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Title: Earl of Ava to his Mother Marchioness of Dufferin & Ava
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileEarl of Ava, Archibald/31
SenderArchibald, Earl of Ava
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationarmy officer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginMontreal, Canada
RecipientHariot, Marchioness of Dufferin & Ava
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD/1231/G/2/111: Deposited by Lady Hermione Blackwood
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9808501
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 19:08:98.
Word Count321
TranscriptAlexander Demers,
Dealer in General Merchandise.

Special Trader in Hay, Grain, Horses and Cattle.

St. Ignatius, Mont. [Montreal?], 2nd Sept [1894?]

My dear Mama, I am at an Indian mission station where there
is a church, school, dry goods store, two lots of nuns one
Irish & the other french & some Italian priests with a
[lazy?] I. The owner of this store Mr Demers is a french
Canadian who has often seen His Ex. [Excellency?] at Montreal
and was at one banquet given to him. When he found out who
I was he asked me over to his home & was much pleased to hear
of you. He has what they call "Kept track of you" since 78 &
knew all the places you had been to since. The mission is at
the foot of the main range of the Rockies & we start in this
morning. I have engaged one more man a half breed so that our
number now is four. I am very lucky in the hunter I have got
as he is fond of the work himself & does not only do it for
the dollars. He is also very amusing at times & has had thirty
years experience amongst the Indians & this western country,
so has lots to talk about. The cook is a bore & takes
half an hour to say anything he has got to say but he packs
well & is a good man about camp. I hear it is already freezing
on the top of the divide so we shall have it pretty cold.
I stopped my [----?] at Drexel & Morgan so any letter you
have written I shall find there on my return. Please write
again on about 20th October. The last week I have been
across the Indian territory & was glad to have done with it.
I shall go back by train which is only 10 miles from here.
I hope you & father are both well.
I remain my dear Mama yours affectly [affectionately?] Archie.