Letter No. 3, Yale, September 27, 1869

My own beloved

I hope and believe that you have had fine weather we have had no heavy rain since you left & the last few days have been very fine. & tho the sky now again is becoming overcast and the glass falling. We are all very well. I felt very unwell, yet I am better this morning, & find that having both the little ones at night disturbs me very much. & I do miss you I assure you more than I can tell not only at night, but every hour of the day. Whenever I look at the office, I feel so lonely. I hope you will be able to get back home

Sunday. If you do not I shall be in a state of mind for you will see from Joe’s letter that he says that will be back next week on the 9th they go to Kamloops & before I suppose if they do not & I know how it will trouble you if you are not here when they come back. I heard from Coffee that always had come & had met you more than 20 miles from Hope in company with Landought & Alison. I hope you are having a little amusement in the way of shootings & that the dog has behaved well. Hector is all right he has behaved very well & made no attempt to run away I like to have him about

he is lying quite near me now. Both the children were very unwell after you left & I had to dose them but “Ala”(*4)  is quite himself again tho Pussie (*5) is still pale. She is always asking for you & when you are coming back to take her a ride on piggy back. “Ala” has been a good boy generally & particularly at night. He is longing for you to come back. Mr. & Mrs. McKay & Agnes go down to morrow. Mrs. Porter & Miss Noyle walked with us & came back to tea. I called on Mrs. Barlow on Friday & stayed some time. I have to tell you that two of the young chicks disappeared two evenings after you left, because

I did not see them put in us myself since that I have done it myself. Clark has done the field. I gave the boy Charles $1/2 which was all he asked for. The steamer arrives yesterday at 10, no letters from you. I believe Mama had one from young Mrs. Trutch, she has been in bed with a cold No news of John. No letter from Mrs. Alston. Give Mama’s & my love to Tommy. I hope you found him better & that you will be successful in your business. I have tried to attend to all your instructions & made the boy clear out the fowl house. We have had but 2 eggs since you left. I don’t understand

it & I am afraid he takes them. And as to the apples on the tree where you showed me so many we could only see three yesterday & one pear. I am uncertain as to sending you Joe’s letter fearing it may be back on the road and miss you but perhaps I better. It appear that H.E. does no intend to stay for the races at Ashcroft. I was thinking of writing to Mrs. McCrea to send for a small ham by next boat in case we have to entertain H.E. (*6) again in fact, I have determined to do so I have suffered much since you left with sickness & in fact now I can hardly write. I did not go to Church yesterday. I do long to see you again dear love. I am always thinking. Thinking of what is to come

With much dear love

Believe me as ever devoted loving wife Carry.

*4 A pet name for Frank.
*5 Pet name for daughter Charlotte Kathleen, also called Puss-pie.
*6 H. E. referred to His Excellency, the Governor, at this date, it would be Musgrave.

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