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New Westminster, B.C. 27 May 1885 Marcus Smith letter to wife

May 27th 1885,
My dear wife
                     When you read the enclosed clippings respecting the reported battle at Eagle hills you will understand how anxious I was and how glad to receive your telegram –

Of course as the report came from the New York correspondent of a San Francisco newspaper and as it stated there were 19 Englishmen and 21 Canadians killed – a distinction not likely to be made and as there were probably not 19 Englishmen in the whole of Otter’s forces. there was an air of improbability about it – but at the same time as the capture of a number of waggons and teamsters was confirmed which would take place near the E(a)gle hills I thought Otter would have made a dash to recover them as the troops at the time would be short of provisions. Besides as you will gather from my letter of three weeks ago respecting Otter’s battle of May 2nd – I was afraid he was ambitious to distinguish himself even at the expense of heavy losses of men as he never had any experience in active warfare which requires judgement and caution of a different kind from mere drill

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Kamloops, B.C. 17 May 1885 Marcus Smith letter to wife

My Dear Wife, I have been up the line for a week and on my return yesterday (saturday) evening received your letter of the 2nd instant together with a number of newspapers mostly “weekly” which were very acceptable as they give a great deal of news about the position of the troops and other details which are not telegraphed here or copied in the newspapers. The latest telegram we have had was General Middleton’s official account of the battle at Gabrielle’s crossing on saturday the 9th inst. In which he had driven the Rebels from their position with very small loss of troops – 1 killed and 6 wounded – he concludes that he expects next – day – (sunday) to clear the Rebels out of Batoche

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Kamloops, B.C. 18 Mar 1885 Marcus Smith Letter to his wife

1885.. A friend has just lent me a pamphlet published by Mr Drysdale & Co 232 James Street Montreal – The author is anonymous but I recognize the style as Kingsford’s. It will be terribly damaging to the C.P.R. Comp(y) financially because it is unanswerable as most of it is true the price is 25 cents send me a copy by book post at once I forgot to say the title is “The Canadian Pacific Railway”
The politicians will of course try to pooh pooh it – but it will tell in England and everywhere except to political partisans of Sir J.A. Mac.

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12 Mar 1871 Dalhousie, N.B. 3-pg Marcus Smith letter to his son Tom

Dalhousie N. B.
12th March 1871
My dear Tom,
Mamma has been sick but is now quite well and is very anxious to have a letter from you – she wrote to you some weeks ago and enclosed a 1 dollar bill and some postage stamps if you have received this you should have written to mamma to say so – even if it were a very short letter you should always write when you receive money or anything of importance as those who send it are always anxious to know if it has been received.

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New Westminster, B.C. 30 Jul 1883 Marcus Smith Letter to Eloise

My dear Eloise
I received yours and baby’s letter a few days ago — I am glad she is so happy and behaving herself tolerably well.

I am also glad to learn that the trip to Ottawa improved Grandma’s health I think Mr. Hume must take a trip there next winter when Parliament is sitting. I hope his health will improve as the summer advances – There seems to have been very cold wet weather all the spring and dreadful floods lately —

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New Westminster, B.C. 29 Jul 1883 Marcus Smith letter to his wife

My dear Nannie .. Mr Onderdonk came down a few days ago not feeling well — I went over with him to Victoria we had not been an hour on salt water before we felt invigorated by the sea breeze and by 1 p.m felt ravenously hungry and ate a huge dinner.
It has been hot in Victoria – for it – but never above 83° in the shade and all the people looking so healthy and rosy I was only a day and a half there and felt ten years younger nothing like the sea breeze it acts like magic

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New Westminster, B.C. 31 Aug 1883 Marcus Smith letter to his wife

My dear Nannie, I was over part of the line with Mr. Schreiber which wasted several days – as it was a mere scamper like the visits of the Commissioners on the Intercolonial. Immediately after Mr. Onderdonk and myself walked over the line from Port Moody to Hope 70 miles – it was hot and dusty and we were nearly choked with smoke which has continued nearly two months – so I am tired and foot sore

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New Westminster, B.C. 17 Sep 1883 Marcus Smith Letter

My dear Nannie, I mentioned in my last letter that we had been over two months in perpetual gloom from the dense smoke of forrest fires – a week ago this came to an end we had two days heavy rain and now we have variable weather _ rain and sunshine cold enough for occasional fire in the grate – I am still very busy and shall be till the end of the year but most of the heavy outdoor work is over for a while – Tom has plenty of work and is thriving on it. I think it possible I may return home about the end of the year and perhaps not come back.

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New Westminster, B.C. 15 Oct 1883 Marcus Smith letter to wife

My dear Nannie,.. I thought he had done with the school and was now going to attend the University courses of lectures and would have to pass an annual examination there. this appears to be the case. A few days ago I met Judge Grey with other professional gentlemen they all strongly advised – a University course and_ if _as is likely _ at the end of 3 years he will get the degree of B.A. – it will enable him to practice as a barrister in any part of the Dominion..

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