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Title: Stewart, Frances to Waller, Maria, 1853
CollectionRevisiting Our Forest Home, The immigrant letters of Frances Stewart [J. L. Aoki]
SenderStewart, Frances
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginDouro Township, Newcsatle District, Upper Canada
RecipientWaller, Maria
Recipient Genderfemale
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count742
Genrenews, family
Transcript1853: December 23
To Aunt [], Ireland

My own loved Aunt,

I cannot send my letter to dear Bessy without adding a few lines to thank
you for your dear affectionate letter which I received some weeks back. I
am not nearly so quick in mind or body as I was before my last illness
so that I don't get through half of my daily course of work or business, &
now darkness is coming on rapidly while I am hurrying to be able to send
this to the post tonight. How very kind you were to write to Charlie. I
sent your letter to him. He prizes any letters from his kind Irish relations more than I can tell you & both he & George are always wishing for somereasonable excuse for writing to you in hopes of receiving an answer.
Charles has the most wonderful love for his Fatherland & for his kindred
there & lives in hopes of accompanying George sometime or other across
the Atlantic to visit their relatives & see some of the wonders of the Old
World. I am happy to say they are both well & as busy as possible.
George seems to have his time fully occupied & fears he cannot join
our home circle on Christmas day. I am now on the fidgets in expectation
of having my poor wandering son Frank home tonight or tomorrow,
as John started off just a month ago & found him at Xenia in Illinois,
just the same warm hearted good natured fellow he ever was, but looking
very thin, having but just recovered from a tedious illness. He was
obliged to wait some days to settle up his accounts with his employer
& I have not heard since but I am sure they will try to be home before
Christmas day & if possible will try to bring George along with them.
Poor Charlie will be the only absent one & he will I am sure feel it,
but as he paid us a visit so lately he could not ask leave of absence again
so soon. He is wonderfully anxious to know anything he can about my
Father & has requested me to write & ask you & Aunt Waller to tell me
everything you can, all particulars of his life & death, his college life &
his age when he died, & if he had been promised a Bishoprick or not. I
don't know why Charlie wants all this. He has repeatedly asked me as
a great favour to procure for him any of my fathers papers, sermons
or manuscripts which were to be had. But I never liked to ask for them. I suppose Catharine has them as I think Aunt Susan had them but of
course Catharine would not like to part with them & much as I would
value them I could hardly ask her for them but will be very thankful for
any particulars you can give me about my father of whom I have always
been too much in the dark.
Many thanks dearest Aunt for the Sentinel which I receive pretty regularly,
but not weekly. No numbers have missed tho' they come slowly. It
is a very good paper & I like it very much. It is pleasant to have an Irish
paper as now it is the only one I have except the Christian Examiner &
Layman which both came from you, I believe, my own kind Aunt. Indeed
it is too much for you to subscribe to the Sentinel on purpose for me. I
think it w'd be better if you w'd allow James to give you the subscription
from my money which I could afford now I am sure. But indeed I am
most grateful to you for this & all you are always doing for me. I have a
great deal more to say but can't try your eyes by crossing, so much cut
short the thread of this hurried scratch. I hope soon to hear. I am always
longing for letters but now am particularly anxious about dear Emma. So
with every kind wish for a happy Christmas & New Year to you my own
Aunty & all whom you & I both love. Believe me to remain your ever
affect e child & niece,
F. Stewart
All here write in kind love to all their cousins & Aunts.
23rd Deer 1853. Auburn.