Bed-Time Stories for my Grand-Children is a biography of Susan Georgina Archibald, written by her mother for her children. It includes two poems (“A Twilight Song” and “Premonition”) and two stories (“Nu-mach-wa: An Indian Love Story” and “Trumps”). “A Twilight Song” is signed “Georgie Archibald, 1890”; “Premonition” is signed “S.G.A. Sea-View, 1888”; “Trumps” is signed “S.G. Archibald (1891)”; and “Nu-mach-wa” is signed “G. S. Archibald (July, 1803).” Hand-written next to this is “Probably Samuel George William Archibald (1777-1846).” Samuel G. W. Archibald was an eminent lawyer, judge, and politician in Nova Scotia, but is not known to have published any fiction. While the 1803 date fits the hand-written note, it seems odd that a story by Susan Archibald’s great-grandfather would be included in her biography. I lean towards the assumption (and it is only that) that 1803 is a typographical error for 1893, which would place the writing of the story within the same time frame as the other contributions by Susan Georgina Archibald. (Note that in either case the initials G. S. are reversed from the purported author’s real initials: S.G.)
A Twilight Song
S.G.A. “A Twilight Song.” Bed-Time Stories for my Grand-Children. By Edith Jessie Archibald. [Halifax, 1910?]. 32.
S.G.A. “Premonition.” Bed-Time Stories for my Grand-Children. By Edith Jessie Archibald. [Halifax, 1910?]. 40.