In response to the letter from England, Mayor Mitchell had this notice posted in the Halifax Mail. Sensitive to the young woman's position, the Mayor offered his Office to be the intermediary, forwarding letters from prospective suitors to her in England.
Along with the letters from prospective suitors, the mayor sent some advice: "I do not know any of these parties, but if you feel like corresponding with any of them, you doubtless could write to the minister in the locality in which they live to find out who they are." (May 22, 1939 letter from Mayor, 102-3B-68).
And there were many Nova Scotia men who responded to the newspaper publicity. One was so eager that he wrote two months later, asking the Mayor, "Please let me know how long I must wait for an answer to my letter?" (July 25, 1939 letter from Upper Rawdon worker to Mayor, 102-3B-68).
The Mayor's response? "Replying to yours of July 25th, your letter was sent to the young lady in question, in England, whose name I cannot reveal as she wished it kept confidential, and the rest is purely up to her." (102-3B-68)
The Mayor's Office correspondence gives no clue as to the success of the young woman's search. Certificates for Marriages performed in Nova Scotia are now available to 1940, but there is no entry for her name. If you have any clues to the ending of this story, please contact the Archives.
No more Mayoral Match-making
This venture appears to be the end of the story for Mayor Mitchell acting as matchmaker. See below how his office handled a similar request later that year.