1. Letter from Alexander Loghrin¹ to his sister-in-law, Jane Anne Monteith
Eramosa June 28th 7²
Knowing how anxious your Father & Mother will be to hear how Fannie & her care got home I have pleasure in telling them that she is at present in good health & what is nearly as good - in good Humour. She got home quite safe. How could it be otherwise under such a handsome & gallant escort. I was in at the station with the buggy & the waggon [sic] partly expecting you along. Jas. Wilson drove the waggon home & her, Sam & I got home at 1:30.
Baby is well but seems to me he requires & gets more nursing than any other baby ever got. I notice that he sees a difference in people. He did not know me for a day or two after he came.
He will be more interesting & not so much trouble when he goes up again. So much talk about the baby as if it was worth while. Alex was greatly disappointed that Jane did not come down with us but was consoled when I told him of the trip the girls were going to have soon. I would like you all to come as soon as you can.* I would like to hear of you going a week or two some where from home but more particularly going to Eramosa.
We will be very hurried until haying to get the rest of the rape** in and the thistles cut which I think are worse than usual with us this year. We have been clearing a piece about 3 acres of new land for rape & I can tell you that I feel very glad that I did not live some 30 years ago. It is such disagreeable work burning & picking & ploughing & dragging. I wish I could describe to you my experience ploughing new land. I feel like smiling now when I think what a fury I was in this fore noon. What a miserable time for a few years after our ancestors came out to this country they must have had (;) nearly all of them (were) unaccustomed to labour of any kind^ more particularly of new land labour. Young farmers now are indeed reaping the harvest that the old chaps sowed.
I find it very difficult to write anything that will either interest or edify you & as I have little time now & you know that Fannie is not an attentive correspondent, you will not be surprised if we do not write quite as often as previously. You may be sure that Fannie & Samuel are going to be in good health for some time & that Fannie will be glad to hear from you as often as convenient. Excuse this hurried scrawl & let us hear from you soon.
With respects I am Yours Sincerely Alex Loghrin
¹ Alex married Frances Matilda Monteith; she was known as Fannie; their first son, Sam, was born June 1, 1876.
² This date is unclear in the longhand. The letter has been placed first because Alex's description of the baby suggests that Sam is quite young. Perhaps he is just a month old; i.e., June 28th, 1876.
³ Jane, Fannie's younger sister, was 17 or 18 years old at this time.
* This note was inserted by Fannie.
** Rape(seed) is now known as canola; the name was changed in 1878.
^ If Alex's statement is correct, what were our ancestors doing before they emigrated?