Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Letter 143: I thinks the folks have died

Edmonton, March 12, 1913

Dear Brother,

I received your letter of February 26 and was glad to hear from you and to know that you and your family are well.

Sorry to hear that Mistress Watters is sick, but she seems to be ailing most of the time.

I am much obliged to you for looking after my business back home. I don't hear from them very often.

You wanted my advice in regard to coming out West. Well, I think the West is ahead of the east in some ways but it has its drawbacks. If you want to go farming the frost and hailstorms is after you. I think if you want to come out west you best buy an excursion ticket and have a look at the country.

I wouldn't advise any person who has a comfortable home in the east to pull up stakes and come without considering it.

There is lots who made money out here in real estate but prices have got too high.

I never bought any lots but Charles has. I filed for homestead the first year I came out to Edmonton, but caught pneumonia and could not go out to prove on it so abandoned it in order to get my rights back.

Gordon bought a lot in Fort George BC, will be going out there soon.

We had wagons moving all winter in the city, there wasn't more than six or eight inches of snow. They had a fair bit north and south.

Building hasn't started doing much yet that is the principal industry in the city.

They have their money in tight, but will have to loosen up some if they do the building. They did last year. Write soon and give me the news. I think the folks are died since I went out west.

Your loving brother,


Letter 150: News of the wedding

A cheap wedding. These handmade place cards are likely fashioned by sister Flora. A wedding contract, executed on the same day, proves that Marion brought nothing to the marriage but her clothing and wedding gifts. Hugh would give her all household furnishings purchased from that date - and insurance benefits "by the simple fact of celebration of said marriage" - that is unless the couple separated for any reason, then "such donations will be deemed void."

J.W. Mclean,
Winthrop Avenue,

October 23, 1913

Dear Sir,

I received the Richmond Guardian and was very much interested in reading the news about your daughter's wedding. Reverend McLeod is a son of Murdoch, but who is the J R McLeod from Scottstown? I do not know him. Not much of the old people left.

The only one from the Gore living here is J D McNaughton. I get most of the Gore news from him.

Kindly remind me to all my friends. I will write to Alex Watters. I saw his name in the Guardian.

J W McLean.

Letter 149: How generous she has been

The Mansions,

June 9,


Dear Mother,

Your welcome letter seemed a long time coming this week. Tuesday as you know was a holiday and coming at the first of the week seemed to make it longer than usual. I am amazed to think of you going to see a wedding.

I remember asking you many a time to go with me, but seeming there is to be one in the family, you are beginning to take notice. This morning Marion W and myself went to the Unitarian church to hear Grace Cross sing.

This afternoon Flora, May and myself went down to the Notre Dame Church to hear the organ. It is supposed to be the best in the city. Tonight we expect to hear Dr. Guthrie of St Andrew's Beaver Hall Hill.

Flora is very well.

I do wish Father would write Marion. Mr. Silver has offered her a first year class. You know how she worries. And Hugh of course is anxious to know what they are going to do as he has to look for a house. And Marion wants to get everything before she comes home so she will save a trip into here later.

On course, we will all be sorry to see her married in a way. But if it is to be, let her do it now. Flora and I are left to help. And perhaps we can in some part do as she has done.

I'm sure we should never forget how generous she has been to us all. And so ready to help.

I wish father would write her and give his full consent. Last night I saw there was a sale on a Morgan's. I was in at Wilder yesterday to look for rugs, but could not see anything. We will let you know as soon as possible. With heaps of love from your three dears,


Letter 148: I am almost ashamed to write


June 13, 1913

Dear Marion,

I am almost ashamed to write to you at this late date after promising to write you after you wrote back from being home for the 24. I have been waiting to see if they would send me to go back, but now I think they will not at this late date. And besides, I am dead broke and do not know just what answer to give you.

Should you want my advice in the step you are thinking of taking would like to have something to give you a decent wedding but I am at my wits end to know what to do and do not want to stand in your way. So I am just telling you just where I stand.

I have some of Herbert's paper in the bank that comes due first of July and he does not seem to bother himself about it so you see I am held for it and it must be fixed up in some way with the bank.

It makes me feel so sad to think of him being away now nearly three years and hasn't sent one cent to pay any of the debts he left, when he writes always leaves it to me to look after it.

And besides I haven't earned anything for six months.

I cannot see what Herb does with his wages, it would appear to me that he must spend it foolishly in some way. Hope he has not contracted any bad habits. Do you girls write him or do you hear from him at all?

Now I am going to leave the matter in our own hand as I cannot address you what is
best to do. I have told you just where things stand with me so it may be a guide for you in your decision.

Hope you are all well and will be glad to see you all home soon. Mr and Mrs. Matheson and Irene has been with us for the last two days left at 10 am today for Sherbrooke and then for Montreal and home to Vancouver. Likely you will see them when in Montreal.

I think mother is writing to some of you tonight and what I have forgotten she may think of.

With much love to you all

Your affectionate father N Nicholson

PS I wrote Hugh some time ago and got his reply. You likely have heard of it. Kindly keep this letter under lock or destroy it. N

The letter was not destroyed. It was written with beautiful penmanship, not typical of his other letters, that were scrawled.

Letter 147: I wish to consult you

May 29, 1913

Dear Sir,

I wish to consult you on a subject that deeply interests me while it indirectly concerns you and I hope that my presentation of the matter will meet with your approval.For sometime past your daughter Marion and I have been on intimate terms of friendship which has developed into affection on my part, and I have reason to believe my intentions are not indifferent to her, so I would therefore request your consent to our marriage.

Yours sincerely,

Hugh Christian Blair

Letter 146: Some people are foolish

May 14, 1913

The Mansions

466 Guy Street

My dear People,

This is just to inform you that your second daughter saw a diamond ring coming her way and now has it on the third finger of her left hand. It certainly is a beauty, looks like this, rather too nice for me but some people are very foolish. I suppose there is no need to tell you where I got it.

And as yet I have not resigned and don't quite know although I sometimes think I will but when I do I will let you know, so you can just tell me what you think about it. Did Edith tell you that Mr. Rowland was going to Richmond to take part in the opening of the new Masonic Lodge so you will probably see him.

I have been having a rather bad time with my teeth. They have been aching like the mischief but I am now getting them fixed. I think that is the most important news at present. So good by for now. Lovingly, Marion.

Letter 145: She is not militant

The Mansions
466 Guy Street
May 2, 1913

Dear Mother,

You have had Flora's letter by now so know that we arrived safely with our trunk and are now settled in our little flat. Marion W came up this morning - had a splendid trip and looking fine.

Henry (her brother Henry Watters) gave her a new suit and hat.

Ethel was in this afternoon so she can tell you all about our place of abode.

I only saw her for about two hours and then we were shopping. She is looking so well and had a pretty new grey suit and a becoming hat.

My throat is better, but I did suffer from it for a few days. Marion and Marion W went up to the Shaw's last night.

They were quite nice and took over the telephone so we have that off our hands.

Tell Mr. And Mrs. McMillan to call and see us. We are in most days after four.

Some of us anyway. Tell him I was sorry to miss those Methodist jokes. And if he hears any others to keep them stored for me.

What a house we left behind us. I suppose you are working all the time trying to get things staightened out. We are going to try and hear Mrs. Snowden, but she is not a militant for which I am sorry.


Saturday morning Marion and I went down to the St. Antoine market and I had my first real marketing experience. We got along nicely. Got strawberries, potatoes, roast of beef, grapefruit. Pineapples. Fruit is selling quite reasonable.

Mrs. Snowden was Mrs. Philip Snowden, suffragist and wife of a prominent UK politican. Reports reveal she was a stunning-looking woman and a superb speaker famous for her dazzling wit. Few speakers brought in from the UK admitted to being militant, for some people believed militant suffragettes were as good as criminals. One exception was a Miss Barbara Wylie, who came to Canada in 1912. Not a famous British suffragette, she had a brother who was a politician in the Canadian West. Edith likely heard Wylie speak as well, as she clipped out a newspaper report of her arrival at the Montreal where she had been invited to speak by the Montreal Council of Women. Apparently, reporters were surprised (and delighted) to see a handsome and well-dressed woman -and not some battle-axe- detrain. "Miss Wylie (it turns out) is a tall really beautiful looking woman with every appearance of refinement and intelligence above the ordinary."

Mrs. Snowden had given a speech in Montreal in 1909 and on this occasion in 1913 she was there as a guest of the Canadian Council of Women that was holding its annual general meeting in the city. Carrie Derrick, President of the Montreal Council of Women claimed at the same meeting that not all of the members of the Canadian Council had decided to support the the cause of woman suffrage. The very next year she would help found the Montreal Suffrage Association, which was not militant in its views.

Letter 144: No more good sleeps for me

The Mansions
466 Guy Street
Ap 29, 13

Dear Mother,

You see I am keeping my promise and doing a little letter writing.

We arrived here safely only about five minutes late. I like the place fine, of course, it will be rather crowded but we don't mind for so short a time.

We have got our suitcases and trunk unpacked and everything put away so we haven't been idle. Isn't it rather hard to believe?

Edith and Marion are getting ready for bed and as usual the old maid will be the last. I have been having a fine time playing with the furniture turning it from one thing to another.

Now don't go and work too hard even if Mrs. M. does ask you when you are going to commence housecleaning.

Just think of tomorrow morning at 7 o'clock. No more good sleeps for me. Edie says she is feeling all right. So don't worry about her.

Love to Father and yourself and dear old Floss

Lovingly Flora

Letter 142: And on the Sabbath, too

2401 Hutchison,
Sunday evening March 3, 1913

Dear Father,

This is just to a line enclosing you my check. Am glad you had a nice time in Boston. We were used in fine style.

We have had a very busy day here. Dr and Mrs. Skinner and Lloyd were here for dinner and I had some job cooking it. Aunt Christie had sent us in a chicken with Christina and I cooked it. Was rather scared as I had never done one before then they managed to eat it so perhaps it wasn't too bad. I also treated them to one of my apple pies. Tell mother I made three and on the Sabbath too and there is not a crumb left now so I think they must have been good.

