22 December 1902 E. Pauline Johnson 2 page three sided letter, written on Clarendon Hotel Winnipeg stationery. An original find offered for the first time in our 1250th auction

My dear Mrs. Fanning,      
The Clarendon Winnipeg Dec. 22, 1902

My dear Mrs. Fanning,       The Clarendon Winnipeg Dec. 22, 1902

  I have not even written to thank you for all your kindness, for the best of reasons. I wished to make it a Christmas letter, and while I yet thanked you for the pleasantness of my visit to West Eden, to wish you all a very happy Christmas, and a jolly one too. Now you told me that when you got your “ranch”, the first thing you would plant out would be a bed of pansies, so I am forestalling you and send you by this mail a little d’oyley of yellow pansies. Which I want you to use on the dinner table Christmas day. These d’oyleys are very pretty made in purple, but I like the yellow myself. So made this one for you and I hope you will think of me whenever you use it. We play here Christmas night. Then leave for The East the next day. So let me know if you get the pansy d’oyley and direct your letter to, 133 Hannah St. West, Hamilton, Ontario.

I got at Nation & Shewans, a lovely pale green Cashmere for my new stage dress. The waist is trimmed with a dark moss green velvet and clouds and clouds of pale green chiffon. It is very pretty. The skirt is all of the cashmere with three circular cut ruffles at the foot and then large deep tucks right up to the waist. It has a long train and is so pretty. I shall long remember all your kindness & hospitality to me, particularly the splendid hot chicken supper. Please give my very best wishes to Mr. Fanning and also to Mr. Greenway. And my love to Bertha. I am sending her a little box of paints directed to your care. I forget her real name.

With every wish that you will have a happy merry Christmas (      ) my dear Mrs. Fanning

Yours faithfully,

E Pauline Johnson

Emily Pauline Johnson (1862-1913). The poet, also known by her Indian name Tekahionwake, was born near Brantford, Ont., the daughter of an English-woman and a Mohawk chief