Frederick Paulin to FA Pauline, 15 Dec c1886-1888

[Date estimated between 1886 and 1888]

Acock’s Green, Wednesday Dec 15

My dear Fred,

Your very acceptable and thoughtful Xmas box came quite safely and has been conferted and gone to reduce our most pressing obligations affording us gratification and relief and fixing a thankfulness to you for such assistance –

We hope the weather at least helps to prepare you for a cheerful time shortly which will have passed and become history by the time this reaches you.  It certainly doesn’t smile here for today a dark dirty fog envelopes everything around and is accompanied by falling snow and sleet which makes everything cold damp dreary and desolate.  We hope this description of climate is now prevailing with you and from your several allusions to the climactic conditions on your side we are consoling ourselves that there are some members of our family who are at least better off as regards weather which is always competent to reuse a lower one to cheers depress and makes the


Existence corresponding by pleasant or intolerable.  We had a fairly indulged autumn up to the last week or two so we suppose the inferior and faulty specimens which appear to have been reserved for a contrast we have to be home, if with a grin

You will have by this time my letter to you respecting spicer’s overture as to you acing for them in Victoria + distric on salary and com + shall be f which will come to get you news in answer to is which will come I dare say in comm

Say when you next write after receiving this whether you would recommend a despatch of “asbestos fire proof” paint to you.  The Asbestos co have divided themselves into two sections latetly, the asbestos will in the future receive district attention from the paint department and the latter will be under the managing directors control, Mountford of Clement S Birm the same who sent out some paint some time since but which didn’t


Reach you.  In the paint department many improvements have been effected and it is now made in all colours the form of paint still provides for out door rough work and the improved is prepared for indoors dados friezes and decorative purposes whilst it is claimed for it great resisting power as to fire or water.  It can be met over other paint if necessary.  For warehouses churches, hospitals, offices, repositories of art + shipbuilding as a safeguard against fire at sea it is of great value.

Mr Cutler who has been in costly litigation with the Mayor +c of Windsor as to the value of the waterworks at Eton which has been take over by that body (council) subject to arbitration as to compensation for same has last week in the House of Lords lost his compensation and has been saddled with the heavy costs.  We are sorry it is so.

We are all pretty well some [illegible] your mother is I am happy to say better she was very unwell a fortnight since from overwork and chill and kept her bed for a few days which rest with


Good nursing mainly no doubt helped her very much.  Ask Ernest to attend to the small charge on the Cyanite freight as Mr Evans of the CPR 88 command wishes it promptly paid + I have not paid it because Ernest told me not to do so and I have informed Mr Evans that my sons with to carry the preliminaries themselves so as to form a precedent for our future – a big future I trust.

We rejoice you write hopefully and quite think more + more that you are all better off and likely to be more so than if you had remained in England.  The Commercial features here are atrociously bad, lifeless

We have in store the plum pudding boiled yesterday and they gave me a taste last evening for tea + my word they are toothsome.  In 10 daysnow (Dr) we shall all be keeping Xmas and the mental telegrams to + fro will be doubtless frequent + festive in memory as in days gone by. 

Your mother has had a nice long letter from Mrs Ernest with which she is much pleased and will write back in a few days.

Hoping you are all well + happy together.

Your Affectionate father.

Cheat sheet

Mrs Ernest – wife of Ernest Paulin, Emma Jane Jennings – already in Victoria

Mr Cutler is Mary Cutler Paulin’s brother William Henry Cutler, who inherited the Windsor and Eton Waterworks from their father John Cutler in 1843. The waterworks were taken over by the city of Windsor, and the letter talks about the fight for compensation which reached the House of Lords

Welcome to the Paulin(e) Family


This is the first post for the Paulin(e) Family Blog.  Hot on the heels of a most wonderful family reunion held in Victoria, BC in July 2019, the idea of a place where the descendants of Frederick and Mary Paulin (also known as Pauline) could bring together their stories, photographs, questions and so forth.  

