W2191 TO ISAAC BALDWIN MCQUESTEN From Josie Hobson.
Jan 13 1863 Tuesday P.M.
To: Isaac McQuesten
From: Port Hope
My dear Cousin
Are you beginning to think we have forgotten our promise to write you immediately on our arrival in Port H? I can scarcely wonder if you do blame us for this delay. I did intend when making the promise that it would be sooner fufilled but on our arrival in this place we found friends from the country waiting to receive us in visiting whom our whole time has been occupied which must serve for an excuse for both Ma and myself for the long silence eventhough I must be brief as I have made an engagment for the afternoon which my friends are waiting for me to carry out Under these circumstances I suppose you will accept a hurried account of how our has been passed since we left you, our trip down the Lake Ont. our arrival at the Wharf we found our friends the Sawyers waiting to see us off.1 Mrs. Payson Sawyer going with us as far as Toronto where the boat stops 4 hours. During his time we took a walk up into the City and saw as many of the lights as possible. Was sorry I could not visit the University Buildings but the Captain of the Boat thought we would not have sufficient time at 2 O'ck we bade good bye to [?] and started again.
There were very many of the College girls onboard full of the fun incident upon bearing the confinment and restraint of school as the day being fine and water smooth we had a delightful trip to this port Your neighbor Mrs. [Fairgrieve?] was very kind to us showing us every possible attention Suppose [Miss Amise?] is supplying my place as [Nurse?] yet tell her I miss her sadly everyday no one to take the pleasant little walks with [??] which I enjoyed so much while in your good city. Feel almost inclined to come back and finish my visit which was so short and so abruptly ended that it scarce seems as tho I had seen you at all. But don't be alarmed Isaac-My time will not allow of any such repetition. We shall leave here next week someday & I think go directly to Montreal and make our visit here back to Fort Covington where we shall meet Pa and Harry. Our friends advise this plan thinking it will be easier for Ma as we can go all the way by water by first going [??] she has been quite unwell, the past [?] sitting up but little for two days. Not again feeling in usual health.
While I think of it let me ask if your people noticed a leather Bag laying in the hall after we left. If so & should you receive this letter in season to [leave?] it down by Mr. Fuirgrieve please do so and I will [??] to take it if not send by Express care of [D. McLeod?]. We did not miss it till we get to Toronto and think we must have left it at your home. But my friends are getting impatient -so I must bid you good bye for this time. Please let me hear from you soon as we are feeling very anxious to hear how you are getting along. With much love to all.
Your aff Cousin
Josie S Hobson
1 For more information on the Sawyer family W4323.