Absolutely Nothing Else To Do

30 Aug

Charleston Lake Inn
Charleston Lake, Ontario
Sep 16, 1903

From: William A Gray
To: Ruth (Barrell) Gray

My own dearest Ruthy:

Your sweet letter, of 14th inst, as interesting and pleasant to receive as any that
ever came to me, arrived this afternoon. Ordinarily we do not get mail until we come in
from fishing, but to-day started in with a heavy shower and the usual programme was not
carried out. When one is prevented from going fishing here, there is absolutely nothing
else to do. I fidgeted about the inn and finally settled down on the piaza with rifle and
ammunitions and amused myself shooting at most any thing that made a good target. I
have enjoyed the rifle very much. It has been my closest companion each day on the lake,
and anything that happened to come in sight in the game line, I cracked at. When there
was nothing else to shoot at we would shoot along the water and note where the bullet
splashed to see how far the gun would carry. I find it accurate and reliable and have done
some very good target shooting with it.

About 11:30 there was a lull in the storm and we decided to try fishing nearby until
dinner time. We barely got our hooks baited when the rain commenced to come down as
tho it had never rained before. We didn’t get any fish but notwithstanding rubber coats and
all, we were pretty thoroughly wet before we came in and had to change our clothes.

After dinner we pitched quoits for a while and then decided to take a row — all but
Chester, he not feeling very well preferred to remain at home. We rowed over to Giles
Island where we were hospitably received by Mr Giles and wife. Mr Green brought his
camera and took two pictures, as did also myself. After a short stay, we started home, as
the wind was was quite high and dark was coming on fast. I rowed the boat and the
distance being about 2 miles managed to get some exercise. 

Tomorrow will be our last fishing day if weather permits and on our way in will stop
at Giles where we are invited to dinner. Then a night’s rest and an early start for home
(sweet home). To make connections at Morristown we have either to take a morning train
from Athens, or drive to Brockville in the afternoon, a ride of 20 miles. We will choose the
former and have dinner at Brockville. Crossing over to Morristown in the afternoon and
taking a four o’clock train which will land us in New York about eight Sunday morning. So
dearie, this is the last you will hear from me until I take you in my arms Sunday morning
and give you some good big hugs and kisses. You can tell Billy and sister I will bring them
some little souvenir of the trip. I hope his cold is better and that he will be all well and
ready for some good fun on Sunday.

With much love to my own precious ones
Ruthy, Billy and Sister, I am

Your loving husband and papa


Thank Billy for his sweet letters and kisses he sent in them which were very nice
indeed. Will

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