|Title:||Stewart, Frances to unknown addressee, 1838|
|Collection||Revisiting Our Forest Home_The immigrant letters of Frances Stewart [J. L. Aoki]|
|Genre||account of a trip|
|Transcript||1838: October 5|
"Extracts": addressee unknown
After an early breakfast we all proceeded in Mr. Wallis's fine large
boat, The Victoria, to Sturgeon Point in Sturgeon Lake, six miles from
Fenelon Falls and here we were to be stationed to see the Regatta.
There were a great many parties of ladies and gentlemen as several
had come from Peterboro and other places to see this gay affair and it
was really beautiful. The lake is large and surrounded with points and
bays and islands. Of course all is forest but here and there relieved by
small farms. The day was particularly lovely and everybody looked gay and happy. I think there were about two hundred people assembled,
25 nicely painted boats of different kinds with new flags and 14 bark
canoes. There were several matches. The first was most interesting as
both the boats belonged to gentlemen of our acquaintance, the Alice,
a four oared boat of Mr. Langtons and the Calypso, a two oared of
Mr. Wallis's. Miss Langton joined our party and I could not help feeling
most interested for her brothers boat, particularly as the majority
of the ladies were on Mr. Wallis's side. The Calypso won, poor Miss
Langton felt quite nervous and said she could not help feeling more
than the thing deserved. But there was perfect good feeling preserved
among the gentlemen.
We had refreshments laid out in tents, abundance of cool meat,
pastry cakes and fruits as well as wine &c, all provided by the gentlemen
of the Fenelon Hunting Club. We sat under the trees watching the
different matches between the boats and canoes till near sunset when
the business of the day concluded and we all prepared to return to Mr.
Wallis's. We sailed part of the way but the wind deserted us and we were
obliged to depend upon the oars to take us up the stream so that it was
past 8 o'clock when all got back. We then had to dress and refresh and
The gentlemen all went to dinner but we ladies, namely Mrs.
Kirkpatrick, Miss Fisher, Mrs. Hagerman, Miss Woodford, Ellen and
myself all preferred having tea, so we put on our dressing gowns and
took tea upstairs, in dishabille rested and cooled as well as we could and
then dressed in our best and proceeded to the drawing room where we
found Mr. Wallis, Mr. T.F.K., Mr. Stewart and Mr. Shaw waiting to escort
us to the inn where there was to be a supper given by the gentlemen of
the Fenelon hunt. The room soon filled, music and dancing commenced.
There were twelve unmarried ladies and two married dancing besides
one or two matrons who did not join in the "giddymaze," F.S. amongst
the number. There were Beaux in abundance, very fine gentlemanlike
young men. At 12 o'clock supper was announced after which dancing
was renewed with great spirit. We left it at half past four, but the rest of the party kept it up till six.