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Title: Earl of Ava to His Mother Marchioness of Dufferin & Ava
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileEarl of Ava, Archibald/43
SenderArchibald, Earl of Ava
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationarmy officer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNew York, USA
RecipientHariot, Marchioness of Dufferin & Ava
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD/1231/G/2/107: Deposited by Lady Hermione Blackwood
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9808499
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 19:08:98.
Word Count550
TranscriptKnickerbocker Club New York
19 Fifth Avenue [1893?] 3rd Nov.

My dear Mama. I arrived in this place the night before last
from Chicago. [D----?] & Morgan told me that you had
telegraphed to know if they had heard of me.
I would have wired to you myself but I thought you could not
expect to hear till the 1st week in November & that my letter
from Thompson Falls would reach you at that time. I am glad
to hear you are all well. I found your letters & the account
of the wedding & was delighted to see every thing went off so
well. I am afraid you and Father must have had an awfully poor
time of it in Paris when you were living without a cook & no
carriages but am glad you enjoyed your visit to [C----?]. The
wedding seems to have been a big success in every way. The
N.Y. [New York?] Herald had a good account, & I will see
other papers at the Davis's.
Last night I was dining at Delmoniers with Mrs Adam's son &
Mr Davis appeared himself & joined us. He had just sent Mrs
D [Davis?] off to Newport as she has taken her mother there
who is not well. Mr Davis himself was looking very fit & was
in good spirits & gave me all the news. I am going down to
Newport next week to stay with them a few days. Sir Roderick
Cameron also called on me & has kindly asked me to go to their
country place so I am going there for a few days too.
New York is pretty full. I am thinking of staying a little on
my way back after Canada. It is pleasant to get to civilisation
& comfort again after the west, and this last trip was rather
a hard one the weather was so bad which makes the contrast
greater. I was very sorry to hear such a bad account of Lizzie
Ward but I hope she may live for some years yet. Mr Davis told
me all about the family & I was much pleased to see him. Freddy
seems to have done wonderfully well with the militia. Is he to
go into the 60th if he gets in?
The 17th are having a very bad time of it spilt up in dull
quarters in the North of England. I'm glad I was not let in
for it. I wrote Father a short account of the little I saw of
the Chicago exhibition. One idiot who ought to have been hung
[---?] day shot the mayor so there were no festivities & I see
they had nothing in the Midway [------?]. I had a letter from
Bill Beresford who tells me he is coming home for good with
Lord Lansdown. His brother would do well if he left Mexico.
I was in hopes they would send Sir Frederick Roberts as Viceroy
but I see Lt. Elgrin is going. I hope to have more to tell you
about later on. Please tell Hermie that Nelly forwarded me her
letter & Victoria that I got her long one & will answer it soon.
Is she still puffing at the gas bag.

Health or Bust. OXYGEN

I remain
My dear Mama
Your aftecly [affectionately?]