A selection of "letters written by Mary [Robertson Sedgwick] to her parents in Toronto, week by week, from the time in 1932 when she, a new bride of 20, and her husband Jimmy [Herbert Lavallin Puxley], stopped over in England to visit his family, through the voyage to India, the first romantic years getting to know people and places in India, the births of three children, the war years, and the return to Canada in 1946. ..... This book is an edited selection from more than 400 of those letters written from India mostly by Mary Puxley, with one or two by Jim Puxley, to their families in Canada and England." -- Intro., 5.
"The letters have been selected and edited by Mary and Jimmy's daughter, Molly Titus". -- back cover.
Jimmy [Herbert Lavallin] went to India as a professor of economics at St. John's College, Agra, India, a position financed by the Church of England Missionary Society. Born into a Presbyterian family, Mary became a member of the Church of England and a missionary with her husband. Jimmy Puxley was ordained a deacon in 1947 in Toronto and a priest in 1948, serving in the dioceses of Toronto and Nova Scotia.
Contents: Introduction / [Molly Titus] -- What Thrills ! -- Lumbering at Sunset, on an Elephant's Back -- Almost in the Water but Dry and Comfortable -- Tiger, Panther, Deer and Bear Abound -- He is Very Good and Comes for Love -- They Have about 3000 Guests -- A Matter of Saving a Child's Life -- A Cruiser in the Harbour -- The Furlough -- A Steady Stream of Visitors from the Villages -- The Shadow of Conscription -- A Proper Cabinet of Indians -- As Convenient and Well-Run as Canada -- Epilogue -- Glossary -- Acknowledgements.