Cumberland’s Past in Letters
This letter, from the collection of the Minudie Heritage Association, was written on June 5, 1893, by Byron Crane Borden, the principal of Mount Allison’s Ladies’ College (18851911) in Sackville, N.B., to Gilbert Seaman in Minudie. Borden is reporting on the yearend progress of Gilbert’s youngest daughter, Emma. In the late 19th century, Emma and her classmates were held to vastly different standards of behaviour and academic achievement than today’s female students. Emma Seaman was the mother of the late Ruth Symes of Minudie. Borden’s letter has been edited for clarity.
I beg to make the following report of your daughter’s standing for the term ending May 31. In literary work the class standing is averaged with the written examination, 100 being the maximum mark attainable.
In deportment, the standing of 100 indicates, punctuality and obedience to all the regulations of the School.
General carriage and behaviour include lady-like manners and strict attention to the proprieties of social life.
Miss Emma Seaman’s standing is in
Average Literary Standing 66 Deportment 100
General Carriage 93
Yours Respectfully, B.C. Borden, Principal