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Oct. 31st, 1872. A keen little man, not very big for his age, but quick and trustworthy. I saw him milk three cows, and manage them like an old man. He has a good home, and is much thought of.

5th February. 1874. He was at school, and is learning fairly. He has been rather troublesome of late, and disobedient to his mistress. If he persists in his obstinacy, I advised her to return him to the Home. He is not altogether to blame, as he is of rather a boisterous temperament, and requires a man to manage him.



April 17th, 1873: I now take my pen in hand to let you know I am well, I cannot go to school for we are making Sugar, but I go to Sunday school every Sunday. I like my master first-rate, and I can milk cows; we have 20 cows. April 10th, 1873.

Was at Fête held at Marchmont [Distribution Home at Belleville], 21st August, 1873, and seen by Miss McPherson.



20th Feb. 1873. Writes February 11th, I go to Sunday School every Sunday, and we have service in the Church every morning and night. I go as often as I can, and I hope God will direct me and keep me in His path.

Aug. 7th, 1873. Is in the same home with Jamie Gow, is learning the Coachmaking trade, rather slow to learn. The children were all greatly pleased with their presents.

Jan. 21st. 1874. Writes Jan 12th, 1874. “I am very thankful to you for writing to me. I am getting along very well, and so is Abram Wood; we are both learning to skate.”



Visited Aug. 1872. Has grown considerably; looks well and strong; greatly liked by her mistress, who always takes her with her when she goes to visit; getting on with her education.



Visited in Aug., 1872. Removed, as she was not getting to school; quite a little drudge. Taken Aug. 27th to get schooling, clothes etc.



Visited June, 1872. Doing well, but not a child they wished to adopt as their own, so advised to return to the home; have got her another place.



10th April, 1873. This boy, came from Bristol Union [Workhouse], 1871, and was adopted by a Quaker. Extract from History Book: – “Mother dead, Father also dead, was a Shoemaker, child admitted May 20th, 1868,” was given him, and he adopted the boy as his own, giving him a good education. Yesterday received anxious letter, saying, George had a letter from his Mother, enclosed it, in which she “wants to have her darling boy” back again, etc. (How did she get the master’s address?). Have written to her, and the superintendent, asking for further communications to be made through me, and that her boy is doing well.

Jan. 22nd, 1874. Heard good account of George, while staying in the neighbourhood of his home; his master would have brought him in to attend Miss McPherson’s meeting but for a poor sleighing. Not very quick at his books.



Feb. 17th, 1874. E. has been quite an anxiety to the family, she is so heedless. They had to part with her for a time, but still continued their interest in her, and when the family who had her were removing to another part of the country they went after her again, and now she is doing better; she is a bright, strong, healthy looking child.


ROSINA DEW (Aged 9).

June 4th, 1872. – Heard from a farmer that R. was doing nicely. Visited, and found her in a good home; much thought of. July 25th, 1872 – Mr. Maby writes she has been going to school since vacation ended; is smart to learn anything; could not part with her. August – Mrs. Maby called; wished to adopt Rosina as her own; agreed.


ROSINA DEW (Aged 11).

Was at a Fȇte at Marchmont, 7th June, 1873, and seen by Miss McPherson.

17th Feb, 1874. Mrs — has had a good deal of trouble with R. She is high-tempered, fond of her own way, and so untidy, but, with firmness, and love, she is being won over, and slowly improving. She is with kind Christian people, who have the interest of the Children at heart.


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Extracts from a report entitled: ‘Report as to the Children sent to Canada by the Bristol Incorporation of the Poor to Canada, under the protection of Miss Macpherson’, 1874. Catalogue ref: MH 32/20

  • What do these extracts infer about the experience of children in Canada?
  • How were girls and boys expected to behave and what can we learn about attitudes towards them?
  • Are these attitudes and behaviours towards children different today?
  • How valuable are comments from the foster families recorded here?
  • What do the extracts suggest about the way Annie Macpherson ran her business?