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Title: Earl of Ava to His Mother Marchioness of Dufferin & Ava
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileEarl of Ava, Archibald/60
SenderArchibald, Earl of Ava
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationarmy officer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBritish Columbia, Canada
Destinationposs. London, England
RecipientHariot, Marchioness of Dufferin & Ava
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD/1231/G/2/131: Deposited by Lady Hermione Blackwood
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9809025
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 07:09:98.
Word Count424
TranscriptHootenay Lake B.C.
[British Columbia?]

11th October [1898?]

My dear Mama. We are (I and a long Scotchman by name Feddes,
a mining engineer) waiting for a construction car at one end
of the new railway line to take us to the other end, about
280 miles -
Luckily Sir W. Van Home is expected or chances could be rather
small for some time. I believe there are wonderful coal fields
near the [----?] next pass that will considerably cheapen living
in B.C. [B ritish Columbia?] We have been lucky enough to find
one of the engineers of the line and are staying in his house
till we can get on. The scotchman is very scotch and very slow
in his movements How he is going to get through the programme
I do not know.
1. Examine a silver mine at [M---?]
2. Examine a coalfields
3. have a bath & change clothes
at Ottawa where our buffalo has gone
4. See a new mining drill at Montreal
5. Go to Quebec because I tell him to
6. Go Toronto to see the falls
7. Go to Buffalo to travel by Empire Express
8. New York to see the town
9. Philadelphia to see the daughters of a man he met on the
10. To sail on 26th inst.
I have not heard from you for a long time. In fact only one
letter as my moverments were uncertain & I wired to Drescel &
Morgan to keep my mail which I will find at Ottawa.
I believe the Aberdeens sail on the 18 or 19th Nov. The
Mintors will have a difficult job to arrange their garden party
lists etc. as the Aberdeens have let in everyone. We have just
received the full account of the battle of [----man?] a number
of my friends were in it & a good many with the 21st. I am
expecting a cable from you about the date of the shoot as I do
not suppose I shall get over much before.
I remain my dear mama
Yours affectly [affectionately?] Archie

If Bond is with you I will write a week before I sail so
that he can meet me in London. I hope the pheasants are doing
well. I meant to ask you to present my ladies golf prize to
the winner at [C----lea?] but I forgot. I hope they asked you
from the club.
I was surprised to hear of John Harrison's appointment at
Dublin but I am afraid his health will not allow him to do