My own beloved husband.
Yesterday I had the happiness of receiving your dear letter No. 4 It was all too short, yet it was precious to me! I have had an anxious time of it what one thing or another since I was laid up, but thank God though I am out of bed. I got up about
and was doing well as soon as I have finished this. You can think how I missed you in making my first attempt to walk across the room to the Sofa with only the nurse to help me but God is my help & comfort. He is very good to us. Dr. Helmcken has been here every day till yesterday, He called to-day just after I was
up & around. He came to find me well. He said I may make a move into the sitting room as long as I felt inclined but I have no heart and declined to do so since you are not here. The weather has been very bad for somedays now. The children have not been able to
go out. Frank has been very troubled over to me and I have obliged to threaten him with the whip. When it is fine & they go out they are not so bad. Ellen has been ill & out of temper, which has not tended to make matters better. However, one has to endure I suppose. By the time you receive
this these worries will be in the past & shall be angry with myself for having troubled you with them, when you are so far away and it is not possible for you to help me. Mrs. Jackson came this afternoon & stayed while Mr. Walker drove on
with her Mother to Esquimalt to call on Mrs. Mists. Nelly was looking blooming & in great spirits going to the ball to night. She said her husband was delighted with his visit that had made him so comfortable that he was quite _____ etc., etc.
& also that he had made a good deal of money & he really thought one of the girls ought to make a visit every year There is no further news of the poor gentleman laying in his bed Mr. Mustgrave. I asked the
doctor to-day I am afraid he does not think very well of the case, poor man going on now five weeks. I think how wicked I repine at my small trials where I have had such a great Mercy & health to us. Not that I can think of your absences from me at this time as a small trial. No one knows how I have desired, to see you indeed I dare not dwell on it, for I can do nothing but fret this evening & if I do perhaps
I shall not be able to get up to-morrow & I don’t know how I can stay again in bed I hope they will let you come down if only for a week or two when you return from Kamloops you will ask at any rate won’t you, my own beloved. Dr. H. Saya the C (*13) will not meet again till Feb. You
will ask won’t you & for I don’t know how I am to get our that dreary time without seeing you. The dear children are well Puss was ailing for a day or two & had to be dose her teeth as feared are troubling her. She sleeps in my room. Poor Frank in the nursery I have strictly ordered that he is not to go into Ellen’s bed & he sleeps all night, he tells me every morning. And now my own love, I have to say good-bye for my head warns me that I shall suffer it.
I will please God write 1869 again by next one I always your lonely devoted wife.
*12 Portions of this letter are very hard to read
*13 C stands for Council.
This collection of letters has been digitized from an earlier transcription project and is for informational purposes only. This transcription has not been verified against the originals. Researchers interested in these letters should consult the original documents housed at the BC Archives.