Lot 95 New Westminster, B.C. 30 Jul 1883 Marcus Smith Letter to Eloise
in our auction Saturday 20th August 2022
New Westminster B.C.
July 20th 1883
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 —
Here we have had it exactly opposite indeed it has been an extraordinary season – winter ended the last week in February – before I arrived here – then there was no spring weather but summer commenced on the 1st March and except a few showers in April the weather has been remarkably fine ever since rather too hot and dusty this last month. The crops — are suffering from want of rain of which there is no appearance yet but we shall have a deluge for months when it does come —- This fine weather has been very favorable for the railway walks – a great many men are employed and I am kept very busy – so that the summer seems very long to me and we are all wishing for a few rainy days to give us a rest – Tom is well and has to work hard he is stationed on a very lonely section – on a slough or arm of the Fraser where the steamboats do not go — There is only one settler near him an old French Canadian – he (Tom) is still in camp but the station House will be ready for him to live in before winter sets in. Give my love to all – lots of kisses and a few slaps to baby
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