George Miller came up and went to church with Flora and May. He seems to be quite a nice chap but of course not like Hughie. But not the old Hughie you had in the cards last Xmas.

Tell mother we got her letter on Sat and that I will look after the two delicate ones. Have been dosing them and they are almost alright now.

I think this is now much more than I intended to write so au revoir for this time from one of your best girls.


Another cryptic message. What cards is she talking about? Tarot cards or Christmas cards.

Letter 141: Be ready to have him

2401 Hutchison, Friday Evening

Feb 14, 1913

Dear Father,

How is Boston? Hope you had a pleasant trip down. I am going to send you the answer that Edith got to my letter and you can return it or keep it safe, in case. Be ready to have him come whenever he comes.

The reason Edith did not come right in was that she had a cold but thinks she will be OK. By Sunday and I am getting Flora into bed by 9 o'clock tonight to see if we can't fix hers a bit. I will probably send you another wee not on Sunday.

Lovingly Marion

Hard to know what's going on, save that it has something to do with marriage arrangments. There were, apparently, some bumps in the road to matrimony.And a road block that had to be negotiated: Hugh's parents did not want the marriage.

Letter 140: Delighted the lights are in

2401 Hutchison,
January 28, 1913

Dear Norman and Edith,

I arrived at 8:30. I gave my suitcase to Mrs. Skinner as they took a cab. Baby was very good on the train.

I took St. Denis car, transferred at Craig, came up to Bernard.

When I rang the doorbell I heard quite a noise; found they were all dressed up for the evening and having a little card party. I was ushered into the parlour.

Pauline Sutherland and Frank and Ross Cleveland (arrived) right after I got here.

Hugh came so we made two tables. Aunt Christie was in the midst of them with a grey silk waist and black silk skirt with a train, looking fine. Then they served refreshments,party broke up about 11:30.

Aunt Christie was up first this morning and made porridge.

I found Flora looking better than she did when at home. She was a whole week out of school and the Dr. came to the house twice, but now she is feeling much better and cheerful. Has taken one bottle of medicine.

She had a fresh egg for breakfast. She wore her velvet dress and it looks fine on her. No fault with it. Marion wants me to make her one.

She and Flora are invited to Mrs. Wiley's where Hugh boards Wednesday night and Thursday. Flora is invited to Dr. Cleveland's, a swell party for Paul.

Marion and Flora are delighted that the lights are in. They say they can hardly wait. They are so anxious to see them.

They were glad for the eggs and other things. If Uncle Alex brings butter you can bring it when you come. They were writing for some.

Aunt Christie and Flora sleep in the front bedroom, the two M's in the other and I all alone in the guest room.

They are all invited to Mrs. Ellis's to dinner tonight. M and F are going right from school.

Marion W is coming so Aunt Christie is going. I am the invited guest, so I will get my suitcase then.

Aunt Christie is starting to wash so after I mail this will help. I will call at the McCoy's then now take good care of yourself.

The girls say be sure and come here on your way to Boston.

Yours with Love Margaret

I found this envelope addressed in the drawer. Watson was saying that Father ought to take a trip west. Said you could get work in time there. M.

Mrs. Wiley was the person who first introduced Marion and Hugh,in May 1911, so it is logical that she knew Marion before hand.

Tighsolas, which means House of Light in Gaelic, became an official house of light this month, as Norman had electricity put it. It took the electrician 52 hours and he charged 86 dollars!

Letter 139: Topsy Turvey

Dear Father,

Just a line to wish you many happy returns of the eighth.

Sorry you will not get this on your birthday, but perhaps it will be better late than never.

How are you all in Rd? Nothing exciting going on, I suppose.

Hugh is here tonight as usual. I am really getting to like him quite well. I forget to ask you what you thought of him.

I have been quite busy since I got back with reports, etc but I am feeling better and am taking my medicine religiously.

Is Edith as funny as ever? We are having a fine time here with Aunt Christie to look after us. We certainly know to appreciate anyone after the time we had before Christmas. It was rather discouraging to come home at night and find everything topsy turvy.

Marion and I were in to see Isabel's piano tonight. It is fine.Three of the pupils I am teaching in the morning have been promoted so I feel quite elated.

Marion and Aunt Christie send their love to you all and wish you many happy returns.

Lovingly Flora
Jan 8, 1913

It was difficult for 4 'working girls' to find a place to live in 1910, in large part because people were suspicious of their activities. Marion likely found this apartment due to her connection with the McCoy Family. Once established in the house, the young women soon discovered that it was impossible to work and keep a house going. They needed someone their to keep the homefires burning.

Letter 138:Young Man's Country

January 3 1913


Dear Brother,

I am going to write you a few lines in reply to our letter of last year, if it is not too late. I have been nursing broken ribs since before new Year. I fell on the sidewalk.

It's mighty cold here for some time but it seems better now. We don't have enough for sleighing till last week.

I have been working at carpenter work since I came west. This is not a very good country for carpenters. The season is too short. They don't get started early enough in the spring on account of the hard frost. They have to blast it out with dynamite.

The minimum wage for carpenters is 50 cents an hour an eight hour day and is much more as you can get if you can produce the goods.

That may seem good pay to you but everything is expensive here: room, rent and board and every thing is about double the price it is in the east.

This city is growing some. Last year building amounted to fourteen million dollars for one season. There is a lot of people coming here every year. The city owns all her own utilities and operates them no corporations has anything to do with street, rail, telephones and electric lights.

They have the single tax here, all taxes are on the land.

This is a young man's country. I think anybody that is well fixed in the East is as well off as here.

I am afraid that this country will be subject to hail and frost but they say that this will disappear as soon as the land will be cultivated.

Robert McMorine or Bob, as we used to call him, is here. He is dealing in real estate. He made some money I think.

Neil Stalker (Norman and Gilbert's mom was a Stalker) from Duluth was up here last summer. He came up last March and went back just before New year. He told me that he thought he might come west again if he could sell out in Duluth.

Kenneth McIver from Lingwick and his Brother Malcolm of Barry Vt. were both up here on a visit last summer to see the west and their brother Norman.

Norman is building inspector for the city. He has a good job. Easy work and good pay.

Are you still in the employ of the Transcontinental? All those who had Federal posts in this city is pretty well culled out.

If you are at home when you get this I wish you would go and see if the taxes has been kept paid on the farm since I left. I also want you to go and see if there isn't money there to my credit.

Was sorry to hear that so many of the old friends have died since I came West, but we will soon follow. It is only a matter of going a little before the rest.

We are all pretty well. We are all here in Edmonton except John. He went to San Francisco last winter and he went from there to Japan. Gordon had a letter from him last September from Vancouver and we haven't heard from him since. I think he is quite a globetrotter.

Give my best regards to all. Your family and friends. And acquaintances.

Truly, Gilbert Nicholson

Address:48 Shand Avenue Edmonton Alta.

A letter from Sophia Nicholson in 1920 reveals that John went to war and suffered severe shell shock.

Letter 137: Worse all the time

December 29, 1912

Dear Father,

Your letter to hand which I was glad to receive. Also Masonic and St. Andrew's lodge dues. Many chances to attend but do not for the reason that I do not think I am very well posted and of course am getting worse all the time.

I just yesterday got an invitation to attend a joint installation of officers of Craik and Lumsden Lodges at Lumsden tomorrow night. To have a big banquet after but I will not be able to attend as tomorrow I have to go to Bethune.

I am kind of sorry and also glad that the work has finished on the RY as you will be far more comfortable at home during the winter and it will be much nicer for Mother.

How are politics looking in the East? As near as I can make out by following the papers the East is coming back to Laurier.

His amendment to Borden's navy policy seems to taking very well.

The west is stronger than ever and with a fair representation after the redistribution but you would see any awful difference at Ottawa. I honestly believe that we will have an election next summer and that Laurier and the Liberals will again be in power.

Here in the West things are about the usual. Farmers have a lot of grain but the price is so low that in the end the farmer will only have the same amount of money and with the increased prices for everything else he is worse off than ordinarily.

The Eastern manufacturers, with Borden protecting them in the way of high tariffs, are getting pretty brave and charging just about anything; they like for what they have to sell and paying just what they like to the farmer for his produce.

Well, I am still a Grit as I think you will see and what is more I think without a doubt Laurier is the most farsighted politician in Canada and is at all times working in the interest of the country instead of working to satisfy individual greed.

In order for the whole country to prosper the West must develop and as soon as a depression strikes the West you will see factory after factory shut down in the east and employment will be scarce which is a sure sign of hard times.

What is more as soon as you fail to make this country attractive to the new settlers who comes in with a thousand or two you will see difference.

The cry over the whole country from the farmer is that there is not any money in raising grain at the present prices which I am sure is right. Farmers had to pay 3.00 and 3.50 for help this fall and there could not get it and for the reason that instead of the CPR having their farm labour excursion bringing men to Regina and Moss Jaw as they have always done before; they only sold tickets at the excursion rates to Winnipeg and just because Saskatchewan did not vote Tory.

We are having a lovely winter here over mild and not much snow. I suppose things in Richmond will be about the same.

I believe if you have a chance to sell that house for anything like what would seem a fair price I would do it and either come west or move to Montreal with the girls.

You will see by Mother's letter where I spent Christmas.

Tanguay says he knows you. He is a brother of NP Tanguay of Weedon. Has made a lot of money out here. Has 580 acres of nice land about a mile from the town of Craik that is worth 50 dollars an acre.

No more news so will close wishing you a Happy New Year


Letter 136: Able to manage fine, all right

2401 Hutchison Street
November 18, 1912

Dear Norman,

Yours of the 2nd received. You will see that I am still in the city. I was glad you got your coat.

Well, since getting your last letter I was thinking you might come any time now.