I have created pages for each of the 13 children of Frederick and Mary which will eventually include all basic biographical information, and then add photos, documents and so forth as they are discovered. 

Enjoy, participate, and enjoy some more.  This is a collaborative effort so please feel free to contact me with information, questions, comments, etc.


Paulin(e) Family at Tod House, 2019. Photo by Mary Homer.

George Mesher to Frederick Arthur Pauline, 1914

Letter to Frederick Arthur Pauline from George C Mesher, Architect, 14 Sep 1914

Geo C Mesher & Co Architects

Head Office: 321 Pemberton Building, Victoria BC

Branch Office: Argyle Street, Port Alberni, BC, Walter Houghton, Manager

Port Alberni, Sept 14, 1914

Dear Fred,

The only alteration I can think of to the Skilling Settlement is that he should pay the rent up to the end of the present month, but I leave it to you.  I saw Smith re the other rausk, he can do nothing at present the man he was trading with has gone to the war.  F[illegible] are going on fairly well here exepting that I have not been able to do much on account of the rheumatism in my knee which has trouble me considerably I have discharged both the Chinaman and Pryde and the Frenchman will complete his contract in a few days.  I got the latest war bulleting yesterday of the German retreat which is very consoling.

Yours Sincerely

G Mesher

George Paulin (Sr) to his granddaughter Polly Paulin, 1893

Letter from George Paulin to his granddaughter Marion (Polly) Paulin, 15 March 1893

Henley on Thames

5 Queen Villas

March 15, 1893

My Dear Polly

I was very glad to receive your letter.  I was much troubled with the thought you were all in some way afflicted.  I was glad to see Mr Goodwin to hand you were all pretty well. I hope before your receive this he will have return in safety. My wife is still unable to be received from her bed, she is tolerably in health but quite unable to use her legs.  I am so very glad that all your family are so blessed with the spirit of affection to their parents and keep themselves from the evil temptations of the wicked spirit.  May the Blessed spirit of our Redeemer rest in their hearts, that they may all prosper in their endeavors to obtain prosperity in their honest exertions in their various occupations. 

Mr Rutherford said his children were both well, and he was more resigned at his great loss which we all ought to be for the dear one is gone to rest from all anxieties and great labour to which she was


Not strong enough to sustain.  I should like to see you all again, but the distance is so great, and the expense so heavy that any anticipation is quite unlikely to be carried out.  So we must wait till we shall all meet together with our Saviour + Redeemer

Our winter was a very sharp and severe one from Nov to end of Jan frost of 24 degree:

With regards to the trustee, I think it will be better to let the matter rest until the death of Mr Cutler as it will save a great expense at the present time as his executor will see to it.  I pretty well know the lawyer they would make all sorts of obstacles to increase the length of their bill for “letter” “Journey” “Addressing” “Consultation” [illegible] I suppose all the deeds of the two houses and the settlement are in his or friends in safe custody but in the event of his death his executors are responsible for these productions. 

I think he has got himself bound to a schemer of a wife.  The idea of her leaving him and going abroad!


I cannot tell you that my health and strength is as it used to be. I suffer from lung complaint and old age. But I am thankful that my intellect is as strong as ever, to transact my business affairs in the household, and to be able to render assistance to my afflicted wife, which takes away from me much cheerfulness.  Mr Goodwin told me that Jack was helping him.  We had the photo of Fred, wife and Child, and Mr Goodwin thought we had rec one of his children, but we hadn’t.  He saw the one of his wedding in our bed room by the side of our dear Louise’s wedding photo.  All the houses are sold No 1.2.3 in Jan, No 4 to Mr Fuller, No 5 and No 6 to myself.  I should very much like you to see them, they will all look very nice.  The trees in front of my house are all very pretty.  Mr Fuller next door  No 4 cut his trees down which Mr Bennett said was very unwise.  But I think


It makes my houses look better and separate.  There is one thing I often think that my wife being such an invalid that if I am unfortunate to be unable to help myself I shall be left to myself no one to have any interest for me.  Mr Bennett 250 miles and yourselves 5000 miles away.  I keep on writing but I must soon stop. So with my love to yourself and Fred and all your family from

Yours Very affectionately

George Paulin

I am afraid you will find it difficult to read this medley

I thought the enclosed evening primrose seed might [illegible] in your garden. So I enclose a few seeds.  I expect they will not blossom this year, if they come up.  There is one sunflower seed.

