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Duff & Morrison Collection

"I could not centre my mind on anything until I knew for sure Lou would be home for Xmas,..." Rosa Duff, Toronto 9 Jan. 1915


211 Fern Ave.
Toronto
Jan. 9/15

Dear Lily,

Received yours of the 1st, am glad Miss Jean had such a good time Xmas day. We did not send to the children this year. All my Christmas work was a scramble.

I could not centre my mind on anything until I knew for sure Lou would be home for Xmas, then when I did get his telegram there was no time left to do anything but get ready for his coming. It made a blessed day for us, to be once more all together, and I pray God we may have such another.

We had fifteen for dinner, sixteen for tea and seventeen for supper that day. Saturday and Sunday was not much better. I told Lou he was privileged to have as many as he liked in, but we could not spare him to have a meal anywhere else.

We all wished it was a month instead of five days he could be with us, but we are very thankful for the five days.

A Mr. Brough came down with Lou (he is a sergeant also). He happened to have friends on Fern Ave. so called on us Sunday night. We were pleased to meet him, he seemed a very sensible man. We met his mother and sister the night they left for Winnipeg, his mother is more optimistic than I am. She says there is no use crossing a bridge until we come to it, the boys are having a good time in the meantime, why not we do the same, but all people are not built alike.

I am sorry you have so many Germans around you, like you I have not over much confidence in them nor have I too much confidence in the U. States. It seems to me they must be flooded with Germans there.

Well, every day passed by the boys in Canada seems one day longer before they will be ready for action, if they ever get into action. Just think of the terrible slaughter that must take place before that.

Well, I must say no more along that line.

Let me thank you here for the pretty apron you sent me. Like the tray cloth, you cannot have too many of them and I never have time to make them for myself.

We are having two days rain. It is quite mild, we are promised colder weather tonight. The girls are glad for they want to make good use of their rink tickets.

The girls would love to see Jean on skates. I am sure it will not be long before she will. She looks bright enough for anything. Well I must stop, I should be sewing but it is too dull for my eyes.

Love from all,
Rosa

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These letters were genereously submitted by Lilian Ione Heselton and they are copyright to Lil. They may not be used without written permission of the submitter.

These letters span the years 1914 to 1918, and were written to Lily (Richey) and John Morrison at Yellow Grass, Sask., and their little 4 - 8 year old daughter, Jean (in later years called by Reché). Their hired girl was Lena.

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Duff & Morrison Collection

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