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A WEDDING AT CAUGHNAWAGA (1882) | Surnames: Jacob, Burtin, Jamieson, Jacks, Jackson, Murray, Laurance

JACOBE-JAMISON. – At Caughnawaga, on the 23rd instant,by the Rev. Father Burtin, Louis Jacobe, to Julia Ann Jamieson, third daughter of James Jamison, of Onediga Point.

It has of late years been much the custom for writers in describing a wedding like that which took place at Caughnawaga on Monday morning, to treat their readers to copious extracts from Tennyson’s “Maud” and to speak of the “garden of girls” that bloomed on the occasion. I do not intend to follow this example, neither do I mean to discourse in rapturous terms about the glories of Mrs. Jacobe’s wedding dress or the marvellous beauties of her bridesmaids’ costumes. How is it possible, indeed, that anyone should do so.

Those who participate in a battle are utterly unable to describe events, save those which occurred in their own immediate neighbourhood, and so last night, amid the glittering throng which filled White Eagle’s house, where no doubt, many a hapless wight was conquered and enslaved by the invincible power of aboriginal beauty, it was different for any scholar, even for a schoolmaster, who is generally supposed to be able to do all kinds of impossible things, to particularize.

to that assembly and witnessing the good behaviour of the Iroquois, cannot help but admire their character. The parties who had the matter in charge seem to have gone to work with the determination to eclipse all previous Indian weddings, and if the general verdict of those present be accepted as correct, they may, with justice, claim a success.

Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. MacDonald, Mr. and Mrs. Jacks, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Jacks, Sr. Grand Chief T. Jacks, Thomas Patton and Miss Louise Jacks, MR. Louis Jackson and Miss Martin, Miss Rebecca Macnabb, of Montreal, Mrs. and Mrs. Thomas Jacobe, Mr. and Mrs. Murray, Mr. and Mrs. Laurandle, Mr. and Mrs. Laurance,

Upwards of three hundred persons sat down to dinner at this wedding, th bridecake was four storeys high and of the very best material that could be obtained for the occasion. The dinner consisted of turkey, chickens, round of beef etc. Dungeon’s band form Montreal was engaged for the occasion and to whose measures the weddings stepped the waltz, quadrille, Scotch, Irish and American dances.

Everybody had enjoyed themselves to their heart’s content. The writer cannot help but acknowledge that this magnificent wedding surpasses anything of the kind since his arrival among the aboriginal children of the soil.

Source: The True Witness and Catholic Chronicle

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