Who is Who:

George Paulin – Frederick Paulin’s father

Mr Bennett – George Bennett, husband of Sarah Paulin, and daughter of George Paulin

Mr Rutherford – husband of Louise Paulin. This letter refers to their two children George and Louise

Mr Goodwin – I don’t know who he is

Mr Fuller – one of the people to purchase houses built by George, called the Queen’s Villas, in Henley-on-Thames

My wife – George’s wife Sarah Clements, and mother of Frederick and Sarah Paulin. Unsure why she is refered to in such impersonal terms to Polly (Marion) as this is her grandmother.

Mr Cutler is Mary Cutler Paulin’s brother William Henry Cutler, who was very ill at this time. He died in 1895.

Frederick Paulin to his son Frederick, 29 Nov 1887

Letter from Frederick Paulin to his son Frederick Arthur Paulin, dated Nov 29th  [1887]

Acock’s Green, November 29

Dear Fred,

It is I think sometime since I wrote a letter to BC, though the interval has been frequently represented by a newspaper to me or the other of you. During this seeming absence however I have been fully engaged in searching for a few crumbs in the matter of keeping the cart upon its wheels for things are not any better in the old country than all counts doubtless tell you, and the period of improvement in kind cannot be said to have yet come to hand.  The break front has been a hybrid one lately combining cigar selling with advertisement canvassing for an Hindustani Journal.  The more scarcely agree very well looks like up too much of this time whilst I independently they are not self-supporting or rather individually efficiently remunerative so I am jogging along. My health thank God continues good and something I am told contributes to my health rather than not.  My ground lately has been [illegible] hire Yorkshire and is so far from hours I would rather have home ground which would enable me to run back at night, but as we are not likely to have every thing just convenient to our wishes the point is yielded to the necessity.  You no doubt know Bessie left here on the Egypt 27 Oct and had a peaceful voyage.  Who were just holding on though what the Captain described as the worst weather he had witnessed for 16 years in the Atlantic.  I speculate when she will reach you and am disposed to be [illegible] you will united by find a way for her to pass your


Will it be before or by Xmas next if so it would be I know a season with you of festivity seasoned with many a thought and sentiment of House and your family connections.  We shall DV not fail to be with you all in spirit on our customary manner going through a mimic Xmas.  But not such as it[illegible] to be when my boys as well as girls roared out their cheery welcome of the fiery pudding as it lit up the circling jacks and revealed the greatest delight possible.  But shall we not yet meet all round some festive board [illegible] the final expansion in some one or more of us takes place?  I hope so!  One more union of now distracted members of an normally affectionate family will I divine and believe to be permitted us yet,  Isn’t that something grand to look forward to?

I met with a man in Leeds of the name Whitlock son of a tavern keeper there I know, who had come hours invalided from Victoria after working in a brickyard for I think Dunsmuir and coming from £12to £18 per brick there.  He said the air was too strong for him so he shifted to Chicago where he got worst and came home where I think he will stop.

Bessie’s address if 449 Dean Str Brooklyn NY.  We write in affection to you all, pass these sentiments round From your very affectionate Father.

