The letters were tucked away for more than 130 years until Jane Tisdale (’89), fine arts conservator at the Owens Art Gallery, tracked down the Bordens’ granddaughter, Joan Borden (Smith) Harrison (’43). Harrison mentioned the letters and Tisdale drove to Halifax to see them, opened the box and began to read. history we didn’t know existed and to have documents like this is incredible.” In all, Harrison donated more than 20 letters, plus photographs and an intricate piece of embroidery, to the University archives. For Harrison, donating the letters to Mount Allison seemed like the right thing to do. “They were always kept in my mother’s desk drawer and I never read them,” she says. “I’m glad they’re in the right place now.” Oct. 29, 1879 Dear Alice, I take the liberty of sending you a copy of the “Argosy.” You may find some items in it to remind you of by-gone days. “The handwriting is very difficult to read and Joan hadn’t taken the time to decipher them herself, so it was a nice moment when I was there, reading them to her,” Tisdale says. Harrison didn’t think the letters would be of much interest to anyone. To Tisdale they were a treasure trove. “This is very exciting for us,” she says. “All the letters are dated and you can see the postmarks — 1879, 1880. It is a piece of June 17, 1880 Dearest Alice, …Now dearest, soon my own, I wish I could just tell you once more how I love you best. After 5 o’clock we will not have these barriers of etiquette to separate us. Bye my precious, for a little, Byron / 23