|Robert Peel Dawson, Laprairie to his parents, [Paris?].
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|Peel Dawson, Robert/122
|Peel Dawson, Robert
|La Prairie, Quebec, Canada
|T 850/1: Obtained from Mrs Brackenbury, Moyola Park, Castledawson, Co. Londonderry.
|The Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
|Document added by LT, 09:05:1994.
|Laprairie, Jany 15th 1838 [1839?]
My dearest Parents,
I received yesterday your packet of letters from Paris. You had not
when you wrote them heard of the Rebellion in Canada, and I sincerely hope
that the intelligence of its commencement & suppression reached you
together. We are not yet removed to Montreal. Reports of intended
insurrection keep us in constant motion. When I was in bed the other night a
Corporal came into my room & told me that we were immediately to commence a
march to the Lines. We proceeded there, but the Rebels had as usual left the
neighbourhood on our approach. We remained there ten days, went to St. Johns
for the same space of time, and returned to Laprairie again.
The cold this year has been very severe, twenty degrees below Zero is
now the usual state of the Thermometer. The St. Lawrence was frozen over
three weeks earlier than it has been any year since that of 1826. I,
however, like the climate, it is dry and clear & makes you always feel
in spirits. How I thought of you on Christmas day & longed to join the
happy party assembled in the Rue de Castiglione.
I like Montreal much better than Quebec. I do not know any country
town except Brighton which affords so much gaiety and can boast so many
pretty Faces. There are balls every evening, and sometimes two, and Private
Theatricals are very favourite amusements. I go to Montreal every day in my
sleigh across the ice, it is only a three quarters of a hour's drive, though
the distance is nine miles. We all delight in Sir Colborne and I believe in
the Whole District he is more popular than any one [anyone?] who preceeded
him. If he has a fault it is that of too great laxity to his prisoners. He
is most kind & good natured to me and invariably invites me to dinner when
he meets me in Montreal.
I anxiously hope that you are all enjoying every happiness and
blessing and with best love to my dearest brothers, assure yourselves of the
endless affection of your devoted Son,
Robert Peel Dawson.