Last Will and Testament of Elizabeth Freak, 1842

National Archives PROB 11/1968/38 – Prerogative Court of Canterbury

Elizabeth Freak

The Last Will and Testament of Elizabeth Freak late of Blackheath in county of [illegible] now of Wootton Bassett in at county of Wilts widow first and desire that all my scots funeral and testamentary charges and expenses man be fully paid and satisfied by my executor herein after named and give an beg until all my household goods and furniture plate linen wearing apparel and monies And all of [illegible] at personal estate and effects of or to which I will possess or [illegible] or over which I have any power of appointment or in disposition unto my daughter Rose Pratt as wife of James Pratt of Wootton Bassett aforesaid Gentleman as executors administrators and assignees for  hor and their own use and benefit absolutely and I appoint the said James Pratt solo executor of this my will, In witness wherefore I have hereunto set my hand this twenty eighth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine.  E Freak. 

Signed by the said Elizabeth Freak in the presence of us present at the said [illegible] who in her presence and in the presence of [illegible] have thereunto substituted our names as witnesses. A J Crowdy Ser Swindon, CJF AXford, Surgeon, Swindon.

Proved at London 15th October 1842 before the Judge by the oath of James Pratt the sole executor to whom administration was granted a [illegible] just sworn by Commission duty to administer.

Who is Who:

Elizabeth Freak (Nee Walters) was Mary Cutler Paulin’s grandmother

Rose Pratt (nee Freak) was Elizabeth’s daughter, 1811-1871

James Pratt was Rose Freak’s husband, and was a lawyer, 1798-1874. The Pratts lived in Wootton Bassett – so it appears Elizabeth moved in after the death of her husband in 1837

At the time of her death, Elizabeth had six surviving children. She left everything to just one child.

Letter from Frederick Paulin to his son Frederick, 26 May 1894

Letter Frederick Paulin to his son Frederick Arthur Pauline, 26 May 1894

Conservative Club, Temple Row, Birm.

May 26th 1894

Dear Fred,

Yours of the 3rd inst with Draneys letter reached us a few days ago, but just after I had some large posters printed relating to the other properties. There said posters I sent out to Victoria 5 days ago to Saunders, Charlie, [illegible] + Dr Morrison parties interested.  The cannery matter I will not fail to work for. I replied you will send me an estimate of the additional cost 0f putting up 10,000 cases _ we are all well but find progress in the Trustee matter very difficult.  Since W[illegible] break down so far as we can discover, access to his safe has been had by some one probably by Bennison young man now in Silesia his executor no documents +c appear to have been rushlon by turned upside down


We have found the conveyance of land at AG but not the conveyance of the Henley Property nor the trust deed of 1859.  The title (abstract of) relating to both have not yet turned up, so you see I have just changed the pen!

You will be as vexed proportionately as myself at this condition of affairs which shows that we should have been here in this business months ago.  Who to blame is difficult to say or to hold responsible for placing us in such a fix.  We are moving anything or anybody who can enlighten us and shall do so without any hesitation, because the situation is seriously expensive


There is another matter which I haven’t yet fathomed.  I refer to the contents of my Uncle John’s will.  When I was in Henley a fortnight ago I found that his will passed thro’ Mercer’s hands the solicitors for probate, so I called there but I while an old acquaintance of mine and their clerk was at Oxford.  So I wrote him a note and left it with the caretaker woman of the office to give to him asking him for information but I got no reply from him after a weeks waiting, I wrote him again attending to my former letter and request and still I have had no answer.  This seems to me mysterious! I am writing this with Ma + Violet in London where we are frequently writing or seeing about some missing deeds –


On our return to Miss Shearman’s now in a day or 2 I intend breaking the journey at Henley and finding out the reason for White’s silence. When I saw G Bennett for 2 or 3 hours last week in Derby, he said he was not aware that John Paulin had made a will or had anything to leave.  But I do and am going to bedrock to know – all this is perplexing and Clifford has broken his covenant as to time of building at A Green in a most flagrant manner.  The conveyance says not nearer than 15 yards to the public road whereas he has built within 10 yards.  This will require to be dealt with discretionally and I will carefully consider everything. We are comforted to see by the letters that you are all going on so well.  We shall be glad to be back with you again, but now we are here will finish everything + if possible leave no occasion for a future visit.

