:08:03.
Word Count816
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
- Mr John J. Smyth
Co. Tyrone

No 25

No 25

[Postage Stamp]
Canada Postage

[Back of Envelope]

No 26

5 0
DE 10

No [?]

[Page 1]

Essex, Ont,
Nov, 25 1897

Dear Parents
I received your
letter with the money on Oct
23. I should have written
at that time but as I was
sending a letter to Willie
Gilkison, I told him to let
you know, it was alright,
I am sorry to know that you
are not very well, I suppose a
pain in the ear is not a pleasant
sensation, I think I told
you in last letter that the
appeal was not sustained,
I am glad to know you had

[Page 2]
good weather for digging
potatoes, I dont think the crop
was as bad as previous reports
had indicated;
I think since you have got
a new surveyor that you may
get along better with your
road work,
Joseph MacFarland's people are
making a complete change,'
I notice you say you are for
giving David a hoist
I have received your last
letter in which you say he
got expelled. I also learn you
have lots of [fun?]; Does both
Your Lodge and Plumbridge
Want a separate District?
That is the way I understand

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In your last letter of Nov 11 you
say the noise still continues in
your ear; Perhaps you should
see a doctor about it,
You dont want for charges on
either side, in connection with
the Orange association,
I think some of those Plum
men think orangeism is a kind
of a society to have fun in and
a good time and that all (sic);
You have had [charge?] before [against?]
young John, that was the time you
should enforced them (sic);
I wonder what the Co Lodge thinks
of the affair.
It is likely they think thats
not much done but quarrelling
in the Plumbridge District,

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However you shall have a
lovely time at Plumbridge
at whatever time the meeting
takes place,
I have got another of John's
letter's, I believe John can
be at the most of the others
in writing a letter, he can
write a fair literary letter
and at the same time contain
lots of information, not a
bad writer either
He informs me that Miss
Dunbar is going to leave Eden
School, It is too bad that
the people of that locality have
got to talk about people,
and interfere other people's
business (sic),

[Page 5]
I send you a paper [(two)?]
the other day, I don't suppose
there is a great deal of news
in them but you will always
find the High School News, and
the weekly examination are
alway reported in them so that
you shall see what I am
doing and the marks taken
as compared with the others,
I did not do well in Algebra
Examination yesterday, I
got 37% but there are 6 below
me and seven above me
6 out of the seven that are above
me have been over the work
last year so this is two years
for them,

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and the other one (M Walton)
got 39%, However I kept
above the 33% limit,
One cannot form an opinion
as to how the [they?] will do
on the final untill about March.
We had our Commencement
on Friday evng [evening?] Past - I sent
you a programme in the papers
I took part in the two choruses,
by the boys the [Dumb?] bell
exercise. The certificates
were given that night, I
received two certificates
We charged 25¢ admission
and we had $50 [doors?] receipts
and after paying expenses
$36.40¢ clear, We intend
to buy a Piano, as the organ
in School now is not [no?] I

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of course worried about
£50 for the piano but there is
quite a bit in the treasury of the
Literary Society already
You shall see an account of
the additions made to the
High School Laboratory in last
weeks Free press,. The H.S [High
School?] board expended about £50
in fitting up the science room
about a week ago, We can
all perform our own
experiments in Physics and
Chemistry now, Every two of
us have one table, so that
a very efficient training
will be received in performing
experiments, .The 1st experiment
we had in Wednesday was

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making Nitric Oxide (NO)
[and?] in applying the tests
for this gas my partner got
burned in the fingers by [phosphor?],
So we ask him now if
Phosphorous burns. You know
this Phosp, if brought out of
water will take fire itself,
so when it is set in fire it burns
very rapid, I will write to
that inspector in the near
future to I see what he says;
If I was there I know enough
To teach Eden School; and
a lot more that will never
be taught there; I think I will
close now as I have to answer a letter
from W J Duncan and [have?] [composed?]
to write to-day.
J. A. Smyth [James Alexander Smyth?]

[Written upside down on Page 5]
PS This is thanksgiving in this Country
so we have a holiday today;'

J. A. Smyth [James Alexander Smyth?]

Transcribed by Jim Buchanan