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John Moodie à Susanna Moodie
Collection Patrick Hamilton Ewing : Papiers de la famille Moodie-Strickland-Vickers-Ewing (Bibliothèque nationale du Canada)
110 Seymour Street
My Dearest Hunchy
Don't expect a long letter for I am pressed for time. I was delighted to hear that you and little Dab-chick are getting on so swimmingly. You must not mind the squalls of your little kitten for it is the way with our family to make a noise when they do not get their own way even after they grow up. We shall probably have some worse squalls in crossing the Atlantic which are much more dangerous than these domestic ones for tho' baby may be often subject to these little storms of passion be moreover somewhat leaky as nurse must know they only afford her an opportunity to shew the strength of her little timbers. I have my M.S. to Elder to examine. Colburn1 from press of business could not attend to it. James Traill says that it is a very creditable performance this is a good deal from him. My friend Gemman Traill2 is afraid to come to London for fear of his boys getting Cholera. I have written to tell him how groundless his fears are, and to urge him to come to Southwold and talk the matter over with me etc. etc. etc. etc. Miss Talbent is getting on with Mrs. Stones business3 and I hope we shall get it settled very soon. Katy and I shall if possible start from here on Monday but do not be fancying that we are burked if we do not make our appearance on Tuesday. I delivered dear Goodings4 letter. I do not know what I should buy for her worthy her acceptance but she must take the will to please for the deed if I do not find something pretty. I wish to God you were here to choose yourself for a more stupid and worse person to attend to these matters you could not have found than myself. I shall try and find something for Thay. I am thinking of buying one of these shawl gown pieces for her which would make rather a show in Southwold it will not cost above 30/ I am quite puzzled what to buy for little Dab-chick's Godmother Mary. Her hand you know is rather large and I might be liable to give offence by seeming to know it. Burn this letter without letting any body read it and I shall do my best. God bless you and Dab-chick Love to dear Thay to dear Goody etc.
3. In a letter of 1 June 1833 (PHEC, no. 112) Agnes Strickland refers to an Ethelinde Talbent as the residual legatee in a family will. It is unknown, though, exactly what 'Mrs. Stone's business' referred to here was.Droit d'auteur/Source