Who is Who:

John Paulin – Frederick Sr’s Uncle – will have to do more research on this.

G Bennett – Husband of Frederick’s sister Sarah, ironmonger in Derby

Clifford – unsure, but appears to be a neighbour in Acock’s Green, the family still owned Henley Lodge, but did not live there

Miss Shearman – could be the teacher in Acock’s Green who boarded George Frederick Andrew Rutherford during his education – which was at about this time. George gave his son the name Shearman as one of his middle names.

Frederick Paulin to his son Frederick, 26 June 1866

Letter from Fredrick Paulin to his son Frederick Arthur Pauline, June 26, 1886

Notepaper – Office of the Maquinaria Ferreteria y Quincalla, Ernest Street, Birmingham.  A monthly journal printed in the Spanish language in the interests of the Engineering, Hardware, iron, and metal trades, circulating throughout the Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries of the Globe.


Presenting best wishes to you and your party + compts to Mr Hawkins + Mr Gibbons and Phillips weekly post by this mail

Saturday June 26, 1886

Dear Fred,

It has been warm for two days this year here yet. Yesterday and today mark how celebrated the old country is becoming, even the weather yearns to concede what the “Grand Old Moonlighter” would fair have included in his delusions.  Brummen is undoubtedly largely affected by the chopping see-saw condition of the political world and how the weather has recorded how it can be put about! And the improvement or recovery has only just been possible by the present hope and prospect that the Grand old Thimblerigger is at last detected and disgraced.

It has occurred to me that you might when you can manage it send me a letter on commerce and the progress of trade in your district for publication in the Ironmonger or Martinton Smith or British Mercantile Gazette as they may come to accept such at plated intervals of the year for a consideration, of course.  Please tell George that I called at Brimeads[?] on Wigone[?] St this week in London as to their approving him their agent in Victoria and District and Mr B said he should be very pleased and will send out the necessary lists paper terms per Turner Beetow [?] & Co, so this is good news for the piano member.  I went also to Chappell &Co who say they will send a consignment of music, but it has not been yet officially announced to me so pointedly as M Brimsmead who is celebrated for respectability and means in every way as good a house as any in the UK or Europe.

I [illegible] circular of the Victoria kettle.  The Co say they will send out ½ gross to British Columbia to you +Co.  I thought [illegible] it would be just the thing for the Paulin Bros firm to handle and they acquiesced at once.  The matters is the best I have ever seen see paper indised called “the Dominion” three men jumping on it has no discouraging effect – is not a [illegible] affair


Where I have not yet been

Is being exhibited at the Colonial Exhibition and I by accident met the patentee and maker at Perrys [illebigle] on Holbourn Viaduct.  His name is Gale but I have mislaid his circular with his address on it is some place beginning with W in PQ (Province Quebec I spose) Canada nad he told me his sone was now in Victoria to do business with this Dominion Matters. I have given him your name at Box 112 PO so you may hear from him.  Tell Ernest I will look W&B up as to the lamp question and Kynoch as to the Blue Boler + the Stanley Works as to the photo frames but I have very little time beyond that which is occupied in efforts to keep the pot boiling and it doesn’t boil over a very vigorously in fact it is slow to boil at all, and very trying sometimes.  Your dear mother is improving, seems gaining strength a bit, having apparently derived benefit from cod liver oil which is the last tried remedy.  The Henley Folks seem well.  The Regatta takes place the week after next, and will last 3 days this year because there are not to be more than 2 in a heat. The finish is to be at the point, not at the Bridge. Doesn’t this allusion show the Regatta to your mind most plainly? It will be present to my mind tho’ not literally to my vision. We are pleased to hear you are all well that the country is enjoyable climate ditto, feeling good, prospects we hope ditto, and we sincerely trust that some of the good things will be secured by the Paulin Bros firm which the CPC, the clearing off by fire of Vancouver, the Pacific being or the variety of developments in your new enterprise may place in your way or within reach.  We notice “Bold Soldier” is keeping in the race and you home with the united love of your belongings here, the sincere wish for your unity + combination in the march forward the sincere regard from of your Affectionate Father.