I am going home the 27th at the very latest. I was telling Marion I ought to go Saturday as there is an initiation at the Eastern Star and I promised to be there for it. I have missed the practices and two regular meetings. So I will not be up in my work.

This Mr. Blair seems very nice. Comes up quite often. You will see him when you get to Montreal. I like him very well.

Marion and I went to Stanley Church Yesterday. We did not see many that I knew. You will remember a student that spent time with us that winter you were at home. Donald McLeod. I went to a concert with the McCoys last week; he was one of the singers so I knew him and asked a man to bring him down to my seat. He did not know me at first but when I told him he said OH YES. Mr. McMillan gave me your address and I am going to call, so he came on Saturday evening. Had a pleasant time. He is quite a singer and plays the piano.

Marion and I were at Dr. Cleveland's for tea, last week. I am going to try and make a few calls this week before going home. Now, this is rather an short letter. I will make the cake (Christmas fruitcake?) as soon as I get home. The bread and other things will not take long. If you only get here safe and sound. The girls are going home for Xmas.

I hear from Edith every two days. She goes out a good deal. She say she is able to manage fine all right,

Yours with much love,


PS St. Andrew's is to be celebrated in Danville this year. Hope you will be here for that.

There are a few joining the Eastern Star on the 28th. So I will be there for that. Edith is going to join then, she writes me. She goes out a good deal. She says and is able to manage fine all right. Aunt Christie is coming in to stay with the girls for a while after Xmas. So she says. If you (come) before I go home , I would look at coats. M.

Letter 135: We had a great talk

November 18, 1912

Dear Mother,

The two letters received and the silk came Saturday night. I think it is a lovely shade and certainly a great bargain.

Christina telephoned yesterday that she would not be able to stay down. So I was in despair as I went to Miss Ramsey and she could not even cut it for me. I was telling Florence and she recommended Miss Julien (Joe's daughter). So Esther went down and asked her this morning and she came up. She is very good and we got along splendidly.

The pattern fitted me exactly. She will be able to finish it tomorrow night. Bessie, Hattie and Christina were down today. They thought it lovely. Bess and C are going to come to the dance.

I must tell you that I sang a part in the anthem last night. Two or three said it was very nice. Grace Mc told Mr McCreary and he was so glad. He said today that I had made great improvement. You know he is not much at compliments so I was very much encouraged. Of course I have practiced 3 and 4 hours sometimes more all last week so it ought to count for something.

Edith Peppler is still staying with me.

Mr. McMillan came up after church last night and we had a great talk. He was a classmate of Isabel McCoy's. Said to ask her if he remembered a picnic at Dixie and going carolling. He was greatly pleased to hear about her. Said what a nice girl, so pleasant. Did not know she was married.

You know he is anxious to talk about Miss C. So Wednesday night after prayer meeting I walked to the mail with him. I asked him about Miss C's father and he said he was in the customs. So you see we are getting things down to a very fine point. I asked him is Mrs. C was anxious to see Richmond and if she was coming out. He said he would love to have her but could not of course ask her to the manse. So then I said you had spoken of having her out. Oh he was delighted. Thought it was so kind of you. Said Miss C thought you were so nice and said she would not mind coming to R after meeting you.

Now I am to go into the Eastern Star on November 28th. Mrs. Barrie wants you to be home in time for a special practice. And to let her know so she can arrange Tuesday night. So be sure and let me know so I can tell her. They have had one practice already. Miss Feely took your part. The officers are to be in white but it is not necessary to wear the white shoes.

Miss Sparrow was up this afternoon to see my dress. She was so frightened I might not get it done in time. Thought patterns and cloth were lovely. If I look well thanks to you and Marion and Flora for the trouble you took to get the things.

So glad that father is coming soon. It can't be too soon. I must close as it is late. Edith P. is sleeping soundly.
Your loving Edith.

Letter 134: Send me some songs


November 11, 1912

Dear Mother,

Your letter I got night. I am getting on splendidly well. The furnace: you should see me handle the big sticks. I just throw them in as if they were feather weights. In this weather, it takes very little fuel to keep the house comfortable. Thursday was your day. Did you remember about it? I made a cake which turned out very good and I sat in state. It was a dreadful afternoon and did not expect anyone. So telephoned Miss Sparrow and Gladys Wheel. They did come also Ethel and Mrs. Fraser paid me a long visit before the others so I felt quite repaid.

Friday night Ethel and I went to the Debate. Saturday. Christine and I were at the Crombie's for tea. Then I went to a meeting to see about a dance that is coming off in about two week.

Yesterday we had a very peaceful day. Went to Sunday school and Church. A McMathews of Quebec preached in the evening on the budget for 1913. Ethel came in and stayed for a good while after church. This morning she left for Montreal. I will miss her. They have been so good to me. And I have stayed a good many nights there. Edith Peppler says to call when I want anybody.

Mr. Montgomery was over this morning to call when Mrs. McCreary was giving Grace her lesson. I am going over to sing for them. I wish Marion or Flora would get me some nice songs. Contralto.

I gave my name in to the ballottee at the Eastern Star. Mrs. Dawson and Mrs. Willie Ewing called this afternoon on behalf of the lodge. I will go in in about a month. Mrs. McKee is receiving on Wednesday and the Presbyterian workers meet tomorrow at Lizzy Rattray's so that takes two afternoons.

Miss Main was buried on Saturday afternoon.

Now will you get me something for a dress that I can wear to the dance? Not more than 50 cents a yard, either pale pink or deep cream. Christina is going to help me make it. Is coming down next week. Started to take her lessons from Mrs. Barrie. There is a lovely deep cream silk at Hudon, 40 inches wide at 1.00 yds. If I were rich I would have it. Mrs. Chapin saw 4 ½ yards of 40 inches good for a dress. So I think I would need five yards anyway. Send it out by mail. This is supposed to be quite an affair. And I would like to go to a dance just for a change after four years of quietness.

Now I hope you are not worrying about me. Mrs. M. said again today how much younger I looked. I was so tired and old looking when I came home. Ethel will call you try to have her up. Give my love to all at 239. Remember me to Hughie.

Love to Marion and Flora and the others.

I enjoy getting your letters because they keep in touch with the city life. Write soon.

Your loving Edith.

PS Tell Marion to help you find a pattern for the dress and send it along.

Aunt Flora address: House of Refuge Sarnia Ontario

Letter 133:Herb is so careless

Coats from Eaton's Catalogue, winter 1913-14, range 12.00 to 25.00. Mid range. The catalogue opens with glamour coats, fur coats worth 80 dollars or more, muskrat, seal and the most expensive, persian lamb.. There are also some coats for 10.00 and 5.00. In the 16.oo range, cheviot, vicuna, or, a bit more expensive, wool.

2401 Hutchison

November 11, 1912

Dear Norman,

You see by the heading that I am still in the city.

Marion and Flora won't hear to me going home and E writes for me to stay as she is getting on all right - has one of the Pepplers when she stays in the house. I will not stay more than another week. I do wish Edith was here and that we could be together for the winter as they ought to have someone here. Your letter did not reach me until Friday pm, as Edith sent it--so I felt a little worried as I always got them Thursday.

I am so sorry about your coat. I gave the right add to Lann McMorine. You better make some enquiries there about it. Might be at Cochrane.

Edith writes that Mr. Dyson said he bought thirty cords of wood and would supply our winter's wood and would bring a cord any time and to let him know so don't worry any more about wood. She also sent me notice that taxes were due.

Now I am very sorry that Herb seems to be so careless, debt seems to be no worry to him. I hope you have just let him know how hard it is for you to be away from your family and that he might try and do better. He has not written me for several weeks . I really cannot understand how he can do it.

Well, the weeks are going by and Xmas will soon be here I don't know what the girls can do with the flat; or if they will be able to get someone to keep fires if they want to go home. They will have two weeks holidays. They were talking it over but said they would decide when you came. The weather has been quite nice since I came in here.

I have not bought a coat. Takes more than I had. Marion got a long navy blue one that will be very comfortable this winter. Paid 16.50 and Flora got a brown the same price. They really needed them.

I have not gone anywhere not been up to Cleveland's yet. I have been having trouble with my teeth and as Marion was having work done at Cleveland's Friday, I had him look at mine. He said he would do an hours work for me Monday so I am to go at three o'clock, Too bad yours are giving you trouble. I think it is caused from cold, my front teeth at least one of them felt loose, but he said he did not think it was but found cavities in others. M. had five filled.

Marion said she was going to write you and tell you about Mr. Hugh Blair. He seems very nice. Went home Saturday to Three Rivers. There are a good many things that he can do such as fixing window blinds, but Marion won't let me ask him much. We are trying to put the double windows on here. I want to see them on before I go, although so far they are not needed.

I don't think there is any danger of them getting behind: the four girls pay 25 dollars each. They would rather do it than board. They say it amounted to about that at Mrs. Ellis's.

Now don't worry about Herb. We cannot help it now. If the work stops there you must just take a trip out west. See why he does not at least keep himself. He must know that Marion paid Aunt Han's note. He never wrote her or mentioned it to me. Write when you get this and add to Richmond.

They say I will be here two weeks more but I don't like to leave Edith alone . She said she would go to Kingsbury for a visit but she thought it was too cold and just stayed at home.

Your loving Wife


Flora is always saying she is going to write but there is so much going on they don't have time and when I write often they think I tell all.

Letter 132: The Understanding


November 3, 1912

Sunday Afternoon

Dear Mother,

Your letter arrived Saturday morning. I am sure you must have enjoyed the concert. Take in everything you can. I am not in the least lonesome.

In fact I have had no time. I keep things comfortable and am getting along nicely. Had tea at Florence's so you see I am being royally entertained.

Yesterday morning Emma McLeod came up to invite you, Aunt Han and myself to a tea. I went, Hattie and Bella McLeod were there. Had a very nice time. Then I stayed all night with Ethel. Came over and put on a fire before going to Sunday School. Was out for dinner. Ethel and I have been singing and playing ever since. But I shall stay here tonight. As I don't want to be a bother to them. Ethel has not yet decided whether she will go to Montreal or not.

