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Title: Alexander Caledon, Quebec to "My Dear Mother"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filelord caledon/7
SenderLord Caledon (James Du Pre Alexander)
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationpolitician
Sender Religionunknown
OriginQuebec, Canada
DestinationBarnet, England
RecipientCountess of Caledon
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD 2433/B/8/31: Letter to the 2nd Earl of Caledon and his Wife from Lord Alexander a Serving Officer in Quebec 1838-1842
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland
Doc. No.9706198
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 25:06:97.
Word Count765
TranscriptPaid by Halifax Steamer
McCanteys of Caledon
Barnet England

April 9 1841

My dear Mother

British Queen [?] of the New York steamers
broke her paddle wheel and put in to Halifax
we have accounts by her of preparations in the
navy to reinforce the fourth American station,
but I should hardly suppose their [there?] will
be a war. I entirely forget whether I told you
of my projected trip with Simpson in my last letter. I
am going for 3 months to shoot in the neighbourhood of
Red River and return with the next party. I have
leave till the first of August. I may be back
before that time if I am bored but not much if
I find that I like it I daresay I shall remain
a little longer. Two of our officers went the
year before last and they liked the trip but
found the constant paddling rather monotonous,
but I shall never have another opportunity of
seeing the country so well. We were to have had
the Bishop of Montreal, but hes [he is?] not
going now. I do not know whether any amateurs are
going besides myself. I have been hard at work
doing duty and as I am to pay up I dont [don't?]
think it will count as leave and I expect to have
my regular tures [tours?] of 6 months about
November when I shall most likely be at home
towards the latter end of that month. We have
still from 4 to 5 feet of snow. Grimston has been
living for the last six weeks in the woods as I
have seen nothing of him, he will soon be back.
Should there not be a war here I suppose it
is more than probable that we shall return to
England this summer. Do you intend to go to
Caledon soon if you do I believe every thing is
in good order there and from all accounts the servants
are behaving very well. I wish you would be kind
enough to see to the papering and furnishing the
little rooms and the hall by the billiard room
& I think it would be as well to color the billiard
room and have it made comfortable. I do not think
there will be any necessity for colouring the outside
of the house unless you find it looks very bad and
then it had better be well done at once. I have
written to Mr Beatice about the various houses
in Caledon which looked so bad. I hope he
will bally (sic) Mr Pringle into making them
look decent I have also written to George
Molyneaux to go over and look at the Fish Ponds.
If you go to Caledon ask him and his wife over
as I am sure you will like them - I think that
Blayneys plans are rather incomprehensible. I
cannot but be sure of the [?] if not at present
yet [?] distant period. We have got a son of
Veruers in the regt [regiment?] he is posted to
this Battn [Battalion?] and we expect him over soon.
I shall go to Montreal on a visit to Simpson before
starting from whence I shall write after which if
I have any opportunity I shall send letters to you
but unless there is a party leaving Red River the
instant we get there I shall be back nearly as soon
as any letter can come. I believe we go in great
state about 20 voyagers in each canoe. There is no
great difficulty in the voyage as our old Colonel
Bowles who is near 60 went the year before last.
My old torments the mosquitoes are the only drawbacks
- I shall be glad to get a little recreation as I
have been nearly 10 months at work here. The
general is going down the river on a fishing excursion
next month. Stopford has written to me concerning
the building a church on the estate. I have given
directions to Beatice as I think you will agree with
me that if I am to give land and subscribe I ought
to have some check upon them so as to be able to
compel them to keep it decent as the state of the
Church and Church Yard at Caledon are not always
in the best repair and I cannot but complain of
the way in which [Freddy?] has behaved in allowing
it to be in such a slovenly state.
The mail goes out tomorrow morning and most likely
the English mail will arrive a few hours later
which is provoking as I cannot answer letters

Your affectionate son