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Title: J A Smyth, Ontario, to B M Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/61(3)
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
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.506001
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 07:06:2005.
Word Count873
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Miss [Belle?] M Smyth
Co. Tyrone

OC 20

[Back of Envelope]
Arrived No 2nd 1900
J. J. S. - [John James Smyth?]

NO 02

[Page 1]
Essex, Ont.
20 Oct., 1900,
My Dear People,
I am somewhat lazy
in writing this last while at least I
have not written much, but you may have
heard all the news from your visitors
Well, Belle and Sara arrived here
on Wednesday night. I saw an account
of the ship's arrival at New York in
Monday's paper, so looked for them
Tuesday night. They got into Windsor,
however, early Wednesday morning and went
through to Woodslee on Wednesday night.
As I expected them I was at the
station when the train came in
and just as she was slowing up I saw
them from the outside. I went in
and had a talk with them for about
eight or ten minutes while the train
was waiting. I did not go down

[Page 2]
to Woodslee on Wednsday [Wednesday?]
night as I had accepted an invitation
to a party in town.
I got home from the party about
3. o,clock and got up at 6 o'clock and
took the train for Woodslee. Then, as
Thursday was Dominion Thanksgiving Day
I remained there all day. Of course
I heard a lot of Irish News but it
is not as good as if you had been there
yourself and had seen the different
things. I did not have any time [anytime?]
to spare except the day so I came
back to Essex at night to attend
a political meeting.
One thing Belle will be able to talk
about the different events and people over
there now, when ever [whenever?] I go down,
I am glad to know you are all looking
well. Belle and Sara did not gain
much in color during their absence.
The boys should not look upon them

[Page 3]
as typical Canadians girls, They are
not lively enough. I was enquiring about
several people. I find Belle has not
been in a great many places around home,
I was asking her about
Chas. [Charles?] McCullough [McCullagh’s?]
folks but she says she did not meet any
of them. I think she told me she was
never over in Jas [James?] Houstons [Hustons?],
also that Jas [James?] is in poor health, I
am sorry for James and I hope he will soon
Belle informed me to say that she
would write in a few days and to tell you
they had a nice trip and all went well,
with the exception that they felt somewhat
I saw the most of the things you sent me
I am sure they are all right [alright?].
I did not try the shirts on but
I guess they are all right [alright?].
They are good strong looking ones
I suppose Sara's people did not like

[Page 4]
to see her go away again.
The Irish are, perhaps, the most against
foreign trips, they seem to look upon them
with a peculiar dread, but such an opinion
soon vanishes after a few years in other
places. I remember when I used to dread the
ocean but now a trip across is no more serious
than a ten mile ride in a waggon [wagon?],
It does not seem very far away when one
can leave Ireland one week and land on the
American continent the next,
I think I shall go down to Woodslee
tonight and spend tomorrow there,
It won't be as lonely around my Uncles
now since Belle is back,
I received the Civil Service papers last
week I am sorry I am not younger than I am
as there are only one or two appointments
open for me,

[Page 5]
The High Court of Justice, clerkship is one.
If you ever get any papers set at this exam,
let me have them, The age limit here
is 30 years old.
There seem [sic] to be good appointment in
that line but I should judge it requires
good education,
I don't think I answered your last
letter Belle [Bella?], so you can accept this
as an answer in full,
Well we are having nothing here but
politics now, Last night we went to
Amherstburg to hear Sir Wilfred Laurier
(Liberal) The Essex Band went, They had
a big time, Of course he does
not suit my political ideas but I
went with the Band, Thursday night
the (Liberals) Reformers - had a meeting
in Essex, The Minister of Finance
was here and Cowan the M.P
for South Essex and others so this
was another big time,

[Page 6]
Monday night our party (Conservatives)
will have a meeting here, so we will
have [sic] good time, Louis [Wigle?]
is our man against Cowan, It is my
opinion that the Laurier Government
will be returned though not with my
I see your elections are over, I am
glad to see the Con [Conservatives?]
in power again,
Our elections are on the [7?] Nov,
the U. [United?] Sates [States?] elections
are on the 6th Nov, I hope Bryan is defeated,
Like to see McKinley again in the chair.
You can see little groups here on
the street any day arguing politics.
Well I suppose Belle told you
what kind of a fellow I was, how thin
I had got, how good looking and
so on etc, now I think this may
do today so good Bye [Goodbye?]

Jas A [James Alexander?] Smyth