Peter to H. Stanhope, August 30, 1892

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Found in PEH Transcription Collection

Copy of Letter to Capt. S

30th Aug.

I write according to my promise to acknowledge and thank you for y[ou]r letters from Van: and Banff = do not, please, think that they have worried me, I am glad that you have written for under the circumstances we must all feel the greatest interest in you and like to learn all about you & your journey. By the bye I think you did well to change y[ou]r route, the line of the C.P.R. North of Lake Superior is dreary & far from interesting & though it is not the best time of the year to visit see Niagara yet the Falls are always grand & well repay a visit & the scenery from there to N. York we thought very beautiful pretty! I am afraid you found the heat very trying. To-day you will embark for Old England. May God grant you a safe & speedy voyage! & may you have a happy meeting with y[ou]r dear Mother.

And now with regard to the subject which is of such deep interest to me. and shall I say to you? I must believe that you regard her with deep & true affection. you say you have loved her for some time past, and it is to be regretted a pity that you did not tell her this before the eve of y[ou]r departure. She w[oul]d not then been taken by surprise & might have been able in a position to give you a different answer at any rate a more decided one as it is she tells me she does not feel happy about what took place between you. she is so afraid she made a mistake in thinking she loved you enough to marry you – she feels frightened at being bound to you as she seems to know so little of you and it would be so awful if in learning to know you, she should like you less instead of better. She has read y[ou]r letters & she appreciates the unselfish way in which you persistently blame y[ou]rself, and the generous, kindness & consideration for her that they evince = Kitty wishes me to beg you not to think of leaving the Navy for many reasons, in fact, she is eloquent on the subject and I tell her she should put her ideas on paper. but this she is afraid to do. so I have undertaken agreed to make this special request. When I hear again from you, I will write. We are greatly amused at y[ou]r investing in the flower-shop at Vancouver wh. we hope will prove a success. I had a letter from Mr. T. about the new rules for Croquet & in it he reminded me that I had promised him some plants, violets &c I shall do so with pleasure. Miss Freer has been with us a week: we like her, if possible, more than ever. The great Bazaar is to be held on 21st & 22nd ? you will think of us struggling to dispose of our wares to the best advantage = We dread the ordeal! I must not omit to tell you that the engagement has been announced of Mr. G.[the Flag Lieut.] & Miss Hills.

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