I intended going out tomorrow, but if it is as cold as today, I would be afraid to leave the home. And then I suppose I should freeze to death anyway.

I saw Mrs. Barrie last night. They are initiating three new members a week from Wed. and wanted to know if you would be home. They are going to have a practice this Wed. 8. If you will not be there they will have someone else take your part that time. You must let me know so I can tell her before Wednesday night. So you had better drop me a card.

If the girls are very anxious you should stay, why not do so. Someone can take your place now better than later on. Mrs. B told me to tell you. Mrs. David Watson was buried on Saturday. Also Mrs. Wright of Kingsbury.

Malcolm brought Henry down Friday night. Ethel and I went to the station to see him off. It was terribly windy and so dark Malcolm stayed the night. I telephoned Mrs. Stevens (seamstress). She could not promise to fill the orders for some time, she has so many orders. I paid Fleury 80 cents for the express on Father's coat. So if he has not got it we will have to trace it. It was sent from her all right.

I got the bill for the taxes, will enclose.

Mrs. MacMillan came home last night at service. The young lady's name is Courtney. Mrs. C says he must have had quite a look first. I suppose they are going on at 2401 also. I think I shall have a short conference with him. I'll ask him if he knows what kind of girl he is getting. (Hugh and Marion aren't formally engaged but appear to have 'an understanding.') I am sending express parcel tomorrow.

Love to Flora and Marion and heaps for yourself.

Your own loving Edith

------------------ Although the Skinners were wonderful helpful neighbours, and great fellow Liberals, their children were tweenage. Ethel Crombie is the daughter of Jane and Marcus, and they've all just moved into the Skinner's home, after doing a number of renovations.

Ethel is 21, closer to Flora's age than Edith's. She is listed as having no profession on the 1911 census. Mr. Crombie is a lumber merchant. Norman pays the hefty mortgage on Tighsolas to Williamson and Crombie, Kingsbury.

In 1912, Edith is drifting professionally speaking. She is thinking of taking a stenography course in the city. In 1905 she completed a typing and shorthand course at St. Francis College. I asw no 'typists' mentioned in the 1911 census. Stenographer appears to be the catch all phrase for female office worker, although it may be that typing alone didn't qualify you for a position. There were no 'typing pools' at that time, apparently.

In the US, it may have been different. According to one 1912 article in New York Post, there were 100,000 thousand woman working as stenographers (which meant office workers?) in New York City alone. (Doesn't seem right.) 80-85 percent of all commercial typewriting in the US (up to 250,000 typists) was being performed by women.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Letter 131: Enjoying their Housekeeping

Flora's route today, 32 minutes by bus (without waiting times) and 102 minutes walking, which would be the same as in 1910. And boots were made for walking back then. There would be a slew of new Eastern European Jewish immigrants living in the William Lunn catchment area. Flora's students. Many spoke no English, according to the Montreal Gazette, but the parents were very keen on getting their kids an education.

2401 Hutchison Montreal

Nov 1, 1912

Dear Norman, Your letter recd Thursday morning.

Edith went home on her Thanksgiving ticket, left here at 8 o'clock Wednesday night. They, M and Flora, asked me to stay a few weeks with them; they really need some one all the time to keep things going right, everything is very nice but it takes time to get the meals. They have a warm dinner at 6 o'clock.

They have a young girl with them, a Miss Bullock from South Roxton. Her Father is Liberal provincial member for Shefford County, her only brother a young man of 20 years put the telephone in for them. Made them a present so they have their coal in for the winter. Mr. Smith got that for them.

I am having quite a time cooking with gas. I don't touch the furnace. Marion tries to run that and when Mr. Blair comes - which is very often -he looks at it. He is anxious to do anything to help, but Marion wants to do everything herself - and I might just say here that this young man is anxious to see you. But if he writes you he will have to wait till you come home as you would like to see him. Marion thinks he is all right so you will have to give your consent.

I told you that Henry was going to take Flossie to Kingsbury. Well, he did. He got Fred Boast to drive him and Flossie rode out. They kept her at night but when she got out in the morning she started for Richmond. Henry telephoned Ethel Crombie, she said she was at the door when she got up. Then she wrote to Edith here to tell us she would look after her as we had given her the key to look after plants and she have her sleep in the kitchen at night. It was very kind.

Edith wanted to stay till the late train as she wrote and told Ethel that she would arrive at 11.15. and would stay with her.

I had a letter from Edith this morning said she arrived safely and Ethel was waiting for her. She says she does hope we will stay in Richmond this winter. Aunt Han had come down to make us a visit. She was at Florence's till Edith got home. She was going to stay until Saturday. Then Edith thought she would go out and stay a week at Aunt Christie's as I told her she must not stay alone as she has had enough for a month I think.

We got our double windows on and I think I told you and Edith would have stayed longer but they each the four girls pay equal share and then there was the dog bothering other people. Edith wants to take up the stenography after Xmas. She could stay with the girls here.

Well, about you coming. I supposed that it would be better not to come until Xmas. You could come two weeks before New Years and that won't seem so very long. I will go home and have the house in order by that time.

Mr. McCoy asked Edith and me to go to the Caledonian concert with them. I accepted, but Edith could not stay as it was Thursday and she would loose her ticket. It was fine. I enjoyed it very much, only wish you could have been there. You see, everyone takes pity on me when my man is away. When I told them in Lingwick that I had not see you for 7 months they said "No wonder I would take a trip." They were all so pleased to see me.

Henry was only up from Boston for two weeks. Was not much of his time at home.He thinks he will be up at Xmas. He and Christine came in here Monday night with May. Went up to see their cousin Dr. Manson. Henry went to Windsor hotel. Went home next day. Saturday Night, Nov 2 I was interrupted, so did not get this finished.

This afternoon Marion and Flora went out shopping. They both bought long coats. The will be comfortable for the winter. They have such long rides on the cars. We got home at 6 o'clock. May had our dinner ready.

They really are enjoying their housekeeping so far.

I think I told you our Minister was engaged. He was in paying us a visit so brought her up to call on us. And told us his engagement was announced just the night before. I don't know why you think I like him better than the previous one. I like him very much and he does preach good sermons. You see he is Scotch, that accounts for it!

I have not gone out to see any of my friends yet. Will later. We see the McCoys every day. Uncle Alex sent in a barrel of potatoes,. Henry bought grapes, tomatoes and a fern for their table. And Miss Bullock brought Maple Syrup and sugar. They had to pay freight.

I will write again when I hear from Edith. I have not heard from Herb. I do wish he was near some of us when you leave there you must take a trip and I wrote him since I came in here.

Your loving wife,


The girls travel from Mile End to Little Burgundy and Griffintown on the trolley, or street car.

Letter 130: Hugh Dear

October 31, 1912

Dear Mother

I got along nicely coming out. Came up with my friend, Fred. M. Ethel stayed home as she was entertaining the workers. She was up for me.

Seemed pleased to have me and we talked until one anyway.

She was so interested in Mr. MacMillan's engagement. She thinks it is our place to write her earlier.. Mrs. Crombie said they would do all they could to give her a good time. I wonder how Billy would like that.

Aunt Han came down Tuesday has been staying at Florence's. Did not think of us being away. She called me up just a few minutes after I came over. Came up for dinner will stay until Saturday with me. She has rented her house to a nice family. The chief boiler- maker at the station. We are going over to the cemetery this afternoon.

I made a good fire in the furnace and Han had the water running. The house did not seem damp. Louley Stephens is sewing at Mrs. Montees; I wonder if she will rent. I will get the mail when downtown and send yours on. Floss heard my voice and commenced to cry last night. Mrs. C says she is a very well behaved animal. They seem rather taken with her.

Was "Hugh dear" up last evening? Give my love to all the girls and have a good time.

Your loving daughter,

Letter 129: Rambling Letter, rambling trip

2401 Hutchison Street
Montreal Oct 27, 1912

Dear Norman,

Your letter of the 21st received you will have my letter by this time telling you that I was invited to go to Lingwick with Henry and left Tuesday am at 11. Had dinner at the Magog hotel then went for a walk. Called on Mrs. McLeod and Arthur Lockhard, principal of the highschool. Then left by CPR to Scottstown at 4 pm. Henry telephoned Lennie McIver from Sherbrooke Mary Ann met us at the train had tea with her then Rennie arrived with a pair of horses, took us home got there at 10 oclock.

It was a beautiful warm day and the night was fine. Next morning Kenneth told Henry to take his horse and go anywhere we wanted to, so we started. Had dinner with Uncle Donald's wife tea with Mrs. George Nicholson. Called at every house down as far as Mr. Nicholson. He told me to ask you if you had turned Conservative. Got back to Rennie's at 7 o'clock. Then he gave us a fresh horse and his wife went with us to see Mary Anne McLeod and her Mother in Galson. Spent the evening. Next morning we called on Mrs Morison across the way. Then Rennie drove Henry to Scottstown when we got to Rennie's. Uncle Murdoch was driving to Scottstown alone so rode with him and Henry and Rennie stayed at the Church to attend a funeral (Mary Anne Nicholson and Husband) from Fisher Hill, stayed with Mary Anne until 3.--Friday morning got to Sherbrooke at 5 o clock and down home at 10 30 then Edith had things ready and we both came in home. Leaving at 4 o clock same day.

So if this letter is rambling don't wonder I enjoyed it so much. And they were all glad to see me and asking for you. Want you to go up if you come home to stay any time.

Well, I found Marion and Flo very happy in their flat and both looking well. Marion W went home and the other girl that stays with them so we find it pretty nice to have the house to ourselves.

They seem to manage very well. They have rented it for 40 dollar per month then they divide expenses which is a good way. They take turns with the work and they have every thing to work with and they have their coal for the winter.

Mr. Smith and Mrs. McCoy are very kind and take an interest in them.

They want me to stay but they have only room for 5 so Edith thinks she will go home and we will take turns in staying .

