W3129 TO REV. THOMAS BAKER from his granddaughter Alice E. Baker
Jan 10 1878
To: Rev. Thomas Baker, No 3 Bold St., Hamilton, Ontario
From: Paris, Ontario
My dear Grandpa,
As this is the beginning of another year I thought I would write and wish you all many happy returns of the season.
You will be pleased to hear that Minnie is going to return to Mount Brydges she received a letter from Mrs. Tuck saying that her niece Annie [?] was staying with them and that when she returned home she would write and send Minnie the money if she would only come and stay with them again. I am glad she is going back for I think it is much better for her than remaining at Uncle John's, but you cannot imagine how I shall miss her.
The scholars at the high school have just been examined for promotion. I am sure you will be pleased to hear that Maud passed very creditably--her next promotion will be with the grammar school. Nellie was promoted into a higher room and Lottie in the division that Nellie left. Master Willie was also succesful [sic] this time.
We have two splendid new iron bridges over the river in Paris. You may imagine they are quite an improvement to the town. The cost was twenty-six thousand dollars. John has not obtained a situation yet but hopes too [sic] soon. He has been boarding at home in the meantime. I think he intends taking the baby and going up to his sister-in-law's to-morrow. Minnie and I enjoyed ourselves very much the other evening at a social given by Mrs. [?] for the church.
You will be surprised to hear that Mr. Hart's second son has gone to St. John's, New Brunswick. At the recent election of Municipal officers in Paris Mr. Baird was returned as Mayor by reclamation, and Mr. Hart elected Deputy Reeve. Mr. [?enor] has so far at any rate been fortunate in his prophesy regarding the weather for hitherto he has been almost exact.
With kindest love to you dear Grandpa, Grandma, & Aunt Mary. I remain your very affection Granddaughter,
Alice E. Baker
[Written on envelope in Rev. Baker's handwriting:] Mrs. Alfred & Alice Baker
January 10, 1878