I say don’t send another storm across just yet, one arrived here on the 11th instant, and did no end of damage, loss of life & c.
Dec 22nd 83
I am rather surprised to hear you have had so few letters as I have written you 4 since my recovery. Did you get the [illegible] photos + how the print arrived yet.
I send you per this post the Xmas no of Illustrated. I hope it will reach you.
Things have been going on here about the same as usual, business with Pa fluch also very much, some times for days he does nothing, and at other times the reverse, for instance one day this week he made 7/15/-
I am very sanguine myself that if he keeps quietly on that things will be better with us.
Our grand old man at Henley sent his usual Xmas donation this week £5 + I am pleased to add that Grandma is better, but Louise is going to Henley after Christmas to take care of her.
Mr Bennett of Derby the recipient of a (engolostic) – something wrong – push from your humble servant last year, has again come up to the scratch with containing 6 bottles of Liqueurs + £1 to be divided amongst the youngsters.
Thank providence for these.
Our Xmas will of course be necessarily a quiet one, but as we are all in good health we have a lot to be thankful for, and
We may live in hope of spending a Merry Christmas this year + a still merrier one when we shall I hope be all together in 1884.
I trust that you and Charlie are getting on Hay won + that you will enjoy a very Merrie Canadian Xmas, and start the New Year with light hearts + full of hope. I shall not forget you in my speech Xmas night. I don’t expect you have forgotten the last festive board yet. Eh! I have taken 2 or 3 services for Mr T lately, and hope soon to be in a crib.
If you intend returning in March let me know as I will endeavor to get you a berth.
Now above all things take care
of yourselves, and lay yourselves out to enjoy a thorough Xmas, rather late advice of course, but it will apply to whatever time this reaches you.
All the members this house joins with me on wishing you + your partner A hearty Christmas + prosperous New Year with a hope of a speedy meeting.
Hoping to hear from you soon + that this letter will find you in the best of health + spirits.
Your affectionate Brother
Mr Jos McClelland has sent me a Xmas box from Sheffield, a good pocket knife in case
[Mr Bennett is George Bennett, the husband of Frederick Sr’s sister Sarah Ann; the old man at Henley is Frederick Sr’s father George Paulin, and Grandma is Sarah Clements Paulin, their grandmother, George in Henley’s wife]