The following letter was transcribed for us by Mike Salmon, email@example.com from his collection of Prince Edward Island Covers.
Addr. To Ralph Wornum Esq., Bedford Place, Hampstead Road, London.
B/S Prince Edward Island No 22 1852. (Lehr P5) Ms. 1/- in black
London receiver Dec 21 1852
Charlotte Town, P.E. Island
Gulf of St. Lawrence
12th Nov 52
My Dear Ralph
I need hardly say how much we were all shocked at the receipt of your letter informing us of your dear fathers death. Who was, however, true a new church man for that event to find him unprepared; and the certainty of this must give comfort, though it cannot remove the feeling of the heavy loss his departure must occasion in the circles of which he truly was the centre & the life- for myself I never knew a more upright, straight forward and intelligent man! And he is one of those I look forward to having one day the pleasure of meeting again. And till then dear Ralph I must try & do as he always did "set the house in order" which I may Please God do here has done not hope to do here after talking of order it is no more than we might have been sure of, that your dear father left all his affairs perfectly arranged so that his last hours would not be disquieted by worldly anxieties, and Alfred has only to step to the helm which had always been so ably and skillfuly governed by the venerated pilot who has now entered the haven where no storms disturb and where danger is unknown here we all rejoiced dear Ralph that you are prospering in the Government School of Design and the more so because we are sure that any advantages you may derive from it, are more than repaid by the enlightened strenuous aid which you impart to that excellent institution. Kitty & Mimmey write in love to your dear Mother & Lizzy, your sisters and Alfred and
I am ever Dear Ralph See also:
yours affectionately & faithfully
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