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Title: Stewart, Frances to Brown, Frances, 1869
CollectionRevisiting Our Forest Home, The immigrant letters of Frances Stewart [J. L. Aoki]
SenderStewart, Frances
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginGoodwood, Upper Canada
DestinationPeterborough, Ontario, Canada
RecipientBrown, Frances
Recipient Genderfemale
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Word Count528
Genrefaith, reminiscing
Transcript1869: November 1768
To Frances Brown (Fan), [Peterborough, Ontario]

Wednesday 17th Nov'r 1869

My dearest darling Fan

I am going to write you a long letter in return for yours which I liked so
much and thank you for as much. I think it is a very good way to read over the chapter of Scripture one
has heard in Church after one comes home as it fixes it in our mind. I
agree with you that that verse is a very beautiful one. How pleasant it is
if one's mind is anxious or troubled about any thing to remember that
the Lord knows all our sorrows and troubles, and feels for us and with
us more even than our dearest friends can and we can trust Him without
any fear of His forsaking us or deceiving us....
I have been thinking a great deal about old times as it is one of my
memorable days, because on this day 65 years ago when I was a very small
bit of a girl my kind old friend Mr. Edgeworth took me up in his arms
and kissed me to bid me Good bye as he was going away home to his own
house. Well just then he said "Oh I think I will take you home with me.
Put on your bonnet & get yourself ready. Where are your clothes?" He
ran up stairs to my Aunts room where I was getting ready & he just took
up a bundle of my clothes out of my drawer in his arms & stuffed them
into a bag in his carriage & got a stool for me to sit on & away we drove.
There were in the carriage Mr. & Mrs. Edgeworth and Miss Beaufort &
Charlotte Edgeworth. We had 40 miles to drive, up hills & down hills
& through two or three towns & it was quite dark when they got home.
It was quite a mild warm damp day not like today at all. I staid there
nearly six months & came home to my Uncles at Allenstown on the 20th
of April 1805 having gone on the 17th Nov 1804. Oh it was such a nice
happy time. So I always went there every year afterwards for a month or
some weeks till I was married 11 years afterwards & now every one of
those who were with me then both at Allenstown & Edgeworthstown are
dead & gone except my one old self & one or two cousins who were wee
children then. So I think I have made out as long a letter as yours. I send
you a little poem I met with in a newspaper which took my fancy. I hope
you may not be quite disgusted and wearied with this letter.
Aunt & Uncle Dunlop were here yesterday from about 4 till 10.1 was
wishing father & mother had come in too. We played 5 games of whist,
Uncle Dunlop & Mary Mathias against Molly & me. We got 3 games & they
two. So I think I may stop now & am your ever fondly loving Grandma,
F. Stewart