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Room in which Burns was born, - Alloway
A postcard, postdated August 1, 1905, bearing a message in George Boyd MacMillan's handwriting addressed to "Miss L.M. Montgomery". George Boyd MacMillan (1881-1953) was a Scottish journalist and writer, and a favourite correspondent of L.M. Montgomery. The two were first introduced, by letter, in 1903, through an American writer who was developing a circle of literary pen friends. Although Montgomery and MacMillan only met briefly in-person, during her 1911 honeymoon in Scotland, their voluminous exchange of letters, postcards, and gifts continued until late 1941, just months before Montgomery's death. PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT: "I am writing this card in the room you see portrayed here. The bed in the corner was where the poet was born. Homely place isn't it? [P.S. this pen might have been the one used by the poet too; it is so beastly scratchy!] GBM.", MacMillan, G. B. (George Boyd), Other LMM Collections. Special Items., Donated by Joanne Craig.
Northport, Maine
A postcard, postdated August 22, 1912, bearing a message from Arthur John Lockhart (a.k.a. Pastor Felix) addressed to "Mrs. Macdonald (L.M. Montgomery)". Reverend Arthur John Lockhart (1850-1926), a poet from Lockharteville, Nova Scotia, who published under the pseudonym Pastor Felix, was a correspondent and friend of L.M. Montgomery. Lockhart was also the uncle of Nate Lockhart, L.M. Montgomery's first 'beau' from her schooldays. Emily Climbs (1925) was dedicated to 'Pastor Felix.' PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT: "Winterport. Weds. Aug 21, 1912. I felicitate you, my friend! My daughter Mary is held by such a 'bond' as yours, - only it is two-ply now. She could not visit us, though Robert is reported as angelic and cries not, but is in glee, when they put him in his bath. I wrote to her (and the quotation may fit you - sametime) these lines of Margaret Alden: "Dainty room with snowwhite beds, where, like flowers with petals curled, rest in peace two dreaming heads, that is mother's little world!" My recent visit to Northport accounts for this card. Felix", Lockhart, Arthur John, 1850-1926, Other LMM Collections. Special Items., Donated by Joanne Craig.
1907 All Greetings to the New Year
A postcard, postdated December 29, 1906, bearing a message addressed to "Miss Maude Montgomery". The postage stamp is from the United States and the postmark is Boston, MA. PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT: "Dear M: Many thanks for Christmas gifts - they are lovely! With love and best wishes, Alma", Other LMM Collections. Special Items., Donated by Joanne Craig., The identity of Alma is unknown.
A Corner, Big Game, Canadian Pavilion, Scottish National Exhibition, Edinburgh, 1908
A postcard, postdated September 2, 1908, bearing a message in George Boyd MacMillan's handwriting addressed to "Miss L.M. Montgomery". George Boyd MacMillan (1881-1953) was a Scottish journalist and writer, and a favourite correspondent of L.M. Montgomery. The two were first introduced, by letter, in 1903, through an American writer who was developing a circle of literary pen friends. Although Montgomery and MacMillan only met briefly in-person, during her 1911 honeymoon in Scotland, their voluminous exchange of letters, postcards, and gifts continued until late 1941, just months before Montgomery's death. PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT: "Here's something that will interest you as a Canadian. I am at present on holiday and have been visiting the Exhibition at Edinburgh. It is a lovely sight, they have a fairy fountain which I feel sure would give you ecstasies, Wish you had been there to see it! Will endeavor to describe it in my next letter. Am sending you by this mail, a novelty in postal souvenirs which I trust will give you pleasure. Regards GBM.", MacMillan, G. B. (George Boyd), Other LMM Collections. Special Items., Donated by Joanne Craig.
For a Bright Future
A postcard, postdated May 31, 1910, bearing a message addressed to "Miss L.M. Montgomery" from her great-aunt Mary Lawson. PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT: "My Dear Niece: - I must write to thank you for the copy of your book, which you so kindly sent to me. I have read it through and liked it very much indeed. It is certainly worthy of praise. From your loving aunt who sends her best wishes for your continued success. Mrs. Lawson, Summerside.", Lawson, Mary Macneill, Other LMM Collections. Special Items., Donated by Joanne Craig.
The Lion [Rock] Cavendish P.E. Island
A postcard, with an indecipherable date, bearing a message from Ella Campbell addressed to "Mrs. Ewen Mcdonald". Ella Campbell (née Johnston) was Montgomery's cousin George Campbell's wife. PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT: "Dear Maud, I am mailing you a little gift from Maud. We wish you all a very happy Xmas and Glad New Year, Lovingly Ella", Campbell (née Johnstone), Ella, Other LMM Collections. Special Items., Donated by Joanne Craig.
After Rain
Postcard addressed to Miss L.M. Montgomery, Cavendish PEI Canada. Bearing no message. Postage stamp is from the United Kingdom and the postmark is from London., Possible connection to "Foaming Billows" (March 4, 1907) postcard which is assumed to be sent to L.M.M. by Reverend Ewen (Ewan) Macdonald (1870-1943). Macdonald and L.M. Montgomery had become secretly engaged in 1906, shortly before his departure to Scotland, although they did not marry until 1911, following the death of Montgomery's grandmother., Other LMM Collections. Special Items., Donated by Joanne Craig.
Scotch Firs, Wastdale
A postcard, postdated November 5, 1906, bearing a message in George Boyd MacMillan's handwriting addressed to "Miss L.M. Montgomery". George Boyd MacMillan (1881-1953) was a Scottish journalist and writer, and a favourite correspondent of L.M. Montgomery. The two were first introduced, by letter, in 1903, through an American writer who was developing a circle of literary pen friends. Although Montgomery and MacMillan only met briefly in-person, during her 1911 honeymoon in Scotland, their voluminous exchange of letters, postcards, and gifts continued until late 1941, just months before Montgomery's death. PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT: "Here's a card which I procured to send you some time ago, but some-how or other it has always been left over in favour of later ones. What do you think of red Scotch firs? Isn't this group lovely? Enough to confirm you in your belief in tree-personality! Thanks very much for the two lovely cards you sent recently. They were beauties, specifically the "Breath of Spring." I prize both very greatly. Am expecting your letter by every mail now. With kindest regards. Yours sincerely, GBM.", Other LMM Collections. Special Items., Donated by Joanne Craig., Wastdale, an older spelling of Wasdale, is a scenic area in the English Lake District.
Baron's Hall - Doune Castle
A postcard, postdated June 27, 1906, bearing a message in George Boyd MacMillan's handwriting addressed to "Miss L.M. Montgomery". George Boyd MacMillan (1881-1953) was a Scottish journalist and writer, and a favourite correspondent of L.M. Montgomery. The two were first introduced, by letter, in 1903, through an American writer who was developing a circle of literary pen friends. Although Montgomery and MacMillan only met briefly in-person, during her 1911 honeymoon in Scotland, their voluminous exchange of letters, postcards, and gifts continued until late 1941, just months before Montgomery's death. PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT: "Here for our Printer's Annual Excursion. The town is Doune. If you have read "Waverley" (as I have no doubt you have) you will remember that it was to Doune Castle that the hero of that story was conveyed by the Highland captors after the escape from Gilfillan and his band. Your post card of Charlottetown Harbour was magnificent, I liked the rainbow sheen on the water. GBM.", MacMillan, G. B. (George Boyd), Other LMM Collections. Special Items., Donated by Joanne Craig., G.B. MacMillan references L.M. Montgomery's June 1906 postcard, "Charlottetown's Beautiful Harbor, Prince Edward Island."