Frederick Paulin to his son FA Pauline, 11 Jun 1883

June 11, 1883

My dear Fred,

I have been unable to send you definite news respecting myself before this.  As you know I have been suffering from sudden tactics by Trolx and just got on again with WB Glass & Co Cigar and Cigarette Manufacturer Bristol.  As far as I can judge my inconvenience of late can be (with health) easily repaired.  The pay is £180 per ann. + 10% on all sold “excess” over 200 £ a month with 15% deducted on bad debts made. It is I think a fair arrangement + I have an agreement coupled with an assurance for a permancy.  So with good luck it is the best thing I have yet had in the cigar way.  Glass & Co one side to be people with money my pen would write it plain.


We are all tolerably well and always looking out for a letter from Winnipeg. I saw Blaunton last evening Sunday at Mr Gilchrist’s house. He arrivd from Brandon Wednesday night last. He will bring out house with you at Winnipeg on his way back (1st August) when he returns any thing which may suggest itself to you to be of service commercially or otherwise.  Is there any agency which you could work? Shall I send you the box of cards price lists +c from Suttons.  They will send them back to me if you would like to have them.  Blaunton is going in for cattle medicines from Day Son + Hewetts firm I think.

Worcester Festival came off last Thursday. I went.  Weather was better than it was 3 years back.  We dined at The Hop Market Hotel – choir clergy + organist.


The beadle of course was of the party no other visitors.  The Dr supported chair on left + I next him.  I told him at dinner table there was one occasion which you especially regretted missing + that was the visit to Worcester.

The service passed off well + all returned edified by the day’s proceedings.   Mr Preston Senr generally enquires after you.  Could you send some Jel I thing?

The “John Bright” demonstration has absorbed Birm today.  The procession was endlessly lengthy beginning at Sewall Heath – Paper with account thereof – will go with this letter.  My opinion of the proceedings is you may guess a no 1 – very bright one.

Barton of Brandon tells me a dollar with you is about equal to our “bob” here as a medium of change + barter.


We have had an immeasurably dry spring here and rain is much wanted, this in some parts of England it has fallen within these last few days in large quantities. Our turn soon I s’pose.  The garden looks fairly well.  I put some marrow plants out Sat last on same site remodelled as last year. A row of runners the entire width of strip nearly say 30 yards, is doing well as last year under bottom hedge – annuals, pansies + other thing with kignonellea promise well.  The Henley fold are I think all right.  Louise smiles cheerfully from Swansea – plenty of good living and bathing just reworked ought to suit her.

Our united affection to you my boy – from your very affectionate father.

Frederick Paulin to his son, April 23, 1886

Acock’s Green, Good Friday Apr 23 – [1886]

My dear Fred,

We have no news yet from your side as to the Emigrants movements since the cablegram from New York + Ernest saying “All well.”  This was very welcome intelligence and we speculate now daily as to the contents of the next letter which we think will be either from Ernest giving us an account of the voyage or one from George or yourself as to your meeting and may be as to the prospected arrangements as to allotment in the way of lodging + boarding whether together in 1 household or apart in sections.  Strauss + Leydel of 80 Chartlotte St promised me to send you their illustrated sheet of Hammocks (portable) as to whether they will be of any use to you in the way of business amongst


The touring camping part is in your district.  Let me know if there is anything likely to be of pecuniary service to you on this side so that it can be made available for you.  We are projecting some gardening next week, Jack has his holidays to help me with, and I intend having Mansfield to plough our patch for potatoes only this year.  The season is a very late one with us and very cold draughty winds sneak between the rifts of sunshine and make the weather influences very trying to one’s system.  I am not quite right somehow but perhaps when the summer really arrives I may improve.  Business continues bad on this side though the immediate front is brightened by the expected result.


