February 27, 1862
I received your letter on the 26 November and was surprised to hear that my dear father and sister were dead. I cannot think the reason why some of you did not let me know of their death before. When you write again let me know if he was ill long and where he was. Tell John I cannot think the reason he has not wrote to me. Tell Mary to write to me and let me know how she is.
I am happy to hear you have got a good place of your own and that the girls are able to work for themselves. I hope they will be good girls and keep their places.
William is the only one we have to fetch wood and cut it as Gersham is about 500 miles from home at a new diggings. He walked overland. You will think it very strange that he rambles about so. It makes me very miserable to have him so much from home. He left very downhearted but hearing of so many people making their fortunes he went to see what he could do as the diggings here are not very prosperous. The diggers where we live are all quite decent people but where Gersham is they are Melbourne diggers the greater part. I hope he may get something worthwhile that he may stop his rambling.
We spent a very dull Christmas, while you were complaining of the cold we were complaining of the heat, though the weather here is not so warm in the summer as it is in America.
I can say what you can't I gathered green peas and dug new potatoes for Christmas. We can gather a bunch of flowers all the year round.
I have got another little son he is two months old, his name is Charles Edward.
It is about two months since Gersham left. We do not know what he is doing as we have not heard from him since he got there.
We send this letter by James Robinson. He came out with us. You must treat him kindly for my sake, he has been very kind to me. He is a very quiet, steady, young man, he takes no spirits of any kind.
Tell Christian I should like to see him and pull his whiskers for him but I suppose that is impossible. I am beginning to get old and not able to travel.
I have no more to say at present but as soon as I hear from Gersham I will write again. I hope that you will not forget to write to me as the rest have forgotten me. I was very much hurt to hear of so many deaths but we must expect this in large families. We are all well as I hope you are.
The children send their love to you all.
Your affectionate sister
We write this in haste. Mary is going to write to Theophilus.
Elizabeth's father died on 9th January, 1859 and her sister Martha Molyneux, wife of Thomas Hutton, and mother of four young children, died on 7th July, 1861.
The John mentioned is her brother John Molyneux and Mary is her sister Mary Ann Molyneux, the wife of David Younker.
Gersham, at the time this letter was written, was at the Otago goldfields.
Charles Edward Moore Curtis was born at Collingwood on 8th December, 1861