Kamloops, B.C. 13 Apr 1885 Marcus Smith letter to his wife
Lot 71 in our auction Saturday 5th November 2022
April 13th 1885
My dear Nannie
I have just received your letter of the 31st inst but no newspapers –
we get only meagre telegrams in the newspapers here.
This rebellion is a miserable affair and should never have occurred only for such timeservers as Dewdeny – what was he about that he allowed the best possible rifles and other arms to go into the country to arm the Indians and half breeds when he knew there was so much discontent there. However the mischief is now done and all must join to repair it. I see the Queen’s own had a very rough trip and extreme cold weather in crossing the unfinished portion of the C.P.R north of Lake Superior and also that the first advance of troops camped 12 miles from Fort Qu’Appelle were almost frozen by a blizzard with thermometer down 20° below zero.
It is more than 200 miles from Qu’Appelle to Prince Albert and with their town boots and stockings half the boots will break down before they get there. It wants thick stockings and boots one size too large. But I suppose Arthur has some money to buy socks & moccasins if he gets foot sore.
There is a Report that Capt. Moore of Prince Albert was killed in the fight near Fort Carleton – he visited us at Ottawa two or three years ago when on his way to Ireland to bring out a wife – Mail is just on point of closing God bless you all