We got the double windows on we still have a little wood on hand. I was not able to get any more cord wood as they don't want to bring it until sleighing. I heard that Henry Fleck of Melbourne Ridge had good wood. I telephoned him. Said it was 5 dollars a cord but that he could not bring it till sleighing so think we will manage as we have some large pieces left. So don't worry.

Henry saw us to the station and was going to take a team from ___and drive home and was going to take Flossie with him. So Malcolm said he would keep her for us.

Christina Peppler was keeping the cat and we left the key with Ethel Crombie and she was going to water the plants.

Edith will go out Wednesday night as that is the length her ticket lasts. I am glad the girls have the flat that each one pays an equal share. I did not know until I came in.

I was afraid it was Marion running it.

They are comfortable. Flora did not like Mrs. Ellis's.

I paid up a few bills, every thing except McRae's. Then I got a pair of boots for myself at McMorines. Did not pay for them as I wanted to keep some money for this trip and after paying our tickets I have 10 dollars left.

I was looking at my coats for the winter. Thought I would like one. I may wait til you come I want Flora and Marion to get one each as they will be warm and it takes half an hour on the car to reach their schools.

I hope you need the fur coat all right.

I have not heard from Herb since writing you last. I hope he will be able to deal with Dr. Moffatt's note.

I have not heard anything more about Sophia's marriage. I don't think she has written any one. She will some day. A R McRae is in the hospital I am going to see him this afternoon. Went in on Monday. That is Mary Anne McIver's husband.

I am sorry to tell you John Nicholson is sick at Lake Saranac. They think it is granite consumption. Then I met Nick Morrison who is in very poor health. Nice man, he came to Lingwick in hopes that the climate might help him.

With love your loving wife

Letter 128: Wonderful what money can do.

October 20th, 1912

Residency 22,

Dear Margaret,

I am writing you a short note today on my usual day to say I am well. That's about all the news I have as I answered yours of the tenth last Thursday after receiving yours.

I haven't heard from any of the girls since, nor from Herb. I think I told you in my last letter that I had another letter from Dr. Moffatt.

Well, we are still here working at the Round House, which was supposed to be done long ago and there is lots to do on it still.

And about going home. It's still in the dark to me as I haven't heard from any of them yet about letting me off. I am beginning to think they do not want me to go until its finished.

We have had a fine weather here for the last week which I enjoy after the snow and rain we had. I only hope it will continue for a month or say Xmas.

When you leave for Montreal let me know so I will write you there. Hope you are not having a hard a time with the storm windows and getting some wood.

Did Henry Watters come home for his holiday?. You spoke of it in your letter some time ago. I saw by one of the papers you sent me last that there was a cheap excursion from Sherbrooke to Boston and wondered if Uncle Alex did not avail himself of it as he likes to travel.

I supposed Mr. Crombie has fixed up everything about his place so nice that all the rest on the hill are now in the shade. I also see by my paper that they are going to give FN McCrae of Sherbrooke a banquet and that Sir Wilfrid is to be there. Wonderful what money will do. I wonder if William, his brother, will be there.

I am sending Mrs. Crombie my cheque for interest (on mortgage) and likely will mail receipt to my add Richmond. If so see that its put away in safe keeping.

And when you hear about Sophia Nicholson marriage give me the news. It's likely she has sent some one her epistle about it.

It's strange that Gilbert hasn't written to some of us about it.

Now as I cannot think of any more at the present I will have to close trusting you and Edith are well, with love to Edith, and much to your dear self

Your affectionate Husband
N. Nicholson

Letter 127: Water tax and telephone

Richmond Oct 10, 1912

Dear Norman,

Your letter of the 6th of Oct. received.

Thought I would write you at once as Marion has written that they are getting on so well and that we at least are not needed to come until Thanksgiving.

My idea was to go when we could close the house while it was warm weather and look things over, but they are getting on so well that we will just leave them for a while. They tell me that Mrs. McCoy thinks things are all right so we will content ourselves until then or until you come there we may arrange to go for the winter.

I asked Mrs. Ross to look at the barn. He did this morning , said he thought there was no immediate danger till next spring. Asked me if I was looking for you then. I said I am looking all the time. He just laughed. So don't worry and start coming only come when you can.

Very soon you will need your fur coat the weather is so cold. Although we have had a few fine days.

Uncle Alex came down today he brought me another bag of potatoes. They are fine, so dry. One day he was here staying for dinner said he would dig the potatoes for me. He said my potatoes were a complete failure and he has been bringing me some since that day. I was saying good thing I let him dig them.

Later Friday Night: I did not get this finished we had company. There was a Sunday School convention in town they asked us to take two delegates so we had to young ladies from Danville. One of them was at McDonald College with Flora so we felt as if we knew her. Then Nicholson from Sherbrooke was down so we invited him and our Minister Mr. McMillian for tea and we all went down to the Convention. It was in the Episcopal church.

I've had the announcement of Sophia Nicholson's marriage to David T. Bell of Edmonton. That is all we have about him but I will write her soon. I was wondering if she had sent you one.

Well, If I have to pay the water tax and telephone and you don't come soon I will need some more funds to pay the city as I am pay it out pretty fast and soon I will have to put the double windows on. Montgomery put his on today.

We are having an anniversary on the 28th Rev Dr. Fraser of Montreal College is to preach usual tea meeting in the day following.

You would see in the papers that missing yacht. Two of the young men were from Richmond, one a young English man that came out to learn farming at Cole's decided he did not like it and went into the bank, the other Tom Bonner's son. It is very sad indeed. They were both in Bank of Commerce.

I wrote Herb and told him of Dr Moffatt's writing you. I also said that I think you would write but now that he has mentioned trying to pay you can tell him that it will be a great weight off your mind that he might know and likely does how debt always worried you. As you thought it did most of people. Did Han write you? She said she intended to but she said it was all right. I will send you a letter or card in a few days.

Yours with much love
Margaret Nicholson

Letter 126: Goodbye

October 8 1912

To N Nicholson Esq
Dear Sir,

Yours just rec'd also one returned to me that I had written to Herb August 25th asking him to kindly return note signed by him self and you so as I could cash it in Richmond. I have written him again today and enclosed letter that was returned from Elbow Sask.

I addressed today's to Regina as you advised. Hope he will attend to it as Sam is going down to Centralia n a farm and I have to cash some agreements for him that he bought last fall in order that he may pay the cash demanded on this farm he is buying. I expect he will leave here in two weeks. I had him in the hospital here as he had a fistula in ass and wanted to have him fixed up before he went down to the farm. It has about all healed now. Centralia is a town of 8,000 about a night's ride from here 48 miles south of Tacoma.

Let me hear if you hear from herb and what he says. I will get the old note from Same before he goes down all well and we like it here very much. Goodbye.

From WA Moffatt
W.A Moffatt MDCM

739 24th Avenue, Oct 8, 1912

Dear Herb,

No reply on hand from you. The enclosed letter I wrote you August 24th. Just returned today. Also one from your father as I wrote to your mother and enclosed a letter to your father which she forwarded to you

He is, I see, still up West of Cochrane.

Sam is leaving Westminister and is going to Australia, Washington on a farm. He had bought some agreements last fall and have to cash them for him and must have the note money.

Thought the delay was in writing your father and getting a reply but he claims he has not heard from you in a couple of months.

Kindly get a new note and have it signed and return as want to cash it for same. Kindly do not delay but make it out at four months from date. Send it up to your father and get him to send it to me.

All are well here. Your father states that he is going home soon. Goodbye.

W.A. Moffatt

$250 " 6% January 1909. Cash $68 September 4. Due August 4, 1912, $233.86


Ironically, Norman Nicholson has helped collect overdue accounts for Dr. Moffatt, who is related to the Nicholsons through the Clevelands. It is clear from the account book Norman kept that many many of this doctors patients could not pay their bills. Some even paid with forged notes. In 1904, the account book reveals that some people were 8 years behind in their payments! Amounts owed ranged from $1.50 to $30.00 or a little over. Dr. Moffatt has written DEMAND 10%, 15% and even $25% after some amounts.

And then the Good Doctor loses almost all his savings in a stock market swindle in 1910. No wonder he is in such a bad bad mood that he signs off his letters with a terse, Goodbye. Very bad form.

Letter 125: Four Girls in the Scheme

Royal Arthur School
80 Canning Street

September 30, 1912

Dear Father,

I am writing this in school to tell at last taken that long talked of flat and while I think will tell you the address; it is 2401 Hutchison St. and is almost next door to the McCoys which makes it fine for us. We moved in on Sat last (Sept 28) and they have been in cooking and doing all sorts of things for us. Mr. McCoy gave us a basket of peaches to start on.

The flat is completely furnished and is lighted by electricity and we do all our cooking by gas. There are four girls in the scheme, Flora, May, Lena Bullock who is a school teacher and yours truly. We are planning to pay 20 dollars each per month and hope to be able to make ends meet but if we cannot then we will get another girl to come in with us.

The flat itself costs us $40.00 then we will have the rest for running expenses. When you come home take an Amherst car up Bleury and get off at St. Viateur. And we will let you see what sort of housekeepers we are.

Yesterday Chester Coy and Ross called on us for a while in the afternoon and also the McCoy's and Smiths and last but not least Mr Blair - or Romeo for short.

Now I must stop and get my lunch but will write later and if there are any details I have not mentioned I will in the next.

Letter 124: Pay my debts

Rumely Company

La Porte Ind

Regina Sask Sept 29 1912

Dear Father,

Your two letters received Thursday last. The first one having been all over the country and a last sent to General Delivery. I also received three from Mother and one from Edith and Marion.

It was over a month since I have heard from any person from home and you can understand that I was at a loss to know what was the reason.
You will see by the paper I am using who I am working for and the line of business. I am on the collection end and think I have a fairly good position at last and expect that I will be able to pay my debts after a while.

