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Title: Earl of Ava to His Mother Marchioness of Dufferin & Ava
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileEarl of Ava, Archibald/38
SenderArchibald, Earl of Ava
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationarmy officer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginOttawa, Ontario, Canada
RecipientHariot, Marchioness of Dufferin & Ava
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD/1231/G/2/113: Deposited by Lady Hermione Blackwood
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9808503
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 19:08:98.
Word Count643
TranscriptFrom Ld [Lord?] Ava - Aberdeen [-------?] 1894

24th Dec [1894]

My dear Mama - You will have received a Xmas card I sent
you I hope in good time. It is [--?] Aberdeen handwriting
& a good many were printed for Govt. [government?] House.
I have been having an awfully good time, never better fun
anywhere. I am busy all day long at something or other.
In the morning we go & practice figures on the Ridean Rink
in Ottawa & have about got to the waltzing stage. About 8
or 10 girls generally turn up and they teach us. I get alot
of curling too in the afternoons as I always either play in
the Ridean Club rink or else here. The G.G. club was allowed
to go to pieces in the Stanley's time but luckily Ld. [Lord?]
A. is taking to it so it will pick up again. At first he
objected to the iron stones & an inside rink but I think he
will come round. We play hockey in the Ridean rink 3 times
week & are beginning to get into it. Up to this we have had
nothing but frost but it looks like a thaw now. Ly. [Lady?]
Aberdeen has very kindly insisted that I stay on with them
to the end of Jany. and of course I am only too glad. It is
a very jolly house to stay in as they let one do exactly as
one likes. They are very late as breakfast is after 10 &
lunch 2.30 dinner 8.15 & they sit up very late at night,
then Ex's I believe sometimes write up to 2 & 3 in the
morning. Some people have very wrong impressions about
them in the country I think. They call this "Priedieu Hall"
& expect that there will be no gaities at Govt. [government?]
House but I expect they will find that they are much out in
their calculations.
I told you about the electric cars - At present they run as far
as the lodge but Ld. [Lord?] A. [Aberdeen?] is going to get
the rails laid down as far as the house and the idea is to
run special cars from Ottawa on ball nights & Saturdays etc. It
will knock the cab men out but it will benefit all the poor
people that cant afford to pay 4 & 5 dollars for a cab.
Mr Dixon has been very good about introducing me to your
friends. I have met most of them but not either Mrs Egan or
Mrd Cochon. I will call on both of them next week. It has
evidently been the custom of Canadians to judge everything
by what you did & they even date events from the fancy
dress ball.
They have apparently got a regular habit of saying "Oh, but
the Dufferins didn't do that" or "Oh, but the Dufferins did
it" etc. I believe once a man was showing portraits of
people in the [-----?] by a magic lantern. When fathers came
they all stood up in their seats & cheered. The Stanleys will
be forgotten very soon I think, & after you the Lansdowns will
be remembered the longest. Mr McIntosh the [-----?] Gov.
[Govenor?] of the N.W. has sent me a Xmas card - which I am
sending on to you - I should like it carefully kept.
Little Kimber that you mention tells me he has written to
you. He is drinking rather hard & looks shaky. Mr Dixon
dislikes him immensely but I inquired from one or two
men that would know about him & I think Mr Dixon pitches
into him unnecessarily. Mr D. [Dixon?] is very good
natured & kind but he sadly wants shaking up sometimes
he is a little soft. Wishing you a very Happy New Year
I remain my dear Mama
Your affectly [affectionately?] Archie