W2898 TO REV. THOMAS BAKER from his son David Bogue Baker
Jun 8 1851
To: Rev. Thomas Baker Brantford, Canada West
From: Port Sarnia, Canada West
My Dear Father,
You are no doubt anxious to hear of my whereabouts
which I am as anxious to inform you.1 I arrived here last
night accompanied by my faithful friend Dodgson, after a
walk of 120 miles through such roads as never were traveled
save by the poverty stricken inhabitants of a land of Black
ash and Tamarack Morasses.
I have transgressed I confess in not previously asking
your advice and took such a bold step. But I trust you will
overlook this act of presumption and my future movements
shall be directed by your better judgement.
I have now arrived at the prettiest place I have ever
seen. To morrow [sic] I shall go to Detroit where I have
good reason to believe I shall find no difficulty in
obtaining a good situation, in the mean time I shall take
good care that I do not Run myself so Short of money that I
cannot "sport my helm" for home in case of a storm of
Adversity--Hoping the above will meet your smiles as well as
those of Mrs. Baker to whom I wish to be Kindly Remembered
together with Kiss for little Mary.2
I Would Remain Your
D.B. [David Bogue] Baker
P.S. As soon as possible I will write again untill [sic] which time I cannot give you my address.
P.S. Excuse great haste a bad pen and Very Bad paper.
1 David left for the states unexpectedly without asking his father's permission. See W2896.
2 Mrs. Baker is Mary-Jane (McIlwaine) Baker, Rev. Thomas Baker's second wife and David's stepmother. Mary is Mary Baker McQuesten (nee Mary-Jane Baker), Thomas and Mary-Jane's first and only child together, David's half-sister. Born October 10, 1849, she would have been only 20 months old at this time.