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Title: Lord Caledon, Quebec, to the Countess of Caledon, Ireland.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filelord caledon/149
SenderLord Caledon (James Du Pre Alexander)
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationarmy officer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginQuebec, Canada
RecipientCountess of Caledon
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD 2433/B/8/22: Deposited by the Trustees of the Caledon Estates.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9501364
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 26:01:1995.
Word Count1452
TranscriptSt Louis Barracks, Quebec
28th August 1840
My dear Mother
Many thanks for your letter which I received a few
days ago on my return from Montreal. I have little to
say of what is going on here as this is the dullest of all
towns and the routine of Garrison duty is generally
pretty much the same the thermometer stands at 99 in
the shade but we have had some fine rain lately which
has cooled us a little and a ship of war has come in which
has enlivened us. We are to have the Quebec races too next
week, which we are looking forward to. I also expect to go
to the frontiers noce month to visit the outposts, and to
pay the men employed there for the prevention of desertion
which will be a change. I have got a room in St Louis Bar-
racks in the town; which is pleasanter than the citadel
as it saves the steep hill. The duty here is much less now
that I have my promotion instead of going on Guard twice
or three times a week, I have no Guard and merely to
visit the Guards twice in 24 hours, and that only about
once a week. There are very few of us here now. Windham
and several others are gone to the Far West they have
been gone about a month, they will have a good time
of it as there has never been a year with so few mosquitoes
I have been several times into the bush and have not
been bitten - I have got a couple of young bears [?]
from some of the Becancour Indians, I shall send
them to Belfast soon. There is a report here that we are
to come home next year but whether to has any foundation
or not I do not know they also say that Mrs
Thompson is to be Lord Waverley - Poor Lord Durham
is dead I see. I was sorry to Hear Chas [Charles?] Locks has met
with an accident however it does not seem to have
been so bad as they at first supposed. I will get
a number of hairs of different animals and send them
over; if you will let me know how to send plants or
prepare them for being sent over. I might get some
in the woods here. In walked the Honble [Honourable?] and Rev'd Henry
Bertie the other day he has been here a week and has gone
down in a steamer to see the river Saquency where
a great number of people are gone He goes to St Louis next
week if he had been here sooner he might have gone with
Windham. Who else but Lady Westmoreland arrived here the
other day as mad as any number of March Hares that could
ever be counted she is making a great fool of herself she has
been at Prince Edwards Island and is going on to Niagara
she is also gone down the
Saquency she has a male and female toady with her and a
sort of Italian greyhound without any hair on it. Maningham
saw it and was very anxious to commence hostilities - I see
Joseph Copley is in this country a great many people will
be coming over, now that is such an easy journey the
last packet came out in 15 days to Quebec we are going to
get some promotion soon, Wilbraham is on the point of having
us. I have not heard how Horton is - I am beginning to wish
for the winter and the snow and ice I am in great hopes
of getting some moose heads to send home. I have not
been able to ascertain anything about those birds which
were sent they were not shipped from Quebec so I suppose
I shall keep them. We had a man flogged yesterday he was
very good fun I am told, in the first place when he pulled
off his coat he displayed a most ridiculous waistcoat
he then walked up to the triangle and after examining
them he expressed himself satisfied, but as soon as
they commenced he very loudly denounced the drummer [?]
for making a fool of him in not hitting him hard
enough he then passed a few reflections on the colonel and
some of the sergeants and after the flogging was done he
begged to have some more, and said he would fight any
man in the regt [Regiment?] above the Rank of a private for 5 dollars
and then said he would shoot the sergeant the first
time he went on sentry or the first opportunity he was flogged
for this before twice, Altogether the whole Battn [Battalion?] was in a
broad grin the whole time unluckily for me I was not at
parade Mrs Codrington and her husband have gone home on
9 months leave she lives near Fittenhanger I shall expect
to hear from you by the next packet I believe that one
sailed on the 15 of this month Gormiston [?] was 7 weeks
getting out here from London and one of our doctors was 8
One of our ensigns who married in this country named Kirk-
land is to be invalided home Let me know if anything is
to be done at Caledon I do not think it would be worth
while to do anything towards painting the house till next
spring and then to have it done in oil colors [colours?] which will
last longer than the present way. The inside of the hall
and the new rooms could be done at the same time
but there will be time to think about it then it is
reported here that we are to go home in spring if all is quiet
this winter, and there is another report that we are to
have a war with France A great number of ships of war
are coming up for a court martial or [on?] a Lieutenant or Captain
Drew who has misbehaved in the Lakes I don't know
the particulars Gormiston enjoys himself very well here he
could not get a room in barracks so he hired a den for
himself on the Glaces which we call Gorbambury [?]
he is my bear keeper I shall be glad to get them home
as they are very handsome Blockman and Sesooskis
are the Indian names, but the soldiers call them
Derby and Joan I have got a sort of wigwam in the
bush about 20 miles off where I go to fish occasionally
I can hardly ever get away now and cannot in
reason expect it having had so long a period of
leave. The lighting here is beautiful far brighter than
at the play and nearly every night and the auroras
are also very beautiful. I hope that by this time we
shall have got the hay in safe, and by the time that
you get this letter that the oats will have been cut
If the Queen should happen to die at the approaching
ceremonial we shall be sure to go home immediately as
I suppose there will be a breeze in England - I
understand there will be a brevet if it is a son but that will
not so us any good Would you give directions that the
Morning Post be sent out to me they
had better be sent by the Halifax Heaviers [?] I
shall keep my letter open till the time comes in
order to put in anything which may occur - I
was soory [sorry?] to hear of so many deaths occurring in the
neighbourhood. - I have not heard anything about where
Canning is at present, there is a strong report here
that we are to winter in the Mediterranean
but I suppose it is mere talk If there are any ships
from Belfast coming out I should like the coach -
man to send me two suits of horse clothing
1 saddle, two bridles, and three rugs - I will write
again On next Steamer The [.......?] leaves this
on Sunday morning for Picton - Ladylocstown
came back yesterday from the Saquency They made
a failure of the expedition and all came back
hot dirty and fly bitten - Poor Bertie complained
bitterly herocut [?] off to Montreal last night and
[....?] hence to Niagara and St Louis - I don't
believe Mother [..?] means to move from this place
I am to drink tea, of all things at the General's
tonight to meet her.
Your affect [affectionate?] Son
The weather is much cooler so Live [?] in hope
we have got over the hot part of it

By Halifax for Steamer
Countess of Caledon