Cum­ber­land’s Past in Let­ters

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - COMMUNITY - PRE­PARED BY LAU­RIE GLENN NOR­RIS

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.

Dear Sir:

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

English 60

Es­says 72

Av­er­age Lit­er­ary Stand­ing 66 De­port­ment 100

Gen­eral Car­riage 93

Yours Re­spect­fully, B.C. Borden, Prin­ci­pal

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