|Stewart, Frances to Atwood, Annie, 1870
|Revisiting Our Forest Home_The immigrant letters of Frances Stewart [J. L. Aoki]
|Douro Township, Newcsatle District, Upper Canada
|Gore's Landing, Ontario, Canada
To Annie Atwood, Gore's Landing, Ontario
Douro, Sunday Evening
My dearest Annie
Your dear Mother has been some time at the Homestead but I fear, though
she has much comfort there and enjoyed the company of your dear Aunt,
yet the pain in her back is not much better. I fear till this very changeable weather is over we cannot expect much change for the better in her pain.
It is very trying to her not only from the great suffering but that it prevents her from writing which is of so much consequence to her. She must
also be very anxious about your brothers in these times of trouble in the
NW but I hope it may soon be settled. I am sure there seems disturbance
& rebellion on every side & in every part of the world. But of course all is known by Our Almighty Good[ness] who knows best what we require &
who orders all things right. Of this we can have no doubt. Last year was a
continuous season of anxiety and sorrow to me & my family, & so far this
year is beginning very gloomily as dear Ellen Dunlop has been very ill
for some weeks past & tho' better is still suffering severe pain from some
affection of the Spinal nerves. She is very weak and is going through a
course of blisters which always depresses the spirit and exhausts strength.
How very providential that dear Anna Hay is now living with her and
has taken all the housekeeping on herself besides attending to dear Ellen.
Another invalid on our hands just now is poor Robert Brown who had
a bad fall one day last week & hurt his back very much. He is better and
can now walk a little but it gives him great pain to move & he is not able to go out or to attend to his outdoor affairs, which is very trying to his spirits as he has no hired man now, old Archy having settled on a farm of his own near Haliburton. Bessies two sons, Stewart & Franky, help their Uncle & have done all he requires during the summer and fall. Eddie is in Toronto and very well & seems quite happy. He and Tom Hay are in the same shop & board together with a very respectable nice family & have many kind
friends there. When Bessie was lately in Toronto she spent a day with
Mrs. John Hilton (Miss Foulis). She has five boys, very fine children but all very large & wild almost too powerful for her, but she seems happy
enough tho' they are in very narrow circumstances & she don't keep any
servant. Bessie says she looks thin and care worn, but just the same dear
little warmhearted creature. As ever, they were both very kind....
I hope dear Annie your house is warm & comfortable. We have very
changeable & disagreeable weather & very dark & cloudy but we have
plenty to do & plenty of Books to read & we manage to pass our time wonderfully, cheerfully considering the anxieties all parents must have & many other sources of trouble just at present. But yet we shd not complain for we have many great blessings & more comforts than many more deserving....
Ever your attached old friend, F. Stewart
Kind remembrance to Mr. Atwood.