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John Moodie to Susanna Moodie
May 24 1832
Patrick Hamilton Ewing Collection of Moodie-Strickland-Vickers-Ewing Family Papers (National Library of Canada)
Thursday May 24th 1832
My Dearest Susie,
I was delighted to hear from you and our dear little toddle. What a parcel of silly gawks you all were to go out in the boat without any occasion you in particular. But never mind for that it is the nature of you female creatures to do these extravagant things. I have had no rest for the soles of my feet since I came here, but I have got through a deal of work. I have paid Elder, Hodson, cum multis aliis. Your M.S.S. is in Elder's hands mine in Colburn's again. Major Clerke2 of the U.S. Journal has been my friend and spoke to the great man for me, and promises to aid me in every manner in his power. I look upon it as the next thing to being sold. I find that in spite of my shyness people are favorably impressed by my conversation, and seem to expect something from me. Elder is still much inclined to have the kind of work I mentioned on Canada. He has kindly advertised your poems in his list of books and still hopes to sell them. I therefore thought it best to have them in his hands. I have got a letter for Sir J. Colbourn from Lord Lynedoch which I have no doubt will be of service to us. I should have left London to night, but cannot till I see Lawrie3 which will be tomorrow, so that I hope to start by the mail tomorrow night if possible.
I have sold out the £379 stock at 93 1/8 per cent, and paid £300 to a house here who have given me a letter of credit in Montreal for the amt. I have been infinitely bothered and worried. Yesterday I had to go with J. Linder to get a copy of our marriage register at St. Pancras and had to petition the Governor of the Bank to allow me to sell out without getting a Power of Attorney from you which they wanted. I saw Mrs Leverton today for the first time, she is in high spirits and good humour and says that I have stolen a march on her with regard to Katy but she is well pleased on the whole with the match. I am glad Tom Traill is off. James Traill says he will raise the price of beef in Canada. Don't worry yourself with meeting me at Bird's, for I still hope to start from Southwold on Sunday. Bird talks of accompanying us to EdinR. I breakfasted with Mr. Hodson this morning, he was very kind, and tho' he did not say much I could easily see that his opinion of Mr. Ritchie is much altered and by no means favorable to that sneaking Gemman. I have laid out a good deal of money but I don't think I have taken many needless articles. I have nothing further to say but that I long to be again in the arms of my dearest Susie and to kiss my little toddle. God bless you dearest and believe me
1. The oldest of the Inns of Chancery, located just south of Holborn Circus, this property became a public inn in the late eighteenth century. In Dickens's Bleak House Mr and Mrs Jellyby live at Thavie's Inn before finding permanent lodgings. The site was completely destroyed by bombing in 1940.
2. Sir Thomas Henry Shadwell Clerke (17921849). After losing his right leg during his army career, he became the first editor of Colburn's United Service Magazine in January 1829 and continued in that position until 1842.
3. Patrick Lawrie (17851869) was a Scot who would himself emigrate to the Cobourg area in 1835. He apparently had some South African connections for he was the agent by whom Moodie eventually received payment for his Groote Valley farm.Copyright/Source