About Walter Moody
Letter from Mary Moody to her mother giving some details of her children
20th May, 1862 New Westminster
My dearest Mama,
Richard has just returned from Victoria, from Mr. Bushby's Wedding, which was a VERY gay affair - 7 Bridesmaids etc. etc. The bride and bridegroom are coming up to their new house here today, I believe. She will find it very dull, I am sure, after all the excitement she has had in Victoria as the Governor's Daughter.
28th May - The days fly past and my letters remain unwritten, however this time I have a good excuse, having had visitors for the last fortnight.
Mr. and Mrs. Crease (Attorney General) have come up to their new house near us. They arrived before the workmen were out of it, without a servant of ANY kind (The one they had at Victoria having left them on the Wharf there as they were leaving, having changed her mind about coming to B.C.!). I really felt so sorry for Mrs. Crease that Captain Parsons (during Richard's absence) advised me to go at once to see her. He went over with me and we brought her 3 little girls back, Mrs. Crease coming over in the evening to put them to bed and leaving after breakfast. They are really nice children, the only ones I know out here that I would ask to stay in the house (excepting Mrs. Grant's), the eldest 3 months younger than Zeffie. They were really no trouble and very quiet, very different to girls WITH boys. Zeffie makes more noise than all 3 of the Creases!
Zeffie and Dick are getting proud of their LEARNING, for Mary and Susan Crease can only read as well as Charlie and can't do sums at all. Charlie is doing much bettter at his lessons and there is an indefinate hope that Walter may know his letters some time or other before very long. Zeffie goes to the Doctor every day now for a music lesson. He is very good to her. Dick is going to ride with his Papa this afternoon, so we are progressing, we think.
Mary is 6 months old today, sleeps very badly at nights and has no teeth. Susan is a funny little monkey and would amuse you all with her pretty curls. Fancy my having a child with curls! But it really seems a pity to cut them off.
We have had a few mos-quitoes. I would prefer remaining if possible, tho' I am sure the sea breezes would do us all good. The climate here is very relaxing IN SPRING, very like Devonshire, which never suits either Richard or me and I am sure Zeffie feels the same.
I have been trying to induce the Doctor to give me a tonic, but I doubt if he will. He is a funny man! I really think he does not believe in Physic!
We FANCY Captain Luard has left his heart in Victoria this winter for he is what Captain Grant terms, "A kind of foggy of late". I do not know the lady but it would have been wiser, I should think, to have waited until his return to England.
It seems such a long time since we had any letters from you. The Mails still come irregularily. I long to hear what your plans are and where you settle. At this distance, we feel it is impossible to express an opinion upon the subject. I wish we were at home to help you, however we can't remain out here much longer, I should think.
I am badly off for print dresses this Summer! And none to fit me! All so big! And all my petticoats I have had to alter also. It is so tiresome. I don't think I shall send for a box just yet. I must make last winter's things do. I'll get some in Spring, if possible. One more box, I suppose, then home. I am badly off for Pelisses for Mary, having none but those which were made for Zeffie! Somewhat shabby, by this time. If I go to Victoria, I must try and make her one decent one. I have the stuff.
My Servant is going on very well. I can leave Mary with her sometimes and trust her to take her out in the afternoon, which is a great help. I only hope she may stay with me.
The Bishop is expecting 20 young women out from England, as domestics. He has 30 ladies names down as applicants for them, so I do not think many of them will be sent up here, but I must not scribble more as I have promised to go and see Mrs. Bushby this afternoon, and, as Zeffie and Susan were to go, I must get them "cleaned".
Tell Em that I am going to put Susan on the little Chintz dress. Our very best love to you all, ever my dearest mother, Your very affectionate Daughter, Mary S. Moody.