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Title: Earl of Ava, Colorado to the Marchioness of Dufferin & Ava
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileEarl of Ava, Archibald/28
SenderArchibald, Earl of Ava
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationarmy officer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginColorado, USA
RecipientHariot, Marchioness of Dufferin & Ava
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD/1231/G/2/103: Deposited by Lady Hermione Blackwood
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9808244
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 11:08:98.
Word Count650
TranscriptColorado Springs
17th July. [1893] Col. [Colorado?]

My dear Mama
I have not written to you for some time but I have been away
on a very pleasant trip through South West Colorado on a
private car with some mine owners. I was in good luck
as for one thing the mines we went to see are in the finest
part of the Rockies of this state, and secondly three out
of the four men who were my hosts were the people who
opened out this country. They were all good company & had
the car stocked with every sort of provision so travelling
was made easy. We travelled over 1500 miles altogether over
the Manhall Pass & through the Toltee Gorge - past Cap
Blanco & other well known places to a western tourist. The
top of the mines themselves were 12,000 feet.
I must say that the Rockey Mountain scenery has not improved
me much & that it comes no where near the Himalayas or even
Norway, either in colour or form. The silver question has
ruined this state for the time being & every man in the
country is hard hit, but they take it pretty quitely.
Denver which was the most money making & money spending town
in the states is almost ruined & big businesses are going
smash every day. Thousands of men are thrown out of
work all through the country as most of the silver mines have
ceased working, & they dont know what there men will do if
silver does not come up again.
Colorado Springs is a sort of mixture of a big Indian
containment like [Luckwood?] a hill station like [Naimtal?]
& a seaside resort like [Frekiston?] with no sea. Most of
the inhabitants are silver people & had money & they have built
themselves fine houses with every new invention for comfort.
I have never seen any place where electric light, telephones,
& bath arrangements were so well done.
I have been into a good many houses & in every one the bath
was a regular luxary - white marble & silver plate etc.
Every house has a telephone & they use them a good deal too.
There are a great many Englishmen in the place, who mostly came
out originally for their health.
I go the day after tomorrow by coach to a famous mine called
Cripple Creek & when I return go to Denver & on to Ld
Dunraven's place Estes Park. The end of the month will
almost see me on my way to Salt Lake city but I shall be
almost sorry to leave Colorado. I have just seen the number
of "Sketch" with the copy of your picture and the account
of it. I am delighted that it is such a success & only
wish it was our property, but I shall hope to see it some
time. I see it is to return to the Salon next year.
I also saw in the Illustrated a copy of Fathers picture.
The last letter I received from him told me about Godfrey
& I was much surprised but I hope it is only the result
of over work though I should never have thought Godfrey
would have suffered from that.
There is a Dr Keating here who you entertained once
when you were fishing in Canada. He told me an
amusing story of some engineers bathing in the river
just before your canoe appeared & how they had to sit
in the water with their heads wet while you passed.
He has got me a letter from the direction of the
[Pennsylvanian?] R.R. [Rail Road?] which will get me a
free pass over some of the lines.
I am hoping to hear that Mr Davis has settled everything
this time & that Ted will have no more difficulties.
Am glad you enjoyed Ascot. I remain my dear Mama
Your affect [affectionate?] Archie.