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Title: Earl of Caledon, Quebec to The Countess of Caledon, England
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filelord caledon/155
SenderLord Caledon (James Du Pre Alexander)
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationarmy officer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginQuebec, Canada
DestinationBarnet, England
RecipientCountess of Caledon
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD2433/B/8/28: The Caledon Papers Deposited by the Trustees of the Caledon Estates
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N.Ireland
Doc. No.100172
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 28:01:00.
Word Count818
Dec 24
My dear Mother
It is a long time since I last heard from you
we are expecting however out letters every hour
but as the Post Office closes this night, It will be
too late to answer any. I have been able to
get away for a short time with two Indians in the
woods we camped near the Lac des Sept Isles, marked
in the map which put me in mind of Castle Maquey
though altogether on a larger scale we succeeding in
catching more fish, trout & perch than we could
eat, and we had pretty good appetites, the trout
about 3 lb weight. I have seen some since near
8 lb we also got partridges but the snow was not
deep enough for the deer though we saw numbers
of tracks of them we never could get at them
After returning I went next day to the South to
visit the Outposts, and since then I have been
someway up the Montmorenci river. Though
there has been but little snow and the weather
not very severe the River is very full of ice
and people expect a frost which will be
an advantage for the sleighs but [starvation?]
to the canoe men. I got a little touched by
the frost my ears and chin having been
slightly touched but only just so as to make
the skin come off also two of my fingers and
a wrist it is just the same as a burn in its
effects if it is bad it blisters and is very sore
all the winter. The inhabitants of the town
have got up a driving club, each gentleman
takes a lady which makes it more entertaining
especially as there are at least 2 or 3 upsets
in the snow. I have not been out, I find that
I have a chintz covered armchair that just
fits in to my sleigh so I always drive about
in it and thereby combine ornament & comfort.
I believe few armchairs have travelled about so
much as mine. Judge Bedard has asked me to
dinner for Tuesday I never go out but intend
to go there as I want to know the French, they will
be all rebels there I suppose, which I have nothing
to do with but expect some fun there, he is
a friend of Lord Gosfords, and was suspended
during the time of the outbreak. The Elections
come on soon now and I suppose we shall
be kept busy or at least confined
to our quarters anything however that interrupts
the monotony of the place, the same morning
parades the same duties and everything so
much the same, that one lives the same day
over again only with the disadvantage of growing
older. I would not however wish to change my
quarters. I am glad that Mary has been left
well off I did not know that the Bishop had been
so rich though every one said so. I had good
accounts from Prentice and son John by
last mail of all that was going on at Caledon
but I heard that Chas [Charles?] Alexander was
ill and had been to Brodie about his throat I
hope it is nothing serious. If there is anything
to send out for me [--?] letters or parcels they had
better go to the care of Fred : Villiers adjutant
of the 1st Battn. [Battalion?] we are to have an
ensign out soon and if [Hal-ehs?] vacancy is
filled up we shall get another captain which will
give us a little more leave. I hear nothing
mentioned about our return I suppose we shall
know next post or the one after. The party
that went to the Far West returned last
week with the exception of those that went to
England on leave they had some pretty good
sport and lived very comfortably they
found the Buffalo much nearer to St Louis than
they did the last time and consequently had not so
far to travel. Two of our officers are gone to Cuba
for 3 months so they will keep themselves warmer
during the winter than they would have been had
they remained here. I suppose that Lady Stuart
and Louisa are at Tittenhanger about this time
as you said they would be when you last wrote
if they are I beg to be remembered I had a letter
to write to Lord Stuart but it is too late now
as I have to send the letters this evening and
it is now getting rather late. I will write again by
the first opportunity but we cannot send letters
by New York unless there is [as--aght?] there which I
believe is a new Rule in the Post Office & has caused
a great deal of dissatisfaction. Best love to
My Grandmother and all at Tittenhanger
Believe me
Your affectionate

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Countess of Caledon