New Westminster, B.C. 8 Aug 1882 2-pg Marcus Smith letter to his wife
Lot 71 in our auction Saturday 9th April 2022
New Westminster B.C.
August 8th 1882
My dear Nannie
The weather is hot and we are hard worked to keep some 3000 Chinamen at work besides Mechanics I have just returned from a tour over the upper part of the line and am very tired – I saw Tom at Stave River where they are driving piles he looks well but sunburnt – but he stoops worse than any Yankie so that when talking to any one he has to stick out his chin. I have told him that when winter comes I must have him put between boards and make him wear a hair cloth collar – He works well but likes the manual labor best, does not care to study I am afraid he will be a stick and never get much beyond what he is now –
Borradaille very foolishly sent my letters on to Yale and they crossed me on the way so that I shall not receive your latest letters for some days but hope you are all well and enjoying yourselves I hope you have found out some way of amusing Arthur – he deserves some consideration –
Love to all.