W3224 TO REV. THOMAS BAKER from his granddaughter Minnie [Baker]
Jun 5 1878
To: Rev. Thomas Baker 3 Bold Street, Hamilton, Ontario,
From: Block Farm, [Ontario]
My Dear Grandpa,1
I have felt the last two or three days that
circumstances demanded, that I should write you a few lines, this would be no unpleasant duty was the information I am about to give you of a pleasing nature. I regret to say that I am quite afraid you will think as I do, that it is very unfortunate. But I think dear Grandpa that we should blame Mrs. Baker far more than poor Hattie, as I know she was influenced by her. As she would never have married without consulting you, or at least have mentioned it to some of the family Mrs. Baker requested that we should all remain home Saturday evening. She also sent word for John
and Allie to come for the last time. John would not come and as soon as Allie found out that Hattie was to be married she went away, but as I had the baby there, I had to stay. I was never more surprised than when Mrs. B. told me that Mr. Hicks had gone after Mr. Allworth to marry Mr. Hicks, Jun[ior] and Harriet. I did not know they were engaged. I do not think that Hattie met him more than three times before they were married [.] I had never seen him but twice before, So I hope dear Grandpa you will not think I knew any thing about the intended marriage when at Hamilton. I can
assure you that I was in perfect ignorance of the whole
Maud and Willie are at Uncles they seem quite contented and happy.
I am there for the present also. John intends keeping house as soon as he can get a place, I am expecting to hear from him every day. Uncle John wishes to enclose a note.2
So with kindest love to Grandma Aunt Mary and your
self [sic]. I remain dear Grandpa,
1 The date of this letter is not quite clear. It is listed as June 3, 1878 in the Calendar, but a "th" is clearly visible. This makes June 5th more probable.
2 The "note" from John Puckridge is likely letter no. W3228, also dated June 5, 1878.