Peter to Caroline, Victoria, January 8, 1889 No 3.

8th Janry 1889.

My dearest Wife.

I am at a loss to understand how three weeks can have passed without you receiving a letter from me for I have never allowed a week to pass without writing & when possible I have sent off two a week.
Yesterday I was rejoiced to receive No 28 – of the 22nd Decr. with an enclosure from Kit also a most wonderful production from the Monkey well written, & expressed but without a date – neither had it a beginning or an ending: he told me of his arrival at Clarges Str. and of your worry because you had not heard from me. Now I hope he will make amends for his long silence he has been very naughty in not writing to me for so long a time.

Thank you, dear one, for telling me of your movements. I like to follow you in imagination. Of course you are best judge as to whether to accept or refuse Sir M.s invitation but I hope you will try not to give him offence he has always been so nice to us, that I should be sorry to vex him. If his wife is peculiar, he cannot help it. I wrote to him lately & urged him to make our house his headquarters if he comes to B.C. next Summer as he says he will. Mrs. Ward, from whom I heard yesterday, tells me that he had dined with Sir M. & that he sd he intended to bring his eldest daughter out here. You should ask her to stay with you while he is away shooting. I dont suppose she will come but it would be gracious in you to ask her, after you, Puss & Jack have been entertained so long by them. What think you? Of course I have not mentioned her to him. I very much fear the “Wind” will interfere with your enjoyment while the Wee man is with you. I am very pleased to learn that J.W.T. has been nice to you & Kit – he would always be so were it not for her.

I am impatient to know by what Str. you are coming. I am in hopes that you will settle to come at the same time with Mr. Drummond. he would, I feel confident, be a help to you. If Joe is in London, he would, I think, see you off from L.pool if you so wished. Now I long to be with you – though you think I manage badly. If you have not already see Mr. Hughes about the money for Frank. You may as well send him £20 but let it be as you wish. I cannot think about anything but your coming – everyone asks me when you will leave &c &c. I dined & slept at F. field last night all well.

Mis Bushby is engaged to parson Bolton of Esquimault – Charlotte Todd & Debeuil, brother in law to Dr. Ash, are dead.

The weather which has been so wonderfully fine, has changed – this day we have had incessant rain. you know how it can rain when it commences.

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I have had fires lighted in the rooms & will try to keep the house dry and well aired. There will be a good deal of repair to sinks, new stove or range paint, white wash &c required after your return. I hope you wont delay your departure after Jacks return to school.

This is a short letter but I had better go it may perhaps catch a boat. I will write to Kit next in reply to her letter recd yesterday.

I hope you will make a point of seeing Mrs. Ellis when you can. Jacks warts should be attended to. Dont forget the hand primer the strongest & best you can get.

My love to Joe & Julia, the Wind, the Ashleys Wards Hughes Sir M. &c &c.

A great deal to you three as Jack used to say – May God bless you.

Always your devoted husband

P. O’Reilly

It appears so strange you being all back at 40 Clarges Str. I have half a mind to address this letter there but I may be safer to C/O Bank B.C. It is after 11 O.C. P.M. this must be in the P.O before 12 O.C.

Good night dearest.


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