Annie Dobie's (nee McNicol) letter
Ann Dobie's (nee McNicol) letter
Anne Dobie's (nee McNicol) letter
Agnes Dobie's (nee McNicol) letter
This letter was apparently written by Annie Dobie (nee McNicol ) in approximately
1880's (after 1875 and before 1888). Original source of the letter is
unknown to me. Minor changes made to the punctuation to make it more readable.
My Dearest Nephew
I received your kind and welcome letter. I was pleased to hear from your
dear Father and so pleased to think he called his first Malcome.
My youngest is James Malcome. He is something like your brother James.
They were all so pleased to see your portraits. My daughter says Malcome
is a noble looking young man. I will send some of my boys and girls in
my next letter.
My dear nephew I have three married and three single. My oldest daughter
Kate (Catherine) is married to a Head Teacher and the mother of four fine
boys. She will send you their portraits. I have two daughters single -
Mary and Agnes. My youngest is James Malcome.
Is your father as fond of his gun and dogs as he was long ago? Many a
time him and me went out hunting and fishing. One night he killed a deer,
as he thought, but it was only wounded. He put it on my back and he ran
after another and when I was near home the beast gave a baw and I gave
one also and run home and left it there. Some of the rest went after it.
Another night I went out with him fishing
the salmon. I was
picking up as they caught. At last the light went out and I sat down and
when they went home they asked if Annie was home. They were all alarmed
and all turned out to fish for me. They found me fast asleep.
Oh how I would like to see my brother John or some of his family. He
might take a trip over to see me. I cannot leave the place. Had I money,
as I have not, I would heartenly take a trip to see you all.
My poor husband left in his will all he was possessed at of my decision
to be sold and equally divided and that is the Hotel and Garden and paddock
to grow hay for my cow. Let me know what sort of place is America. I might
go there by and by.
I have had several offers of marriage but I think I am better as I am.
Ask your father's opinion.
My poor husband made money aplenty but he backed bills for people being
good natured. He lost hundreds. He lost a thousand pounds upon one man
and I am the sufferer but I get a good living and no rent to pay. I am
thankful as I am (these Morrisons are at Prince Edwards Hand 7).
My dear nephew remember me kindly to your dear father and mother and
all your brothers, not forgetting yourself. My family join me in hoping
to see you all some day. One of my sons is a farmer (Matthew*) and the
other a grocer (James*) and the other a butcher (Thomas*). I think this
is all I have to tell you this time. I must now conclude with kind love
to you all.
Your loving aunt ,
Mrs. T Dobie
* Betty Hansen, who has done extensive research on the Dobie family reports
that in "Ann's letter - Thomas was the butcher, Matthew the farmer
and James the grocer, at that time. Occupations changed, Thomas snr, being
a farrier would have known a lot about horses, no certificates for being
a veterinary surgeon in those days and the hotel at Scarsdale was a staging