Cum­ber­land’s past in let­ters

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

This let­ter, from the col­lec­tion of the Min­udie Her­itage As­so­ci­a­tion, was writ­ten by Jen­nie Woot­ten to her mother, Frances Sea­man of Min­udie, dur­ing the sum­mer of 1889.

Jen­nie, re­cently mar­ried to Rev. Thomas Woot­ten, had just re­turned home from a visit. As a min­is­ter’s wife Jen­nie of­ten re­ceived gifts from parish­ioners. Max Sterne was a pro­fes­sor of mu­sic at Mount Allison Univer­sity and sold mu­si­cal in­stru­ments.

This let­ter has been edited for length and clar­ity.

Lower Wentworth Thurs­day Evening

My Dear Mother,

On my re­turn the house was not re­ally as bad as I ex­pected to find it. Noth­ing bro­ken or lost but plenty of mouldy dishes, soiled clothes, and other ar­ti­cles ly­ing ev­ery­where about. Mrs. King came and washed up every­thing and cleaned up the back part of the house a few days af­ter my re­turn.

Mr. Woot­ten is drum­ming away on the pi­ano. He has com­menced to take lessons from me and if his re­cent en­thu­si­asm lasts will soon be­come a player.

I called at Mr. Ogilvie’s to see their new or­gan. It’s one of Prof. Max Sterne’s. This af­ter­noon Mr. Al­bert Bigney, our next neigh­bour, came for me to go over and try one Mr. Beebe left at his house. Mr. Ogilvie’s is re­ally the nicest in ev­ery way but I dare not pass an opinion as Mr. Beebe has al­ways been par­tic­u­larly kind to us and I know he is very anx­ious to sell Mr. Bigney this or­gan.

We have peas, beans, and new po­ta­toes. Last week we ate straw­ber­ries and cream three times a day. Th­ese were cul­ti­vated berries, the wild ones are all gone. A lady gave us two bot­tles of cream this morn­ing, an­other lady sent milk and an­other a hen and rooster.

Mr. Woot­ten has spo­ken for a hen with a fam­ily of chick­ens which he in­tends to move home as soon as we can get rid of a fam­ily of skunks which has set­tled un­der the barn.

There is a con­cert talked of and Prof. Sterne promised to as­sist. It will help get fur­ni­ture for the par­son­age so, of course, we feel in­ter­ested. The house is al­most com­pleted but we hate to leave here and will prob­a­bly re­main a month longer on ac­count of the gar­den.

With kind­est love to all at home, I am ever your fond daugh­ter,

Jen­nie

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