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Title: J Smyth, Ontario, to B. Smyth, Castledamph, Co Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/67
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationstudent
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, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.0410088
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 26:10:2004.
Word Count1282
TranscriptFront of Envelope
Miss B. M. Smyth
Co. Tyrone

5D to pay
over 1/2 an oz.


Back of Envelope
DE 5

Arrived December
5th 1898

Essex. Ontario
Nov. 22nd 1898

Dear Sister,

I received your letter yesterday
at noon and there is no need of me expressing myself
in regard to its effect. I wrote a letter
yesterday and had I sent it, the boys would had [sic]
my opinion in so many words, but I left it over
until today so I write a milder one, I have not
been able to get it out of my head yet nor won't
for a long time, It is bad enough to go to law,
to spend money in that way, but when it comes
down to quarrelling on the public street and
know perfectly well the participants will be put
in the lock-up, there is no excuse for [either?]
sides. Would to God I had never been
able to hear of it, There is no use me speaking
to the boys. I have told them time and again
to avoid every appearance of a conflict, There
is no use in my repeating it, neither is there any
use of any one repeating it, Had William & [Tom?]
taking a sound thrashing, Had they been
unable to rise out of bed for three month,
had they spent the same amount of money in a
Doctor Bill [sic], then it would have been a honor [honour?]
to them, Then I would felt [sic] very thankful
that they played the part of the coward,
Have they lost all sense that they had when
they will lower themselves to engage in a fight
with such a disreputable class or [cum tali
turpi perdito geuce hornicium cum tali
inhosto geum mulcesium?] as Cicero might
express it, How many time [sic] have I told them
not to quarrel with them no matter what the
provocation might be, until they learn to do
this there will never be any peace, and if
William and [Tommy?] are bound to keep it up,
and give back an answer when any of the
Duncans speak to them, I don't know what
to say, Had [Tommy?] moved out of the way
when John Duncan spoke to him it would
avoided [sic] all this, neither should William
spoke to [Gilkin?] when he saw him in James
Houstons, it would have avoided the second
engagement, Now I will quit writing
of this or I may say as much as I had in
my letter yesterday, But you will see that
my argument is that the boys should
avoid these engagements, When they get a blow
they should run out of the way and be thankful
that the [they?] got no worse, I cannot think nor
imagine where they see the honor [honour] in talking to
them. You say mother has no peace, certainly
not. I don't see how she would, How long will
the boys be in learning this. They know now
they knew long ago that the Duncan's are always
anxious to pick a quarrel and I repeat it again
Why do they not avoid it?
It seems we will never be out of law, Money
seems also to be very plentiful on both side [sic], I
don't mind hearing about money being spent
but I certainly hate to hear of people arrested &
such like, It is bad enough to have boys & men
fined, but it is worse for women, [-----?] a
very creditable way to bring children up.
By adding a few more pounds to your expenses
one of you could have taken a nice trip out to this
country and learned something. and how
much better it would have been,
We are having a half holiday this
afternoon. One of the Board of Trustees of
the school is dead and the teachers are
going to the funeral so we are off for
the afternoon. The bell is just tolling for
the funeral now, We have another holiday on
Thursday as it is thanksgiving day,
We are much annoyed this week in connection
with school as one of the best Teachers A.B.
Cushing B.A. the classical master, is leaving.
He is getting a position in [Brandon?] [Manitoba?]
at $100 dollars dollars per year. He only got [$50?] here
and last year he asked for $100 raise but
the board would not give him a raise,
so when he got a better chance he took it, we
are much afraid the new one may not be very
good, He comes here on Monday. Last year
there was an excellent staff of teachers, but
the science teacher this year is not very good
and if they do not get a good one now, They
will find a good many of the boys will go
somewhere else, It all depends on at least
a good deal whether one passes the examination
or not Certainly, if they don't get good
teachers, I won't stay, It is all right for those
who live here to remain, We are going
to have the commencement exercise for
the school pretty soon. We are going to play
the Merchant of Venice, I act the Dukes
part I attended a swell party in town
last Friday night, dancing etc
They [the?] people of the house had a darkey for the
amusement of the guests, and he gave some
good dancing, cake walk, all in darkey style,
Say you need not mind sending any of those
story books as I get all of those I can from the
library, here, one can get pretty near any kind
of a book to read, Send a few of the Tyrone
constitutions now as I want to see how this
trial with [Alex?] and breaking the peace goes
I may perhaps write up a piece for that paper
some day and have it published,
In regards that picture you say "We were told that
you would laugh as soon as any of them" What
do you mean by laugh as soon as any of them. I
can't see any meaning to it, You say when I
reach home I may have gray hairs etc with
studying etc, No not unless I stay away for
fifty more years, I do not study so hard as that
I am taking it easy this year, Hearing such
news from home has very little to attract one
back there, when I look on the bright side
of things I would like to be back for a
year and enjoy myself but when I look
at the other side I am thankful that
I am not there, I might take a trip
home next year but I would not have
long to stay as I will [commence?] teaching
a year from now and if I happen
to get a good School I would have no
opportunity of visiting home for a good
while unless I would give up teaching or
otherwise visit in holidays which would
give me a month there, There is not much
use in writing on this better perhaps take
something more in [reality?], I am going down
to Woodslee Thursday and stay to Monday.
I must write to James Houston this week
and give him all the news, and I owe
William Gilkison one, Well I must close
up now as I must go up to school and have
a practise on the Merchant of Venice this
afternoon and have some other fun,
I think if [William?] [&?] Tom came out & spent
the winter here when they have not much
to do, they would have a good time & see
something and it would not cost much
over fifteen pounds. If they [the?] people over
there travelled more it would be much
better for them,

This is all good bye

James A Smyth