18th Feb 1862 (To Mother)

My dear Mother, It is with pleasure I write you these few lines trusting they find you enjoying good health. I had a letter from Aunt Agnes a few days ago, she is quite well. I have written to her … Continue reading

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18th Feb 1862 (To Aunt)

To  Miss A Johnston Matron The Spinning House Cambridge England My dear Aunt I received your welcome letter and was glad to hear you were enjoying good health. I had no time to answer it before last Mail as at … Continue reading

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2nd April 1862

My dear Mother I received your letter today. You astonish me when you speak of letters and papers being sent to me. It is a good two months since I got your last letters and as for papers, none has … Continue reading

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18th May 1862

My dear Mother It is with pleasure I again sit down to write to you although I did not keep my word in writing last Mail; it was not laziness. I have been working night and day for sometime as … Continue reading

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31st May 1863

My dear Mother I hope this will find you enjoying good health as I am happy to say it leaves myself and young Jim. He is growing a fine little chap. All day long he is with me in the … Continue reading

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19th Nov 1864

My dear Mother With pleasure I sit down to write you these few lines trusting they will find you quite well and in good health. E’er this, you have received my letter of last Mail and as I mentioned in … Continue reading

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5th Dec 1864

My dear Mother

No doubt you are surprised at hearing from me. I have often thought of doing so, but I felt backward, however I trust you will excuse me in so doing. James wrote to you last mail and told you that I was going to write to you, so I now with great pleasure sit to write these few lines to you and trust to hear from you by next mail; and may I ask you for your likeness which you may be sure will be prized by me. I will not say much in this letter but will give you some news about India in my next. Trusting this may find you enjoying good health. We are doing well just now, thank God; and now with our fond love

I remain your affectionate

Daughter in law

Letitia Jane Johnston

Please address

Mrs J Johnston

College Press

Roorkee

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20th Dec 1864

My dear Mother

I trust this finds you as it leaves me in the enjoyment of good health. I was at the Post Office yesterday morning when the English Mail came, but no letters for J.J. however I expect one next mail.

I suppose it is getting cold in Auld Reekie (Editor’s note: Edinburgh) now. We have it pretty sharp in the morning and evening but pleasant during the day.

There is nothing new stirring here. We have had the Bishop of Calcutta here, which caused a little stir; there were a number confirmed of the European community and 32 native Christians.

I am very busy in my press just now. We are getting a great deal of work from the Punjab Govt. I’ve been wondering if Mr Boyd has seen a publication that we issue every quarter; a number of copies have been sent to England to subscribers, it is called “Professional Papers on Indian Engineering”. If you think he may have seen it, ask him what he thinks of the ‘get up’-there is not a better printed book done in India-so that is blowing my own trumpet.

Letty is all right, only she’s grumbling away and making great preparations for some event that is going to happen about February, I believe. I suppose it’s a comet or an eclipse or ‘something’.

Little Jamie is growing a fine boy. I am thinking of sending him to Simla, to Bishops College.

And now my dear mother, a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you when it comes – they don’t take any notice of New Years day here at all.

Letty joins me with fond love; with kind remembrances to all enquiring friends, hoping to hear from you soon

Your affectionate Son

Jas Johnston

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21st Feb 1865

My dear Mother I hope this finds you as it leaves all here-all well. In your last letter you mentioned having sent 3 papers, some of which arrived here. I enquired about them but to no use. I received the … Continue reading

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21st Jan 1866

My dear Mother A Happy New Year to you – it is some time since I got a letter from you, not since you sent me your likeness, I hope you are quite well and jolly. And I have not … Continue reading

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