|Stewart, Frances to Stewart, Harriet, 1866
|Revisiting Our Forest Home_The immigrant letters of Frances Stewart [J. L. Aoki]
|Douro Township, Newcsatle District, Upper Canada
|Acton, Ontario, Canada
|1866: September 11
To Harriet Stewart [Acton, Ontario]
11th. Sept. 1866
My very dear Harriette
I wish to show you that I think of you today and one of the best means
of doing so is to write you a letter. I very constantly think of you and of
Lena and little baby who I suppose is now quite a large baby but I hardly
know what name she goes by as I only mentioned Nora by way of a joke.
I know Mamma intended to call her Eleanor which is a very pretty name.
I hope in some time you will be able to write to me.
I thought of you dear Harriette early this morning & remembered
that it is your Birthday and I hope you have been very happy today
& that you may have a great many happy Birthdays encreasing each
year in wisdom [&] knowledge of the best kind as well as in health &
strength of body. I am sorry that I have no nice present to send you but
at this distance it is difficult to send parcels to our friends & besides
I am sure you have all sorts of nice things, much nicer & better than
anything I could buy in Peterboro. But my dear child I have a large portion
of love in my heart to send you if you could only see it or feel it as I feel it, but this is one of much that we must believe without seeing or
feeling, as I dare say your dear Mamma has explained to you already &
she will explain this to you in the same way if you don't understand it. I
have not been very well lately & my hand is weak & shakes very much
so that I cannot write as neatly as I should like to do when I write to
you but I cannot help it & so dear child you must Believe me to be your
Ever affectionate Grandmamma
Kiss Mamma & Papa & your sisters for me & ask Mamma to give you
a warm embrace & a good kiss for me.