Headquarters C.P.R. B.C. Aug 19, 1881 Marcus Smith letter to his wife
Lot 71 in our auction Saturday 4th December 2021
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Head quarters C.P.R_B.C.
Aug 19th 1881
My dear Nannie
So you are caught napping at last and have missed the mail but I have yours of July 22nd and am glad to learn that Tom is doing better – You don’t say whether he gets his meals or board free of cost but I suppose so. In this case he has enough to keep him comfortably and if it does not lead to much he is getting health and strength and may be fitted for something better as he gets older – I hope he now has time to improve himself and instead of reading trashy novels he will get some Harper’s standard publications. They are very cheap – his biographies are only 75 cents each – so that if he only got one or even two a month it would not hurt his pocket much – I suppose Arthur will be going back before you get this – I hope he will do as well this year as last – I suppose all the big girls are away from home and left you and Clarice alone – tell the sprat she must write to Papa –
We have had changeable weather two full days rain per week sometimes very warm at others quite raw and cold but within the last three days it seems to have taken up and we have very warm days with dewy nights I am about half my time here but am healthiest when out in Camp though the heat is more fatiguing – I see by the newspapers that Sir C. Tupper Schreiber and others are on their way here so that I shall soon be bothered with them and lose time.
However I am taking matters very quickly now that the parties are well started and getting into their work –
How and where is Goodwin I have not written to him or any one as I have nothing to say – having neither seen or heard from anyone employed on Onderdonk work.