From the Colonial Exhibition to open with the May month. Our gracious Queen will come out to a first or to make the opening day London is jubilant with expectation and as the Queen has lately more frequently been seen there, the grumbling about her constant seclusion is less frequent. One or two on dailies have recently contained leaders on the great future of your country.  The Canadian Pacific uses at 67, but with the increased intended dock facilities at Halifax and the contemplated new lines of pacific steamers +c +c The development of your port of the world will assuredly become an accomplished fact in spite of the doings a Cape Court, and


You no doubt being on the spot see this more distinctly than we are able to here.  So that our all round conclusion is one of much promise + hope for you all and that if may prove so is on united fervent wish.  I have a quotation of L8 Saloon her head on the “Eggplant” National Line which is very low she has lately had £4 000 spent on her Saloon portion + I suspect the rail rate from Atlantic to Pacific will be welcome no quotation yet very tempting to moderate.  I am still pegging away but the results are not with the labours pro rata – we all united in affection and hope for the prospects + health of our northwest contingent.

From your affectionate father.

Frederick Paulin to FA Pauline, Easter 1886

Acock’s Green Easter Sunday [not stated – but 1886]

Dear Fred

Two days since Good Friday I wrote you + your brother George both in one envelope the contents were in general expectation +c of hearing of the safe arrival at your end of Geo and of Ernest’s details as to the ship’s expenses between Liverpool and N York.  All these details came to hand yesterday, Saturday in letters from George, Ernest, Herbert + Ernest’s wife so that we are now more at ease and know enough to afford us a considerable amount of comfort that thus far all is well with ours away.  We have a reminder of George’s letter of the great kindness W Hawkins exhibited to us in his most thoughtfully disinterested letters


Of precious information which he sent us respecting your illness at a time when the outcome of result was in no way assured or certain and we confess it that amongst the many mental [illegible] appertaining to the despatch of voyagers W Hawkins was entirely overlooked. And now we learn is endeavouring to secure George an organist’s position! We trust this peculiarly handsome behaviour will be fittingly recognized.

Herbert seems to have escaped the ordinary amount of trying that sickness and unites in confidence we hope now soon to hear from Ernest + party that they too


Are with you and what you agreed plans are and to what extent the agencie Ernest has one likely to serve the “Paulin Syndicate” in BC, also whether there is anything else I can move on this side across to your side.  Let Ernest + wife

Habberfield Short 91 Queen Victoria Street London

When he has l[illegible] on business + the general outlook, because they if sufficient encouragement exists, be of value to the said “Paulin Syndicate”

And Habb + Short wishes to learn more as to the new colony +c.  I have as think in the way of news to tell you beyond what I have written on Friday. 2 days ago.


And I fully expect that the news will rest in a great proportion with your side from which we shall frequently expect to hear.  I am attending a few days gardening in the next week – Easter week = and hope the weather will permit it.  I am sending you Goddard’s newspaper “The Period” by their post also “The Weekly Mercury”.  We are greatly consoled by George telling us he found you jolly and trust all will be jolly yet.  The clouds do seem to be rolling by really! Our united love to all

From your affectionate father.

Where Bessie Lived, 1887

In a letter from her father Frederick Paulin, to his son Frederick, dated 28 December 1887, he talks about writing to his daughter Bessie, who had emigrated to the United States that year.

She arrived in New York City 15 Nov 1887. She lived in Brooklyn, NY. The letter to her brother provided her addresss as 449 Dean Street, Brooklyn. It is not clear how long she lived there, and there is the suggestion that she moved a lot.

So where is this place? I searched on google and found this image on streetview. It appears to be 447-449 Dean Street. The area is under a bit of development, but across the street there are still some older, low rise apartment buildings.

Building which appears to be 449 Dean Street. Now boarded up, but clearly a low-rise apartment building. From Google street view
Map of Brooklyn from Google – 449 Dean Street 2020