A 19TH Century Canadian Time Capsule

She also apparently writes a letter on a ‘sheet of paper with the picture of Halifax on it’ to the Queen, perhaps the author’s way to subtly request historical restoration on the Prince’s Lodge:

MY DEAR QUEEN VICTORIA
I heard last summer that you went to Scotland, and I hope you will soon come to Nova Scotia, which is New Scotland, and if you bring some of your treasure with you, the Prince’s Lodge, where your father lived, can soon be repaired, and your ships can stay in Bedford Basin, which is very large and
beautiful. Your Majesty need not be afraid to bring the Princess Royal, and the Prince of Wales, for the Indians do not scalp people now, and the Acadians that are in the country are very peaceable. I suppose Your Majesty and Prince Albert have read in Haliburton’s History, what shocking things they used to do, but that was when the other Governors lived here- and when George the Third was King of England, a great while ago; and Lord Falkland is our Governor now, and he does not live in a fort as La Tour was obliged to do, -and if Your Majesty does not like to stay in your ship, while your carpenters are mending your father’s house, I suppose you would stay there, but I hope you would let the children come to my mother’s, and if you could see my pleasant room, when the sun is shining on the harbor, you would think Nova Scotia was a very pretty place. I willgather you some May flowers, and some Linnea, and I hope you will come in the summer, because it is more pleasant then. I am a little girl of eight years old, and I shall be nine on my next birth-day and it will soon be here, and I want to send you this letter, that you may know your father’s house wants mending, and I think it is a shame it should all go to ruin. He was called Prince Edward when he was here, and he was a soldier, and we all love you and want to see you, but I hope you will let the little Princess come too.
I am your affectionate subject,
GRACE SEVERN “

This only begs the question “Was it normal for young Colonial girls to write letters to Queen Victoria?”

Challenge to future authors and historians:

I have often thought this period in Nova Scotian history would afford good materials for a novel;-the contrast between their peaceful homes, and the sudden desolation that befell them; the heart-rending separations;-the fierce struggles. If I ever write a novel, I shall select this removal of the Acadians.