Young Lion of the Woods eBook

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Soon after Mrs. Godfrey’s departure from Parr Town for England, Little Mag Guidon went up the St. John and settled there with some of the tribe, intending to remain until a chance of getting back to her people occurred.  She was not destined, however, to go back to her Chippewayan friends.  Jim Newall, who had so often paddled her to the settlement and back, made advances toward her, which she reciprocated till it ended in the two being married.  It appears she had won Jim’s heart during the illness of her husband.  She told one of the Lesters, shortly after Margaret Godfrey’s departure, that Newall had said to her one evening while going up to the camp from the mouth of the river, “Supposem, may be, husband Paul die, Jim Newall come wigwam.”  She replied, “When Paul die, no wigwam be there, won’t stay ’lone.”  Jim answered, “Me, you, two keep wigwam supposem.”  Doubtless, the above conversation laid the foundation of their union.  It proved to be a happy one.  In a letter from a friend to Mrs. Godfrey, a few months after her arrival home, it is stated that “Jim and Mag appear to be the happiest of mortals, their’s is true love.”  The lady who wrote the above, evidently did not consider “marriage a failure,” especially among the Indians.  In matters of citizenship, in matters of human life, in matters of society, it may be, that it would be beneficial to take a lesson or two from the lives of the Iroquois, Chippewayan, and Mic-Mac.  We certainly never read or hear that marriage has been a failure among the Indians.

When Mrs. Godfrey bade farewell to Mag Guidon, she handed her name and address, written in large, bold hand, and remarked as she handed it, “Whenever you want to send me any message, if you are about here, get some of my friends to write a letter for you.”

While Mrs. Godfrey was at Parr Town she sought an interview with the newly appointed Governor, (Thomas Carleton), who had arrived a few days before to her departure.  She made known to the Governor the losses sustained and hardships endured by her husband while in the colony.  She also stated to Colonel Carleton the noble deeds of Paul Guidon, and of his loyalty to the king.  She told of his death and of the destitute condition of his young widow.

Some months after Mrs. Godfrey had sailed for home, Governor Carleton was told that the widow of Paul Guidon was soon to be married.  He sent to a friend of Mrs. Godfrey for information, and found the report to be true.  In a few days the Governor called at the house of the friend and handed to her three guineas, to be expended for Little Mag’s comfort.

This friend Mag usually called in to see when she came to the settlement.  She was told of the Governor’s thoughtful kindness.  Mag told the friend to use the money in purchasing her wedding outfit.  Not many weeks later Mag Guidon was married to Jim Newall.

One afternoon the Governor received a note asking him if he would care to see Little Mag in her wedding costume.  He at once replied, naming a day and hour that it would be convenient for him to receive the bride.

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