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James Johnston to Hannah Suffel, 27th April 1851


The honour of a devoted heart now beating with hope now trembling with anxiety is offered to you – is yours. Reject it; scorn it, it is yours – I do not write to tell you that I can love you that I wish to love you that I ask the privilege to love you, I write simply to tell you that I do love you and that which a passion so ardent a feeling so profound that in spite of all the obstacles which interpose, I have been compelled to venture this declaration.

To say that you are beautiful, graceful, accomplished – that you are fair and lovely – that you are admirable in all that makes women admired is but to echo the words or embody the thoughts of all around you – All acknowledge your attractions but I feel them and I cannot be so false to my own heart as to conceal the emotions from the object to which they tend.

Lady my position is humble but not so are my aspirations and my hopes for I have dared to love you – I have not the gift of fortune yet I am seeking what the wealth of the universe could purchase from me – Your love let it be still as it has been the bright star of my destiny. Let it be the goal of my ambition and you shall see how bravely I will endeavor to deserve what I will aspire to the favour that can give unbounded happiness to.

Your devoted admirer

James Johnston

They were married eight months later.

James hand wrote this himself, in startlingly good penmanship. The letter is frequently on display at [Upper Canada Village]( — ‘Upper Canada’ is an old name for the province of Ontario Canada.

They were my great-great-great-grandparents (maybe another great in there). I have no real information beyond that, other than, I suppose, they had at least one child :-)


Written by hutch

December 30, 2008 at 7:20 pm

A Tempting Solution to Bothersome Browsers

Using this plugin, your MSIE users will see your website with a grayscale color
This plugin helps people moving away from Internet Explorer: it turns
the colors of your website to a grayscaled version.

You can get it here

UPDATE: This was an attempt at humour, even though this plugin is so tempting it hurts… Nah! I’m resolved! I’m going to use it somewhere!

Written by hutch

October 27, 2008 at 7:26 am

Bad Unix Jokes

In csh:

hutch% got a light?
csh: got: No match.

A long time ago it used to say “Sorry. No Match.” — things are a little ruder these days.

Sorry about that. Some kind of flashback I think.

Written by hutch

September 11, 2007 at 11:22 am

Hamiltonian by xkcd

Hamiltonian a cartoon by Randall Munroe

I almost choked on my pizza when I read this :-) What a flashback to a former life (I used to do a lot of scheduling and optimisation heuristic design).

Written by hutch

March 2, 2007 at 7:54 pm

Posted in Ya Gotta Smile

The Hockey Pond

Arni Mikelsons and his company Northern Village, has produced a video called The Hockey Pond in support of The Friends of the Earth’s campaign to combat global warming. Friends of the Earth have issued a press release, Kyoto Anniversary – Canada Delaying the Kyoto Game featuring the video.

One month ago, Arni Mikelsons tried to play hockey on Guelph Lake. But what is usually frozen in mid-January was open water. Arni videoed his attempt, which can be viewed here, to tell the tale of that day. What you will see is Arni, his dog, and a demonstration of how to paddle a canoe with a hockey stick.

“It’s not right to have open water in my hockey pond,” said Arni Mikelsons. “While governments bicker, deny and continue to study future options, global warming is already affecting the lives of Canadians. I want action by my government. Cut the brawling and delays. Honour Canada’s Kyoto Promise.”

It is well worth a look (it is funny) either on Northern Village’s site or even Youtube.

Written by hutch

February 19, 2007 at 9:32 am

Schneier on Security: Non-Terrorist Embarrassment in Boston

Schneier on Security: Non-Terrorist Embarrassment in Boston, more here at Technology Liberation Front

This is an absurdity and a farce… or it should be.

Governor Deval Patrick told the Associated Press: “It’s a hoax — and it’s not funny.”

Unfortunately, it is funny. What isn’t funny is now the Boston government is trying to prosecute the artist and the network instead of owning up to their own stupidity. The police now claim that they were “hoax” explosive devices. I don’t think you can claim they are hoax explosive devices unless they were intended to look like explosive devices, which merely a cursory look at any of them shows that they weren’t.

But it’s much easier to blame others than to admit that you were wrong

Written by hutch

February 3, 2007 at 3:05 pm

Yay memes

Bill Clementson’s Blog: Yay memes

Oh, this is just silly, too silly not to join in :-)

history|awk '{print $2}'|awk 'BEGIN {FS="|"} {print $1}'|sort|uniq -c|sort -rn|head -10
 159 ls
  97 cd
  75 vi
  19 du
  18 ruby
  14 grep
   9 cp
   8 cvs
   7 rm
   7 command

Written by hutch

September 28, 2006 at 8:08 am

Posted in Ya Gotta Smile