The Picture Letter by Catherine Sinclair
My dear Little Friend./ I take up my pen to write you a letter by the post which I hope the postman]will give you safe./ This is a grand house with fine trees and pretty flowers and plenty of birds to sing, but the cat eats so many, she ought to be hung there was a little canary in cage that she killed to day, and also a mocking bird and an owl We catch fish here with a fishing rod I fell into the lake]one day, and must have been drowned, when a man threw off his hat and his jacket and leaped out of his sailboat to save me, but the steamboat passed on without helping me at all/ A bull jumped over a fence and the poor herd was tumbled yesterday, so that his leg was broken, and his face was all cut. A beggar has been sent with a gun to shoot the naughty steer to day./ There are some funny children here, who have many pretty toys; they have a kite and a rocking horse]and a dog that barks and chases the sheep all day, and a great many rabbits and chickens to feed; they run after insects too, and eat up all the apples and pears and never read their school books so they will be like donkeys and geese all their lives; a pig once knew his ABC, and an elephant could dance a reel, so I hope you will be as wise as them, and go to School, and to church when ever the bell rings, and get up when the sun rises, to study, instead of lying in bed all day. I am going to take a cup of tea, as the urn is on the table and my egg is taken off the fire we have a very nice partridge pie and a cold turkey for breakfast, so I wish you could come and stick your fork into them with me, but you would have to travel faster than an arrow out of a bow to be here in time/ Good bye
Author/Artist: Catherine Sinclair
Publisher: James Wood [Edinburgh], Houlston & Wright and Greenwood & Co. [London], David Bryce [Glasgow]
Date: c. 1860
Description: Paper; single sheet folded to make four pages, printed on pages  – ; engraved letter with a selection of words replaced with representative coloured engraved images; 226 x 280mm.
Language: English [Scotland]