Peter to Caroline, Victoria, October 9, 18881
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Peter to Caroline
October 9, 1988
My Dearest Wife
It is a whole week since I posted my last, a long week it appears, for I like scribbling to you. I have been very busy with my reports which are unusually long, & Mr. Green has been very trying, the old fool, fancies himself desparately in love, & it is with the greatest difficulty I can get him to do anything, besides I have been away at Cowichan for three days. Tonight in an hour, I go on board the Str. En route to OKanagan, & don’t expect to get back here for at least a month, perhaps longer.
You will gather from this, & other interruptions that I have not had much time to write. I had every intention to write to Puss Jack & Frank – but I must do so when I can most likely from Pentiction. Have you been to see Mrs. Ellis?
Your more than welcome letter of the 15th Sept. No. 13 with enclosures from Frank & Jack, reached me yesterday. Thank you, dear one for it – but I am angry with you from worrying & fretting as you appear to be. I hoped you would enjoy yourself, & make others happy when you so well know how to do, but if you are determined to be wretched you had better come home. I shall be but too glad to welcome you, & to do all in my power to make you happy, as you deserve to be. Of course, I knew you would miss the dear wee man, as you miss our Frank, but you have Kit with you, & that ought to make you thankful – I hope my telegram will have set your mind at rest, & enabled you to make your plans in advance which is always an advantage. I am sorry to hear you dont like the lodgings, & that you will have to look out for other quarters. I cant attempt to reply or refer to the different subjects you write about – but will do so in my next. I commend your determination
not to mention anything unpleasant with regard to her Ladyship, he at least has not disappointed us – I wrote to him a few days since & thanked him for his kindness &c to you all. He offers to let me have one of his dogs, but I dread the risk, unless there was some one coming who would take charge on the journey. The Wards (he & his wife) with the youngest Dunsmuir left last night, they remain at Vancouver today, & I shall join them tomorrow, & travel with them to Sicamoos, beyond Kamloops where I branch off. Joe & Julia were to have come with me tonight intending to shoot at Kamloops for a couple of days when Julia would join her husband & go East. At the last Joe could not start till tomorrow when the same progamme will be carried out, but I must go on as arrangements have been made for me to go on to Okanagan. The Wards intend to sale from N.Y. about the 27th inst. When Joe will sail, I cannot say, they dont know themselves, as she has impracticable plans to carry out. They will however make a start tomorrow. I send by Joe, my field glasses to be repaired & recovered. I send by the Wards two small parcels addressed to you, they contain three or four pocket sketch books, pencil cases [?] two elastic bands knives for Frank – a knife & some bands for Jack which I promised. Distribute them as you think best & should an opportunity offer, send on to Frank. I was very glad to get his letter & to find that he was in such good spirits. I am anxiously waiting for his next. God grant the dear fellow may have succeeded in getting employment at once, it must be terrible to have nothing to do in a strange country.
The wee rascal always writes about the slippers gloves &c which he says I promised him. Get the rascal what he wants fro me. I am sure a small carpet, or rug to put his feet on in his study, would comfort him in cold weather. I am glad you were going to the Dodson house, she said the child was dangerously ill with fever, but today it is out of danger.
I which you would get a good supply of your Mothers pills, if they could be made the least thing stronger, it would be an improvement. I also want a good strong umbrella, mine that I left here had disappeared, also all the small hand oil lamps. I shall have to buy one. I fear that some things have vanished, but I am quite certain that it was without Hicks knowledge.
The weather has been lovely until the last few days, now the rain appears to have set in, & it is raw & damp.
Why dont you write to Mrs. Cornwall, she is in great trouble about Clem who is in the Hospital at Kamloops. I will try to spend a day with them on my way from Okanagan. Mrs Thomson looks wonderfully well, she had just returned from a trip to Banff & Nicola Lake. Every one inquires kindly for you.
I have hardly said a word about the dear Kit. I am rejoiced to hear that she was so well. I will write to her first chance I get. Brian asked me for Franks address, as he wanted to write to him, I gave it. John is very well again. I am gaining strength. I walk a good deal. Time is up I have written in
great haste, the Carriage is coming for me. Good night & God bless you my beloved wife, my fond love to dear Kitty. Tell Jack I will write to him. Frank also.
Always your devoted husband
I hope you will be good friends with the Ashleys the Wind &c &c before the Queen & Potentate arrive you know why.
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