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Title: James A Smyth, Ontario, to Bella Smyth, Co Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/80
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationschool teacher
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.0310001
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 16:10:2003.
Word Count1038
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Miss B.M. Smyth
Co Tyrone

Ont [Ontario?]

[Back of Envelope]
Arrived January
the Monday 8:1900
January 8th 1900


Ja [January?] 1900



[Page 1]
South Woodslee

Dec 27th 1899

Dear Sister

Your letter of
Dec 13th to hand to day
and I am pleased to know
you are all in the usual
good health.
I have delayed somewhat
in writing this last week
or so, though even it is late
I have very good news to
tell you, I passed my

There were twenty two
of us and nineteen got through.

[Page 2]
One from Essex a Miss
Raines failed and two

I feel sorry for those who
fail as I know how I would
feel about it if I were in
the same place.
However every body nowadays
looks out for No 1 and in this
light I am glad to be one
of the successful ones.

I received the papers
from Mr. James [one?] night
of the examination and
was glad to have an
opportunity of reading
The examinations there
are in some respects the

[Page 3]
same though different in
others. I shall send Mr.
James my papers today
and when he gets through
with them he can give
them to you.

Although I have passed
yet I have not been
successful in getting a
school. In the early part
of the term perhaps I
wanted too much salary.
I have an application
in for one at Amherstburg
probably hear from it to day.

I came from Windsor
on the 15th and I have
been on the move ever
since. I was on the

[Page 4]
train nearly every day.
Went to Leamington
on Sat and stayed until
following Tuesday, and
in the meantime applied
for a school there, but
they decided to take a
teacher that had taught
there a few years before.
Wednesday went to a place
called Comber ten or twelve
miles from here, and
applied for a school there
but one of the Trustees had
a son a teacher so he
got that school.
On Friday I noticed
an advert in the paper

[Page 5]
a teacher near
Amherstburg so I went
up there Saturday. It is
about 25 miles from here
4 shillings fare for return
trip. This school is open
yet as I went back again
yesterday and offered to
take it for $300 per year
on the previous visit I
put in my application for
$325 per year, but fearing
lest I might not get a school
and as this school had
a small average I decided
to begin low.

[Page 6]
I saw the Trustee yesterday
and he said they would
hold their meeting to day,
so if I am selected I shall
find it out before night.
It is now 10 o clock am.
You see I had considerable
running around this last
week or so and at the
same time spending money.

I know $300 is not much
but if I get it, it is better
than doing nothing though it
won t do much more than
pay my board expenses and
clothes. Board is $3 per
week at Anherstburg.

The school is about a mile
out of town and situated

[Page 7]
on lake Erie at Western end
of Essex Co. and about
13 miles down the river from

I spent [Xmas?] at Woodslee
and went to Essex at night,
there was [so?] [few?] around
here. Annie and family
were out from Leamington
and Sara was also here
from Owassa Michigan.
Annie wanted them all out
to her place for
New Year. Probably we
will all go out.

There is a vacancy in
a law office in Essex
now. The Editor of Free
Press told me the other

[Page 8]
day about it, but I don t
know if it is worth while
applying for it as he
would not give much more
than would keep one for
the first year or so.

However if one was sure
of studying law, it would
be all
right [alright?] as you must
serve so long in a law
office and in Ireland you
have to pay for the privilege
of getting in the office while
here they give the student
a small salary.
I see you folks are
going down to [Dunbar?]
for Xmas; you will
probably have a good time.

[Page 9]
I am sure Joe [Ghlee?]
make (sic)some fun for the
boys around there.

It would certainly be
a surprise should Joe
get the appointment justice
would then be administered
impartially and fair treatment
meted out to all.

In reference to certificates
there, I think it would be
no good as those granted
there are no good here,
out here every [province?]
has it (sic) own standard and
some of them do not recognize
the standing in other provinces.

[Page 10]
In reference to going home
if I get this school, I may
probably make up my mind
to go over about 1st July [--?]
if I save up enough money
by that time.

The school on the Island is
not vacant so here endeth
that chapter.

I hope you all have
success in regards to old
Margarets Money. I am sure
I would be pleased to
learn of you all getting
a good sum and if you
had no use for it all
part of it would not come
amiss to me. It seems
no one can get along

[Page 11]
in this world without a
little money.

How about the road
do they intend tendering
for it again or have they
had enough of it during
the last five years?

I think I sent you a
letter telling you that I
rec [received?] Your pictures and
money, papers etc.

We had our pictures
taken before leaving [Windsor?].
I have not seen them yet,
probably send you one.
We made the principal
a present of a traveling
companion before leaving
Windsor. I collected

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the money. The boys gave
50c each and girls 25c.
Paid about $7 for the present.
You see everything takes
a little money from one.
However the principal
deserved it, he is a fine
man. He was telling me
he was going to the old
Country next year. His brother
in law was over a few years
ago. He visited Londonderry.
We had a talk about the walls etc.

I think I put all I know
in this Epistle at present.
Wishing you all a happy New Year.

Your Brother

James A Smyth

(Newspaper Cutting)
(Inside Envelope)


Essex, Dec. 20. - Essex high school is
well represented in the list of successful
candidates at the model school examinations.
Of the nineteen who passed, eight are
graduates of the high school here. Their
names are Florence Arnold, Maud Cummiford,
Susie G. Russell, John W. Batten, Joseph E.
Brady, Garnett McKee, James Smyth,
Joseph J. Tully.

Transcribed by Elizabeth Prentice