|Archibald Earl of Ava to Lady Victoria Blackwood
|Irish Emigration Database
|Earl of Ava, Archibald/31(2)
|Archibald, Earl of Ava
|Lady Victoria Blackwood
|D/1231/N/2/3: Deposited by Lady Hermione Blackwood
|The Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
|Document added by LT, 07:09:98.
Estes Park, Colo [Colorado?]
29th July 1893
My dear Victoria - Very many thanks for your long letter with
all the news. I am so glad you have been enjoying yourself
& had plenty of fun in London. I got a letter from Hermie too
in which she said she expected to marry Miss Leitcliffe to a
Swiss mountaineer, but I hope for the sake of the mountaineer
that she will fail in her plans.
This place Estes park is in the middle of extraordinary fine
scenery. The park itself is covered with good grass & pine
trees & surrounded by high mountains including Longs Peak. Mr
Whytes Hereford cattle are dotted all about & the rest of the
inhabitants are mostly individuals up here for their health.
There is good trout fishing & some lovely rides. I left
your pal Miss Lolly at Colorado Springs. She told me of a
ryhme the girls used to sing at your school.
no more water from the gutter
no more nasty bread & butter etc. etc.
ending up with something about spotted dog pie. You'll have
to be careful when I come back or I shall reproduce some of
the stories I have heard, but I hope you are getting more
sedate & will have caught the bee by that time. I was amused
at Terence being told to go & get collars like Bazils & am glad
to hear the lawyer is so smart. Ask the latter from me if he
has ever slept in the area again.
So the bottle imp has gone soldiering & he will probably enjoy
himself vastly. I hope they march him in slow time up & down
the market square like they did me & that the milk girls will
cheer him on his way to church. Ask him from me if there is
an old soldier called Marley in the regt. [regiment?] & that
if there is I should like him to present him with half a
crown in my name, which debt I will repay. I should also like
to hear who commands his company. From Denver I go to Salt
Lake City & shall soon be bathing in Salt Lake with the
Mormons & thin families. I believe it is impossible to swim
& that one has to walk about in the water, but I will send
you a full description later on. We are all wondering if
we are going to war with France, but I have too much faith
in His Ex's [Excellency's?] powers to think it possible.
However I suppose they may insist on it & the popular cry of
"a bas L'angleterre" may be too much for their government.
If they do declare I shall come home & join Slattery's light
horse or else establish myself with a long barrelled rifle at
Walmer & perhaps the latter course would be the safest. I am
delighted to hear you all like Flora & also Mrs Davis. Please
tell Flora I got her letter just after she left New York or
that I would have answered it & that I will write presently.
I'll end up this dull letter by telling you a western story
of a man who was asked by a glode trotter how many negroes
he had shot. The man answered - "No Sir, By gad sir,
I haven't killed a nigger since the war sir, except when
I was in liquor sir, By gad sir".
I remain your most humble & affectionate brother.