Easter Monday (25th April
Mail has just come in, thank you for your letters 28th Feb. I am
so glad to hear that dear Papa keeps so well, it is a great
comfort, but dear Em, you must cease to look upon us as
"Exiles from our native country", I assure you we feel
quite at home, particularly when we get your letters so
regularly - I heard from Richard again on Saturday, he still
hopes to get us up there soon.
saw a view of "Queenborough Camp" today, it looks so
pretty, and the house, Captain Parsons' looks quite large! I am
sure we shall thoroughly enjoy ourselves there, and now the time
for our going is approaching.
shall be really sorry to go, for the people are all so kind, one
feels so thoroughly "at home" with every body here,
and some of them are really nice - The Clergyman's Wife, Mrs. Cridge is very nice, tho' not equal to dear little Mrs. Millar,
you must not suppose that for a moment.
is so kind to the children, it is most fortunate Zeffie is not
some 10 years older. Mr. O'Reilly who came out by last Mail is
so fond of her - When I came home from Church yesterday I found
her entertaining Captain Luard! However they are both constant
to their first friends, Mr. Bushby came in yesterday afternoon,
after a 9 week absence, and they both rushed to the door to meet
him, and made so much noise that Mr. Begbie threatened to send
for a policeman!!
is Captain Prevost's favourite! - Charlie is looking so well and
so bright, really fat and rosy, tho' as Mr. Bushby says "he
does not improve in his talking."
you for the stamps, I finished all mine last time so you would
all have to pay 2d.for your letters had they not come in time!
a most charming day on Saturday - Mr. and Mrs. Cochrane were
going to Esquimalt to pay some visits, and asked me to go with
them. I made sundry excuses, but found they were determined we
should go, so they lunched here at 12 and we got into a boat,
themselves and Baby, Zeffie, Dick and myself - It is a charming
row, we paid 3 visits, at each place the Children had some milk,
we had a long walk from one house to the other, however the
Bairns quite enjoyed themselves.
place, the Mackenzie's, is a thorough picture of a Farm house! It quite did one good to see them all, they were strangers to
me, but I felt as tho' I had known them all my life. Mr.
Mackenzie walked back with us to the landing place, and thinking Zeffie must be tired he took her up to carry her, soon I said,
"Now Mr. Mackenzie, you better put her down" "Well, I fear I must, for she is heavy! So solid" - We
did not get home till nearly 8, so you can fancy they were very
sleepy, however I was very glad to get them to bed without a cry
- They slept like tops and were none the worse the next day. -
Poor Charlie passed a lonely time, Kitty said he was always
asking "Where Mama, where Dick, where her?". However
one day last week when we were going to lunch at the Governor's,
I wanted to take him also, and had him half ready, face and
hands washed running about in his little red petticoat and
calling out, "Me no like go din, me stay Kitty" - Then
he put his hands in the rubble, and blackened his face, "Me
no go din, me stay Kitty" - and so I left him with Kitty,
and we went to "din" without him! -
Cochrane is growing a fine child, she comes to me every Sunday
Afternoon when her mother goes to Church - She sleeps all the
time, so that she is no trouble -
you very much dearest Em about making something for Zeffie. Anything "ready made" is invaluable here, but I must
not think about it just now as I am late with my letters, and
the Mail goes 1st thing in the morning, and Susan's letter is
only 1/4 written and it is past 9 now - It is so good of you to
think of them so much - The Dressing Gowns have been and are
invaluable - Need no washing. - I am sorry Mary Hawks continues
so delicate. Emma Halford seems a devoted Aunt -
is quite disgusted with her relations! They have only once
written to her since she left home. I have a good mind to write
to James myself about it - It is a great shame. I will write
next time if there's no letter for Kitty - Anne may tell them
from me that it is really very wrong of them not to write -
must forgive me if I have only answered 1/2 your questions, as
I've to send off my letters at once to Richard as the Steamer
was leaving. I must say "good-night" now -
to hear you have gone to Bath - I hope also to hear you are
meditating paying us a visit - Thank Uncle Jim for his letter, I
must write to him and the others next mail - We are all quite
well, excepting Walter's teeth troubles, and he comparatively
gets them easily. I hope soon to tell you he is trotting about -
He gets on famously round the walls and chairs - Papa has never
sent me his promised letter - This is a very "sleepy"
place!! I could go to sleep at any time. An unusual thing with
me you know!!