Transcript of the Letter
July 12 /90
My dear Lady Drummond,
I am afraid that I have been a very long time in answering your letter, but you must forgive me, for it is not easy at all times to write when in the woods.
I hardly know how to reply to your question about Cuthbert.
Before I came out here, I used to believe that there were lots of openings here for any boy who meant business. But I have seen since then, that it is of little or no use for a boy to come out on the chance of employment. If he has friends to go to, with which he can learn to work, or if he is the sort that will put their hand to anything which may be doing - almost if not quite what we should call labourer's work at home- he may get on.
But even then he will have to work really hard at first, & to begin at the bottom at that. I don't know of anything which I could conscientiously say would suit Cuthbert, after his naval education, & with what I believe to be his tastes.
If you wished him to come out, the best thing would be to make some arrangement for him to have some share in some business - (say milling, or ranching) when he has learned the working of it, till then he would have to be an ordinary “hand” like anyone else. If he got on, he might look to share, probably finding some capitol - or he might start in the same line at some new place.
But I am very wary in recommending this, if you have any other opening for him: I have heard of to many young men who came to grief in the process.
If your husband could meet Capt. Colville - who has just gone home for a few months - I am sure that he (Capt.) would explain verbally what I mean, & would give you every information you could desire -
Constance did so much enjoy seeing you when she was in England, & still more, seeing you so well & happy -
We are a small family party here at present - The fishing has been good at times, but not altogether satisfactory - the season being late, & now very hot -
Edward & Alice stay on all summer. Victor has just gone back after trying visit from his ship at Halifax.
We all like this country, and find the people easy to get on with and pleasant enough for the most part. But I shall feel like Rip Van Winkle when our time is up, & if we go back into a political world which at present I am very glad to lose sight of!
All the same, one is glad to hear news of friends, especially when that news is good, and both Constance & I were heartily pleased at hearing of your sister's engagement. You know we always liked her so much that we think it must be a lucky man indeed who can deserve so charming a wife. Please give her my best wishes, as well as Constance's.
There is another thing about which we have been thinking for some time past, of writing to you and that is – would Edith like to come out & stay with us for the winter, and see something of Canadian life & its “amusements”. You know how delighted we should be to have her with us, & we would take great care of her.
If you & she say yes to this idea, (which we hope you may) we could write further about all arrangements.
Please give my regards to your husband (- the impertinence of my & doing being redeemed by our both having been in the Brigade) – and to Cicely, & the others.
Stanley of Preston