Victoria, B.C. 10 Feb 1873 3 sides Marcus Smith letter to his wife
Lot 87 in our auction Saturday 4th July 2020

Victoria Vancouver B.C.

Feb 10th, 1873

My dear Annie

                I have not had a letter from you for several weeks- I hope there is nothing wrong and that it is only that the Pacific railway is blocked with snow- I am getting near through at last- and send the last plan and the last (assis) leaves my steamer for San Francisco tomorrow- I fully expect to get through the accounts in time to leave by next steamer (27th) If I get through before I shall go to Portland, Washington territory by steamer and rail and thence by another steamer to San Francisco- but I have none of my report written yet and shall be very busy when I get home- however I have sent a preliminary report to Mr. Fleming which will give the Gov. something to think about while I am writing my full report- which I can do at home- I have a few martin and mink skins- a present which I shall try and send with the maps and write a note to Burpee to send to you from Ottawa. You should send them at once to Mr. Hearle Montreal and he will get them dressed for you. They will do for trimming for cuffs, children’s hats &c. I don’t know that there is anyone in Ottawa who can dress them- We have had three days very sharp frost. But it is all gone. And we have genial spring weather but with a good deal of rain- I have only had my light overcoat on about half a day at times all winter this on Vancouver Island- on the mainland it is as cold as where you are- on account of the elevation- beyond the Cascade range nothing less than 2000 to 3000 feet above sea level-

I hear nothing from Fleming about our railway but from the newspaper I gleam that a company has at last been formed and the charter ready to be signed- Love to all the little ones- I herewith send them some valentines.

Yours ever

M. Smith