Peter to Caroline, Victoria, December 4, 1888 No 26.

4th Decr./88.

My dearest Wife

Your letter of 13th Nov. No 23. reached me today, thank you, dear one, for it & for the good news it brings. You say our Kit is better, & is looking well, & that our wee man has got rid of his cold, & that his warts were disappearing. These are subjects for which we should be thankful & I am greatly pleased to note that you write more cheerfully.

I am glad you had Nutty to stay with you. I hope you will like her, as you know more of her-: but why should E.W. have a grievance against you? is it because you have tired to assist her in every way in your power. When I hear this, I want to start at once to you, & indeed I would if it were possible but I feel certain that were I to apply for leave it would be refused. I am sorry you have written to the Ds but it makes no difference. Believe me, I want no other inducement to go than to be with you, and our dear ones.

To whom can Grace be writing. I would like to know if it is to anyone in B.C. — In your next you ought to be able to announce the arrival of Joe & Julia. I hope they will be nice to you – if not you must not mind what they say. —-

You lay great stress on being away from me and worry yourself too much about it. Of course I miss you immensely. It would be untrue if I said otherwise & I should be sorry if you thought otherwise but you were in England & it appears the best thing to do for our dear Kit, & I knew it would be a very great happiness & pleasure to you to see more of Jack, so I did not hesitate to tell you to remain. It is our own business, & others dont let worry you about it, otherwise it will take away all the pleasure I had in telling you to remain. Lord Listowel’s son Lord Ennismore is dangerously ill of fever, he is in St. Josephs Hospital attended by Dr. Hannington and Helmcken. today Hannington is more hopeful, but he is still in great danger Lord Listowel is expected tonight. I suppose I shall have to call & offer to assist, though I fail to see how I can do so. I will write more on this subject, though of course all about the poor young man will be telegraphed.

Thank you, dear one, for the N. papers I look forward to reading them with intent. You have marked some items of interest continue to do this it is a great help. I had not intended to write to you today but I dont like to send Franks letter without a line from me. I am not satisfied with either, I am very busy, & cannot give it as much time as I should like. You will be amused with Hicks productions he means well, & is very fond of Frank. I must write to the dear wee man as soon as I can. I should like him to get it at Xmas. My love to you all. May God bless & keep you & grant that you may have a happy meeting.

Always your devoted husband.

P. O’Reilly

Dont cross your letters. I feel as if I always wanted to keep on writing to you & can never say all I want.


Back to list of 1888-89 letters

This collection of letters has been digitized from an earlier transcription project and is for informational purposes only. This transcription has not been verified against the originals. Researchers interested in these letters should consult the original documents housed at the BC Archives.

Scroll to Top