Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 9 (1894)


Lt 148, 1894

White, W. C.

Granville, New South Wales, Australia

July 3, 1894

Previously unpublished.

Dear Son Willie:

We were disappointed in not having Joseph Hare seated with us at our table at half past one o’clock. We had Brother and Sister McKenzie with us. We enjoyed their visit. At about three o’clock Joseph and his son came and we had them sit down to a good dinner. He ate as if he was very much in want of food. We enjoyed seeing him eat. I sat down at the table to visit every moment we could. I think there is no one, who has looked at the land, more pleased than Joseph Hare. The peas we could not send, for we could not get them. There was too little time. The other things we sent all right, the beans and prunes. 9LtMs, Lt 148, 1894, par. 1

I hope you will see if there is a desirable location for me. You know I do not care for a large amount of land. If that tavern rents for ten shillings I should not have objected to taking it, but now we are settling. Emily and Marian Davis are in the house. Stephen and his wife will be there tonight, Emily, Mattie, and Marian. We have Brother Joseph, and his father and son and daughter, and Jenny Gregory, May, and Maude and your mother. I hope you will be very careful of your health. I shall remain here until tomorrow, then after all are gone, I will go to our new home. 9LtMs, Lt 148, 1894, par. 2

Joseph Hare does not go to Melbourne. He went directly into Sydney and he learned that the boat to Auckland will go tomorrow and there is not another boat for two weeks, so he cannot consent to go to Melbourne. Stephen will go into Sydney and see Father Hare and Julia on the train to Melbourne, for his boat leaves one half hour earlier than the Melbourne train. He was going to telegraph for Metcalfe to come to Sydney to accompany his father to Melbourne. I told him it would be a needless expense, and he decided it would. Julia cried when her father decided he could not go to Melbourne and thus miss the boat leaving tomorrow, so we are now settled for me to be one more night in the house here, then say farewell to the cottage which pleases me in many respects. 9LtMs, Lt 148, 1894, par. 3

Again I warn you to be careful and not expose your health. 9LtMs, Lt 148, 1894, par. 4

I must say good night. 9LtMs, Lt 148, 1894, par. 5