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Title: Earl of Ava to His Mother Marchioness of Dufferin & Ava
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileEarl of Ava, Archibald/4
SenderArchibald, Earl of Ava
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationarmy officer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginOttawa, Ontario, Canada
RecipientHariot, Marchioness of Dufferin & Ava
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD/1232/G/2/108: Deposited by Lady Hermione Blackwood
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9808497
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 19:08:98.
Word Count431
TranscriptGovernment House. From Ld [Lord?] Ava
Ottawa. Aberdeen

19th January 1894

My dear Mama.
I have still been enjoying myself enormously here and the
only trouble is to cram everything in that there is to do
in a day. The last 3 nights we have not been in bed till
getting on for four to five in the morning. One big dance
and two romps. I played a great [----ing?] match the other
day. My team against a [----?] at the Ridean Club in Ottawa.
I had a O'Bukley, a Montreal man, to [----?]. He played a
wonderful game & we won by one point after tying. 14 ends
altogether. O'Bukley O'Buckley?] played a ["gatherey?"]
game & scarcely missed a shot right through but he is one
of the best curlers in Montreal. In the morning I have
been learning some new dances with the help of some of the
young ladies. Bob [--------?] has been coming too & we have
a good deal of fun over it. Capt Hindersley & Bob & myself
have been out a good deal in the evenings at charades & supper
etc. There are an awfully good lot of sunny people in Ottawa
but I do not think you would know any of them. Unless you
remember Lady Ritchie. She has 3 very pretty daughters who
all skate & dance beautifully. Their father is dead. Sir
Adolphe Cann gave me a dinner the other night & Mrs Courtenay
is giving me a dance next week. Their [---?] had a childrens
skating & [-----------ing?] party the other day which went
well. They wound up with fire works which was a new
introduction. Yesterday their [---?] children did a play
- bits taken out of David Copperfield. They are all very
clever. Except [H---?] The second boy Dudley was awfully good
as Mr Dick. The end of this week I go to Toronto for 3 days
to a ball & probably a good deal of curling & some hockey.
I am going to stay with a Major Costie. Mrs Kirkpatrick has
asked me to go to them some time but I shan't be able to.
The end of next week we go to Quebec for the carnival. Mr
Dixon wants me to return here & stay with him but I dont
know whether I shall or not. Probably I'll come back for a
week. I started with the intention of getting up my figure
skating but its gone to pieces lately. I wish you & the
family were all here now. I remain my dear Mama
Yours affectly [affectionately?]