Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | July 10, 2016

Letter Dickinsons Landing to Dalhousie Mills, November 6 – 8, 1852.

scan0076 A a prepaid stampless letter from Kezar, Dickinsons Landing, Canada West to Angus Cattanach, Esquire, Dalhousie Mills.  The letter was sent on Nov. 6th, arrived in Cornwall two days later and then made its way to Dalhousie Mills.


Dickinsons Landing 6th Nov. 1852.

A. Cattanach Esq.

Dear Sir:

Since Mr. Kezar returned he says that he will let you have highwines (fortified wine such as Port) at two shillings and nine pence a gallon and as I stated to you he will have some ready in a week from this day.

I am   Your Ob’t (obedient) Servt (servant)

C.H. Desormier. (?)

According to Royce MacGillivray in his DICTIONARY OF GLENGARRY BIOGRAPHY, Scottish born Angus Cattanach (1796 – 1873) was a land surveyor, Justice of the Peace, storekeeper and Captain in the 3rd regiment Glengarry Militia.

There is a chance that Cattanach didn’t just want the highwines to sell in his store, but to continue his “unbounded hospitality…dispensed to friend and stranger alike with the gentleness and brace of a genuine Highland Laird.”  (MacGillivray, pg. 44.)

This is an example of local postal history in the archives at the Cornwall Community Museum.

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