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Title: Stewart, Frances to Atwood, Annie, 1868
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
DestinationGore's Landing, Ontario, Canada
RecipientAtwood, Annie
Recipient Genderfemale
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Word Count464
Genrefarming, family
Transcript[1868: March or April]
To Annie Atwood, Gore's Landing, Ontario

My dear Annie

I have been long intending to write to you to congratulate you on the
addition of a little companion for your Dot, or Emily, I suppose she is
called now as she is an older sister. I hope you are by this time relieved
of all your sad suffering from the gathering of your breast and that
your strength is returning.... Dearest Annie you were very very kind
to think of joining my name with your dear Mothers for your little
I suppose Mrs. Traill has gone to Toronto by this time, This cold
weather will be very trying to her I am afraid. I shall be very anxious
to hear of her. I wonder if my last letter reached her before she
left you. It contained $6 which was sent for Dr. Marshalls subscriptions
to the Book of Canadian Flowers which I hope will soon now
make its appearance. $6,25 cts. was what Mr. Carnegie gave me for
the exchange of the cheque on the Toronto Bank for £1-5 Sterl The
weather last week made us all think of gardening but alas we are far
from the practical part now. Robert began his spring work last Monday
& sowed his wheat & I think some oats but I am not sure of the latter.
All the lawn or fields near this house is green now with fall wheat.
Robert has above 40 acres of fall wheat & will have 30 acres of Spring
wheat. So you see if all turn out well it will help him on but, if a failure terrible will be the loss, for he has laid out a great deal on the land which is in beautiful order. He is badly off this year as to horses. The poor old Chestnuts are gone. One was long nearly useless from some
injury in his leg & was shot lately and the other one is doomed to the
same fate. As he is so lame we seldom can use him & the others are not
in good order at all. They have had short [commissions] this winter
in consequence of the total failure of oats, carrots, &c last year & the
scarcity & price for them this winter.
Our Stock is very much fallen off in every way — quality & number
— in consequence of want of turnips & almost all winter food. Our fowl
too have been reduced by wolverines who have been doing great mischief amongst the poultry in this neighbourhood. We all go on as usual. Bessie
& Kate have both done without any servant since Christmas & find it
quite a relief....
I am dearest Annie
Your sincere & faithful old friend, F. Stewart.