|Stewart, Frances to Stewart, Harriet, 1868
|Revisiting Our Forest Home_The immigrant letters of Frances Stewart [J. L. Aoki]
|Douro Township, Newcsatle District, Upper Canada
|Acton, Ontario, Canada
|1868: March 25
To Harriet Stewart, [Acton, Ontario]
Douro 25th. March 1868
My dearest Harriet
I liked your letter very much and I hope you will write to me again. I
have letters very often from my other Grandchildren and now I send
you one from your cousin Herbert. I asked your cousin Harriet to write
to you but she has not one ready but she writes very nicely. I think
you would be very fond of her. She is a very nice little girl and always
merry. She sings very nicely and sings a great many hymns and songs
too. If you ever come back to Canada you will be surprised to see Aunt
Carolines new house. I have not seen it but I hear it is a very pretty
house and I should like to see it and Aunt and Uncle Strickland and
Charlie and Agnes and Arthur.
We have had too much snow and could not go out for a long time.
I have not seen any of your Aunts or cousins except the Browns who
live very near and Aunt Louisa's family. We have no flowers yet but I
suppose you have Violets now and crocuses. Have you a garden? We
sometimes hear a little bird who comes to a tree near the house and
sings in the morning and we hear the crows cawing & see lots of wild
Pigeons. Some beasts called Wolverines have been here this winter and
have killed our hens and amongst them a dear little black hen with a
large topping of black and white feathers. She was so tame she came to
me whenever she saw me and [would] eat bread out of my hand. I was
very sorry. These Wolverines cry at night like some person screaming.
They are like a very large cat. Oh! dear Harrie how much I should like
to kiss you again. Poor old Betty sometimes comes to see us and she often talks of your
Papa. She often nursed him when he was a little boy about as old as Nora.
I should like to see you all my dear little children for you are all warmly
Your own fond Grandma
Give my love to Lina and Nora and Henry. Is he to be Henry or Elliott.