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Catalog Number 1980.80.5.3
Object Name Letter
Title Letter from Mary Leslie to Joe Smith, 1890
Date 10/27/1890
Year Range from 1890
Year Range to 1890
Description Letter and envelope. .1 & .2 letter and .3 envelope. From Mary Leslie, Guelph to Joseph Smith, c/o Edward Smith, Eramosa Road, Guelph, 1890.
.1 and .2 - Five page letter, handwritten in ink on two sheets of aged white paper. Each sheet is single folded. .1 has page 1 and page 5 written on it. .2 has pages 2, 3 and 4 written on it.
Letter is dated: "Guelph, Oct. 27, 1890." It is addressed to "Dear Joey" from "Your sincere friend, Mary Leslie."
This is a personal letter. Mary Leslie states that she thinks Joe's "sketches very good" and asks if any of them are "original."
She notes that he does not have a very good pen for the work and advises him to get a " ?? quill - it is steel. You could (I think) get it at Waters."
Letter further reads: " I received your letter in New York, and I was very pleased with it; the writing is beautiful. I am glad you have the sense not to despise good penmanship as many do; a badly written letter often does the writer injury; by putting the reader in a bad temper; but yours can never do that. I know a little about re-touching photos - not much. I saw before leaving New York a beautiful wood engraving - engraved from nature, on the block - a landscape; I also saw some fine photos by an amateur who had photographs himself on horseback and on foot, touching the apparatus by electricity. I will send you some wood-engraving before the spring, and bring ? the photo on porcelain I promised; and in the meantime I want you to sketch away, and if possible photograph your sketches; and try and sketch from memory and nature; think of a thing, till its clear in your own mind, and then try and sketch it.. Think of some little picture which has impressed you, which you love, and try and sketch it..... There is a plan in my mind and not in mine alone - five other ladies are engaged who are in trying to start a ladies College, in Guelph, if possible, but if not somewhere in Canada. Some of these ladies have great means, and others great ability, and peculiar views about the best methods of education. Our College will be what a school-boy would call "tip-top"; and it can hardly get into full working order under eighteen months from this time. The course will be longer than that in Hyli? and more expansive; and in connexion with it will be a small magazine published for the benefit of the pupils, with the object of teaching them unconsciously and pleasantly, as "St. Nicholas" does. I will send you a number of St. Nicholas to give you an idea of what I mean; but that magazine is full of Americanisms, which mar its beauty and usefulness. Our magazine would want a photo-engraver, and I have power enough to promise you the position, if you have the power to fill it, by the time we are ready. Some of our illustrations will be from old and excellent wood engravings where the copyright has run out, some original, and here is another chance for you. I shall the editor; and I will write a few lines of rhyme to one of your little pictures to illustrate what I mean; and I will send you a specimen of the kind of work for the new magazine. - I am very busy indeed, and for that reason I can hardly entertain visitors for the week or ten days I am here. My sister is going to spend the winter in Meaford and I in the States, but I shall be back in the spring permanently. In the meantime, I will send you ? the post some paper which I think better than yours, especially for colours; and the specimens I speak of ; which you must take care of till I see you again, as some of them may be available for the magazine. - We have to pack up and wind up matters here and I am very busy. With love to R? and all good wishes for all of you. I am dear Joe Your sincere friend, Mary Leslie."
.3 Envelope - addressed to "Mr. Joseph Smith, c/o Mr. Edward Smith, Eramosa Road, Guelph." In lower left corner stamped: "Guelph, Ont. Canada / AM OC 30 /90". In upper right corner is yellow one cent Canada Post stamp with image of Queen Victoria printed on it.
People Leslie, Mary
Smith, Joe
Smith, Edward
Search Terms Eramosa Road
Waters Brothers Picture Gallery
Dimensions .1-.2 Letter: 20.25 x 13. 25 cm. - L x W
.3 Envelope: 13.75 x 7.75 cm. - L x W