The following letter was sent to me by an anonymous donor in the U.K.
Addr. to Robt. Wornum Esq. Music Hall Store St. Bedford Square London
P.E.I. CDS Sept. 12 1851 London 28 Sept. ins. 1/- black.
Charlotte Town Prince Edw’d Island Nova Scotia
10th. Sept. 1851
I rec'd your letter of the 6th. Augt on the 22nd., and nine days after, about midnight our dear Ona passed from this world of trial and suffering. The funeral took place on the Wednesday following. Although we felt sure it was a most happy release for her, who had not known the blessing of health for a long time, yet we cannot help feeling the loss of one who seemed only to live to make all happy within her sphere of influence. Give my bye to Catherine and ask to be so kind as to mention it to Mrs. Quach, with all our kindest regards to her, and to whom I have not written for fear of the risk of shocking our dear old friend Mrs Roberts, who was most attached to Ona. The paper & print you mentioned dear Robert you can forward to me by the Prince Edward, which I believe is the first vessel which will leave London for Charlotte Town after you receive this, & that I think will be sometime next April. You seem suprised that I remain here in spite of the 70 deg. below freezing. But the fact is I am quite weary of wandering about. The boys too are fixed in a profession which may help to enlarge the limited means I can possibly leave them, and besides, my grave is marked out here, and it would be quite irregular not to stay and occupy it, and more than all dear Robert I am in hopes of seeing some small reception of the Doctrine if I am patient, and as I am naturally impatient it will give me an oppurtunity of endevouring that weak point. Kitty got a nice long letter last Monday from Eliza (which I suppose will be answered in due season). We were all glad to learn from it that Ralph’s essay had gained the prize, and we shall be very glad to read it as soon as it comes out. Our Summer this year will be rather short, for the warm weather only set in about five days ago. So now we are broiling to harden us for the soon coming freezing cold. But which after all, with the aid of warm clothing and roaring fires, we do not feel as much as you might imagine.
With best love from all of us to all yours, dear Robert, believe me ever yours truly,
Note: Robert Wornum who Capt. George Bezealey wrote to invented the upright action for the piano. His father, Ralph Nicholson Wornum (29 Dec., 1812-15 Dec., 1877) became director of the London National Gallery in 1855. Alexander Beazeley married Ralph's sister. [Information from Gary Carroll]
View Tombstone and Data: [ Margaret Beazely ] | [ Simeona Beazely ]
[Interestingly, Margaret's (referred to in this series of letters as "Mother") tombstone, is one of the stones in the cemetery now known as the "Old Protestant Burying Grounds" on University Avenue (Elm Avenue), in Charlottetown. Simeona (referred to here as "Ona"), is buried nearby… The Inscriptions: Margaret, wife of George Beazely, d. Nov 13, 1850, age 49 | Simeona, dau. Of Commander and Mrs. Beazely b. Aug 17, 1821, d. Aug. 31 1851, age 30 years. Simeona's stone is a bit weathered, with some spalling and was relevelled last year. Margaret's stone is on the ground, but in excellent condition. It could be remounted on a base or simply placed in the ground, as there is a lot of blank space on the bottom of it. Do you know of any descendants who would be interested in helping to restore this stone? If so, please contact George Wright - email@example.com]
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