Things here are looking very good. The crop was good all around and was mostly all cut before the frost came. The weather has been very wet since cutting until a few days ago but it looks rather settled now and if it does keep dry for about a month things with form. The next trouble will be the car shortage. The railways are trying to make people believe that this is not going to happen this year but you will see a worse tie up than last year by long odds.

I see by the papers that Sir Wilfrid was at Cochran but suppose you would all be frightened to recognise him or join in any demonstration. See that he spoke in the round house. I suppose this is the one you are building. Sorry you can not get home more often. Edith being home will make it much nicer for Mother. Now I will not write any more for this time.

Hope you are keeping well.

Your son,

Letter 123: A Few Lines...

WA Moffatt
739 24th avenue
Vancouver BC

September 17, 1912

Dear Mr. Nicholson,

Am enclosing this in a few lines. I wrote to Mrs. Nicholson so as she could forward it to you. As I was afraid you might have changed your address as I think you told me it was Cochrane Ont.

Well, How is everything with you? I wrote Herb a couple months ago and enclosed a note as I asked him if I would make it up to date if he could sign and send it on to you so as I could get it cashed in Richmond Bank. And he said that would be all right. I have never heard anything more from him altho I forwarded it to him a couple of months ago. Have you heard from him and what does he say. As I told you this was my brother's money and he is about to buy a farm I told him I would have it for him., At Present he is down in Washington looking at a place and he asked me if I had ever got it and of course I told him I had not but that I would see to it at once.

We are all well, With love from all

I am W A Moffatt.

Letter 122: Not much money in it!

Sept 16 1912

Dear Norman,

Your letter of the 8th received. You will see by the heading that we are still in Rd. Flora wrote last week that they were about discouraged looking for a flat to suit them. Marion will not take one unless she gets one to suit her, so they are both at Mrs. Ellis's now - also May Watters. I am not sure whether they have given up the idea or not but think they have for the present. Mrs.and Mr. McCoy left Saturday the 7th. They did enjoy their stay here.

Edith felt disappointed as she thought she could look for something to do and would have somewhere to stay (if Marion got an apartment).

It will be too bad if both E and I have nothing to do to earn our living this winter. I am always busy but not much money in it.

I told you in my last letter that I paid Han and she said it was all right; seemed pleased. I met her at McRaes's store yesterday; she was down with her brother. We both went in and got weighed. She weighed 141 and me 158. Just fancy, I am not failing ; don't think I need a tonic.

Flora had a cold when she left but she writes that it had disappeared and that she is feeling well. Says she has 50 kids. Her school is down near the hay market - not a nice part of the city, she says. The principal is nice; always something to be thankful for.

I see Mr. Crombie has taken out the post and rolled up the wire. They will soon have the new one up . Don't think the post for the new one has come yet.

I spoke to Earl Hall about wood; he said he did not have any good wood; there was soft mixed in it; however I may get a load to last till you come.

We had one good day for the fair. It was very good indeed - quite a number asking for you. I always tell them you are coming in the fall to get things fixed for the winter. I was speaking to Mrs. Rothney; she is going to Winnipeg for two months while Mr. B will be inspecting schools.

We are having wet weather. Farmers are discouraged that they cannot get their grain in. We never seem to have more than two days without rain.

I just got a notice today that the grand officer is coming on the 18th Wednesday to initiate the members of the Eastern Star. We are all to dress in white so I will be busy for the three days . Will tell you about it in next letter, are we supposed to tell.. Then after that if we don't hear any more of the flat, E and I are going out to Kingsbury and to Jannett's on the ridge for a week as there is nothing to keep us here.

Our corn is ripe, potatoes are not very good. Uncle Alex brought us some fine ones; no ripe tomatoes yet. Cabbage and onions are fine.

Andrew McKenzie was asking if you were going to be there this winter. Most of them think you are pretty fortunate to be kept on so long. If they would connect the road east it would be easier to get home. However, as long as we are all well don't worry, the time will pass quickly. I know not having any of your own makes it more lonely for you.
with much love
Your loving wife

Letter 121: They Make me Sick!

3 Tower Ave
Sept 9 1912

Dear Father,

It is high time you heard from me isn't it, but here it is at last.

You will see by the heading where we are. May, Flora and I have two rooms between us. I hunted for a flat until I was nearly sick and so came to Mrs. Ellis's again. Perhaps later it will be easy to get a flat. But at present it is next to impossible.

I suppose mother told you of the nice time we had with the McCoys. They certainly have been very good to us. Isabel and Mrs. McCoy brought me a dandy blouse from Paris, no less, fancy me with anything Parisienne.

Flora and I were up there last night for tea and until today I have been with the Clevelands. They were nice enough but a little of them goes a long way. Ross has not returned from the other side yet, but is expected this week.

I think Flora is right in harness now and has a nice class. I think, and better still, her Principal is not a blooming Englishman.

There her hours are very short so she will get into the hard work gradually.

Edith and I had a fine time in Boston, everyone was so very kind to us and entertained us royally.

Chester Coy is coming up to Montreal in about a week for part of his holidays so we will have to show him Montreal to advantage if possible--for he is a great Yankee.

My work at school is just the same as last year. I was half promised a promotion to Seventh Year which is next to the Principal but in the end the Board gave it to an inexperienced boy just out of MacDonald and are giving him $800 when the rest of his class get only $500. They make me sick. When they first spoke of the Seventh Year for me they said I could have it if they were not able to find a man for it. However, the men were forthcoming so I am still in the Fifth Year.

I can't think of any more news just now so will stop but will try and write oftener than I did this summer. Flora says to tell you that she will write soon.

Letter 120: A thankless job

Sunday Morning
11 am Sept 9, 1912

Dear Mother,

I suppose you will be thinking it is about time you were hearing from me.

Well, we arrived here safe and sound and have been hunting for a place to lay our heads, so far we have not been successful, it certainly is a thankless job.

Marion W and I are out at Mrs. Ellis just now and Marion is up at Lorne Ave. I think she can keep us if we did want to stay, but perhaps we will not want too.

Are Mr. And Mrs McCoy still with you? Did they go to Quebec?

Is Mr McCoy still telling jokes?

Now don't worry about my cold as it has disappeared altogether. I haven't coughed since Mrs. McCoy's medicine was pretty good.

My school is not too bad when you get there but it is in a pretty poor part of the city, a way down by Haymarket Square. I have an afternoon class so I don't have to go until 10.30 am but have to stay until 4.20 PM. Of course, I would rather go in the morning and get out early but it can't be helped. Our principal seems to be very nice.

Friday night Hugh came over and he and Marion went to the theatre. He was all spif and span and looked fine.

Mrs. Cleveland told me to tell Edith she had better come into town for the last two week in Sept as Chester is coming up there.

Marion just telephoned and said Isabel wants us both to go up there this afternoon. We are going to start right after lunch.

Thursday I was out at Grace Whitings for the evening. It seemed good to see and Old Mac Girl. Now good bye dear mother with love for Edith and yourself.


I hope you will be able to read this but it certainly is a rotten pen. Address my letters to 3 Tower Avenue for a while anyway. How is Father and Herb I suppose you have heard from them.

Letter 119: The Spirit of Travelling

Richmond Sept 2, 1912

Dear Norman

Your letter of the 26th received. I think I have met one of the men in the snapshot. Looks very well.

I have just got Flora and Marion started this morning. They were going to look at some flats this week and see what they can do. Also May Watters went with them; they have talked all summer of flats and keeping house so if they get anything suitable I will go in.

Mr. and Mrs McCoy came last Tuesday. They are here and intending to go to Quebec very soon and go up by boat to Montreal. I am afraid they will find it quiet without Marion.

Mr. Crombie was speaking about putting in a new fence between us. Said the wire was all broken and that he thought it needed new cedar posts. Said that he had the men working. Wanted to fix it all up. I said you would be home before long; he said it needed to be done and did not think you would object to it. I suppose you will have to pay half.

So when you come you can be ready for him; he said he did not think it would be much.

Last Thursday Mr and Mrs. McCoy wanted to see Sherbrooke so they took us all up for the day; left home by 10:40 train; had dinner at the Sherbrooke House then went out sightseeing; came home on the 4 pm train; had a fine day; he paid all bills and fare.

We all thought it was too much but he would not leave anyone at home.

Edith came Wednesday afternoon. He would have gone the day before but he wanted her in the party.

He was only home ten days from his trip across the Ocean when he came out here. He got the spirit of traveling.

Well, I hope will see their way clear and let you come home soon, for there are things to see to for the winter.

They have no wood for sale at the Last Factory but I'm not out just yet.

Aunt Han came down but I was out and she could not wait. Edith said it was after banking hours anyway; she is coming tomorrow. So she said I would be all right. Then I am anxious to get it off my hands.

I think I told you I had a letter from Herb. He seems to think this job is all right.

Well, we will be delighted to see you when you ever can come. So many people ask "Are you going to Montreal?" a case of people wanting to know your business before you know it yourself. So if you were here we could decide.

Now I am busy or this letter is not a long I would like it. Mr and Mrs. McC are wishing you were here. Mr. Montgomery met them with the auto at the station.

Yours with much love
Margaret Nicholson

Letter 118: Same Old Herb


August 26, 1912

Dear Norman,

Your letter of the 18th received on Thursday and one with cheque and note recd Monday. I will attend to them. I’m writing Han to come down.

Marion arrived home Saturday the 24th in the morning. She intended going to Montreal today (Tuesday) to look for a flat or some place where she, Flora and May Watters would be together. But Mrs. McCoy telephoned us that she and Mr. McCoy were going to Quebec and would stay over to make us a visit so Marion will not go until they leave.

Edith stayed in Laconia with Lena for a few days.

Marion looks fine and healthy to start to work. She says when she gets settled she will write and give you an account of their trip.

Flora is getting ready to start. She has a cold but we are trying to doctor her up and think she will be all right.

We have had such damp wet weather here.

