Letter:BUTCHART, Ada to Frederick D. Johns - undated
|From||BUTCHART, Adamina M (1872 - 1930)|
|To||JOHNS, Frederick Durfee (1851 - 1945)|
|Collection||Minna Gauss Reeves collection|
Envelope, must have been enclosed in another since there is no postmark:
9 Woodstock Rd
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.
Handwritten original, private collection, the Chambless family. Transcribed to softcopy by Susan D. Chambless, 1999.
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.