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Title: James A Smyth, Ontario to Mary Smyth, Co. Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/68
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationschool teacher
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
Doc. No.0505583
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 08:04:2005.
Word Count794
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Miss Mary Smyth
Co. Tyrone

NO [2?]

[Written over Envelope]
November 23rd 1900
Miss Mary Smyth,
Co. Tyrone,

Miss Mary Smyth
N.T. Stewart
Co Tyrone

[Back of Envelope]

NO 12

NOV 12
20 00

NO 22

[Page 1]
Essex, Ontario
November 10. 1900.

My Dear Sister,
I just received your
letter last night, after comming [coming?]
up from Woodslee. I was much pleased
to get such a long one and so
interesting in many respects.
I am glad to know that you still enjoy
yourselves in the old style. I am also
glad to know that Jas. [James?] Ballantyne
[Ballantine?] has taken a trip over to the
“ould” sod. However he is making a short
stay but I suppose business before pleasure.
Now in regards to the Civil Service
guide I may say, if I have not already
mentioned it, that, with two exceptions,
I am over age for the others.
James the teacher must be under 22
years if he tried for the Excise as that
I think is the age limit.

[Page 2]
Don't expect many trips from me until I
am there. It is pretty hard to make many
trips without a fair share of money
to back it up. If I can afford to
spend the money and has [have?] it to spend
I am sure you would not be any more
pleased to see me that [than?] I would to
see you all.
I am sure many changes has taken
place as there are many right in this
town and you cannot but notice
You say Sacrament Sunday is
at hand. I am member of this Church
here and has [sic] been for three or
more years. I think I told you this at
that time.
By this time you know of our
election. They are all over and we
Conservatives are in the “soup” Our
Leaders [Tupper?], McDonald and
all the rest are defeated

[Page 3]
It was a very warm time but Laurier
was the victor. He carried almost all
Quebec, but the [Tupper?] party carried
Ontario, so it's almost English
against French.
My school was closed this week on
account of scarlet fever, several cases
being in town. As school was closed I acted
as scrutineer for the Con [Conservative?]
party in one ward 2 in Essex, and I
may say we had some fun. We
were also defeated in our man as
he lost by 87 votes. After 6 o'clock
election day, the people of both
parties gathered in the town Hall
and the reports from all over the Dominion
were received by telgraph [telegraph?]
there. And there was the place to
hear cheering and yelling for
their respective parties.
The principal issues at this election
was [were?] “free trade” and
Preferential Tariff.

[Page 4]
I took a very active part myself and
next day I could hardly appear on the
street but somebody had some joke
to ask about being so badly defeated.
Schools opens [sic] tomorrow again. I
think they have disinfected the school
etc. in order to make sure.
As I said at the start I was at Woodslee
yesterday. They have had no letters yet
from the old country. I have received
quite a number of papers lately but
not many letters.
We have had beautiful weather here
until last week when it began to get
cold. Up to that time it felt like
summer. Now it is somewhat the
other way getting quite cold. My
room is also getting that way.
I do hate a cold room especially
when you are paying 14 shillings
per week for board and room

[Page 5]
I am taking my meals at the Hotel and
have a room rented but unless they
warm up my room somehow I must change again.
That is one of the most objectionable
features of being away from home.
Oh, these boarding houses! They just
want your money and it make [sic] no
difference whether you are comfortable
or not.
I think you mentioned Hallow'en. Well
the little boys here remember it but that
is all. Otherwise you never hear it
mentioned. Everything seems to be
changing. Things don't seem the
same as when I was a boy. Probably
it is because I have passed that age
now. but we used to have good times
when I was young.
I suppose James Ballantyne [Ballantine?]
remembers me when I visited him
some years ago when I was going home

[Page 6]

He would be able to tell Father quite
a lot about all the Ballantynes
[Ballantines?]in Philadelphia. Uncle had a
letter from William some time ago.
Now I don't know of any particular
news to tell you. It is now half past
five oclock so I must get dressed
and get supper and then go to church.
I suppose you folks have no church
at night. We have it here twice
a day and Sunday School in the
afternoon, but I hardly go except
at night.
Well good bye and have
a good time Xmas.
Your Brother
Jas A [James Alexander?] Smyth

Miss Mary Smyth
Co. Tyrone.

Transcribed by Alan Houston