I had a letter from Herb. He has changed his work, at least the company, only doing same with collecting. Did I tell you he had been up to see the Skinners? Mrs. Skinner wrote me that he was looking so well. Said it was the same old Herb. And looked more like his mother than ever.
The Crombies are making great changes, putting in granite walks all around the front to the kitchen door. The barn is as large as any farm would build. Mr. Montgomery is going down in the auto to meet the McCoys with Marion so I am pretty busy. After they go I will write you a letter.

My cheque came in good time for I was just out. Thanks for the same. I have had new potatoes out of my garden, not too bad yesterday. Uncle Alex brought me some fine ones so I have not had to buy anythe whole year.

With much love, from your Loving Wife,

Letter 117: My brother's money

WA Moffatt
739 24th avenue
Vancouver BC

August 25, 1912

Dear Herb,
Dropped you a letter with note enclosed to cover old note balance which money was my brother's. He is asking me for it and would be pleased if you would forward this new note duly signed so I can fix it up for him.

Kindly do not delay and oblige,

Yours WA Moffatt.

Letter 116: Ball Game This Afternoon

661 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton Center
August 14, 1912

Dear Mother,

Your letter received yesterday. I don't understand why you have not heard from us. Because I wrote a day after coming to Mrs. Coy's. But perhaps you have them now.

We are having a lovely time. Came down to Henry's yesterday morning by trolley ; got along all right. Christine and Henry were in town when we arrived but they soon came. In the afternoon Henry took Marion and I over to the Hospital to play tennis. My with all the Dr's and Flora's nurse friends. Mrs. Slarkey. Miss Harvey and Miss Allen. They wanted to be remembered to her and said they did wish she would come down again. I liked Mrs. Slarky and Miss Harvey better than Miss Allen. Then in the evening Henry took us by auto to Norumbega Park to the theatre. Shirley May is at home. She is 14 and quite small for her age but a very nice girl. She came with us. We got home a little after tea.

We have breakfast here at 7 30 am. So we are getting up good and early.We are going into Boston this morning to meet Annie.

Alex answered my letter, said any time we could come would be convenient for him.

Christine is going home Friday night. So you can see her and if I have forgotten any news She can fill me. Henry is planning to take us around. It is grand going by car on these beautiful roads.

This is our place for today: Boston this morning; ball game this afternoon; and for the evening to the Brig Lains? Quite a busy day, will write again tomorrow. Or not.

Try and keep you posted a little better than we have been We have written a good many postals to our many friends.

Your own loving

Letter 115: With a bunch of flowers

Richmond Quebec August 13th,1912

Dear Edith.

Received your letter this morning so here I am sitting behind the vines replying to the same. It is really terrible the way you girls write so many letters; take my advice and don't write so many especially to the two lone individuals you left behind in the old homestead.

Aunt Han is leaving this afternoon for Corris P Q via GTR. Do you know that place? If you have not you have missed one of the greatest pleasures of your life. The scenery is superb, they have everything from a duck pond to jersey cows grazing on the beautiful green grass. No doubt the Honeywell Gardens you were speaking of in your letter were very much the same as those at Corris.

So you have taken a fancy to the Hut? It is really very nice but it is not the only place on the face of the earth. As they would like you to believe. You seem to be having a fine time. Aren't the buildings at Wellesly fine something like Macdonald, don't you think?

I am glad to hear Mrs. Boose and Norman are well. How is Bill?

Evelyn must be quite a nice ; what does she look like, anything like her cousin Flo, if so she must be quite a stunner. Of course that sounds rather boastful but I am only tell you what others' say. Last night we invited Mrs. Cross Mrs. Skinner and May over for tea and I am very glad to say that no one asked for any menu.

Dr. C called us up from Lorne last night. So we are expecting them on any train now. I hope they won't stay very long as you know what kind of a 'feller' he is.

Here comes the lad with a bunch of flowers. I wonder what's wanted now. I expect the flowers are some kind of a peace offering. I am right about the flowers; he wants his tea right off so he can keep one of those famous engagements of his. I was speaking to Dr. C over the phone. He wants Thorburne to go out on the eight o'clock train to Lorne as his Grandmother wants to see him. Herb Boutelle is to take him as far as Danville and he will meet him there and take him in. They are coming out here at four tomorrow will stay all night going on to Sherbrooke the next morning.

I have been sending all our mail lately to Henry's, but seeing you are still in the same place I will address this to Hollis St.

Now I must stop as I simply must write another letter before mail time (to my lover but don't tell anyone)write soon dear old Edith.

Florrie Anderseed

Mother will write you in a few days. Have you seen Annie Yet? Have you been in any of the stores in Boston and had a ride on the moving stairs? Remember me to Mrs. Royston and Ms. Coy.

Letter115: Mistakes Young Men Make

Montreal, Quebec
August 11, 1912
My Dear Marion,

Your very kind letter of the 6th came duly to hand a few days ago and intended to answer it at once but have not been able. Bill went away to see about a cut of lumber which was offered our firm and I had to see to the business here. I phoned home on Friday evening telling them that I thought that I would go down for over Sunday by the 1.30 train, but when the hour came around for me to go I was closing a purchase which I made so therefore I could not leave. Then I decided to go down at 5 o'clock, but at 2.50 I was called up by one of my customers at Mile End and had to go out and fix him up, by the time I was through with him, I had the pleasure of seeing the 5 o'clock train going by at the crossing at Park Avenue. So instead of writing you from home in Three Rivers, I am as you will no doubt notice, writing you from Montreal.

I am pleased to learn through your letter that you are having a nice time and sincerely trust that it will continue so right through. I do not doubt your word in the least Re: Edith being a good guide. Leave it to her, as the saying goes.We have had very disagreeable weather since Wednesday. It has rained every day. This morning it seemed to be nice and clear but it started to cloud up and about one o'clock and at present looks as if we were going to have a thunder storm. I hope you are not getting this kind of weather your way or it will certainly spoil your trip.

I do not think that there is very much danger of having the White of my eye frozen right now, but I had an awful time with it from the blow I got a few weeks ago.

Some way or other a piece of paper got into it at the time I was struck and turned out to be very painful as it caused the eye to swell up again, a couple of days after I had written you, I went to the Doctor about it and he took a little piece of green paper out from under the lid. He said that it was the poison from the dye that was causing all he pain, so just gave me a solution to wash it with and it is again better and hope that I shall not get anymore green or white paper in it as it is not at all pleasant to my personal feelings, I would much rather someone else try it for a change as the sample I got was quite sufficient for my liking. The worst of it was that I was not at all satisfied with what he did take out, as I imagined that he would take out something about the size of (he draws a huge blob here) it felt all of that size) but to my great disappointment he only took out a piece about this size (he draws a dot).

That's what really made me so made after was to think that such a mite should make me suffer so much. The doctor laughed when I first went in to see him at the question or rather the answer I gave him when he asked me what brought me there. I said that I had come to see him about my eye as I thought that I must have something in it. He said, what do you think it is? I said, I don't think anything, all I can say that it feels very sore and about the size of an elephant. Well, he said if it is an elephant that you have in your eye, I won't have much trouble in seeing it. I said, you shouldn't. After examining the eye he took this speck out and said (showing the spec) there is your elephant.

You should be here tonight to hear the Mr. Gordon give a sermon to the young men. The subject tonight will be "Mistakes Young Men Make" so being so young I intend to take it in.

I notice by the advertisements that there will be quite a few nice plays out this fall in Montreal. So if I am here - and of course you also - and care to them in, I will enjoy taking you along. Of course, I would not like to neglect our Old Standby at the Orpheum. But I suppose there is no use planning too far ahead as many changes can take place between now and then.

I saw Purves last Monday and he was telling me that Mr. And Mrs. MacLeod were down at the seashore. He told me where , but I forget. And that Mrs. MacLeod was partially paralyzed since she has had fever. I am very sorry for her and the family as it will go hard with them.

I notice how very neatly you throw sarcasm at me in your letter. Re: You find that you have to send something in the shape of a letter in order to get one yourself. Very good for you, old gal, as I never thought it was in you. But of course 'Smartness" here will have to comment by saying rather hard to write to Marion Nicholson Boston Mass. When and where do you think that the letter would find you. Then to find out that you are at 148 Hollis St, Framingham Mass. Is another proposition. So go easy. I suppose you have full intentions of trying your hand at the smuggling game upon your return home into Canada. Be careful as you might have to send for help to bail you out. I can see where you would not have anymore rest from the "Kiddy" if you do get caught.

As I have not anything very startling to tell you I will bring this chapter to an end by wishing you all kind of good wishes for a very pleasant and good trip.

Yours sincerely

Letter 114: Heathens

Sunday eve August 11

Dear Marion,

I thought I must write a little -not in Mother's letter- so here goes. First of all please don't write so many letters, we really haven't time to read them and of course it must take so much of your time.

There really isn't any news to tell you except that we arrived home safely a la gypsy style with parcels, bundles, umbrellas - and a dog following behind but mighty glad to get here.

Aunt Han came down from Windsor Saturday and is staying over a few days with us so we have had to hop around a little. We did not go to church to day (heathens) as I have another nice cold and Mother and Aunt Han felt tired. This afternoon I sat out on the verandah and gazed over across the road to the little lawyer in the squeaky swing of course made a pretense at reading but as Mrs. Wallace says I did "process' very well with it.

About six this evening it began to thunder and lightning and we had a very bad storm. Their were a couple of terrible cracks in fact it is still grumbling and groaning but I hope it is over for the night or there will be no beauty sleep for me and that would be a calamity indeed. Of course, for you or dear old Edie, it is not of so much account.

We got card from Mrs. Cleveland saying that they expect to arrive in Quebec on Monday so that means some work for us. I would just as soon have the King come as Dr. C of course "he ain't a going to be any trouble" but from now on you can think of us scraping out all the corners, carrying newspapers to the attic, making lemon pies, etc besides "a talking to him in between times." Mrs. Cross from Mt and Mrs. Skinner are coming over for tea tomorrow night. Be sure and send Mrs. Dr. Skinner a card. Mrs. Cross as saying today she has been very sick in fact, they all have now I must gang awa is ma wee hed so good night.

