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Title: [Lord?] Alexander, Quebec Citadel, to the Countess of Caledon, [Location?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filelord caledon/96
SenderLord Caledon (James Du Pre Alexander)
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationarmy officer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginQuebec, Canada
RecipientCountess of Caledon
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD 2433/B/8/12: Deposited by the Trustees of The Caledon Estates
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N.Ireland
Doc. No.9512029
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 07:12:95.
Word Count759
TranscriptQuebec Citadel
August 17th 1838

My Dear Mother,
As one of the 1st Regt.[Regiment?] is going home I
take this opportunity of writing by him to thank you for a
letter I received from you yesterday as I was afraid that you
might have thought my former letters rather dull I am glad that
they arrived you.I have just missed making a tour which would
have completed every dream of happiness in my imagination it was
to go with a trading party to the Far West. Windham & Hope
applied for leave, as I am senior to Hope I might have obtained
it before him but he applied first, and as I knew we could not
both go I did not stand in his way they are gone for 4 months
they go straight to St. Louis between the Missouri & Mississippi
and there they meet the fur traders, they will see a great deal
worth seeing not only as regards scenery but in the different
tribes of Indians and their [----?] and at the same time have
excellent sport and the Indian summer which commences now
whereas our winter is beginning already Colonel Greenwood of the
1st Regiment goes with them; I have seen some people here who
have made the same journey and they all say that it was
delightful the flies have all gone which is another
advantage. Codrington and his wife and another of our people
tried to get up the Saguiney and they went in a trading schooner
which was going up but they all succeeded in getting about 15
miles up the river and were obliged to come back but they were
much pleased with what they saw the salmon were all gone however
so they had no sport. We have our prisoners here still report
today says that some of them are to be hanged they are allowed
to walk an hour a day on the ramparts and a curious thing
happened that yesterday a tame fox of mine ran by them and
jumped down the rampart close by them and ran off, it was almost
equivalent to a hint to them to do the same, except that the
centries might pick them off as they ran down the [--- ---?]
they groaned very much when they saw the fox going
off. Ashburnham [?] has made a most beautiful panorama as part of
one of the view off the ramparts but nothing can describe the
fine extent of river and mountain here. The people about here are
very quiet, there are a good many wounded men of the 32nd
Regt. [Regiment?] on their way to England that were at the
[------?] engagement they are mostly very young lads I have been
hard at work since my return from Niagara so that soon I hope to
make another excursion. I forgot whether I told you that Bland
who was at Caledon and Robarts the Bankers son who was at school
with me had passed through Quebec they are gone back into the
states.I hear no regimental news but I think that when there is
a move it will be a very large one. I do not think Graham will be
able to remain in the Regiment.I was very sorry to hear that my
poor friend Lambart was very ill and not expected to recover we
have been all well here since we came out it is a magnificent
climate.Some of our men have gone off but I understand two are
taken.One of the servants went off with all his master's clothes
and his horse but he was also taken and will be tried tomorrow
or Monday,on the frontier the desertions are more numerous owing
to the facility with which they can cross over.I trust my father
is quite recovered now from all ill effects of his attack.I
direct to Littenhanger although I suppose that you will have
returned to Caledon by the time my letter reaches you as I
believe the bearer is going in a common merchantman.I hear that
[-------?] will not have to come out yet.There are to be grat
races here and at Montreal soon but I do not know anything about
them.I am next for detachment duty and I believe in about 10
days or a fortnight that I shall be kicking
my heels at the Quarantine on Grove Island.
With best love to my Father and Bell
I remain your affectionate Son

I have got some sketches similar to the Bird Patterns on the
plates of the Saguiney