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Letitia Hargrave1846-03-16James HargraveManitoba, Canada57.004871-92.310666My dearest Hargrave,One man's loss being an others' profit, I rejoice at an opportunity-- 219 --of writing while Willie swears at Mr. Ross for demanding some sledges of goods which it appears are to start tomorrow. We were glad to get news of your safety so far as the neighborhood of Oxford. I trust soon to hear that you are fairly settled at Norway House. We are all well here. Baby rather fretful with her tooth, but not at all ill. Doi Dame comes the master over us occasionally, but not very bad. He has been watching me all day in order to write along with me & is now at work upon "d"s the letter on which he most values himself as to execution. I am plagued with his criticisms. I have just alarmed him by saying that it will take four dogs to haul the ink he is laying on them. Poor Baby sighed hard & looked very deserted like when she explored the Mess room cuddy and did not find you. Mary's nose bled with the pulling she gave it to make her go there in search of you. She continued this for four nights, but is now quite valiant & when any one asks for Papa she says bow, wow, wow. Her hand was skinned over soon after you left, & is now as well as ever. I need not say any thing about poor Dr. Rae's sad news. 1 It is a melancholy beginning to his labors. Miss Sinclair & I get on harmoniously. I wish you knew what I have to undergo in the night, she being of a very communicative turn in her sleep. I am wakened out of my sleep by lively, loud & distinct details of all that her imagination suggests, & last night only was favoured by the intelligence that Mr. Rowand had six horses, English horses, of which she spoke exactly as she does of English needles -- the night before I lost the whole of my rest, having been startled by her description of a rape upon herself. She wound up very philosophically with the remark that that was a common thing, her sister & Miss MacKenzie having experienced a similar misfortune. I don't like to tell her that she talks in her sleep especially that she is so peculiar in her choice of subjects.When the packet came, Willie brought me in a letter I thought he said from you, where as it was for you. I opened it but it was only from poor Pee so there was no harm done. I felt very dismal for a day or two, after you left but have got up my spirits considerably. I am afraid you will not feel more comfortable while at Norway House by the late "strike" in the Wesleyan's harem.-- 220 --Unless the ladies proved their case you will not like to tell Mr. Evans that you don't know him & it will be equally unpleasant to consort with him after the affray over which Mr. Ross chuckles. Willie is writing you & will tell you if there is any thing going on here as I hear of nothing.Poor old Rose is breaking her own heart & vexing mine by her lamentations for her puppies. I labored hard to get her kept in her barrel, and on Friday night when the nursery people were in bed, put her into the kitchen, or to be correct put her there, & when all was quiet saw that she was not out of it. I was wakened early in the morng by most piteous howling in the passage & found the witch producing & no mistake. I ran into my room, in horror without looking for puppies as I acknowledge I should have done, & rang loud & long. At last Clouston came. I told him she had pupped & desired him to take her out to the barrel. I then went to the window. Rose was put out, but Clouston did not then go with her, as he went into the Mess room & I heard the stove opened & shut. Next morng Rose came in again & after a howl in the passage, Mary rushed out and found a puppy just arrived. Presently another followed but these were all we saw, they died soon after in the cask. As Rose wd not keep out of the house smelling & rummaging about the passage, evidently for more, Clouston denies that he saw any but I am morally certain that he threw them into the stove to save himself the trouble of taking them elsewhere -- He has told me two or three fibs but even if he had not I would feel certain that he was doing so in this case. This happened the 2nd night after you left us.Baby received a pair of spry garnished shoes from Mrs. Ross for which I will trouble you to thank her. She has added the word ‰_piece‰_ to her vocabulary of useful sentiments. She also saw Mr. Wilson speaking to Doi before the window when she yelled out ‰_Ah Pum‰_ meaning Panum. Doi has just handed me yr letter I am not responsible for its eccentricity internal nor external. He is guarding it like a dragon in case I don't enclose it. I am sure that Lady Mary Montague Madame the devign_ nor even Dan O'Connell himself looked with more unmixed complacency on their most elaborate composition than he does on the affair on which he has been spitting for the last 5 minutes.-- 221 --With kindest love I ever am dearest Hargrave yours most affectionatelyLetitia HargraveThe clock took a donsy fit & would not work. Clouston corked her up on all 4s, but he toiled in vain. Willie spent great part of Sunday with a spirit level, but levelling wd not do. Poor Dr. Rae in spite of his affliction took her in & arranged her so that she ticks away elegantly now.