A 19TH Century Canadian Time Capsule

It isn’t evident when her sisters joined her, however five years later Anne moved her school to Hollis street.

I suggest that Anne was too busy to workon the book during that year, resulting in only six pages being written from June 1845 to April 1846. With the school in order, perhaps she made plans for the next school year and polished off the book – ignoring any additional history lessons in order to take it to the publisher prior to the start of the 1846 school year.

The historical references abruptly end at the U.S. War of Independence on page 163, only two pages after the dateline of June, (1845). Only four pages later, the time line suddenly jumped to April 29th, (1846). The remaining pages provide a plea for the restoration of the “Prince’s Lodge” where Queen Victoria’s father had lived while visiting Nova Scotia, a lesson in botany, some poetry, music, and finally an abrupt ending where ‘Little Grace’ and a small friend drift away in a little boat:

If you wish to see the gay boats floating on those still and beautiful waters, I advise you to walk to the North West Arm, some fine evening just before sunset, and there if you do not find “LITTLE GRACE,” you will at least, have before you, one of the fairest “SCENES IN NOVA SCOTIA.

All four of the Grove sisters taught at the girls’ school at some point between 1840, its relocation to 97 Hollis street in 1845, through its removal to the Grove homestead in Beaverbank in 1880, and its ultimate closure in the early 1890’s. Whether ‘Miss Grove’ was Anne, Elizabeth, Helen, or Penelope may never be absolutely proven, but I feel the timing of the book and its rapid finish that doesn’t even cover the significant historical era of 1812 points to Anne.

The following school prospectus, possibly published after 1880 when the school was located in Beaverbank was also discovered by Mr. Harvey in his “Search for Miss Grove”:

Terms Per Annum

  • Young ladies under twelve $60.00
  • Young ladies over twelve $80.00<
  • /ul> The course of study for the younger children will comprehend Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, History, Geography, Natural Philosophy, Grammar, English Composition, and the French Language. Those over twelve will be taught Drawing and as they acquire sufficient

proficiency in the studies named:

  • Botany,
  • Rhetoric,
  • Algebra and Italian.
  • Lessons in Music $40.00 per annum.
  • A limited number only of pupils will be received.