Letter:BUTCHART, Ada to Frederick D. Johns - undated

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From BUTCHART, Adamina M (1872 - 1930)
To JOHNS, Frederick Durfee (1851 - 1945)
Date: 1923
Family(s) Glenday,Gauss
Collection Minna Gauss Reeves collection


Letter

Address

Envelope, must have been enclosed in another since there is no postmark:

Dr. Johns
9 Woodstock Rd
Bedford Park
London W.H.

Body

Hollygate
Rattray

My dear Cousin.

Thank you so much for your very kind letter recieved the other day. we were so glad to hear from you I can scarcely believe it is three weeks since you were here. we looked forward so much to your visit, & it was so short & soon over. Short as it was I am glad you liked being here & also that you liked us; it would have been a little tragic if we hadn't taken to each other, but that's unthinkable. I won't be in the least afraid now to meet any of the American cousins though they all come over in a bunch, for I see it's imp[ossible for them to be anything but kindly & affectionate. I expect it's the American element more than the Scotch. we're [leal?] & true, but I must admit som of us have a prickly exterior!

Your visit is drawing to a close now & you will feel dreadfully leaving Eleanor & the wee boy behind, but you are leaving them well & happy & you have two other daughters to go back to, then you are comming back in two years & bringing a party with you. we shall look forward to that, it mustn't be a two days visit to Blair next time. I am sending some of your Grandmother's letters. they are so closely written that I have never set myself to read them carefully, just glanced thro them, but I think they will be of interest to you. I shall look out some others & send them later on. I shall register the packet to make sure you get them, a number I sent to Anne some years ago went astray she got nothing but the empty envelope, fortunately I don't think they were of special interest.

I want to thank you again for your very handsome present to me indeed I begin to think I never thanked you at all. I remember protesting, & I felt so ashamed, that I'm afraid my manner must have seemed most ungracious. Please don't think I was ungrateful. I was just brimful of gratitude & appreciation, but overwhelmed & then - I'm "so Scotch" at the wrong time! I must tell you how I am to spend your gift, & I hope you approve. I am having a new bicycle. my old one I have had for twenty five years & it's just done but I had decided it must do this season yet. The cycle agent is to allow me a little for it. I daresay he will tinker it up & sell it at a profit.

As I said to you, I don't require anything to remind me of you but I shall never mount my new machine without thinking of you & of your very great kindness. Many, many thanks.

The much needed rain has come at last, but not nearly enough yet, but I think we shall get more presently. I raised a lot of nemesia plants from seed & planted them out the day after you left, they have come on so well I was very proud of the long row in front of the drawing room window, Mother has just announced she believes they are turnips! And I do think she is right. In spite of it's being so annoying & disappointing I can't help seeing the funny side of it, however we shall leave them alone for a few days to make sure before pulling them out.

Mother joins me in sending love to you & Eleanor, & again wishing you a save & pleasant voyage. very affect yours Ada.

Source

Handwritten original, private collection, the Chambless family. Transcribed to softcopy by Susan D. Chambless, 1999.

Transcriber's Notes

The Dr. Johns I know of who is a grandson of Ann Glenday Durfee is Frederick Johns. He was born in 1851. I am guessing that this letter was written between 1920 & 1925.

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