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Title: [Lord?] Alexander, Quebec, to "My dear Mother" [Location?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filelord caledon/92
SenderLord Caledon (James Du Pre Alexander)
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationarmy officer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginQuebec, Canada
RecipientCountess of Caledon
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD 2433/B/8/9: Deposited by the Trustees of the Caledon Estates
ArchiveThe Public Record Office,N.Ireland
Doc. No.9601023
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 20:12:95.
Word Count500
TranscriptMy Dear Mother Cape Barracks, Quebec
3 June 1838.
I take the opportunity of the return of the Edinburgh for
provisions to send a line by her and a letter. I wrote some
time ago together with some snuff which I sent my Father
is still here in the [----?]. All I believe is quiet here
now, except that there was a report yesterday that an
English steamer had been plundered and burnt by the
Americans. It is the common opinion that in the winter
there will be some more risings, the people are a cowardly
set but very civil to us though I believe they are not
very fond of us. I am going shortly with some Indians up
to the lake St.John and back by the Saguiney into
the River St.Lawrence on a
hunting party, after the cariboo or [------?] deer the
great annoyance is the flies and the only way of keeping
clear of them is to put thick plaisters [plasters?] of
grease over one's face the hot weather has not yet begun
but the sun now and then is pretty warm. I have not been
able to procure leave for more than a day but I went with
some of the [Lovett?] Indians to an Indian village about
10 miles off at the end of a lake. We went part of the way
by a canoe. The lake put me in mind of CastleBlayney the
trees and mountains being on a larger scale the rocks with
large pine trees growing out like old vines, the bush
is very difficult to get through owing to the number of
trees which have fallen down and decayed, about a quarter
of a mile from the lake the great chief Nicholas Vincent
lives we got some milk there and sugar cake and then returned.
Robt.[Robert?] Gore has arrived in Halifax in the [---------?]
safe he will soon make his appearance here. If you see
Grimelton[?] tell him to bring a rifled and smooth barrel
to fit into the same stock, some common knives fitting into
sheaths and some fruits of the queen, and some coral and
glap[?] beads, he need not care about bringing extra clothing;
we must have two or three more [------?] out for the winter
duty. This is a magnificent country and agrees with one very
well as we keep early hours, in bed by ten and up at 1/2 past
7. There is no amusement but in going into the woods and trying
to shoot there is however but little to shoot
at. Whatever I find in the way of curiosities in any shape I
will [------?] and will take opportunities of sending over to
Portsmouth. Should Mr Davies bring you this letter, I think you
would like him he is the master of the Edinburgh and a most
excellent sailor. I trust all are well,I suppose that you are
at Littenhangers [?] about this time but love to my father,
Ever Your Affectionate Son