Letter No. 2, Yale, July 5, 1869

My darling husband

I could not help being a little disappointed when I found you had not come on Sunday morning tho I had told myself before that I did not expect you and now I am troubled for I hear that the “Lillooet” will not come up again until next Sunday & that will be very trying I saw Capt. Flemming to-day he told me that the machinery required repair & so I shall be anxious either way. If I would have telegraphed, I think I would but the line is down & so perhaps you will have

to stay at Westminster. It is very trying for me. The McKays have a Chinaman but are kept very busy & can’t come over much, I don’t like to trouble them, so this is the fourth evening I have spent alone. I don’t mind it so much till after the children are gone to bed. I have not felt well since I returned having been troubled with my Head so I am going to dose myself to-night which I dare say it will do me good. The wee ones are well dear things and are anxiously

looking for your return. I have had one encounter with Frank and he has been a good boy since. On Sunday & I sent Ellen to Church & in the evening I made Mrs. Porter’s little children go for a long walk. We went nearly to Gordons. Mrs. McKay had been very unwell I think it is the cooking & making jam. I have had a turn at it. Mr. Bushby sent up a quantity of currants & I boiled a few lbs and gave the remainder to Mrs. M who wanted them for jelly. I was sorry that Clarkson

did not send the raspberries as I could have done them well to-day. It has been quite cool. The guns have been firing since dawn & this afternoon we went to the back street & found the McK’s at Mrs. Evans house. He asked me in so I went in & partook of some raspberry vinegar Mr. Blouse & the bride, Mrs. Micking were there. I was introduced. We stayed about an hour but it was very stupid worse then 24th, it seems there was some difficulty between the A’s & C’s (*3) & Mr. Evans did not go out all day, but a last he  invited Capt. Flemming

in to take a drink & then I asked him if it was true that they were not coming till Sunday he said he did not know. Tuesday morning it was too late to finish last night dearie & I knew the boat would not leave till 12 o’clock today. I wasted my time looking at the fireworks they were very good I longed so for you to have been there. Mr. M called out & wanted me to join their party, but, I was out of spirits & I wanted to write. I had a letter from Mrs. Seymour enclosing the photos & thanking me for the book which I sent her & she sent up a small box of jams & the lemon thyme but no flowers. I will send you her letter & you will see what she says. I have written to her telling her that I don’t believe in what old London says about them & that I should like to have a few to take cuttings from. I have also told her that if you are detained in Westminster you will sure call

to see her again. & if so & she says anything you might see after them. I suppose old London wants to sell them. Be sure you have a Heliotrope & some stocks. I have had the misfortune to break the Kitchen lamp will you get one at Cunninghams it will be a small one for $1 or $1.50 the smallest size of lantern wick also a Chimney for it. And how dear soul the whistle is gone and I must finish & send this as I have no one to depend upon now. With many loves & kisses from the chicks & many prayers that you may return to us in safety on Thursday. I am your ever loving devoted wife.

Carry O’Reilly

I shall be disappointed if Tommy had not made you have your likeness taken in the gray suit.

*3 Americans and Canadians

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