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Title: James A Smyth, Ontario to John J Smyth, Co. Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/62
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationstudent
Sender ReligionProtestant (Methodist)
OriginEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, John James
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.0401009
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 08:01:2004.
Word Count884
TranscriptFront of envelope

Mr John Jas Smyth,
Co. Tyrone,

OC 24

Back of Envelope

OC 24

PC 0

Windsor, Ont.,
Oct 24 1899

Dear Father,
I received your letter
of Sept 29th last week just the
next day after I posted one to
you. I also got your papers and
am glad to get the news. I always
am pleased when I get an old
country paper with some news
in it, as I enjoy a few good
hour (sic) reading it.
As far as your sending
letters is concerned they come
fairly regular but I do not
get one per week from all
of you neither would it
average one per week if I
included all my correspondence
from the old country.
There is no danger of my not
taking time to read papers I
read now on an average three
hours per day and sometimes
more. In the library here we have
nine or ten papers daily and I
take usually after four o'clock to
read the morning papers and then
after supper we have usually the
evening papers which come to the
Of course now is an exceptional
time, owing to the war in S. [South?]
Africa papers are much read. I see we
have had several engagements
already and successful also.
I am glad to notice that the
Dublin Fusiliers and Enniskillen
Dragoons showed so good
on the battlefield field [at?]
Glencoe. They show a good
British spirit and quite an
opposition to the wishes of a
few Irish Nationalist (sic). I am
amused when I read an account
of [these] protests against the
war and etc. Did you notice
how Redmond had to get out
of House of Commons? Read
it in Saturday's papers. I
think they should try a few
of them for treason and we
have one here in Canada Soon
tried taste M.P. who should
also be put in the same box
Notwithstanding these
threats of Irish and a
few others Britain will be
successful and will show the
Boer a thing or two.
and we will be still be able
to sing "Rule Britannia".
I am sorry to see so many
English killed but we must
expect that in time of war.
The Canadians will soon be
there. 21. left Windsor on Sat.
and I am personally acquainted
with some of them. Two or
three tried the same exam
as I did last year. Great
excitement around here and
also in School. The Principal
tell (sic) us something about it
every day, regular war talk
now. Have you T. Hays address
one of your letters stated he
was going from India to Egypt
No doubt but he will be in
the fight with the Boers
There is I think a little trouble
in Egypt at the present time and
perhaps his regiment will stop there.
I see no accounts of it in the
papers of being in S. [South?] Africa.
Those that are going from here
will see a good deal before they
get back I rather wish I was
going too.
If you have Tom Hay's address
forward it to me. so that I can
write to him and get the news.
I spent since Thursday until
today in Woodslee. Thursday was
thanksgiving and then we got
Friday as an extra holiday.
The Woodslee folks are all well.
I applied for a school about
seven miles from Woodslee
I stated my salary at £67.10.
The other [modechlis?] have also
applied that is the boys. I don't
know who will get it but I
asked too low a salary.
Eight weeks more and we will
have another examination and
that ends it for some time.
How would chances for Schools
be in the old Country.
I think we are all getting
along very well in teaching so far.
Sometimes we get a little criticism
and sometimes we get a little
[praise]. Some rooms it is much
easier teaching to than others
as you can hold their attention
more easily.
Well I must say Lipton's
Shamrock got defeated. It is
too bad but I see he is going
to try again. The yacht talk
is displaced now by war news.
War and rumors of wars and
the end is not yet.
That is the end of Oom [pane?]
and the transvaal. After the
war is over there will be a red
spot there on the map and the
words British possession will
take the place of Transvaal.
We are having nice
weather here now hot enough
for this time of the year.
I suppose you folks are
covering up the potatoes now.
Regarding people asking
you what I am going to do
etc and how you keep me
going in money. I think you
answer them about right.
Some people here ask me
similar question (sic) and I give
to understand my father
has loads of money. and
I get all I want.
I think I must say and I
don't know the reason, that
Father's letters always have more
news than any of the others.
I suppose after I post this
one tomorrow I will get one
as that is the way I have
been doing for the last two
or three times. I think I
shall close this scribble.
Remember me to mother
and all the rest.
I shall not take time to read
this over to see if there is
any mistakes.

James A Smyth
Box 626

Transcribed by Alan Houston