New Westminster, B.C. 27 Sep 1881 4-pg Marcus Smith letter to wife
New Westminster, B.C. 27 Sep 1881 4-pg Marcus Smith letter to wife
New Westminster, B.C. 27 Sep 1881 4-pg Marcus Smith letter to wife
New Westminster, B.C. 27 Sep 1881 4-pg Marcus Smith letter to wife

New Westminster, B.C. 27 Sep 1881 4-pg Marcus Smith letter to wife
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                      New Westminster Sept. 27th/81

My dear wife,

                    I have just come home from a ten days trip visiting all the parties at work on the line and giving my final instructions. It has been a pretty hard trip and during the same we have had a taste of the equinoctial gales which I hope are over as it is now clear and cold and I have a fire in the grate – The first of the season – The survey parties will finish in a fortnight and I have only one more journey to make and that only over three fourths of the line – I have not yet been able to get any suitable under clothing for the cold weather but expect some will arrive this week such as had here before and wore so many years. I shall have a month or six weeks office work here before I can leave for home –

I have received your letter of the 1st inst enclosing a photograph of Tom and a letter from Eloise to you – Tom has certainly improved very much and has quite a manly look – I cannot understand what position he is in as you talk about him being so tired at nights with manual labour – I thought he had got beyond that and had some position of trust or charge of directing some kind of work. However if it lead to nothing it does not appear to be doing him any harm – in fact manual labor if not too heavy is a great blessing for a young man as it strengthens him for the battle of life – and in another sense it appears to be doing him good as he must now have a keener appreciation of the difficulties of obtaining a respectable position in the world than if he had remained always with his relatives. Of course I am often thinking – and looking round for something better for him and sometimes think it might have after all been as well to have put him to my own profession uncertain as it is – but I thought he had business qualities and would be better – something yet may turn up – but the only thing I have seen at present that promises well – is cattle raising in partnership with some one – I would not think of risking any money unless well satisfied with the party – I saw Edward Knott when I was up the line with Sir Chas Tupper’s party – he has saved $5000 and would be very glad to go in with Tom if I put a similar amount with him – but there is no need to hurry yet –

As for Arthur we cannot predict yet how he will turn out – You remember what a stirring child he was at farmer Nott’s always climbing and old Nott said he had the makings of a fine man – The boy is growing and dreamy is over sensitive but he may outgrow all that – I am glad Eloise is stronger – I suppose Lettie and Ethell are boisterous after their camping life – who did the cooking?  Ethell ! – we must keep our Silver wedding after I come home.

Love to all

                          Yours ever

                           M Smith