138



Letitia Hargrave1851-08-12James HargraveManitoba, CA57.004871-92.310666My dearest HargraveI did not mention in my other letter that Billy More had brought yr 1st from Oxford & received the reward of a globe glass as full of brandy as I cd hold it. He required all his management to get fairly into my own presence. He knocked at Willie's door & looked greatly bothered however he had sufficient candor to say that he wanted to see the Mistress, & finally bolted in on the children & me & solemnly deposited the letter on the table staring me full in the face. I remembered yr injunction & got up from the floor where I had been arranging Baby's affairs & recompensed the Red Head. Tash & Mary Jane screamed fearfully after yu had gone, & the guns wch tore my feelings in pieces, had quite the contrary effect on them for they spread themselves up & began to count & criticize the amount of noise they made. Mary Jane is a queer little soul. She left Mary a few days ago out on the Platform & came home to me saying with an old fashioned shake of her head "My love you'll never see Tash again she's off with the Canada Canoe". Who took her, I said. "Cucum". They always bring Uncle in to tea punctually, so I having told him this romance, he expressed astonishmt on seeing Tash. Mary J. at once said Bab 1 brought her back in a boat. She is still very thin & very nervous poor little soul. She harangues about Papa & the Sault.We had 50 Salmon from Churchill. They were not exactly 1st chop, or Garson damaged them. George Lootit is pointed in his attentions to Mary & has even got the length of intimating that it is his intention of leaving off smoking & taking a wife. Their flirtations being carried on with open doors between the nursery-- 260 --& me & Mary's not finding it necessary to mitigate her naturally loud voice I have the benefit of their conversations wch on Mary's side consist entirely of invections agst Orkney men & Indian women varied by abuse of old Garson in wch his assistant & successor cordially joins --13thLast night between 8 & 9, the ship guns were reported & Willm tells me that she is now coming in. I will close my letter when the packet has come. It has not yet left the vessel altho' now, nine a. m. I feel awfully nervous. I hope yu will find letters waiting for yu from Mr Young, for I will not be able to write much by this opporty & it will be long before the packet reaches you. Tash bids me give you her best love & is loud in her promises as to what she is to do when she has the ability -- We are all at this moment -- [incomplete]The packet has come & all right as the enclosed will show yu. An officer, a Governess 1 & her 2 daughters, also Mr & Mrs Sam Grey & their 3 children are all back on Willie's hands. He is going to send them (the Greys) to Churchill -- Mama & Papa were well & back at Kilcst. Mrs Webster as usual writes me in the kindest manner & speaks highly of Doch. Our berths are secured, & the Captn reported to be in high glee. I guess the canoe will soon be going so in spite of a blinding headache the result of letter reading I shall close my despatches. The passengers have not come on shore yet. There are 29 only in the steerage. One of them wishes to be employed as a waiter & Johnny's 2 doom is sealed. He tells his friends that Mr Mactavish is worse than Mr Hargrave & complains of spiritual destitution, cant get a minister to marry him. He has bought a tent & is all ready for Mr Mowatt. 3 I fear yu will not be able to read this but I shall not say die. Dan MacTaggart is still flourishing. They had not-- 261 --heard again from Lockt or Aleck. I fear you will not hear from Doch till this reaches you so that you will be long in suspense. The ship is safely anchored in 5 Fathm Hole. Flora says that Mary Hamilton lives in great style but poor Margt is no better. The Loudouns are pretty well but poor John Buchanan going rapidly -- I shall reserve my comments on the Lady passengers for another occasion, not having seen them & if I dont get my letter out of my hands I shall have a fever from anxiety -- I hear the exhibition 1 was going on swimmingly. Miss Allen writes that she does not think Mrs MacAllum & her step mother pull well wch she attributes to the fact that the latter thinks too much of herself. She is philosophical on the subject of 2 young ladies coming out with their mama & imagines they expect to find situations. She thinks they pay their own way poor souls. Their name is Mills & wont Mrs Wills cotton with them on that account for the Drs aunt is Mills. I must now leave off. I lost my only pen & now write with a little stump wch has no handle & is a great worry to me. Hoping you will graciously excuse blots &c. caused by bullying the children, & Tash drying them with her pinafore, with kindest love from us all I ever am my dearest HargraveYours very affectionlyLetitia Hargrave