Kathleen to Jack, Victoria BC, September 12, 1891

A1E Or3 Or32.2

My dear old Jack

I wonder if you have been having good sport & enjoying yourself, & hope you are having fine weather, it is simply pouring with rain here, & has been wet since Tuesday, it must stop soon I think. Carry Cornwall stayed here for ten days & it was rather hard to amuse her as there was not very much going on. We went to Sir Matthews tennis last Friday, it was rather damp & cold there. I played one set with Mr. Stanhope & we were beaten. Then we drove to Fairfield to see Uncle Joe, & I drove Mrs. Snowden home. Carry and I had rowed up to her place in the morning to get a rug that had been left there, the night of the pic-nic. On Saturday we went down by train to a Cricket Match at Esquimalt, the band played & and a good many people were there, the trains were hot & crowded coming back, so we walked the whole way home fancy Mother doing that! the little Middie, Mr Hodges came to dinner & we had music and bagatelle, he was very pompous, which amused us. That evening the American lady Mrs. Hitchock had a pic-nic at Curtis’ Point – she was most cold. The pic-nic was given in honour of the American naval officers, & the people who were there say they were rather dreadful specimens. The steam launch towing the boats did not pass Point Ellice until 7.30 p.m. & they made huge bon fires on Curtis’ Point & sat round them singing songs it must have been very dark & cold, though they had two cords of wood sent up there for the bon fires. We here the refreshments were very light & Mr. Vowell tells us Captain Jones returned home in a very dejected mood. I suppose he was hungry! A few mornings ago Carry & I rowed up to the Thomsons & go flowers & then went down to town to shop, by the time we reached Jones boat house, it was raining fast & we thought we should get very wet but by the time the shopping was finished it was beautifully fine, & we enjoyed the row home very much; & felt dreadfully hungry for lunch. Little Mr. Drummond came up on Sunday and stayed till 11.Ocl. train it was a nice fine day. Sir Robert Arbuthnot & Mr. Vowell called & Mr. Newton & McEnnery came & went to Church with us in the evening. The Admiral & Mr. Graham have returned from their shooting & finshing expedition. I believe they had very fair sport but the Admiral says the weather was too fine. Nelly Drake has just telephoned in a very excited state of mind to say they have just received a telegram from Brian today he is to be here very shortly and Victoria is all on the tip toes of excitement over Jessie Dunmuir’s wedding. I hope very much that she will have fine weather.

Now dear old boy I must stop. Take good care of yourself & Father. Your ever loving sister

C.K. Stanhope (*1)

*1  2020 – Given that this letter is written from Kathleen to her brother Jack, it is likely that her usage of “Stanhope” as her last name is a tongue in cheek reference to her courtship with Harry. They were not married.


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