Your Pard,
Florrie Anderseend

Tell Edith, is she a good girl and I will write to her anon. Have you been out to Henry's yet? Where are you going to Alex's. Had a letter from father he is well says he hopes you will have a nice visit in Beantown. Now be good girls and be as nice as you possibly know how is the advice of your young sister

Letter114: Lost your Address

Richmond Quebec
August 3, 1912

Mr. Nicholson
Dear Sir,

I want to write you long ago to say that Mrs. Nicholson settled for Herb's note. Now if it would be more convenient for you to let yours run the full time it will make no difference to me. I must to write you over a month ago but lost your address. Please excuse my writing as I forgot my glasses and I can barely see the lines hope you are keeping well. I remain as ever
Yours truly,

Letter 113: The West is going to have a say

Elbow Sask. July 22, 1912

Dear Father,

Received your letter of the June 30th only a few days ago. You can write George Alexander that I will be glad to sign off and get rid of this thing. I have been pretty busy lately doing company work and attending political meetings and arguing the balance of the time.

The Liberals won the greatest election that was ever fought in Canada and against the biggest odds and not only did they win but made almost a clean sweep. Now I believe the same thing will happen in Alberta this fall on whenever the election comes. The west has made up its mind that they are going to have a say in what is going on.

You will see by the papers of course the way things are and there is not any use in trying to tell you anything.

I suppose you have to keep pretty quiet where you are. Glad to hear that Flora got through all right and that she and the rest of the girls will be at home with mother. It will be much nicer for them to have some one living in Skinnner's house also. I wrote a letter to Dr. Skinner on May 12th and also I had forgot the address of McDonalds and Newells. I sent it to General Delivery and where I got here last night I find it has been returned not called for.


Letter112: Good Men are Scarce

July 8th 1912

Dear Norman,

Your letter of the 30th was received a few days since I delayed writing as I was waiting to hear from Herb after the terrible cyclone in Regina. I thought had he been there that he would have written.

My last letter was in Montreal so I trust he is well. I also thought your coat would be here, but not yet, I hope you do not need it this weather it has been very hot for a week. Still the nights have not been too bad at least we manage to sleep. I got up at 4 30 this morning to get a little cool breeze. It was nice but we are going to have another hot day.

Marion I told you arrived with Thorburn (Cleveland.Both the Thorborns and the Clevelands are old Richmond families) and we are all well just trying to keep cool and cook enough to keep us going I got a bag of flour from McKee last week to make the bread and it is very good., They all enjoying it. Thorburn picked enough berries for our tea twice.

I had a letter from Cousin Norman he said he thought I needed two husbands one to stay at home! I also had one from Mr. McKay yesterday wrote after hearing of mother's dath he thought a great deal of her. She was the last of the generation.

Mr. JR McLeod referred to that spoke very nicely of the new life instead of the death. I heard our new minister yesterday he is very nice and he would call this week. The Presbyterians workers are cleaning the manse and doing some papering before he brings his bride the 1 st of September. We are having services with the congregationals for the two months. Mr. Craik gives this week.

Mr. Pope bought the Rowatt house just the house, but I did not hear the price. Mrs. Ginn is having her sale on the 18th. Mr. Stillen has sold his farm for ten thousand, he's looking at the Ginn house with a view to buy.If she does not sell she is going to rent to Bob Hall so that leaves Rothney to us if you thought of making a change. You would need to come home.

I will tell Mr. Duboyce that our house is for sale.

Mr. Montgomery has had a letter from Dr. Moffatt said he liked the change said he had one patient. Quite a change for him.

I have not much faith in the Drs here. I only hope we won't need to call them.

Sorry you have to work so hard this hot weather. It must be rather tiresome standing so long. 9:30: pretty long day.

McMorine's pipes have stopped running and he has just been up at the fence have found a leak, glad it was there. The man that has cut the lawn his name is Blanchet. French. He does all right but a week ago he and a party went to W Brompton Lake so for then days it not been cut and said he would be back in time to cut it. It has been so dry that is all right.

Mr. Crombie is expected home any day his brother George is here now on a visit. I will mail your papers this week.

I called Bella up one day to see if she had been out to Flodden to see the grave. Shee said no but did not ask me to come up or say anything about the will and I have not heard a word yet. I guess they intend to keep everything.

I will write as soon as I hear from Herb.

I will enclose statement I got last week from the bank with much love and take care of yourself.

You know good men are scarce.

We are all very well. Just trying to keep cool and sewing when it is not too hot.

Your loving wife

Letter111: Near the Grand Trunk Railway

Richmond Quebec
June 23rd, 1912
Dear Father,

I received your letter last night and am trying to be good and answer it right off. Thanks ever so much for the money; you will be spoiling me if not already with money.

I am quite wealthy, you see I got back my caution money deposit. It does seem rather queer to think that I am through school. I managed to scrape through this time and get my diploma. I didn't do brilliantly by any means but I wasn't among the last ones which consoles me.

I have been accepted in the city and I got my engagement, that I had to sign yesterday. I am to have a first year class in the William Lunn school at regular salary $500. Per year. I don't know just exactly where it is but I have an idea that it is down somewhere near the GTR station. So if that is really where it is will be quite central.

All the city schools open on Tuesday the third of September, Aunt Hann came down yesterday and is staying with us. Mrs. Ginn took mother and her up to the cemetery this afternoon. It will be a nice drive as it is a beautiful day and not raining for a wonder.

You are not safe to go very far these days without your umbrella. Are you having rainy weather where you are? Now I must stop as perhaps mother would like to put a note in this.

Lovingly, Flora,

Letter 110: Only weighed 194

June 1912

Residency 22, 1912

Dear Margaret

I received your letter written from McDonald and was pleased to hear that Flora had passed.

I had letters from Marion and Edith telling me of Flora's success so it seems we are all pleased that she got through. I hope you had a good visit in Montreal. I think the change will do you good. I wish I could have been with you.

Marion said in her letter that you and she were going to keep house for Mrs. Cleveland over Sunday as they were going away.

We have it pretty warm here for a few days lately; it feels as if summer had come at last; there has been a lot of cold weather here since the snow went away but not the wet weather you speak of at home.

Edith said in her letter that the Crombies were moving in the day she wrote. Said in her letter that you had a big frost but everything was looking fine.

When you write, let me know how you got on with Hann's note, and what you did with my cheque as I keep a record of my cheques issued.

By the time you get this possibly Marion will be at home to keep you lively. Now, when the girls are there take a trip to Aunt Watters' and if I were you I would go out to the country at Flodden; take the train.

Think you would like it and come back when you are ready Take Mrs. Neilson with you if you can I think it would be nice for you.

We are pretty busy at present so if you do not get as many letters do not worry. I weighed myself the other day and I only weighed 194 lbs so you can see how much I have failed. This weight is with my summer clothes.

When you write let me know how you like the new minister . Tell Edith I will write her later. Now my dear, as I have no news to write you from here I will close with love to the girls and much for your dear self.

Your Affectionate husband
N Nicholson

Letter 109: Full-fledged School Marm

2393 Hutchison
June 13, 1912
Dear Father,

Rec'd yours the other day and am sending you this to tell you that Flora is now a full fledged school marm. They are having their graduation exercises today and she will be going home Friday or Saturday.

Mother came into town on Monday and is staying with Mrs. Cleveland. Both Mrs. C and mother went to St Anne's today for the shine so as they are not back. I have not heard the full particulars.

Flora has not yet been accepted on the City School Board but we are hoping that she will be soon.

I have not seen so very much of Mother as I have been so very busy with exams but she and I are going to keep house at Cleveland's over Sunday while the Dr. and Mrs. go to Sherbrooke so will have a nice visit then.
I am still with Mrs. McCoy. I did not have any row with Mrs. Ellis but the McCoys so kindly invited me up here and as mother says they are foolish enough to like to have me and you may be sure I was very glad indeed to come.

Isabel and MR. McCoy sail Sunday morning. I am thinking of taking a French course at Macdonald College this summer but have not yet decided and I have only two days more to make up my mind. Last night I went to the theatre with Mr. Blair. I think perhaps you have heard of him before. The play was fine. Now I don't think there is any more news so I will close for this time.
Lovingly Marion

PS Mother has just returned from Macdonald and says that Flora has been accepted on the School Board of Montreal.

Letter 108: Don't Let them take you to Dominion Park


June 13, 1912

Dear Mother,

I was delighted to near that Flora had passed. It was such a relief. And so good to hear her voice. You are always so thoughtful a leave behind. I am getting along splendidly.

Find plenty of time to commune with myself. Your letter came just after the message. Glad you are to stay in. Now don't you worry about things, take a good rest for it is a long time since you have had one. I will meet the train Sat Morning and Sunday also. I am sure you and Marion will have a fine time together . Have you been to the circus yet? You know you are from the country and that will liven you up a bit to see the wild animals.

Well Jimmy T came on Monday afternoon and of course I was anything but ready to receive him. Tan stockings, (not white piquet) and black shoes and my hair every way. I told him I was busy house cleaning. He said no apology was necessary. Evidently I must have looked very beautiful to him. But I felt mighty uncomfortable. He has been off for a month. Has not been very well. Just the same usual easy way you would have thought he had been in yesterday. Bert was down May and Mrs. Skinner were over. I met Aunt Bella today on the street she evidently knew you were away and she asked if you were back. They were in Sherbrooke on Sunday. Came back Monday morning so Florence said. The Crombies are moving in today. Ethel has been .. page missing….garden I planted you seeds in Tuesday. Send my child home so I can see her and have my talk all over after you come.

Did she look nice in her fine dress? Just think A model school marm. Now be careful about the street cars. Don't let M and Romeo take you to Dominion Park. I know them, the villains. Have you see his Lordship the Blair. Write soon and give me a glimpse of city life as seen by a country person.

Your Loving Edit